Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Win a Scrapbox!

I love supporting other crafty blogs!

Check out this great blog called "Craft-a-holics Anonymous." She is celebrating her 3 (!) years of blogging and as a little bit of fun, you can enter up to 7 times to win an Original Workbox Scrapbox in Cherry finish.

We all could use a little more organization in our lives, right?

Enjoy and good luck!!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Envelope Album Madness!!

At the store I work at, I have started a REVOLUTION!!

It's called an Envelope Accordion Album and it is one of the easiest and most versatile mini albums I've ever made.

It all started when we got in Graphic 45's Old Curiosity Shoppe. Inspired by this quirky line, I wanted to make something a little different.

Here's what I came up with:

As you can see, this little album allows for A LOT of pictures. Not only to you have the fronts (shown here) and the backs of the envelopes, but each envelope allows for a 5x7 insert...Perfect for journaling or MORE pictures!

Once it's all folded and wrapped with fun jute, it's a perfect pocket/purse size album!

Want to make your own?

Here's how:

This Part is super easy:
1) Layout your envelopes as above, with the first one's opening facing to the right. All other envelopes' openings will face to the left. You can use any number of envelopes to make your project as big or as small as you want!
2) To form your cover, you will remove the flap from the 1st envelope before adhering the 2nd envelope's flap underneath it.
3) Starting with the 2nd envelope, you will apply your adhesive to the flap of each envelope and adhere it to the underside of the envelope to it's left. You will to this same process to form your chain of envelopes.
4) Fold it accordion style and you're done! The rest is up to you-dress it up as much or as little as you want!

I used 5 1/4 x 7 1/4 kraft envelopes by Canvas Corp for this project, but you can use any size or shape. This project is also a great use for all those junk mail return envelopes...they'll be covered so it won't matter what they say!

I hope you enjoy this new mini album and remember...get caught being creative!

Monday, August 6, 2012

My First Post!!

I'm so excited to be writing my first post on my first blog!!

As a creative person, I am always wanting to share all I do with people and this blog is my chance to take you along on the journey of my "Creative Life."

Here you will be able to find a small slice of all the things I, crafting, writing and whatever else my creative little heart desires.

I firmly believe that all people are destined to be creative in some way. Just look at the first 5 words of the Bible: Genesis 1:1 says "In the beginning, God CREATED..." And since we are made in His image, then we too are destined to be creative creatures. But too often, people thing that if they aren't Martha Stewart, then they are not "creative."

I hope this blog will inspire everyone, whether you see yourself as "creative" or not because...we are all called to creative...we just all go about it a different way. we go! There's no way I could do my first post without showing you a little something creative that ANYONE can make.

All I used was 5 sheets of paper from Graphic 45's Travelogue Line and Canvas Corp Mixed Media Glue.

Step One: Cut your 3 Base Papers to 8in x 12 in.
Heavier Weight, Double Sided paper is ideal for this project.
Score each piece down the middle.

Step 2: Laying your 3 folded pieces on top of each other, you will adhere
your 2nd flap to your third flap and your 4th flap to your 5th flap.
Voila! Your album base is done...all that's left is window dressing.

This is my cover page.
Graphic 45's Travelogue line is so fantastic I didn't even embellish the cover!

Page 1: The passport was cut from a Graphic 45 piece of paper (see below for it opened.)
Page 2: Large Mat with the Zebra print adds lots of of fun,
while the "Beach" sign helps leave your picture options open.

Page 1: The passport opens to reveal 4 tags.

Pages 3 & 4: Each of these cute little cards were cut from a full page
of card size images and have their own little pockets.

Page 5 & 6: These are my favorites!
I LOVE the orange background with the pop of flowers
Page 6: The "hidden gem" of this mini-album is this page.
This page actually holds a 6 page mini book! (see below)

Page 6 mini book open

Enjoy! And remember....TAKE TIME TO BE CREATIVE!!