Monday, July 30, 2012

A new mini!

Inspiration from both the Paper Phenomenon and Following the Paper Trail blogs.  I used techniques that I learned from both Kathy and Laura to create a mini the way I need it to be.  Still adding embellishments and photos (It holds a lot - that is what I was going for!!!).

Stack the deck binding and the chipboard cover (aka cereal boxes for this one) using the 1/4" gap and tyvek (also known as old feed bags around here) are two of the techniques as well as the build a page idea.  Only built the pages for my books.  Some of the build a page add ons remind me of pieces from a paper bag album.

One other note - I don't have a card for my camera right now - with kids all over the US right now, my cards are traveling, so these cell phone pics are the best I can do currently.  Planning on buying another card, but won't be until shopping day.  I still am not sure how I get some good pictures and others look not so hot.

So, on with the album:

Cover - I did discover that even though using my xyron for sticking large sheets of paper is great for some altered projects, I didn't care for it for making the covers.  It is more work, but I like using the Scor Tape much better.  It seems to give a smoother finish for parts.  It could be the weight of my cover paper that caused my issues (DCWV Safari Chic), so I am not 100% sure on the above statement, but I know I like Score tape.

One of my first inside pages - it doesn't look like it here, but there are two flaps on this page.  One is a 1/2 width full size flap with a tag for some memorabilia and the other opens from the base.

This is one of my favorite pages - though the slant pocket still needs it's tag added (I ran out of the cardstock, so I guess I will just 'have' to shop ROFL).
 Another one that was fun to create for some little tags I have to save - there are two little flaps - each with a pocket at the end of the yellowish page.  The plaid is a standard type page with a single flap.  All six pages in the album have a large pull out tag to hold photos.

My back cover.  The crease drives me nuts, but doesn't show nearly as much IRL.  I was able to flatten it out a bit, but as this is an album cover from my stash, getting another piece out isn't an option.  However, as it is the back of the book I don't think it will be much of an issue.  Actually, unless the book is at the right angle, no one else has seen it.  Imperfections are just the opportunities for creativity anyway (no, I don't remember original author of that quote, but it is true), so can't wait to see what ends up on the back.

Thanks for looking.  It is to be a hot one here, so I am picking photos and embellishments from my stash and plan to enjoy myself while doing laundry and completing my mini.  I keep making them for others so it has been fun to try one for family.

As I finish embellishing, the photos can be viewed over at

Have a wonderful day!Scrapbooking Fun.Biz

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Not Perfect, but progress

At least now I can see that I have 7 projects in progress.  My temporary scrap area always seems to need cleaning :D.

Can't wait to be able to use my original area (I prefer to stand, but the Achilles thing has me sitting a lot more these days).

You can also see some of my in progress bags in the background.  Below are a few photos of my best selling these days: 

If you are interested, email me at and I can send you a pdf flier of the current bag/shopping tote/recycled/upcycled shopper offerings.  Prices are $20 per bag with no shipping fee.  I do offer a special of 3 bags for $50 as well (again, no shipping fee).  I also offer a sewing service - you send me your bags and I will sew them up.  Feel free to ask about that as well.

Have a wonderful day!

My poor table

Is kind of buried.  In stuff - projects/samples, trial and error and swaps in progress.

Some things are for a Kaisercraft swap over on  Some others are things in progress for an altered Item swap (I think it is th Authentic Glory collection for that - once I decide on a design I will double check the paper.  So far, three possibilities, so will see what the paper things LOL).

The imaginesce strips need to find the recycle bin and the chopsticks need to be put away.  I never have gotten my album to work correctly with them.  Wow, in photos there is a roll of tape to return to it's location, the gypsy needs to go back to it's location and the grey from the anniversary box needs to go either to scraps or recycling as well.

 The little mini in red or the little mini in green (behind and under) are my two favorite choices for an altered item so far, but then I found some other things so have no clue what will be used.  The making of a rosette that didn't work can be seen.  If you have ever made on with 2" paper, I would love to know how.  It worked once, but never has again and I wish I knew why.

Well, time to stop blogging and start cleaning.  Everyone have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Flower sprays and Butterflies

during the class, I mentioned a red/white/blue spray - here is the start of it

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Want to see a live video of the album below?

The sound isn't quite right, but you can see a photo of the album in action (prior to final decorating).

Just sign up for a free account and join the crowd to see the videos.

Also - I will be offering a free class at 7 pm CST on Wednesday, July 18, 2012.  Class will cover the bead sprays and the butterflies shown below.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Bad Weather? == Scrappy Time!!!

This is a book I saw over at Paper Phenomenon.  I was able to put it together yesterday.  Not completely embellished, but definitely fun.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Fun with Embossing

These are simple cards I created for a teen card swap over at  Cards are such a challenge to me, I am happy to have completed this set.  They were fun to create, once I figured out what I could do.  I ended up with a rather large pile of stuff I didn't like.  Definitely fun to figure out, as well as frustrating at times.  Can't wait to try some more!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Bags, Bags, Bags!!!

I have changed the stitching on the bags, plus some really fun new styles (that have to be made into bags yet)

First - one of my favorites - the Chicken Feed Sack Shopping Tote Bag.  I love the way this one works for hauling around fresh fruits and veggies.  It is a bit shorter than the other bags, but can haul a lot!

My kids changed litter brands on me when they saw this hilarious bag.  Soon I will have some funny bags in the line for the person with a great sense of humor.

This is a smaller bag (happens to be the bird food we like to use).  I don't have many of these (one as of now), but it will be a pretty bag that is partially transparent.
 This is just a cute looking bag from the outdoor cat food.  Unfortunately, the prescription diet my indoor cat eats does not come in a reusable bag.
 I think this will make a pretty bag.  It is the scene from a mini-pig food we have been using.

These are limited in stock as we no longer use this particular type of cat food.  I love these extra large bags for those days when picking up paper towels/tp and such.
 This is a great little tote for kids to carry some books and treasures.  It is just over the size of a legal size pad of paper and about 3" wide.  This is also a bag that has limited stock as it was a type of cat food we wanted to try.

This is design #1 for our horse bags.  This is from Safe Choice feed (my younger mares get this one and look fabulous).  The bag is nice and strong.  The zig zag stitch tends to hold up better when filling these bags with cans.  This is a great shopping bag.

One of my new favorites.  The Deer food upcycled Shopping Bag/Tote.  It looks so pretty in person (my camera is sitting somewhere safe - wish I knew where -  so this is a cell phone pic).  I am looking forward to being able to shop soon so I can put it to the test.  I think this is going to be perfect for boxed goods.
If you are interested in any of the bags (or would like a pdf flier of our current bags), just email me at  Include BAGS in the reference line.  Current pricing has dropped (as I have found a few better ways to do things).  Bags retail for $12.00 each (no shipping charge in the USA) or 3 for $33 with no shipping charge in the USA.

The clutches and messenger bags are coming along.