Working on a 2 page layout

I’ve had this whole entire day to play in my room.  Clear off the table and begin using the part of my brain that has atrophied over the past few months.

My daughter, Tiffany (the embalmer), has requested that I make an album for her.  Joe teases her and calls her “The Body Snatcher” because she used to go to hospitals, nursing homes, private homes, and funeral homes to pick up the bodies of those that have departed.  She has worked her way up in the ranks from the “body snatching” part to an embalmer, and a Funeral Director.  This is her passion and she is very good at it.  Not being a “people person” in the beginning she had a difficult time with the grieving family members.

Now she has acquired a box full of photos of the Funeral Homes she has visited and their grounds, thank you cards from families she has been instrumental in helping through the end of life process of their loved ones, and newspaper clippings.

When she first approached me with the request my brain froze.  What was I going to use to create a book for her?  What papers are available to take on this challenge?  At my local scrapbook store, Whole Lotta Scrap, I found a paper pack by DCWV titled “Street Lace” and this is turning out to be the most fun to work with.

First page in the 2 page layout

First page in the 2 page layout

Background paper :  DCWV Street Lace

Matte paper:  Stampin’ Up! More Mustard card stock

Focal paper:  Prima – The Printery

Tim Holtz Distress Stains:  Spun Sugar, Wild Honey, and Peeled Paint

Ribbon:  Stampin’ Up! Certainly Celery 5/8″ Satin

Fold out photo book:  Stampin’ Up! (a light pink I don’t remember the name), Stampin’ Up! light gray (don’t remember the name) card stock, and 7 Gypsies Lille papers.

Lady embellishment at top:  Graphic 45 Stickers mounted on Stampin’ Up! Basic Black card stock

Tag:  Covered with Prima Printery paper. Tim Holtz Locket Keys and Stampin’ Up! Elements of Style stamp sentiment “Life is a matter of moments”.

Ribbon on tag:  Both Stampin’ Up!; 1/4″ gross grain Basic Black, and 1/8″ Pumpkin Pie.

Feathers:  Fancy Feathers – Guinea Fluff Mix from Hobby Lobby

Crystal flourish:  Say It With Crystals from Hobby Lobby

The paper edges are inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Walnut Stain

I think I’ve covered it all 😦

Here is a view of the completed page.

Completed page

Completed page

Using the Stampin’ Up! pink card stock I cut at 5″ x 12″ I scored it the long way at 4″ and 8″ to make the tri-fold booklet.  Stampin’ Up! gray card stock is cut at 4-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ and the corners are rounded with Stampin’ Up! Corner Rounder punch.  The decorative papers are from 7 Gypsies Lille 8×8 pad and cut to 4-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ with the corners rounded.  All papers are inked with the Walnut Stain ink.

The image on the top journal spot is from Graphic 45 Steam Punk Debutante.  The journal piece is  from an index card pack 3″ x 2-1/2″ from Office Depot.  The “Note” is a Stampin’ Up! stamp from the Notes and Details set.  I’ve used a piece of burlap I have from our “Day Job” and added Tim Holtz gears and sprockets.

Closer view of the journal spot

Closer view of the journal spot

The tag is chipboard.  I can’t remember if I have a Sizzix die for this or if I had purchased a pack of these tags.  Been too long.  The tag is covered with the Prima Printery paper and the edges are inked in Walnut Stain.  The key and lock are from Tim Holtz Locket Keys.  The key is tied with Stampin’ Up! Basic Black 1/4″ gross grain ribbon and 1/8″ Pumpkin Pie.  The sentiment is stamped on some light yellow textured card stock from Stampin’ Up! with inked edges (Walnut Stain) and the sentiment from Stampin’ Up! Elements of Style.  Don’t look too closely at it because you will see that I am not a good stamper.  Smudged and I have a tell tale rubber mark.  The punch is a Stampin’ Up! punch.  I can’t remember the name of it.  Is it any wonder why I have decided to no longer be a Stampin’ Up! Demo?!

Chipboard tag

Chipboard tag

 

Prima flower

Prima flower

This large flower is from Prima and starts out life as a creamy white color.  I used the En Francais stamp from Stampin’ Up! and Black Staz On ink to add a visual element to the flower then spritzed it with some of my “Home Made Shimmer/Glimmer Spritz” – Stampin’ Up! Cajun Craze.  The flower center is a Stampin’ Up! Fire Circle Brad in yellow.  The feathers beneath the flower are from Hobby Lobby – Fancy Feathers Guinea Fluff.

Crystal flourish

Crystal flourish

To dress up the bottom of the page I have attached a crystal flourish from Say It With Crystals I purchased from Hobby Lobby.

All in all, I’ve had a really fun day of creating.  I’ve sent photos of this page to Tiffany and she is excited and thrilled.  Tiffany is like me….not “girly girly”.  She has approved of this layout stating…and I quote….”Flowers and evrything u have chosen actually is perfect and totally peaceful, serene, funerial”.

Back to work tomorrow for another week or two before I am home for the winter and can really get totally involved with my crafting.

Hope you have enjoyed this trip through my head 🙂

Leslie

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I should not go shopping unsupervised.

Case in point.

Unsupervised shopping spree

Unsupervised shopping spree

I have a project I am preparing for.  I have been asked to create approximately 40 Post-It-Note Holders to be given as Christmas gifts.  Joe already is aware that I, absolutely – positively – without a doubt, have to be off the road no later than November 8th to accomplish this task.

I have some idea of what will be required of me to create these personalized Holders.  Armed with that knowledge…..and without a list :-(……I went shopping for masculine themed items.  I do not have much in the way of masculine stamps, ephemera, and embellishments, so this trip was necessary.

Little did I know that I had brought along with me a child of 5 or 6 years of age.  An unseen child.  More to the point….My Inner Child.  I have been face to face with a pouting, tantrum throwing, crying, screaming, and grabbing everything on the shelf child.  I kid you not.

I’m positive you have been in a store, enjoying your shopping experience by looking, touching, feeling, and handling items that catch your fancy.  Somewhere, across the store, you are jolted by the sound of a child having a fit.  Your pleasant experience has now turned very unpleasant.

Well, imagine you are shopping and things just appear in your cart.  Things you had not planned on purchasing.  I had that experience recently.  The pouting and tantrums (although silent) began to happen as soon as I put an item back on the shelf.  Muttering to myself why it was not necessary to have that particular item(s) caused a few heads to turn my way.

I had already purchased Graphic 45 paper packs at Blue Moon Scrapbooking and was awaiting the arrival of the order.  Now I needed to find masculine rubber stamp images, neutral and dark ribbons, and some Distress Stains.  Going into Michaels with a clear idea of what I was going to purchase I had a spring in my step and I was focused.

Until that child appeared out of nowhere and began the grabbing business.  Glue backed crystals were put back on the shelf with a muttering about not good on a masculine item.  The whining began just as quickly.  “They can be used in a set of three at the top and bottom to add interest” I muttered back “Not when they are as large as an eraser!”.  I got a couple of odd looks.  Another aisle held jars of Prima like flowers in vibrant colors and were huge.  Two jars ended up in my cart.  “Why did I put those in?” I asked myself.  The response in my head…..”I like the jar”.  That was all it was.  The jar.  Only the jar.  Not the ginormous flowers inside the jar, just the jar.  The feeling that came over me when I put the JARS back on the shelf was a pout and a total shut down in my brain.  Any thought toward finding masculine images left.  I was stuck with a child that was rigid, unmoving, and closed with her arms folded across her chest and a pinched look on her face.

Wandering the store, trying desperately to get control of myself, I found myself in the aisle with Tim Holtz clear stamp sets.  I did get the items I wanted, and to mollify the brat inside me I also picked up a couple of sets that are most definitely NOT masculine.

My next stop was Hobby Lobby to find the Distress Stains.  Without giving myself a chance to let the child know I was doing more shopping I headed directly to the far corner of the store where the Tim Holtz items are displayed.  I should have known better.

I had to pass a clearance aisle on my way.  High up on the wall hung Letter Press papers and inks.  The grabbing started all over again.  This time with the whine “They are only $2”.  I put all the papers back except for one pack.  These are heavy papers and I reasoned with my brat that I could practice the water coloring and Distress Stain techniques with these papers.  Yikes, crisis averted.

I did get the Distress Stains, and a couple of Distress Inks.  Items I did need.  Where did the brat go?  Shut up Leslie, leave it alone while it is still good.

On a different trip Joe had dropped me off at Hobby Lobby so he could run some errands then come and pick me up.  I had some time to kill so I began wandering the aisles.  There has been a major shuffle due to the huge selection of Christmas items on their shelves and I had to see what had been placed where.

I found myself in the aisle that held all the wood items.  Unpainted wood shelves, boxes, flat pieces with beveled edges to be made into clocks or bases for upright items like a lamp.  Hanging on the shelves were clothes pins.  I had remembered a YouTube video of someone using the clothes pins to get control of their ribbon mass.  I did pick up some of the pins.

Large pins

Large pins

30 to a pack at less than $3….$2.99 and

Small pins

Small pins

50 to a pack at less than $3….$2.99  I did get these.  I have an empty flower vase at home.  On our Anniversary I had bought Joe a big bouquet of flowers to celebrate our 21 years of marriage.

Flower vase

Flower vase

I did leave the store with other items and with little fuss from my Inner Child.  She still did sneak in a few items but this time the experience was better than the first one.  I do believe I still need to be supervised when I go shopping in a craft store.  The only place that I have not controlled my impulses and come to terms with myself.

At  home, looking at the mess I now have and the quantity of items to create my project….and about 1,000 more on top of that….I am pleased with what I have.  I have also found that I have enough ribbon on hand (from other unsupervised trips) to embellish the masculine items I will be creating.

If you have ribbons that are a big tangled mess, such as this one….

Mess of ribbon

Mess of ribbon

Then give this a try.  Until you get a good handle on how to wind the ribbon on the clothes pin you will find this a bit trying.  The ribbon, or the pin, will slip from your grip and unravel itself.

Feed one end of the ribbon through the prongs, leaving a bit of tail to hold tight as you begin the spinning process.

Feed the tail through the prongs

Feed the tail through the prongs

Have some Glue Dots handy.  Even a bit of Scotch Tape will work.

Glue Dots

Glue Dots

Once you have the ribbon wound on the pin(s) and the end held fast with the Glue Dot you will have a neat little spool of ribbon.

Ribbon spooled on clothes pin

Ribbon spooled on clothes pin

Doesn’t it look so nice and neat now? 🙂

So pretty

So pretty

And it looks really good up on my shelf, too 🙂

Ribbons

Ribbons

Tell me about your shopping experience with YOUR “Inner Child”.  Do you have “help” when you go shopping?  When you get home do you have “Buyers Remorse”?  Have you conquered the fight with your Inner Child?  If so, please give me advise on what you have done to save your sanity and your wallet 🙂

Leslie