Saturday, 27 September 2008

Butterfly house mini album

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This is pretty much the second mini-album I've ever made. I've learned a few things I wish I knew before I started.
  1. Cutting and sanding around the scallops took ages, but the finished product is totally worth it, because scallops and sanded edges look so pretty.
  2. Smaller photos are easier to scrapbook (I cut these ones down from 4x6).
  3. Stamps and inking are great - looks cool, but doesn't make the book un-closeable. (I know that's not a word, but you know what I mean.)
  4. It takes me twice as long to make a mini album as I thought it would.
  5. Finding room for a lot of journaling was the hardest, until I added the journaling pages.
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This butterfly was very active. It flitted in our faces several times. It was also bigger than most of the other butterflies that we saw. And so pretty.

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"All that we see or seem, is but a dream within a dream. -Edgar Allan Poe"
It was so much fun watching this butterfly flying around this flower. I tried to catch it in action but it moved to fast for me.
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Our trip to the Southsea Natural History museum was on a lovely warm summer Saturday. It was extra warm in the butterfly room to keep them nice and cozy.
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This one was resting on the underside of a potted plant.
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This butterfly is the same as the one from the previous page. It decided to move location when I was photographing it.
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This was my first trip to the butterfly house but it shouldn't be the last. Ian and I had a lovely day going around Southsea on Sat. July 26th.
"It is never too late to be what you might have been. -George Eliot"
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Magistical Memories chipboard album

Black, white pp -> pinkpaislee (vintage moon collection)
orange stripe -> Fiskars Kimberly Poloson
orange bazzil

diamonds, butterfly and dotted lines -> Penny Black 'Salutations' clear set
Arrow -> hero arts letter S set

brown, black, and white inks
clear embossing powder
Basic grey chipboard alpha
various ribbons and rub-ons

Sunday, 21 September 2008

Money LO and money wallet card

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Basic Grey pp
pink and yellow cardstock
Inque Boutique stamp (lines)
QK file flap die
QK alphabet Pheobe mini
Paper Salon alphabet stamps
pink and dk blue inkpads
corner rounder
pink eyelets
teal ribbon

I made this LO for'Economics' class at the Nook 'University.'
The goal was to use this sketch to do a LO about
what I love and hate spending money on.

ecomics sketch

I also did the Extra Credit for Ecomics by making a birthday card with a money wallet and a matching envelope. And because I thought it would be more 'economical' to use the scraps from the LO.
Basic Grey pp
Stampin' Up stamp
QK Pheobe mini alphabet
black satin ribbon
green ribbon

Here's inside. I didn't have any £5 or £10 notes so I used a dollar I had left over from my visit to California. I'm going to use the pocket for strips of stickers when I give it to Keris. I hope she likes it.

My great-grandmother Olga

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Prima felt
Scenic Route pp (polka dot)
FancyPants pp (flowers)

This challenge was for 'History' class at the Nook 'University.'

  1. A layout about my history.
  2. The story must be at least 20 years old.
  3. And the layout must contain something old!
I chose a photo of my great-grandmother Olga. I never got to know her, so it was nice to do some background research about her. She died before I was one, so her story is definitely more than 20 years ago.

The 'old' thing on this LO is the beads. I've had them since high-school (5+ years ago), and for a 22-year-old that's old. I don't really have anything else in the house that I could use that is older than 3 years. Isn't that funny.

More projects coming soon.

Sunday, 14 September 2008

This week...

I've been making scrapbook layouts!
For the rest of September, my favorite scrapbook site ( is having a really fun challenge called "Nook University." All the challenges are school related. You'll see what I mean when I show the three layouts I made for this week.
This one was for "Math" class. The challenge was to have lots of multiples of three.
Doing threes was easy but having 6,9, or more was difficult. So I have:

9 materials:
Fiskars Kimberly Poloson Patterned paper
Prima ivory felt ribbon
Quickutz Paige and Paige mini alphabets
Stampin' Up Scallop Circle Punch
Making Memories Journaling Pages
Antique brads by Buttons Galore
Tim Holtz distress ink - antique linen
Corner Rounder
Misc. Ribbon

3 photos, 3 patterned paper, 6 brads, 3 scallop circles, 6 scallop edges total, 9 inches felt ribbon, 33 cm brown ribbon, 9 cm teal ribbon, 3 ribbons total, and 15 QK die-cut letters

This is my brother. He's in Australia right now, if you can't guess.
The next LO I did for "Intro to Art." The challenge was to choose a choose a piece of artwork and use it to inspire a LO.

I LOVE art nouveau.
I chose Alphonse Mucha's 'Moon.'

Moon Alphonse Mucha Painting Alphonse Mucha Topaz Alphonse Mucha
I just want to show these other two, because they show the curved lines and circles typical to art nouveau.

So here's my attempt at an art nouveau layout:
Tinkering Ink patterned papers
Inque boutique chipboard - 'Bee' and swirls
American Crafts thickers - 'bumble'
blue/purple cardstock
SU Scallop punch (punched twice to make the smaller scallops/spikey circles)
1.5" circle punch
Purple and dark blue inkpads

And my last LO for this week was for "English" class. The challenge was to make a LO about reading, including a photo of myself reading a book and at least 50 words of journaling.
Please forgive the night-time photo. (It makes the photo have glare - it looks like scratches.)

Journaling reads:
"I love reading. As I was growing up there were always books in our house.
When my sister, Leah, was in first grade, she loved reading so much she tried to teach me at age 2! I didn't take to it then, but her love of reading has definitely influenced mine.
I was a big reader in school and even now I'm always on the lookout for a new author or series.
Here I'm reading one recommended by Leah: Stephanie Meyer's Twilight.
September 2008"

Prima papers, and flowers ('Tea & Silk')
Prima journaling sheets ('whisper')
Imaginisce Crystals (inked black with Sta-On)
crystal brads
May Arts black ribbon
twined thread ribbon
Studio g alphabet stamps

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Wedding card

I needed to make a wedding card, but realized I didn't have any wedding-style stamps. I find theme stamps are better for theme cards (makes life simpler).

So I did some research and found this lovely set of Inkadinkado clear stamps. I love getting sets; they are usually better value. (Click on the photos if you want to see them larger.)
Inkadinkado stamps (wedding/marriage),
cardstock, eyelets, ribbon, and Doodlebug paper.