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!!!

Thanks for stopping by and any comments you wish to make 

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.

Thank you for stopping by and any comments you wish to make.