Monday, August 23, 2010

Altered Composition Book & Porch Project Sneak Peek

Lately on Splitcoast Stampers there has been some buzz about the availability of cheap composition books at big box stores thanks to back-to-school sales. These notebooks are quick & easy to alter and perfect for journals, organizers, etc. The clever crafters at SCS have shown that there really is no end to the usefulness of these books.

I picked mine up at Wal-Mart for 25 cents each and altered mine to keep meeting notes and reminders. I used the Trend K&Company Scrap Pad to Go to alter it, which was great because it had all sorts of useful coordinating elements, like the tabs, frame, mini file folders, etc.

Back view:

I have a feeling I'll be spending a lot of time here with my journal:

Yep! Remember that porch project we started last year?

We're coming down the homestretch now. Just some touch-up staining on the balusters, staining the ceiling, and some finishing touches here and there - and we're done! I'll definitely share some full-view photos with you when that happens. :)

Thanks for stopping by today!


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Holiday Head Start

This year I am determined to get a head start on my holiday crafting. I always have a million ideas for homemade gifts and cards, then I run out of time and only create a fraction of them. I figure that even if I only make one or two things a week, I will still be way ahead of the game.

This week on the Crafty Secrets forum challenge on Splitcoast Stampers, Pammyjo challenged us to use paper bags for our projects. I cut down and folded a lunch sack to make this Christmas gift card holder. It was such fun and pretty quick to make!

Main Image - Crafty Secrets - Seasonal Images booklet
Stamps - Crafty Secrets - Sweet Kids (snowflakes); Papertrey Ink - Mixed Messages
Ink - Ranger Distress Ink - Antique Linen; Stampin' Up! - River Rock
Patterned Paper & Tag - Basic Grey
Cardstock - K&Company (red); Neenah Paper (natural)
Accessories - ribbon & brad - Making Memories; embroidery floss - DMC; vintage button; edge distresser - Heidi Swapp

Last week for the Crafty Secrets member forum challenge, Darlene asked us to use blue on our projects. I used this adorable Thanksgiving image from CS's Seasonal images booklet.

Main Image - Crafty Secrets - Seasonal Images booklet
Stamps - Crafty Secrets - Thanksgiving set
Ink - Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Cardstock - Core'dinations; Gina K. Designs (natural)
Markers - Copic Sketch
Accessories - ribbon - Paper Wishes; Pop Dots

Thanks for stopping by! Wishing you a great day!