Friday, January 8, 2010


This is the other mini album I finished up recently. I had purchased this word album and this set of papers quite awhile ago with the idea to use them together to make an album about our first house (I bought it all *after* we bought the house though, so I knew I would have the subject matter). I have been taking pictures of stuff along the way thinking maybe I would do an album of all our renovations, and that isn't quite how it turned out, but I love it nonetheless.

First off, I totally did not plan to have that picture of me peeking out through the whole in the letter 'O', but apparently all those scrapbooking rain dances I've been doing have paid off.

This key is what came with the house and is the original from when it was first built. Even though we are the 4th or 5th owners, we are the first to change the locks!

Getting this hardware just so was a real pain, but I think it looks so cool it was worth it!

It's a little hard to tell, but I embellished a lot of the pattern on the paper with stickles. Now their purchase has been justified :)

My poor husband- he wound up on the page with all the rhinestones!

Ahh good fortune- these shots came out great for scrapping; we were just excited new home owners!

So... much... painting...

I love the little bit of ribbon! This is also my most 'artistic' scrapbook shot. It's of a row of stakes we put around the back yard when we were getting the fence put in. I got the first stake in focus and rest of the background is blurry. Artsy!

Mental note: don't put fresh mini books on very dusty shelves or you will be sad.

I look forward to doing another word book- it was a lot of fun and relatively easy to do- there aren't that many pages! I could have added some short in between pages for journaling, but didn't feel like making it a huge production. Sometimes you just want to show a few pictures in a cute way.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Splish Splash!

A few months back I went to a day crop and found myself in an interesting situation: all the projects I was excited about working on got wrapped up really quickly, and I didn't really have anything planned. Luckily I grabbed extra photos and paper packs because I like to overpack like that. I had bought the DCWV Citrus PP pack and Cardstock pack in January 2009, but was crushed when they arrived and I hated them. I dragged my feet and by the time I was ready to return them, it was too late and I wouldn't even be able to get a store credit, so I hung on to them figuring I would maybe sell them to someone local or something. Anywho, as the months dragged by I found the paper less and less objectionable, and so when I was packing for this particular pack I tossed them in my bag. Lo and behold, they would being the perfect match for these photos I had with me! So the moral of the story is, always over pack and never return anything. Listen to my words of wisdom people!

I decided to take a pretty simple approach to this book and kept the journaling to a minimum, same with embellishments. I was pleased to find out that the Lime Ricky buttons and brads I had purchased were a perfect color match! I'm quite pleased with how this all came together.

I have had this scalloped square clear acrylic album for awhile but never felt comfortable with how I went to use it, but think using it for clear covers worked out great!

And now on to the barrage of gigantic pictures! As always, click to enbiggen.