So, this is kind of a novelty for me. A layout that took only 20 minutes to put together, and I think that even includes resizing and printing the pictures.
The trick is: no paint, no handmade titles, and no embellishments that need to be stitched in place (so no buttons, because I'm incapable of leaving a button unstitched - I just can't do it). Over on the Cocoa Daisy message board, I challenged our members to do a layout in 20 minutes. Oh, and it had to have something to do with summer as well. This was mine. Just a list of a few of my summer projects, so far. Oh, and if you want to play along and win a $5 voucher/coupon for the store, you have until tomorrow at 3PM eastern. :)
I got season 5, disc 1 of The Wire in the mail today, so I think I'll dive into it tonight. Best show ever. I really don't want it to end. And I still miss Wallace.
I'm rearranging and restyling this week! Starting with the wall near my bed. Firstly, I made curtains. Or rather, I altered curtains that I found at the Salvation Army to make them pole pocket. So I can finally include the window in pictures. Yay!
When I first moved in, I knew I wanted the large oil painting to be on that wall, but the rest of it wasn't really working for me. I think I'm finally happy with it, but I might add more family photos. Here's what it looked like before...
Part of the problem was that I'm kind of over those two small oil paintings at the bottom. And the mirror at the top there didn't really make sense. I moved it to the bathroom where I can use it to check the back of my hair.
Here's a closer look at the wall now, complete with poorly rendered arrows.
The impetus for the restyle was the arrival of my Elvis Costello watercolor. He's about the coolest thing I've ever seen. Check out Sheena's shop! I love her pop culture watercolors!
The wall above the bed stayed the same because I was pretty happy with the way that turned out from the beginning.
So the bedroom is taking shape. I'm reasonably happy with the section that is visible in the first picture. Still working on the other bits.
In other news, I moved the TV upstairs to a nook in the bedroom and moved the couch in the living room to open up the space and make it better for entertaining. I still need to do a lot of work on the downstairs room, though, so no pictures yet.
Also, someone I know is getting some snail mail this week, so watch out!
Last weekend, we threw my best friend a wedding shower and I was in charge of the decorations. We had the shower at her parents' house. Her dad has an incredible garden and not only provided all the flowers, but arranged them as well. I think he has a real knack for it. The simple flower arrangements worked really well with the decorations I came up with.
I love the mason jars. All I did was place a white doily underneath them and add some hand cut x's and o's. I made a huge stack of them and scattered them randomly around on the serving tables and on the eating tables.
The chandelier was one of my favorite things.
I had made a feather garland by running feathers through my sewing machine, which actually doesn't work that well. So I only had one sort of short one. Her sister suggested putting it on the chandelier and it looked perfect!
I used a lot of simple home-made paper garlands. I did a bunch with small doilies and glittery hearts. Mainly I used them to decorate the serving tables, but I put the little bit that was leftover on the mirror here.
I made paper circle garlands out of an old pad of K & Company patterned paper I had in my stash.
And I cut a bunch of words out of red construction paper and made word banners. I'm going to keep construction paper in mind for all my future decorating needs. It's really cheap and I think the word banners add a fun touch.
So, this is now the second shower I've helped plan and done the decorations for. (My sister-in-law's baby shower was the first) I think I really love decorating for parties!
Yesterday, I dipped into Cocoa Daisy's gorgeous August kit, Siren's Call. It's very summery, with some really cool embellishments and a great custom stamp set. I love that the papers are perfect for summer/travel layouts, but don't necessarily need to be used in that way, know what I mean? I can't wait until you can see the whole thing, but for now, here are some peeks.
I love the label stickers that come with this one, and the buttons!
There's a great template from Crafter's Workshop in one of the add-ons that works like a dream with molding paste. I love the texture it added to this one.
I even played with the tissue paper packaging that came in the kit!
And I used a bunch of papers from the kit to prepare a little album for this year's beach week. I'll do a little post in a while explaining how it was constructed. I totally cheated!
OK, I'm off to study some chemistry. Have a great Wednesday!
I'm really glad I thought of it for two reasons: First, I've been making a real effort to use up some of my paper scraps lately because my scrap paper drawer is sort of overflowing. I cut paper up a lot, and sometimes I end up with nearly an entire sheet of paper with just a tiny strip or piece cut out of it. So I used up a big stack of them today. And second, I love hidden journaling but I'm running a little low on pockets to stuff it in.
I took one of the few envelopes I have left in my stash and used it as a guide to make a template. I traced the top flap, then sort of improvised on the rest. It's not perfect, but it's close enough.
Then I dug out a bunch of those really big scraps and traced my template onto all of them. I tried to trace on the side I didn't want to show as much as possible.
And cut them all out. This took a while, but it wasn't too bad. I think I cut out 19 of them in all. Once they were cut out, I gently erased any pencil marks that showed on the side I wanted to use.
Then I just folded in the sides, put a strip of glue (from a glue stick) down the inside edge of the outer flap, and glued the sides in place. And finally, I folded up the bottom flap and glued it. Once the envelopes were glued, I clamped the bottom seam down with a binder clamp to hold it in place for a few minutes while the glue dried.
And here's what they look like all finished. So pretty it kind of makes me want to write a letter!
I think I'll make a smaller version of the template so I can use some smaller scraps and have an assortment of envelope sizes. Now I have plenty of pockets for stuffing my journaling in!
I've been sitting on this for what feels like forever. It's actually only been a week, but I'm so excited about it that it feels like forever. It's maybe my favorite scrapbooking project ever. And I've been doing this for over eleven years now (wow) so that's saying something.
Paola's wedding shower is today, and this is her present. It's a book chronicling our entire friendship, which has spanned nineteen years, thus far. We met early in our freshman year at PC (1992 yikes) and have been best friends for nearly that long. I tried to do a project like this for her once before and failed because it seemed too hard. And that was about ten years ago, now. I was completely consumed by this project for about three straight days. I hardly slept. I get like that sometimes. Today, she'll get to see it and I can finally share some highlights.
Actually, the only thing I'm a little disappointed about is that some of the silver got rubbed off the duct tape during the binding process. Binding this book was a real bitch. Pardon my French. I tried about five different ways to bore through all the layers of paper before resorting to doing the pages in batches with my Crop-a-dile.
The cover/binding was done with bookboard, duct tape, and embroidery floss (all six strands together).
The pages are so bulky that I had to add some filler cardboard strips into the binding to get the book to lie (more or less) flat.
I adhered fabric to the inside covers with Mod Podge. And the intro page features some pictures of wedding-related craft store hijinks.
The pages of the book are a mixture of patterned scrapbooking paper, vintage wallpaper swatches, canvas, pages from a vintage pamphlet on wildflowers, fabric, and vintage ledger paper. A lot of gesso was used, and a fair number of doilies.
I used the ledger paper pages to type out my journaling with my old typewriter. The journaling is a jumble of anecdotes, lists, things we do, and some excerpts from my college journals. I also used my scrapbooks as a source of journaling. Some of the pages are mini-recreations of scrapbook layouts I've done over the years.
Sister Golden Hair is kind of our song. For some reason.
We've gone on several road trips together and I have this little black notebook that I've carried with me on all of them. We've made lists about and kept pretty extensive notes on our adventures. I typed up some of our lists and notes and put them in this pocket.
Obscure Scrubs reference.
Anecdotes from the late 90s and early aughts.
Shatty will know what this means.
Juan and the rest of the Superstars have their own page.
I used these gold Hambly frames to title a lot of the journaling pages.
A lot of the pages feature pink stitching.
I have a full-sized layout version of this page in one of my albums. The journaling comes right from the layout.
Some of the journaling is hand-written. I tried for a good mix of hand-written and typed journaling.
Rita and Kristen, the other two of my golden girls (I'm Blanche, by the way) feature pretty prominently in the book.
I don't have a scrapbook layout about this yet, but I should.
Inside back cover - more fabric and Mod Podge.
And the back cover.
Whew. Those are some of my favorite pages. I photographed all the pages pre-binding so I'd have them for myself, so I might share more pages in later posts.
Thanks for looking - I'm so excited about this one!
I've been meaning to check out the Framingham, MA Salvation Army for a while now. I've driven past it a hundred times, but never stopped until yesterday. Here's the weird thing. If you've ever been to Natick/Framingham, you know it's this gigantic shopping mecca with every store you can possibly think of, and a big mall. So I was there, and I went into Target, Home Goods, DSW, and a couple other places and didn't find a single thing I wanted. Then I went into the Salvation Army and found a ton of cool stuff. I love thrift stores!
Anyway, it may be clear from previous thrifting posts that I'm drawn to the ridiculous. Particularly ridiculous ceramic objects.
Case in point:
Yeah. It's a ceramic unicorn bookend with a rainbow airbrushed onto his neck. It gets better...
There are two of them. By far my favorite find of the day. $1 each.
Their other sides are rainbow free. I'm wondering if they'd look better flipped around because the rainbows don't really go with the other colors in the area.
Then I found this...
Apparently, I have a thing for unicorns. They just jump off the shelf at me. This one is currently on the bureau at the top of my stairs, along with some old family portraits and figurines from earlier thrifting adventures.
So, ceramic unicorns were the highlight of the day. Along with ceramic plaques.
I know. They're kind of ugly. I plan on hanging them all together in a group. I'm building quite a collection. You might recall this one I found a few months ago. None of yesterday's are quite that glorious, but for some reason I like them.
Especially this one. My theory is that they remind me of the ceramic things my Nana used to make. I've got a bunch of her pieces. She used to have a kiln in her basement.
This one was made from an Atlantic mold by Doris E. in 1978. That's right around the time my Nana would have been into ceramic molds. So I think that's the appeal, for me.
This one is so hideous it's awesome.
I think they're going to look awesome as a trio near my coatrack.
Then I found some books. You can find some good ones if you're willing to sort through a bunch of Harlequins.
They were $1 each. In fact, I think everything I bought yesterday was $1. Personally, I think Equus was overpriced, given its condition, but it's a charity so I don't mind too much. Books for beach week.
So, that's it. A bunch of ugly ceramic crap and some books.* I think it was a very successful day.
*Actually, there was an item of clothing as well, but I think I'm going to do a separate thrift store clothing post sometime soon.
I love projects. I've always called them projects, probably because my mom called them that. Even when I was really little. I remember making little things out of paper, or coloring, or whatever. If someone asked me what I was doing, I usually said "making a project." If it involved art or craft supplies in any way, it was, by default, a project.
Anyway, my definition of project has since expanded to include a lot of the things I do around the house.
Today, this was my project...
As you can see, I need to develop some photoshop skills. Those arrows are sort of sad looking.
I took the shelving unit out of the closet, reconfigured it, and reorganized everything. This is probably why I never make noticeable progress in my house. Because I do things like pull apart a perfectly functional closet to re-do it. The shelves weren't spaced properly to hold the albums in their upright positions, so a bunch of them had to be lying down. It's been bothering me since I moved in. I think it's much better now. This is one of my two bedroom closets. The other is a walk-in closet that holds all my clothes. This place has a good amount of closet space, which is really nice.
Anyway, the albums are all organized now. By category and by year, with special albums inserted in their most logical positions. For example, the cats album is on the friends shelf, because that makes sense, right? And that crate at the bottom labeled "ugly layouts?" So, my albums get sort of bursting. Every once in a while I pull out layouts that don't really appeal to me aesthetically and put them in the ugly bin. Sometimes they get re-done, if the mood strikes me.
Yesterday, Paola and I did a few more wedding projects.
We made little paper flags for her cupcakes...
and spray painted some glass vases. That one in the back is an old Mr. Peanut jar.
These will be part of the table decorations.
Then we went jogging, ate Chipotle, and watched Black Swan. That movie is weird full stop.
I'm off to do more jogging now. It's not that hot today. Yay!