Tuesday, 21 August 2012

19 cards and counting...

We have quite a large number of staff at the school where I work and I try to make cards for everyone, some months I am ahead of the cards I need and some months got missed last year due to illness.
So I thought having finished the one project that I wanted to get done, covering the album for my middle Grandson, I ought to get cracking on the cards for this school year, I need approx 40 female and 2 male.
I have used a variety of papers, mostly ones that I bought from my Daughter when she was selling her crafty stuff earlier in the year, some of the card blanks, the coloured square ones are photocards that were donated by a colleague from work I just trimmed them so they were even in shape and added large daisies cut using my sizzix bigz die - Daisies. I can't give any more details of the papers used as none of them were in the original wrapping except that I still have more than enough left to make the rest of the cards I'll need for the year.
I'm impressed that the cards this year have not cost me anything to make as I had everything in my now enormous collection of papers, card blanks, plain card etc.

Most of the cards are fairly simple but with so many to make I don't really have time to make lots of fancy ones, now to teach the new Year 3/4's to take the cards round to be signed without getting them dirty!!!

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Monday, 20 August 2012

And The Fun Begins Again ...

Well it's happened again, I bought an album to make my middle Grandson's baby album a few years ago.
I got it from that well known auction site and when it arrived I had a quick look but didn't completely unpack the box.
I thought it was about time to start on Reece's book, so I got it out of the cupboard, unpacked the box and was horrified to find that the book was almost completely faded except for the corners which were still bright yellow. I think it may have been in a shop window for a while before I bought it.

The leather effect ribbon was crooked and peeling off - another disaster was close to happening. I searched for several days online for another album, the trouble was that Reece is not a pale blue boy, he's an in your face as bright as possible boy. He had chosen his papers for the book (K&CO Hopscotch for Boys)
I found a stunning album in the USA but they do not ship to the UK, so I had an idea !!!
I took all the embellishments off of the book.

I covered the front and back with a large sheet of thin craft foam to hide the bumps after I had sanded the rough sticky tape off and took a trip to Hobbycraft, I had a little chat with the lady serving me and mentioned that every time Reece comes with me he goes home with a bump or cut, from either falling over stuff in the aisles or walking into display units, our local shop is not very child friendly. Eventually I managed to get her to move the fabric over just a few inches so that I knew I would have enough to play with without having to buy another metre of fabric.
So over the past two days I have cut, hemmed and stuck the fabric to the covers and spine and this is how it looks now.

Front and Back Cover

Inside of Front and Back Cover

I love it and I hope Reece will too.

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Sunday, 10 June 2012

Oh My Word - it's finally finished!!!

Well today after nearly 3 and a half years I finally finished my eldest Grandson's first album.
When I started I had a plain album designed to be decorated by me, but I didn't like the way it opened, the front cover creased every time the cover was opened.
So I looked for a new one - months passed whilst I looked everywhere. During this time I also decided I didn't like the colours I had originally chosen so I bought new papers, reprinted the photos and started again.

Still looking for an album to put it in I went away for the weekend with my lovely OH, we stopped off at the Clark's Village there was a dinky little craft shop there and lo and behold in box marked water damaged items was the album I had been searching for - the damage? a tiny dent in the bottom of the front and back cover just under the ric-rac braiding, so small you can barely see it!
I was over the moon, got it home and then it hit me I hated the way my pages looked with the new album. My problem was that for my son's book (H's Daddy) I had used Making Memories Sam range and I loved it to bits, so after weeks scouring ebay I found 2 large and 1 small packs of the Making Memories Ethan range, having ordered it I spend days looking for the postie.
This past week I have, with help now from H who is now 10 , he designed one double LO himself, been able to finish it.

The only problem is the other two now want their first books started too!!!
I wonder how long they'll take???

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Thursday, 16 February 2012

The Bad Blogger Returns

Well it certainly has been a long time since I last visited my poor unloved blog.
I did say I would try to blog more but somehow life has got in the way.
I have been taking part in a handmade tag-swap with some of my lovely Docrafts buddies and was stuck for ideas on how to store the ones I made and received.
Then at 3am this morning it hit me, when we did the ATC swap I bought a plastic ATC holder and decorated, there's possibly a post about it on here somewhere.
So today when we went shopping I bought a Craft Tonic 24 compartment sticker holder the kind you nornally would store peel-offs in.
I got my lovely OH to chop some off of the top because it was too long and then I decorated it.
I think it looks really pretty and my tags are somewhere safe.
I have added a few pics of the tags I have made and received so far.
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