Friday, August 24, 2012

Another Little Accordian Album

Yes, I have another little accordian album to share for Pink Saturday via , this one I made on April 12, 2007 - had to pull an "oldie" as we are still unpacking from our move last week.  For the first time in 15 years I am NOT living in Cincinnati, just a "step" outside of it in West Chester, Ohio - half hour drive via expressway from our old home.  So far, so good and I FINALLY HAVE MY VERY OWN CRAFT ROOM - YIPPPEEEE!!!!  So now I get to go shopping for work table and storage - love this aspect of it!!

Anyway, my oldest daughter, Morgan - now a junior at OSU - is,  an always has been a SHOE DIVA!!!  Since the day she started walking and discovered the heels in my closet, she has been putting her feet into shoes of all kinds!!!  I decided the day before I left for the weekend crop that I was going to make a little mini album to record a fraction of her shoe hoard!  So, I had her pull a few pairs out and model them while I snapped photos; Morgan was 17 at the time.

I used a variety of fonts for the title on the cover - this is a great way to use those left over pieces from various sources - (wood, metal, mail box, plastic, chipboard, sticker)  love the look it achieves as well!  'SHOES FOR ALL HER MOODS

Unfortunately I do not remember the manufacturer of the album - which really doesn't matter since it was clearanced out when I bought it $1.00 at Hobby Lobby. (I DO remember all the great deals I find - ha ha)
As you can see the front cover had that sweet little hinged door on it, so I covered the inside with a close-up of Morgan steppig into her cowboy boots an wrote the quote inside the "window" "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" , felt it was appropriate...

This type of mini album 5" x 7" is a great way to use up bits and pieces of paper, embellishments and to showcase a "collection", etc.

Morgan's well worn Converse an the dictionary card went well with them, used some brads to add texture to the circle pattern on the paper.  The Hot pink boots with the "built-in" sock was a birthday present from her grand-ma!!  I was shocked when I saw them, but have to admit, the girl "rocked 'em".   I had a piece of scrapbook paper with various words on it which I cut out,  HOTTIE, added the flowers and the piece of paper - all matched the pink of her boots very well.

Another word from the paper "Playful" and added a piece of ribbon as a belly band with the flower and brad - simple little embellishments.

I loved this TARGET gift card when it was given to me for my birthday and KNEW I'd be repurposing it after the funds were used.  Liked it here - FREE embellishments are all around you, just look at things differently - gift cards, clothing tags - so many are too artistic to just throw away!!!

The "wrapped in warmth" chipboard was perfect for these "eskimo" booties that were so popular then.  Artistic definitely describes Morgan, whether it is with her art, singing or acting in plays - those shoes saw many performances on the stage of Oak Hills High School.  A little piece of ribbon again used as a belly band with a small safety pin I added beads too, plus some prima flowers.

Variety of shoes in style - the high heels w/ paisely print fabric, the red pointy flats, and the sequin covered heels from Christmas/New Years - so modern, so NOW - so THEN! 
Last the black ankle boots and the iconic Cowboy boot - yes, she is FEARLESS in my eyes!!!

Here's to a fun Pink Weekend and hopefully the LAST of the unpacking in our new home - I'm sick of cardboard boxes - that is, unless one comes to me in the mail filled with scrapbooking goodies!!!

Friday, August 10, 2012


Posting for Pink Saturday at and Passion Parade at

I came across this cute little round mini accordian cardstock in my stash - completely forgot I had it - an decided it was time to add decorative papers and embellishments:

The original accordian color is that salmon color you see on the page hinge above.  It came with this tin an I added the pre-cut circle to the top.  Originially the album fit perfectly inside, but with all the embellishments now the lid will not click in place, but will stay with a ribbon tied around it.

As you can see I used papers that are a combination of soft pink, light blue and a manila shade.  I loved the papers for their variety of designs and graph like paper all mixed together.  Each of the 12 sides is decorated differently using the papers, buttons, rhinestones and some clock faces.

Used Prima flowers, buttons, rhinestones, fussy cut the clocks from scrapbook paper and the background paper is one piece.  Same with the center page, single piece of background paper an applied individual letter stickers for "remember" and flowers and rhinestones.  Last page I used a word block and flower.
(oops, sorry just realized the pic is upside down, oh well...)

I just love the ledger looking paper!!!  Lots of buttons that I threaded paper "ribbon" through an a few more flowers.

Here I used a a couple of little tags and a photo frame.

Last three pages, more flowers and rhinestones.  This was an easy little project and very happy how it turned out!  Creating a mini album does not have to be a daunting task, just enjoy yourself, start out with a nice little stash of items that go together and go from there. 

Hope this weekend you find time to be creative!

Friday, August 3, 2012

STAMPAWAY CONVENTION & Pink Saturday & Passion Parade

Happy Pink Saturday to everyone, if you haven't found my blog through Beverly's Pink Saturday Blog Hop, please go visit all the others via her blog at: or take a look at Passion Parade over at

Today is the annual STAMPAWAY CONVENTION here in Cincinnati, Ohio at the newly remodeled an expanded Sharonville Convention Center!!!  I've been anxiously awaiting this day since I missed it last year because we were moving.  I am prepared with my stash of ATC's to trade with all the others waiting for the doors to open at 9am; my youngest, Kerri will be trading her ATC's as well!!!

This is one of the ATCs I've made quite a few of that I will be trading.  I used a white gem cardstock for the background, stamped the lovely face using ColorBox brown ink and applied Tim Holtz distressing embossing powder in dusty concord to her.  Heated it up and once it dried and cooled scraped away the fine particles for the "distress" look.  Used Tim Holtz tissue tape on the right side and bottom an I inked those to "age" it with ColorBox chestnut roan ink.  Next I stamped a Michael's $1.00 spot stamp: typewrite with the words "write your own story" using StazOn jet black. I stamped just the typewriter image again, separately on card stock an cut it out and then used pop dots to adhere over original stamped image. (I love giving my cards dimension, depth) I added a touch of ColorBox rouge to her lips, the two metal brads in the corners and finished off with inking the edges all the way around with the StazOn jet black again.  Im pleased with the final result and hope others will be too.

Very excited because Tim Holtz will be here demonstrating all day long - the man is so charismatic and amazingly talented - so inspiring!!  Wish my step-mom could be here too, but she is vacationing, lucky her, or maybe not so luck since she's missing this FUN convention - ha ha.

Off to create more ATC's, hope everyone has a Fun Pink and Creative Weekend!!