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October 2012

Happy Halloween!!

Good morning, all!  I hope you're having a wonderful day so far!

For those of you who don't know, I'm a Philly girl, and our region was rocked pretty hard by that crazy b, Sandy, Sunday and Monday.  NYC & the Jersey coast were pretty much destroyed.  Please keep all of the people who have power outages and property damage in your prayers.  I was fortunate in that I don't have any property damage and I didn't lose power at all during the storm.  

With all that downtime, I was able to get a good amount of stitching done.  I worked on my sister's wedding gift, and I started some of my Christmas stitching, too.

graph from JBW Designs

I've been keeping you all updated in Instagram, and seriously sometimes legit forget that I have a blog I need to update, too!!!  Sheesh!!!

I know it may seem early to be posting Christmas stuff, but I always feel like I get so far behind with my gifts & stitching, that I have to start earlier this year to make sure I get it all done!

I have done some pretty cool Halloween stitched pieces, however, like Halloween Eve, Skeleton Crew, and Eat, Drink, and Be Scary.  So, although Christmas is my FAVORITE time of year, I do enjoy all the fun Halloween graphs that are out there, too :-)

Well, peeps, that's it for this Halloween morning.  I'm waiting for the delivery guys to get here with my dining room table (it was supposed to be delivered Monday....), and then it's back to work for me.

Also - if you havent already, hop on over to my friend Catherine's blog - she's hosting a giveaway sponsored by The Strawberry Sampler in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

I hope you all have a wonderful day, and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!! :-)

Much love ~~~


Lil' Sis's Wedding Scrapbook

Happy Thursday, everyone!  I hope you've all had a wonderful week so far!!

Yesterday, I showed you all the mini-albums I made for the bridesmaids, and promised that today I'd show you the finished scrapbook I made for my sister.

As I mentioned yesterday, I had a little trouble with this scrapbook, but only because the 12x12 layout size can be overwhelming and indimidating at times.  At least for me.  I've read scrapbookers' blogs where they have trouble making cards because they're too small - cards are actually my forte for that very reason.


Before I show you any of the layouts, I want to share with you the coolest thing I've discovered to date.  Now, these could have existed long before I found this gem, but I seriously almost screeched in Michael's when I saw this.

I know what you're all thinking right now - "Jack.  Seriously.  WTF.  It looks like cardboard.  Congratulations, you found the most boring album covered in brown paper bag."

Au contraire, my good friends.  This album is made with KRAFT PAPER as the cover.  Do you know what you can DO with kraft paper??????  ANYTHING YOU FRIGGIN WANT.

You can stamp it.  You can spray it.  You can ink it.  You can PAPER MACHE it.  ANYTHING.

And......BOOM goes the dynamite.

Seriously.  Could not contain my excitement for making not only a super-awesome scrapbook for my sister, but making the actual album just as awesome and personal!!!!!!

I had so many ideas, actually, that I overwhelmed myself and had to wait a day or two before I started working on it.  The idea came to me in the shower, when I was still half asleep (don't our best ideas come at the strangest times???), and trying not to get face wash in my eye. 

Vintage paper.  That's what I was going to use.  So, armed with my bottle of Mod Podge, I went to work.

Ahhhhh!!!!!  So cool & fun to do!!! Above is the WIP...

.....and that one is the finished front cover.

This is the spine...

...and this is the back cover...


The paper looks a little wrinkly in this picture, but I took it before the Mod Podge dried, and I assure you, it dried perfectly smooth & totally awesome.

Ok.  So now...for the inside pages.   Again, I'm not gonna show you every single page I did, but I'll give you a good sampling of the fun :-)

This is the front page on the inside.  I saved my "Save the Date" that Rachel sent to me, took it apart, and put the pieces on this page.  Then, I got out my trusty Cricut & cut out the "Celebrate" that I put at the bottom of the page.  This layout is a perfect example of how I just had to accept & embrace negative space.  It friggin killed me, but I did it.  The paper was just too pretty & elegant to clutter it up with too many embellishments for the first thing you see when you open the album.

I cropped these pics & had them printed as squares - how cute did they turn out!!! Here again I used my Cricut for the "Shower" tag to pull all the yellow from the border print behind the pics.  :-)

....And this is when we got the party started.  Woop woop!!!!  This was the front page of the section for the bachelorette.  Obvi.  We went to the Phillies game & had a room reserved for a pre-game partaaaay & drinkies.  It was great!!!!  I even saved my ticket for Bean so she'd have proof we were in the Hall of Fame Club for her festivities ;-)

More bachelorette fun at the bar after the game!

Remember the shadowbox I made with the wedding invitation?  Well, I saved the invitation Beanie sent out for the rehearsal dinner, but instead of making it into another shadowbox, I used it as the divider to start that section.  Boom.

Candid shots from the church for the rehearsal.

After the ceremony, all in the limo, ready to get our drink on!!!  Woooo!!

That wraps it up, folks!  I hope you enjoyed the books I made for the other girls & for my sis.  I think they turned out great!  Believe it or not, there is only one remaining thing that I have to show you from the wedding -- the stitched piece I'm working on for Bean's wedding gift.  It's 95% complete, and like I said before, once it's in her hands, you'll see a post here about it, since I want her to be the first to see it before everyone else.  

I hope you all have a fantastic fall day!  Go forth & be crafty & do something creative!!

Much love ~~~


The albums are done! | Scrapbooking

Hello everyone!  I've been saying all last week that I'd make a post for the albums that I finished for all the bridesmaids and my sister.  Well...I finally had more than 30 seconds at one time to sit down, compile the pics I took to share with you, and write this post.

This will be a picture-heavy post, so bear with me if it takes a while to load.  I wanted the girls to have scrapbooks of the candid pics that were taken throughout the spring leading up to my sister's wedding, and not just have the formal pics that the photographer took the day of.  So, I took a bunch of pics that I took and that Hay took, and made these gems for all the girls --



These are the front covers for the three books for the bridesmaids.  Mine is "in progress."  You all know that means I'll get around to doing mine...sometime...soon....hopefully.  The most important thing to me was getting the albums done for the other girls and my sister before too much time passed from the wedding.  Since the wedding was in June, I'd say I made pretty good time putting all them together ;-)

I took these pics before I punched the holes for the binder rings, but I had Hay's & Maggie's flip from the top, and Erin's flips from the side.

They're all 6x6 in size.  I figured this would be the easiest for the bridesmaids' albums, since there were a lot of pictures, but not so many for each of them that necessitated an entire 12x12 format book.  Too much.

Also, while putting these together, then Rachel's, I discovered that I'm much better with scrapbooking on a smaller scale.  Sometimes that 12x12 layout size just is so....intimidating.  I had to embrace negative space, and realize that embellishments don't have to fill every last square inch.  It's so much easier to accept some empty space when it's smaller and doesn't seem overwhelmingly empty.  Does that make sense? 

Here are some snippy snaps of the insides of the bridesmaids' minis --

It's a little tough to tell, but since I was doing these in a 6x6 layout size, and I wanted to use a lot of the pictures in all the albums, I had them printed as wallet size.  All the pics on these two pages are 2x3in, so I was able to get a lot of pics in a small amount of space.  :-)

In addition to the 6x6 layout size, I also used some sizes that fit just the pic - I tried to use up some of the mat packs I had laying around, backed the pics, and then stuck them in the book.  That little guy in the middle there is a journaling tag that was the perfectamundo size for the little wallet I had leftover and couldn't figure out just where to put it.  {{lightbulb}} Phototag!!!!

Also.  Please disregard the piles of CRAP all over my project table.  I work in organized chaos.

You're over it.




That's right.  We were ninjas.  Bring it.


That's it, peeps!!  Didn't they turn out super cute?!?!

Obviously, these are not all the pics I scrapped for the girls, but I gave you a pretty good sample, I think :-)

Tomorrow, you'll get to see my sister's giant 12x12 album that I made for her....and I did something special with the actual album.  I hope you'll come back tomorrow to see how Rachel's scrapbook turned out!!!!!

Go forth and do something crafty on this lovely October day!!!

Much love ~~~~


Time Flies When You're Having Fun

Good Golly Miss Molly.  I had NO idea how much time had passed since my last post until just now when I sat down to write this one.


Since I post to Instagram so often, I think I forget that I'm not actually creating posts here, even though I'm creating a photo diary of what I'm up to.

And it's been crazy, let me tell you.

I took a little time off from work, now that the insanity has died down, and was able to get a few things accomplished.  Not as much as I wanted (nor near as much as I had planned out in my imaginary planner), but I was able to get a few important things done.

Number 1: I FINALLY got myself a dining room table & chairs.  It's about GD time, right?!  I decided just to bite the bullet and get the table I wanted.  No one wants to spend that much money at one time, but, let's be serious, it's been over a year since I moved into this house, and I have yet to be able to eat a meal properly.  Or invite people over. Now I just have to wait for it to be delivered and I'm golden!  (Wait.  Maybe I should have kept my dining room people are going to want to visit me......)  

Number 2: I was able to finish the bridesmaid's mini-albums to give to the girls from my sister's wedding!!  Woop woop!  I can't wait to give them out, since they're each unique (they all have some pictures that are the same, but many are different and specific to that person) and relive that great day with them all!

This is a pic I posted to Instagram which has a sampling of the pics & pages I put into the second album.  Fun, right???  I had such a blast putting these together!

Number 3:  Since I finally finished the mini-albums, I was able to start on the big album that I'm making for my sister, which includes all of the pics that I used for each of the girls.  To clarify - each girl got some pics that are the same for all; then each girl got pics that are specific to her that the others didn't get.  Example: there's a pic of Mags & Hay that each of them have, but I don't, nor does E, but my sister does.  Make sense?!  Good.

And then there are specific pics of my sis at the shower, that none of us have.  We love you, Bean, but I don't need 900 pics of you opening your gifts.  Nor do the rest of the girls.  Nor do you, quite frankly, but I did give you some.... ;-)

Number 4:  I've done some serious stitching.  Like, serious stitching.  I finished these 4 little fun ornaments ---


graph from Blue Ribbon Designs

graph from Blue Ribbon Designs

graph from Blue Ribbon Designs

graph from Blue Ribbon Designs

Now I just have to do the finish work on them & hang them on my feather tree!! Yay!  All of these were stitched on 32 count Echo from Picture This Plus.  Echo, next to Haunted, is one of my FAVORITE fabrics to work with for Halloween pieces.  It's AWESOME.

I also started this fun piece -


The Town of Halloween by Primitive Hare


This is a super fun graph by Primitive Hare, and it's from the Halloween issue of Just Cross Stitch.  It only has 2 colors -- black and a greenish-grey -- so it's easy and a quick stitch!  Love!

And lastly...
Number 5: I got out my Halloween decorations.  For some reason, I thought I had way more than I actually do, but that's ok.  All the more reason for me to hit the sales on 1 November so I have more stuff for next year ;-)


my mantle ;-)


I have two really fun Jim Shore pieces, seen on both ends, and some garland to go with my absolute all-time favorite fall candle -----




And that's all she wrote!!!!  I seriously don't know how this week flew by so quickly.  I guess all that stitching and scrapbooking took up more time than I thought!!

I hope you all have a wonderfully crafty fall weekend!  Do something creative this weekend!!! :-)

Much love ~~~~