A couple of weekends ago I attended my first crop at the Paper Niche. It was a lot of fun but I was a bit stumped for creativity since I had pushed myself the night before to make soap and update my website. Never the less I took the opportunity to use the papers that I designed ( featured in previous posts). I think these two pages came out cute.
Flowers, bling and ribbon courtesy of the Paper Niche. The butterfly: Cricut die cut, Martha Stewart flock in peony. Papers of course by me.
. . . but what am I doing? Crafting of course. To add to my previous post I created new background pages. The blue and purple pages were inspired by the Michael Buble concert that the Hubs treated me to last week. What an amazing show and his stage set up was beautiful. There were 4-6 screens that would come together and break apart during each song. They would feature images of him or other animations that went along with the mood of the songs. But this particular song and the staging really inspired me to create these two pages. The other two are vintage inspired.
Why I say I should be packing . . . the Hubs and I are moving to Margate.
So I bought this Digi -Scrap booking "How To" book today and I think I have lost my mind. It is so cool to learn about all the things you can do in a digital format. There are different exercises outlined in the book but the one I had to try was to make my own background papers.
"What, your own background page? Shut up!"
Yes, I say. You learn how to use layers, brushes, actions and clip art to make scrap booking papers. Take a look at the ones I have done do far.
The danger lies in the fact that I can create these "papers" and lose track of time. I have a new outlet to the creativity well. Darn the Aztecs and their invention called time. . . lol.
Picture it, 2 Sundays ago. It was a lazy day and I spent most of it cleaning my craft area (really the dining area) I packed away all my stamps and Cricut stuff, etc. I finally had a clean dining table! Once I was done I asked the Hubs what he would like to do. "Nothing really , just watch the race." he said. "Fine by me, we can relax at home." I replied. Three minutes into the race I brought back out the stamps, glue, papers and warmed up the computer. Thus began my labor of love.
11 months ago our family was blessed by a baby girl named Anna Grace (I gave her Grace) she is my niece and the darling of the family. She is the muse that inspired my Canvas Frame box. Keeping to a simple color pallet of greens, pinks and white, using techniques that I have learned from reading and from my friends and co-workers, I began the mission of this project.
Of course I used my coupons and bought embellishments on sale and with my discount. I love how this came out. Each page of the book was created by taking smaller collages and then putting them together in to larger pieces. I printed the photos from home and trimmed them to size. I used a myriad of chalk, embossing, stamping and flocking on each page and piece. The box itself is was decorated with flowers, chalk and embossing. I especially like the was the gold tone handle and hinges accent the colors.
I almost hate to give this away, I made it with the intent to give it to my Brother and Sister in-law to commemorate Anna's first birthday in April. We will see how that goes. It really was a pleasure to see how this project developed. I have to say I am really proud of how it came out. I hope when Anna gets older she can appreciate how much time and love was poured in to it.