Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Not too Blue

I have lots of things to share...just can't quit scrapping long enough to type!  I appreciate all those who blog every day..WOW!  Lot's of time involved.
  Back on task now...I'M GOING TO BE A GRANDMA AGAIN!!!  You may remember my daughter was so sick at Christmas with a tubal pregnancy/rupture?  Well, she is definitely fertile and is in her 6th week with a new blessing.  I decided I should celebrate by finally scrapping her 2 and a half year old son's birth.  Now I'm not a bad Grandma--I have scrapped him for her album, just hadn't gotten to mine yet
I goofed up by taking the photos of the layouts at different times of day, so the colors don't look the same...but I promise it is the same paper!He was born in Ellsworth, Maine, not far from the ocean.  The first half I focused on his birth, which was  a little rough...he was suctioned into the birth canal. When Tami checked in for her scheduled c-section, she was in labor and didn't know it!  (She carried a gun for the Navy..what I can say except she's tough!?!)  
          The bruise on his head is of the doctor's fingers, as she tried to un-suction him. His hands had no color, cause his cord was wrapped around his neck a few times.  Hence the bruises around his neck.   The photos on the following page are at the ocean below Eagle Bluff Inn outside Winter Harbor.  (Great b&b if you are up that way!)  He was a week old in these.  And could a mom & dad ever look happier? 
   I used paper from My Mind's Eye from the paper pack Twinkle little Boy.  I had one scalloped chipboard which matches the pattern on the star paper.  So I fussy-cut the flat piece on the first page.  My rick-rack was burnt orange and didn't quite fit..so I dirtied it up with Distress Ink. I added fuzzy star brads from Making Memories on either end to hold it down.  
And Distress Ink to the rescue again on page 2, where my 7 Gypsies tag was a little too manila.  I just changed it with a little ink and a squirt bottle!  A chipboard star covered in coordinating paper & a quote from DejaVu vellum page and !!! a great 2 page layout!  If I do say so myself!  And I have to, cause there is no one else here! 
   Hope you are all taking some time to enjoy your craft and keep dreamin'...

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Very Creative Cuts & Crafts

I said a couple of days ago that I had been busy practicing craft, so I wanted to show you a little peek of a project.  I can't show all in case hubby reads my blog...it is a gift for him for his birthday. His Grandfather Lee had a large hand in raising Steve, and I am going to make it a tribute book.  He was a wonderful gift from God for Steve. It is called a man's book. 

 I took this class at Creative Cuts & Crafts in Villa Park last week with Linda, a co-owner teaching.  She does wonderful books.  And she's a great, patient teacher.  She need be with the thousands of questions I have and all the help I need!  These books are all handmade, completely. (OK we don't make the paper, but you get my drift!

 We made the cover from chipboard, did some construction on pages, sewed signatures, and bound the signatures together with leather straps.  In our kit there was a wooden frame in which to put a picture or title for your book.  It was a wonderful process....I LOVE IT!!   We used the wonderful Graphic 45 paper and lots of rich embellishments! 

If you can, get over to the store and sign up for a class.  All the teacher's are creative and fun.  And it's not big box store classes...these are true art classes.  They have a huge selection of stamps and card supplies, and even have a space for you to come in and do cards.  I sound like an advertisement, but really I just LOVE THIS PLACE!!

It's nice to find a place where they are living their dreams....they help me keep Dreamin'