Sunday, January 22, 2012

Introduction and Baby's First Year album

First I want to introduce Emma Nicole Versprille. She was born on December 15th weighing 5lbs 8oz. She is so much work but so much fun! Love her!

Now on to the crafting!

This is a gift for my sister-in-law. She is having a little boy, due at the end of February. I wanted to make something homemade for her baby shower. I think this came out great. I had to improvise a bit on this one but in the end, it worked out.

I used the Bazzil Basics Totally Exposed 8" x 8" album. It has a three ring binder inside and a finished outside. The chipboard pages are sold separately and have cute tabs in different shapes. I used the Java Walnut ink antiquing spray found at Michael's, to color the inside cover, the edges and the sticky back canvas. It is a really nice rich brown.

The paper collection I used is the Baby Steps collection by Simple Stories. I cannot say enough great things about these papers. They are so beautiful, easy to use and give so many options for journal spots and embellishments. They are a nice quality. I love them. They are also one of the only baby collections that can honestly work for a boy or a girl. Love, love, love!

This album came together quite easily. Of course I made it in the days surrounding my due date. So, I was on a clock and really worked to get it finished before I went into labor. I am really happy with the way it turned out and I hope my sister-in-law loves it too!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Baby Crib Mini Album

Ok, this is one of my favorite albums! It is mainly just photo mats but I just love the simplicity in that. It will really help the photos shine. I wanted a place to put pictures of my baby sleeping. Just sleeping. Baby's look so adorable and angelic when they sleep. When I saw this chipboard album on Bona's blog Live Love Scrap - I knew it would be perfect. Thank you Bona! She designed this die herself for her Accucut machine.

Because it was so simple, it came together very quickly. A great gift for a baby shower! I will do another video of this once I have pictures inside. It looks so great in her room and I love that it stands up!

I hope you like it!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Welcome Home Baby Album

I told you I would be back!

Today I want to share my first baby album for the little sprout. Obvioulsy there are not pictures yet since she is not here yet! I still wanted to share it with you.

I got this album from Kathryn @ Life on the Scrapbeach She made a Summer album with this chipboard album and I saw the chipboard and knew it would be perfect to celebrate the first day we bring our bundle of joy home. Thankfully, she was selling them! Thanks Kathryn!

I decided to use the Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime collection again. I wanted to use the non fairy patterns because I liked the soft colors. I also had enough left over from the 8x8 pad after the closet organizers to make this album without breaking into the 12x12 papers too much.

I also incorporated some things I had in my stash in the baby theme in order to keep it baby instead of springtime theme. These include the Little yellow bicycle Baby girl journal tablet, a baby journal notebook by and lastly the Baby Steps 6x6 pad by Simple Stories. I used these for little touches here and there. This with some pearls, lace and flower made this album come together.

I hope you like it! I think it will look adorable in her room as will she!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Do you remember me???

Hi everyone! I know, I know - I have been gone for quite some time now. Though, I have no excuse, I will try to explain. I have been overwhelmed by the new life changes that have happened to me this year. I started a new job in March and found out I was pregnant on April Fool's day! I was shocked as you can imagine. Excited but shocked! Needless to say I have been tired and worn out and not crafting that much. I also lost my craft room to the baby room,. Packing up all of my stuff into boxes messed with my creativity. I am now sharing the office with my husband. So far it is working out fine. I told him we should get a partner's desk, but I think that was pushing it, I mean I have already taken over the entire closet. Only downside so far, I no longer have a TV in my craft space. You can tell by the name of my blog that I love to watch TV while I craft. but I am making it work. I will make a video of my new space soon.

Speaking of my hubby, he yelled at me today when he found out I have been neglecting you so here I am! I have been doing a few projects for the baby so I will begin to share those with you now.

We are having a little girl. We don't have a name yet so don't ask! LOL! My hubby was concerned that we were only going to get baby clothes sized for a newborn. We was worried that out darling baby girl would be naked once she turned 6 months old. To ease his fears I decided I wanted the closet separators for each clothes size. I saw them at the baby store but they were so generic and boring. Enter my google search for homemade closet dividers. I found some made online by a fellow crafter. See my inspiration HERE!

Are those not adorable??? I loved them - only one problem. They were for a little boy. I knew for mine, I wanted to use the Graphic 45 Once upon a Springtime collection. I had been saving it until I go pregnant someday - who knew it would be so soon! Thanks goodness I am having a girl because this would not have been a manly collection to use for a baby boy!

I embellished with recollection flowers, E-line pearls, ribbon and more. I hope you like them. Easy to make, fast and pretty inexpensive. These would be a great gift for a baby shower!

So, I am back! I am sorry I deserted you, it was't intentional, life just got crazy! I will try to post at least twice a month, hopefully more often! I am due in 7 weeks and have a few projects I need to complete before the baby takes over our lives. I promise share them all with you!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

New cubicle decorations

So, I know that I have gone MIA again. It has been a big adjustment switching jobs. I am loving my new job. It's a lot of new things to learn but very exciting. I have been using the study skills I teach at Sylvan. Fun!

With my switch from an office to a cubicle, I needed to find a way to make it pretty. First step was to do a little recon. I checked out the themes others had chosen. I saw cubes with plants, children's pictures, Mr. Potatoheads (yup! with differnt hats and even a Darth Vador head!), transformers, sports posters and more. I didn't see any with crafts. YAY, a way to stand out!

I have decided to start slow. My first projects are as follows:

I made a post-it note holder. I used the basic grey origins collection. It came out super cute and looks great in my cube. I might need to add some ribbin to the top but I just didn't have the color I needed. Sorry if the pictures are blurry. I have discovered I am a terrible smart phone photographer.

Next, I decided to kick my price book up a notch. I have two 3 ring binders in my cube. One for pricing and one is a reference book for all I have been learning. I altered them both with minimal supplies. You can't put too much as they fit into a plastic protector. I used a piece of patterned paper and a few Recollections flowers. I added a bit of Tim Holtz wild honey and rusted hinge ink to pair the blue with orange.
For the reference book, I added a grungeboard butterfly inked with Tim Holtz weathered wood distress stain. I won some blog candy from him and he sent me 4 free bottles of stain! I just love that man! This stuff is great! I love how easily this covers! I added a Pearl for the body. I also added a few masked butterflies with tiny pearls as well. Of course I had to add something to the spine as well. I love how they turned out!

I have received a few compliments and I am pretty usure a few might think I am crazy to make a 3ring binder look pretty, but I know you all will understand!
Anyway, you will also be proud to know that I have started my Finn mini album! A long time coming. I will share it when I am done. If my office mates thought I was crazy before, wait till they see a mini album up close and personal.
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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Welcome Baby!

I hope you all had a great Valentine's Day!

Today, I want to share this baby girl mini album with you. My mother-in-law asked me to make this for an upcoming baby shower. I had so much fun making this album. Most of the baby stuff I make is for my nephews. I hardly ever get the change to get all pink and girly.

I wanted the album to be big enough for large photos. I made an 8" x 8" book. All of the photo mats in this album are meant for 4" x 6" photos. This way there will be no trimming or work involved making it super easy for the mommy to be to add photos. I also included a cheap tape runner.

I used the Nana's Nursery Baby Girl paper collection, Little Yellow Bicycle journal tablet, Recollections products and more. I finally got some sticky back canvas! So much fun. I love the way it came out! Check out the video below. Thanks for watching!

Monday, February 7, 2011

My Dad Rocks!

So, I know I have been MIA lately but for good reason. I got a new job! I have been crazy busy working two jobs and searching for a new one. It takes so much time to apply and follow up, interview etc. Worth it though! I have a new job and I am beyond excited and proud of myself. So now I can devote a bit more time to crafting and blogging!

I want to start by sharing one of my favorite Christmas presents with all of you. I have been struggling for what seems like forever to find a great ink storage solution. I had been using the Tim Holtz large metal ink case. However the minute I tried to make it cuter with fragments - it broke! Boo!

My dad decided to make me an ink solution for Christmas. I gave him the dimensions of my inks and how many slots I would need. He built me the best thing ever! It holds all of my inks and then some. I have a few inks that I never use but they are in there for now until I get a new ink to replace them with. So it rocks to have all of my inks right in front of me at all times. The best part though is the blocks. Blocks?? Yes, blocks! My dad is a genius and also a bit like Monk. He wanted all of my inks to be hanging over the edge by the same amount. He made blocks so my distress inks won't slide too far back, making it hard to grab. Then he made even bigger blocks for my small Stampin up spots and chalk cat eyes. Is that smart or what???

Check out the video below where I go through it and show how I store them. Thank you dad, you are the best!!!