Hi Friday scrapbookers and looker-on-ers and those who would scrap but never get around to it.
Today I'm going to share a little scrappy type of project, that I've been working on over the past week or so. I do apologize the hasn't been too many new layouts shown on here - they will come, and very soon - I pinky promise!!!
So this project was a gift for my Mother's birthday a couple of days ago. My Mum is one of those Mums who are extremely tricky to buy for and every year my sisters and Dad and I are all completely stumped at what gift to get her. She is a garage sale queen and her hobby is doing the rounds of the local second hand/st vinnies/salvos/good will type stores, scouring for bargains. So you can't exactly by her a new vase, for example, cause she just picked up 3 perfectly good ones (2 possibly antique) this week while doing the rounds of her favourite pre-loved stores. So you see our dilemma.
We decided (when I say we, I mean 'I') to think outside the box and make something fun that would show her that she is appreciated. My sister was going to a local park about 3 weeks ago, and asked my other sister and I to join her, with all the children. I took this as the perfect opportunity to bring along with me a notebook, and I made them sit on the park bench and recount lessons they learned from our mother.
I planned on assembling all the lessons learned in a mini album and try to find some photos of our mother from our childhood to go with the journaling. We ended up bringing up lots of funny memories too, and sat there laughing hysterically on the park bench, so the book ended up including lots of memories about Mum from our childhood, as well as the lessons we learned.
As I started compiling the journaling into related areas (eg domestic lessons, random life lessons, lessons about laundry/ cooking etc) I had my sisters search through their old photos for anything relevant. I also headed to the local scrap shop and searched for some 70's looking paper, or paper that reminded me of when we were kids.
I started out with an empty 5 x 7" chipboard mini album from Maya Road. I've had it stashed away for a couple of years, and was pleased to put it to use.
The album had 9 chipboard pages (9 double pages) and had planned to do one page with a photo and the facing page with the journaling. I ended up with too many fun 70's photos, so I complied then into a collage in Photoshop Elements and printed them out as nine 5 x 7 enlargements. I tried keep the photos relating to the journaling on the facing page as much as possible. I stuck the 5 x 7 enlargements on to the nine chipboard pages. The album, I discovered wasn't exactly 5 x 7 - it was more like 5.5 x 7" so I had to add a strip of patterned paper across the bottom edge, and ran it right across onto the facing page for continuity.
Then it was onto the journaling. I printed it out at a LOVELY friend's house, who let me take over her printer cause mine still wasn't (isn't) fixed - thank you, friend - and printed each piece as a 5 x 7 journaling block. Then I inked the edges cause I figured they would get dirty with fingerprints otherwise, so I might as well dirty them up ahead of time. The inking actually looked quite good and rustic.
Then I stuck the cardstock journaling pages down, and this is how the inside pages looked.
Then it was onto the cover. I ended up covering back and front with strips of the paper used at the bottom of each page. All nice and vintage/retro and old looking. Stuck everything on with double sided tape. Here's the progress shot.
Here's the front and back covers finished. (AC vinyl thickers for the title)
The spine was giving me grief, so I ended up 'binding' it with a strip of wide black tape and putting an extra strip of pp down the spine to hide the majority of the tape. Looked okay in the end, though.
So there you have it. Got any ideas for your Mother's Christmas present this year?
Now in other exciting news, I have a giveaway for you.
I was invited by Angie Lucas from Ella Publishing to join in with four other women (all from USA) to create an ebook about scrapbooking girls. We each had to do 4 new layouts, so that's 20 layouts altogether.
All five of us contributors, only have girls (!) The book is now ready and available for purchase here through Ella and I have seen it, and it is very cool. I got some heavy inspiration from what I saw in it, and it is much better than buying a magazine, cause each and every page is really good, and there's no ads! With an ebook, you buy it (it's $US5.99) then you can download it, and if you want to, you can then print it out. You can print it out on some cardstock or heavy paper, or if you want to be really swish, print it out on matte photo paper and put it in a nice binder and you'll have a quality book. Ella has a free sampler book on it's site (a mix of all the ebooks) and there are many other ebooks for sale there, so if you were to buy and print several out, you would have an awesome collection of great reference material.
Here's the blurb for this current 'girls ebook' ...
"Got girls? This handy-dandy guidebook is here to help you make sure you capture all the essentials of who they are—the facets of their lives and personalities that matter most—in between all the holiday and event photos that describe what they do. We invited five moms of girls (and only girls) to brainstorm a list of 20 essential “girly” topics and create stunning layout examples for each. They offered up their best ideas for making their girls’ layouts meaningful, authentic, and unique. And with 13 daughters, ranging in age from 3 to 16, these women know a thing or two about buttons and butterflies, princess costumes and prom dresses. Let's get girly!" p.s. Ella has an Essential Guide for Scrapbooking Boys, too! Watch for it in September 2010.
Ella Publishing has given me as a contributor, TWO FREE ebooks to give away to two of my blog readers! It is a 30 page book, with 20 brand new layouts for girls and LOTS more tips and ideas and variations. And I've seen it, and it's good!!!
All you need to do to win this ebook is leave me a comment, and tell me something like, do you scrapbook? When do you scrapbook? Do you wish you actually did do some scrapbooking? what do you love/hate about scrapbooking? tell me whatever you want, just leave me a comment and I will pick two people to receive an ebook (through email, I will send you a special code to download).
You have up until and including Sept 1st to leave a comment. Click on the 'comments' tag at the end of the post. You don't have to have an 'account' or whatever to leave a comment, just sign in as an anonymous person, but leave your name in your comment.
See you soon!