Saturday, March 28, 2009

what I do

I've been preparing for a "trade" fair that my church is holding: Tools of the Trade. This fair is to let our church family know what kinds of businesses we are involved in. Many of our church family have their own businesses and offer diverse services. We can share our talents and let folks know that the next time they need, say a car mechanic, wedding planner or scrapbook teacher there is someone they know in the industry.
I decided to nab a space and let my church family know that I've been working to turn my scrapbooking and papercrafting hobby into a little business. This decision then forced me to examine what kinds of services I would offer. I'm sharing this list here:

One-of-a-kind albums/Custom Albums
Gift Albums
Mini Albums
Unique Cards
Classes for students(kids) and adults
Beginner/Advanced layout classes
Hand-sewn books
Altered art

If you or anyone you know are interested in what I'm doing, please email me at:


Monday, March 23, 2009

vacation album

Here is an original album that I created to capture our memories from summer vacation. I passed it on to my daughter who had to leave early for a business trip so she could see the fun we had with her and with her daughter.

I started with 6x12 canvas boards from the art store. I inked, stamped, masked and stenciled the various designs and color onto the front and back covers. I sprayed the covers with Glimmer Mists from Tattered Angels.

For the insides I created a stacked design with chipboard which I then covered with Black Market papers. They have an almost canvas or fabric feel to them, and I like the way the texture works with the canvas covers. I used Thickers, a favorite alpha in green felt that I enhanced with some pen work. Embellishments from my stash finish off the album which is bound with binder rings that have ribbons tied on for a little more color and panache.

Monday, March 16, 2009

techie I'm not...

So figuring out how to make the images on my new camera go where I want them to go when my printer will only occasionally read the memory card is frustrating me. I will figure it out somehow. Meanwhile here are a couple of projects I completed last fall...

Thank you card is made with Club Scrap papers and Stampin' Up stamps. I don't know why I like this card except I do like the color combination.

Eden, my granddaughter is the subject of these two layouts. Above the tag says, "twinkle, twinkle, little star." I used a Stampin' Up stamp, some rick-rack ribbon and felt butterfly from Oriental Trading, along with Thickers, my favorite alphas. There are random rhinestones to make this page sparkle as much as Eden does.

Below, a snapshot of Eden at almost 4; using Making Memories paper and flowers, foil edged alphas and a metal 4 from Tim Holtz' idea-ology line. Enjoy!