Friday, July 27, 2012

Kraft Paper Bag Album

This is a special project I made for a friend's 60th birthday present.  It was very enjoyable to create and I was happy with the outcome.  Really could not believe that three (3) pre-punched kraft paper bags would give such a great result.  Apparently they are also available in white.

I chose mainly the Glitz Designs paper, ribbon and embellishments range -  Dance in Sunshine to complete the project.

The paper bags . . .

they are approximately 6 1/4" square
Edited to note: 
some sets have 3 holes as above, whereas the one I used for this project has the 5

The front of the album (prior to completion)
Paper from range; white lace from stash, blue flowers are Tim Holtz misted with Glimmermist.  The grey and yellow flowers and leaves from stash and the net under the yellow flower is from the range

Inside page 1
lace from stash; lady and rose embellishments from Glitz Designs. Able to place a photo or journalliing under the rose (it is the bottom of the paper bag) - a bit hard to describe

Next page
Paper from range and added lace and pearl embellishment from Prima

Paper from range.  Bird cage cut from a die as is the butterfly.  The flower is cut from Prima embellishment as above and the butterfly from a punch

Once again papers and yellow net from Glitz Designs as well as the heart banner
The acrylic frame with lace edging is from my stash and I cannot remember the brand

More papers, embellishments and lace from the Dance in Sunshine range

Doily die cut using part of the Dance in Sunshine and added a card from the range

More of the same, with the lace edging from the ribbon range, and the square die cut from Spellbinders.  The 'bling' is from Prima

Back of the album, once again using embellishements from Dance in Sunshine and the lace border from my stash

The finished album, ready for photos and journalling to be added by the birthday girl

Side view of the completed project.
More tags and memorabilia are able to be added to the paper bag at the openings of the bags.

Lots more projects in partly finished mode, so will update blog as they are completed.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Drawers containing stamps - new system

La Blanche stamps stored in drawer with lining to protect images

Another misc drawer of stamps

New Stamp storage

I was using one system, but found it very time consuming to find what I was looking for.  I discovered the Cropper Hopper File Box and inserts and have converted a lot of my stamps to this style of storage. 

For ease of reference, I have the remainder in drawers (mainly wood mounted) and others in CD case storage, appropriately labelled.

Must say, I like the Cropper Hopper File Box style for minimising space and easy access

This is the storage system.
The Cropper Hopper File Box includes 25 inserts and a small box which attaches magnetically to the front (which, to date, I have not utilised)

This is the front of my book that stores images of my stamps for easy reference - so much easier to flick through the book than try to find stamps using previous storage methods

One of the images from my book which documents my stamps in a pictorial manner - so helpful and useful

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Finished baby project

This is the finished project - used Prima Pixie Glen range of papers and embellishments
Book - important milestones of first year
Door Hanger with hand made flowers
Music box - covered purchased box
Heart - made from paper range and changed to fabric

Front of book (true colour did not photograph well)
Book basics - Kaisercraft board book
The heart from the book was added to the top of the music box for extra dimension
Pearls from stash and the ribbon on the rings was used on the Christening Cake

Top and front of music box.
Cant remember the sourse of the metal bird cage and charm,
alphabet from stash and covered with Inkssentials Glossy Accents

close up of the finished heart
 (adhered paper to sticky back canvas and then rubbed paper with water until mainly removed - this virtually turned the paper to fabric from which I fashioned the heart).  Used more of the Christening ribbon and another ribbon from stash for hanging, and a number of flowers and cabachons from my supply as well as some of the Pixie Glen embellishments, including the self-adhesive lace

Top of door hanger
Butterflies from Martha Stewart punch and double mounted
hand-made flowers from paper range  - added extra sparkle with Stardust Stickles
alphabet from stash, coloured with ink and then added Glossy Accents

Bottom of door hanger
The cute little button and bling from the Pixie Glen range