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Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Wintery Layout...

I love the colors on this layout which made it fun to assemble all of the little goodies on it!







There are chipboard accents from Tattered Angels, Maya Road, Prima Flowers, flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, wooden buttons, some flowers I made using a Tim Holtz die, papers, brads, and other embellishments from My Mind's Eye, some crinkled ribbon I dyed... just a fun mix of little things I have collected. I put the papers together, cut the mats and stitched them and then started laying out the objects and flowers and playing with the arrangements until I had them somewhat where I wanted them. I then began gluing everything in place and adding little pieces here and there until I got the arrangement the way I wanted it. A fun project!
Have a wonderful week before Christmas!
God bless!
Renee

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

a fun little album!







This little album is made with my favorite Christmas paper by MME... I love the colors and the designs. Beautiful! Working on this just made me smile.
Have a fabulous day! God bless you!
Renee

Friday, December 2, 2011

A Christmas Layout

This pretty layout was inspired by the pretty poinsettias from Prima. The flowers are just spectacular and have so much texture, depth and rich color. The papers are Lost and Found Christmas from My Mind's Eye and add great visual interest with the pretty red glitter touches.







The details were fun to put together. Lots of little pieces from lots of different companies slowly glued together to create sprays of flowers and ephemera. I know some people prefer simple layouts, I am a tiny detail person, myself. ;o)
Have a fabulous week!
God bless you in the blessed Christmas season~
Renee

Sunday, November 20, 2011

a card for my Grandmother...

It is my Grandmother's Birthday on Monday and she will be 89 years young. She is the sweetest lady, kind to everyone, beautiful (!) inside and out, a joy to be with. I hope this puts a smile on her face. It made me smile to make it for her!

I have been working on a Christmas Journal for several weeks. This project started out easily enough... until it occurred to me that making a daily calendar with a two page layout for each day (1-25) of Christmas meant 25 layouts... and that I couldn't "finish" it as I would not know when the person who gets it would be putting up their Christmas tree  or making cookies or any of the special activities that make up the holidays for each of us! This left me with 25 layouts that would be finished, but I needed to leave room for personalization, journaling, photos, etc. Needless to say, the project grew. The finished product weighs a lot for an album or a journal, almost 3 pounds! 
I do love the concept- you just add one photo and journal what you did for each day, which could be fairly quick and give you a fabulous record of the holidays! Anyway, here is a shortened view of the album, for the full set of photos, check out the listing; http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290635693700
There are around 60 photos there. 








Sorry, moving the pictures around isn't working so they are out of order.

Have fun this week- do something unexpected!
God Bless,
Renee


Saturday, October 29, 2011

blues and browns...

My newest album is done in blues, tans, browns, creams, pretty soft colors that are soothing to look at. I enjoyed working on it even though I usually go for brighter colors. This was soft and calming to look at, rather a nice change!







 The papers are Bo Bunny Gabriele... delicate and feminine. Have a blessed week....
Renee

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Vintage style in a Halloween album

I resisted the urge for quite a while when the new Halloween papers came out, I didn't buy a thing. Then I started noticing all of the damasks and vintage styles that were out. I finally gave in when my hubby went out of his way to surprise me with a trip to a scrapbook store I had been wanting to peek inside! Here is the result:








I got some Pink Paislee Halloween papers, some from Jenni Bowlin, two packs from MME, their new line Mischievious is so cute! I had a few odds and ends left from previous years, but not much. The album is made of chipboard and I used my Zutter to bind it. I had never used it before (in spite of HAVING to have it a year or so ago. It was really easy and fun to make my own albums for a change!
God Bless!
Renee

Monday, September 26, 2011

I won two cool sets at a blog hop!

Thank you Cutting Cafe! They recently had a Blog Hop and I was so excited to find out that I had one two sets! I made this really fun card using something from each set.  The cute little witch is from the "Being a Good Witch" Printable Stamp set that I won from the Blog of Krista Bella and Aidee's Mom . It is a really cute stamp set with TONS of options. I was a tiny bit concerned about printable stamps smearing, but you just set them with a heat embossing gun once you print them. Perfect!
The other set I won was from Karen, Karen's Kreative Treasures and she was giving away the Milk Carton Cutting Files and the Milk Carton Sentiments. They are very cute and what a fun way to hand out treats for a child's party or a holiday!
Thanks so much to Regina Easter and The Cutting Cafe design team and especially to Karen and Krista!
God Bless!
Renee

Friday, September 23, 2011

a new twist

I was looking at a friends blog, Creative Paint and Paper and she had made a vertical paper bag album, 12" tall... I loved the idea and made one myself! I stacked my bags (6) and then bound them, two at a time, with 12" long strips of cardstock using my ATG gun. I then made a chipboard cover out of a piece of heavier chipboard I got in a  pack of paper. I measured the thickness of the stack of bags and then made the cover the same depth in the middle using my cutter to score the folds (gently! Not too deep!).
 This is how it looks from the outside.
And here is the inside. I alternated the flaps and sometimes used them and sometimes I didn't. If I wasn't going to use them, I glued them down.
 The cover has bits of lace, flowers, pretty things!
 You can use the gussets on the bags to insert flaps, make pockets, anything creative you can come up with!
 On this page I did use the flap and made it into a pocket. The large tags fit into the pocket.
I made pockets for both pages. ;o)
 At the top of the left page there is a flap that i glued into the gusset of the bag, It has room for a photo on the outside and two more photos inside.
 Th flap at the bottom left closes a pocket inside that page. There is a 6x12 photo mat inside of it.
The two frames I have in the album (one at the top of this left page) both have the tops left open so that a picture can be inserted.  
Have fun, take the idea and run! I would love to see what you make!
God Bless!
Renee