Monday, January 31, 2011

This and That - Part 2

My first real attempt at albums. I decided to make albums of each of my granddaughters following their first year. They were both born in 2009 (July and December) and I've finished the first, the second is still a work in progress and will be finished soon. Here are a couple of my more creative pages. :-)

A few pages from Taryn's scrapbook (grandbaby #1)

Pages from Alyssa's (grandbaby #2) scrapbook.

That's it for now. I'm working on Valentine's in between trying to finish Alyssa's 1st year album. I've made one so far but have been saving some designs on my Gypsy and Design Studio. I'll save that for another post.

I need to get moving. Heading to one of my favorite places - Michaels! 

This and That

A few pictures of some things I made for Christmas. I've used a mixture of paper and embellishments, cricut cartridges, stamps, etc. In the future, as I start a project, I'll keep track of how I've done things and the material/tools used and list them with the project for your reference.

My first attempt at Christmas cards. I only had to send out a couple of store bought cards this year.

I found this Christmas card holder as a kit. It is made out of wood and I decorated the front and back with paper and painted the ornaments before gluing them on.
Gift bags with matching tags. This was a very nice and easy project that I learned while at a Creative Memories weekend retreat in September.

This Photo Explosion box was also another fun project that was taught at the retreat. I waited until I came home to make mine. Each page, front and back is decorated with either paper/embellishments or photos or both. Mine is full of pictures of my two beautiful granddaughters.

This was a blank chipboard book kit I bought at Michaels for $1.00 at Michaels around Christmas time. I papered and embellished each page and made a photo album. I still have quite a few of these blank books in different shapes I need to work on. Always thinking..

I think that's it for most of the projects I worked on the last few months leading up to Christmas. The next post will be a few shots of my albums.

One Day At A Time

I've been reading blogs for years, but this is my first attempt at having one of my own. Bear with me as I go through the learning process.

I'm fairly new at scrapbooking.  Although I've been dabbling for a couple of years, on and off,  I've been addicted for probably a little over a year now. It got worse when I purchased my Cricut Expression last August. Since that time, I've gone from keeping what little supplies I had in a little box to putting a large bookshelf in my dining room and I'm in need of more space.

Like most addicts I know or have read about on their blogs or other websites or forums, the more I get into this "paper therapy", the messier the house gets, the more my teenager rolls her eyes, and the more my bank account shrinks every time I see a good sale. But.... we do enjoy this, don't we? I know I do, I just have so much to learn and explore. I'd love it if you'd learn with me or if you're experienced, share... please share tips and tricks from your knowledge base.

It's late now, but tomorrow I'll post some pictures of some of my projects I've already completed. My scrapbooks are rather plain compared to what I've seen, but I'm ready to branch out and make use of my Cricut, Gypsy, Your Story, Embosser and any other "must have" tools that I get in the future.