Well, this is one of the projects I had every intention of completing whilst we were on holiday but without my scoring tool, I was completely lost!  So, this weekend was an ideal time to catch up and get this finished, so after a couple of evenings work, here it is.  

I was lucky enough to have the chance to work with the July Project 365 kit form Digilicious Designs and it is truly scrumptious:

The polka dot paper is gorgeous, and the tags are just perfect.  I really love this kit.  Mind you, I've said that about the earlier six months' worth too ;)!

Anyhow, this is what I came up with:

I made the cover from A4 cardstock and covered it with paper on the front but inside, I used kit papers printed on card for added strength as the cardstock was rather flimsy for a cover.  The scalloped edged paper was made using a Stampin' Up! punch and the lace was bought whilst on holiday in Wales.  I used two pieces of lace and placed them back to back so the edges overlapped to form a solid line.  

It looks rather effective, doesn't it?

I finished the cover off with washi tape at the top and bottom. I think this may be Tim Holtz tape but can't be sure - I really need to start keeping a proper record of exactly what is in my stash so I don't end up buying the same thing twice, which I have done before (and I know I am not the only one who does this!!!).  I nearly bought a Stampin' Up! die that I already have last week - now that would have been an expensive mistake ;).

The inside pages were cardstock covered with the printed kit papers and embellished using elements from the kit:

You can see I added lots of pockets for tags and journal mats and this is all thanks to Kathy Orta of Paper Phenomenon as this is based on her occasion mini album.  That woman is a wonder, she is so talented!

I really love all these rich reds in the kit, and the photos just do not do them justice.  Blame it on the poor lighting in my office and my lack of camera and Photoshop editing skills....

These Project 365 kits are really just made for making albums.  They are gorgeous and the great thing with them being digital, is you can print them out to any size you want so can make a large(ish) album like this one or a small one using wages envelopes for instance.  I just love the adaptability of digital kits!

Well, the next album I make I am going to try and remember to take photos in the process as I am keen for as many people as possible to try these out!

Well, a glass of red wine is calling out my name now, so I am off to answer the call.  And before you ask, I do only have the one glass (and no, it is not a pint glass ;) ).

Happy Scrapping!

Well, we had a lovely relaxing time in wet Wales, and actually managed to avoid a lot of the rain, although there were several days when I thought we could be flooded out as the rain was so heavy!  I've transferred the photos to my hard drive now, so watch this space as I am sue to post some as and when I get the chance.  Unfortunately, I am now on a mammoth catch up to get all the work done I should have been doing whilst we were away.  the trouble with being self employed is that when you take time off, the work just does not get done so, of course, that means no fee notes are sent out and no money comes in....looks like I'm going top be extra busy for the foreseeable future ;).

Of course, what I really want to be doing is crafting and I did manage to make some cards whilst I was away.  I would have made more (I had plans to make several albums and some pencil boxes) but I ended up forgetting my score board and was at a complete loss!

This is the kit I had fun with though:

Isn't it gorgeous?  I love Aimee's kits and they just see to get better and better!  Those journal cards are lovely, and I was going to make something with those or the stackables (which are truly gorgeous ;)) but then I saw these:

I originally started off making cards, etc digitally, so did not have a lot of equipment (Big Shot, dies, punches, stamps and so on) to start off with, so I decided to make cards using just the kit and templates (but I did end up cheating and used some antique ribbon on one of the cards though ;) ).  After all, if all you have is the digital kit (which you can print as many times as you like), can you really make cards and stuff without adding anything or having to have all the necessary tools?

Well, this is the proof that you don't have to have lots of gadgets, ribbon,  buttons and so on:

Pretty neat, huh (and modest of me, too!!!)?  The bottom card was created using one of the templates.  I made a digital scrapbook page as you would normally, then scaled everything down to fit an A6 card,  transferred each paper and element separately onto an A4 image and then printed everything out.  I then had the long job of cutting everything out, which is the one thing that always seems to take the longest time!  You really do need decent scissors for this though, especially for the fussy cutting out, and I use the Stampin' Up! Paper Snips.  They are just about the best small scissors I have ever used!

Anyhow, I then used my original scrap page as a guide (although this was complicated by the fact that my youngest son was trying to play Minecraft on my laptop at the same time as I kept checking the scrap page ;)).  The final card is not quite as per the template and I put that down entirely to my son hogging my laptop!

The top card was made using slightly different elements and papers from the kit but this time with no template.

As you can see, whilst my cutting out is not 100% perfect (probably far from it unfortunately), it just shows you can make cards using digital kits which is an added bonus, as you will never ever in out of the digital paper and embellishments provided you don't delete the files form your hard drive ;).

Why don't you have a go and see what you can come up with?  You might even surprise yourself!!!  If you do use a digital kit to make real life cards, please leave a link in the comments so I can see what you have done :).

Happy Scrapping!

I can't believe it is over two weeks since I last posted! The time has flown by and yet again work has been busy, but this time, I also managed to fit some crafting time in, including helping at the Stampin' Up! demonstrator table at the Wrexham Artstamps Fair.  That was totally exhausting but such fun!

Since then I have been desperately trying to get this album finished.  I was using one of Christine's gorgeous Project 365 kits, this time the June one:

Isn't it gorgeous?  Mind you, I say that about every month's Project 365 kit as I love each and every one of them ;)!

Well, this time (just for a change) I decided to make an album and this is what I ended up with:

The above is the front and back covers, the first two inside pages ad some close ups of some of the elements in the album.  Just look at that bird - there is such depth to it, even though it is just printed on cardstock and cut out so is completely flat.  

The flowers on the front cover were made using Woodware punches - I have 3 flower punches (the same basic shape) in different sizes so they were ideal for this.  

And the above photos are of the remaining inside pages.  I used the notecards from the kit as journalling cards and then printed and cut out the elements to add to each page.  The ribbons, eyelets and baker's twine are from my stash and the album is made from kraft cardstock with the papers matted and the edges distressed for effect.  the whole idea for the album came from Kathy Orta at Paper Phenomenom.  That girl is sooo good!  this album was adapted from the Mini Album Canvas Art, although obviously, I only made the album (resized to fit the cardstock I had) and missed the canvas.

Oh, and the curled flowers in the top right of the above photo?  I printed paper in a circle shape (using Photoshop) onto plain white cardstock.  I then cut out the circle and cut it inside on ever decreasing circles so I ended up with one long circular piece of cardstock which I then curled up to make the flower.

Not bad, eh (and modest too as always!!!)?!!! 

I'm actually finding it easier to make these now so obviously, all the practice has paid off!  Plus I have my first commission!!!!  My daughter's boyfriend has requested one for his mum and is actually going to pay me too!  Woohoo!  Only trouble is, I need to find the time to make it now!

Well, that's all from me for now.  I need to crack on with work and also have a kit form Aimee Harrison that I need to get started.  I'm thinking of making cards and printing them out so no cutting and glueing this time around!  I honestly don't know how I will manage it....I'm sure to end up adding ribbon at the very least!

Happy scrapping!