I have been itching lately to make scrapbook pages. It is kind of odd for me to want to do pages, I really lack confidence in my ability to make them. I think it comes from a time when I got dropped from a design team because they only wanted page people and I wasn't a page maker, or so they decided. Now mind you, they didn't ask me if I could do pages, I am not sure if they had ever seen any from me. I was added to their team to make stuff and since I was a stuff maker they no longer wanted me. It probably sounds silly now, but I think I walked away from that thinking that my pages weren't "good enough".
Lately I have been thinking about the importance of scrapbook pages. I love that through a scrapbook page I can preserve a memory and some thoughts along with photos. It really doesn't matter if anyone else loves what I make, it only matters that *I* like them and that my family smiles when they look at them and read what I wrote. I guess that is part of the problem of being a professional designer. You get so caught up in creating for others and wanting them to be pleased in what you do, that you sometimes forget to take a break and just create for yourself and for what is in your heart and to not care if it is the greatest page or card or project ever made.
Since I have gone to being a full time artist, designer, and teacher I find that I struggle with what constitutes my work day. I pretty much work all day every day and pretty much all of it is designing classes or assignments or other things that go along with the development and promotion of them. I have decided though that I am going to give myself a day off to just do and create whatever I want. I am going to play and create because I love to. I am going to use whatever products I want and not worry about how much of one brand or another is used, if it will be picked up for a class, if it is publication worthy, etc. I am just going to play.
I am happy to report that yesterday on my first Sunday Play Day I created two scrapbook pages and one altered art piece for no reason what-so-ever except that it made me happy. Those two pages, which featured my wee girl Emma, made her smile and feel like a rock star because mommy made art about her and wrote about her love of Duff. Her little smile reminded me that I need to make pages and preserve more of the little moments in our lives. They don't have to be masterpieces, they just need to be little glimpse into our lives created with heart just "because'. So with all of those deep thoughts shared, how about a peek at one of those pages?
created July 2008This project was a hinged shadowbox frame that I created for the Pink Paislee booth for CHA-S 2008 featuring the Pop Fashion collection. The frame was another clearance find at Hobby Lobby. I painted the outside with pink crackle paint that let the original white of the frame show through. Inside the box, I included a piece of Magic Mesh that I cut into a circle with scallop edges. It came with a waxy backing paper that I left with it and stitched the two together. I layered those onto a round acrylic piece that I adhered with foam squares so that it would float out from the back. I added a photo of my wee one Emma's hands catching sunlight. I embellished the photo with flowers from Maya Road, vintage buttons, silk ribbon, florist wire, clear pieces from Heidi Swapp, and a rub-on and chipboard from the collection. I really thought it turned out pretty and really showcased such a sweet and treasured photo.
As promised, I made a video today sharing my technique for creating hand dyed crinkled seam binding. I was a little lighting challenged but over all I think it turned out pretty good and gives you an idea of how super easy it is to make your own crinkled seam binding.
I wanted to share a few regular photos of the ribbons from the video so that hopefully you could see them a little more in detail and see how really cool they turn out.
The yellow ribbon was created using Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in: Dazzling Diamonds, Yellow Daisy, Sunflower, and Peach Delight.
The pink ribbon was created using Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in: Dazzling Diamonds, Viva Pink, Vintage Pink, and Pink Bubblegum.The purple ribbon was created using Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in: Dazzling Diamonds, Lavender Fields, Purple Pansy, and Timeless Lilac. As I mentioned in the video, you can find Hug Snug seam binding in plenty of places online. I have personally purchased it from Zipper Stop. They have an eBay store Zipper Stop, a website, and also an Etsy shop. I have also purchased it through Jimtaly Wholesale Sewing. You will usually find the 100 yard rolls somewhere in the range of $7.00 - $9.00. There are also plenty of sellers on Etsy who sell it by the yard, but you will find it way more economical to purchase it by the role. Besides, once you make your first batch, you will be hooked and want to make more so you will be glad you had that big roll!
If you are in the greater St. Louis area this weekend, I hope you will swing by the Indie Craft Revolution at the St. Louis Art Guild in Knoll Park. It is going to be packed with lots of handmade artists with all types of cool things on display. I will be there with my metal art jewelry. I have a couple of new things I am adding to my line up and snapped some quick photos today as I was getting ready to pack the car.
Here is my vintage mirror turned into memo board all loaded up with pins and ready to display. I added tons of new pins in addition to some favorites from my Tammy Tutterow Etsy shop.
I was kind of in a bird loving mode so I have quite a few pins with birds.
Quite a few with flowers. . .
And of course lots of bees and butterflies.
And brand new. . .
Pendants! There are metal art pendants:
And acrylic pendants!
I am kind of thinking of keeping the little bee for myself though because I think it turned out super cute! If you aren't in St. Louis and you are feeling the need to own one or two (or three!) of these, I will be adding some of these lovelies to my Etsy shop after the weekend is over, so stay tuned for that!
If you haven't checked out this blog, you really should! It is packed full of amazing inspiration and projects using Mod Podge.
My featured project is my BasicGrey Cappella Canvas that features Prima Flowers that I repainted and sealed with Mod Podge. It was such a simple technique but it gave the flowers such a different and unique look.
You can find my original post with more details about this project HERE.
I also used the flowers on this frame, which you can read more about HERE.