Sunday, May 8, 2011

Shower Gift & Card

One of my favorite cousins is getting married this summer, and I made this little combo for her shower gift. I wanted to make a little mini book where she could showcase some of the amazing engagement photos they took. I did something similar for another cousin, and she really liked it. Check it out:

I made this card out of scraps I had left over and one of my 3 new Lawn Fawm stamps. I love LOVE this set and I will be using it for all my wedding/shower/baby cards in the near have been warned.

supplies: stamps: Lawn Fawn and Studio Calico, cardstock: Bazzill, ink: Staz On, white pen: Sharpie paint pen

First, let me say that her wedding colors are more of a colbalt blue, but I love this teal and white combo. I actually picked it because of the dress she was wearing in her photos. Yes, I am sneaky....

I stamped, colored in, and cut out the wedding dress. I really wanted to stamp the sentiment in one of these banners, but it wouldn't fit, so I made a fake banner.

A little close up that shows off the background. I stamped this doily stamp set in Versamark on Vanilla cardstock, then clear embossed. I love the way it turned out, I think it is a really fun, but elegent look. A little machine stitching finishes it all.


I'll link up to as many supplies as possible, but this is really just a bunch of scraps, cardstock and random buts from my stash. I tried to keep the color scheme simple: teal, grey, white, with a few touches of pink. And, it is worth mentioning that I love my Bind It All. I put everything thru her-plastic sleeves, cardstock, acrylic. And she put them together nice and neat. Any questions about what I used or how I used it, just leave it in the comments!

front cover

inside page=patterned paper, clear photo sleeve, pocket made from cardstock

view of the pocket and the flip side of the clear sleeve

inside pages and envelope

those flowers are awesome! They are so fancy and look handmade...but I bought them!

back cover. Stamped the same doily stamp and clear embossed.

I hope this has given you some fun ideas for ways to use up scraps and make a really unique gift. Something like this would be great for brides, new moms, graduates, someone going on a special trip. I have made books like this for each of these occasions, and they have been a big hit!

Well, I have to get back to work, but I hope you have a fantastic day!


supplies for mini book: stamps: Studio Calico, patterned paper: Basic Grey, letter sticker: American Crafts, envelopes: My Big Idea, flowers: , movie quote blocks: mylivingroomfloor (Etsy seller), sticker: Pink Paislee, binding tool: Zutter

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Becoming a Bride

In addition to the wedding album I made for my friend Torrie, I surprised her with a mini album with pictures form all the pre-wedding activities. This book was a lot more free form-I inked, misted, sewed, and pretty much went all artsy on it! I wanted it to really reflect our personalities and be a fun little memento. I also included several pages of memorabilia-receipts, to-do lists, and notes she kept while planing the wedding. If you ask her right now what it was like planning her wedding, she would say 'stressful' and 'she would never do it again'. Hopefully a few years will pass and she will look fondly upon these memories...hehe!

Due to the hodge podge-y nature I am not totally sure of what products I used, but I noted them when possible!


supplies: patterned paper-Crate Paper, Subway Thickers, Basic Grey adhesive tape

These are obviously pictures from her bachelorette party. We put together a scavenger hunt, rented a van and my friend Lisa was our driver! It was a blast! To the bottom left is a mini collection of some of the raciest photos. We have to keep a little bit of respectability, right ; ) ?


supplies: patterned paper and overlay-Basic Grey, letter stickers-My Little Shoebox, quote on paper bag-My Little Bicycle

Pretty self explanatory. Just a nice, pretty page.


supplies: patterned paper-BasicGrey, mist-Studio Calico, Overlay-Hambly, label stickers-Scenic Route

Dear Scenic Route, I miss you and your awesome products. Try as I may I could not get a great photo of this layout. Stupid, shiny overlay! But, IRL this is one of the best. I sprayed the paper with pink mist before adding the overlay. Then all I needed was the picture and some journalling. The picture is me, Torrie, and two of our college friends. We haven't all hung out in over ten years! After the wedding we stayed up WAY too late laughing and catching up. Torrie said this was the highlight of her night.

Here's another pic, minus my reflection-ha!


supplies: doilies-Martha Stewart, Thickers, woodgrain paper, punch-EK Success

One last lunch date as three single women, I love these girls! I covered the doilies with green ink to make them match the look of the page. I have no idea who makes the paper or the black and white tape, but I think they go perfectly together.

I am not sure if you can tell, but these pages were an odd size. I was given a 9x12 white book, and I used it by cutting down the papers and the page protectors. That helped me save money by not buying another book. It was really easy to cut down and sew the protectors.

I had a lot of fun making this book, and she seemed to really like it. That's exactly what I was looking for!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!

Later, Michelle

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