Pocket page

I wanted to show you the March pocket pal page I did, and I even remembered to take a picture of what's  included in the back.  



This theme was Spring, so I used spring flowers, kites, and butterflies.  The back side you can see some of the things that were included in the pockets. Buttons, ribbon, Bling, paper kites, paper flowers, some word stickers and some pop dots.  My pal's name started with a "S" so I included a "S" tag.  Traditionally these are done between pen pals, where you write a letter or ask questions of you pal, and since it's not specifically for scrapbookers, people include other things like tea, candy, gum, stamps other small things.  Since I'm playing along with a scrapbooking group, much of what goes into the pockets is scrapbooking related.

I've got a new pal to exchange with for April and May.  I'm late already, ha … but so is she, so I'll probably knock out both months when scrapping this weekend.  I've already bought some items to put in the pockets, and I have the paper I want to use, so it's just the creative part left to go.

Art Canvas

This is another art canvas that I made.


This one is a black canvas.  The white circles are cut from paper.  You can't see very well, but the red are paper roses.  This one I entered in the Spring Hilltop Memories crop.  There is a theme given before the crop - this time it was anything of or relating to flowers.  Everyone at the crop gets a vote.  This one came in tied for 1st place so I won a free crop, which I'm using for the Birthday crop in June.  Pretty cool!.

The craft theme for the Birthday crop is anything that's identifiable as a beach umbrella.  That's a bit harder than flowers, but I have my thinking cap on.  I'm scrapping this coming weekend, so maybe we'll get something done then.  I have an idea, but haven't figured out how to execute it as yet.

Art Canvas

This is a canvas I did back in March I think.  I guess it was the same weekend we had the storm.  As with every crop … we first had to go shopping.  Not that I NEED any more supplies, but just because.  We were at hobby lobby and I found a framed print where I liked the saying.  From that I started with the canvas 

… they had a gesso coated burlap canvas that appealed to me.  I like the rustic look of burlap, but I don't particularly like working on it - it's too loose a weave for my tastes.  For the background, I started with Color Bursts some of the blues and greens and then used Gelatos greens and brown to add dimension.  The large words Live and Love  are actually metal and because they have mounting brackets on the back, they give the project a raised effect.  The flowers came from some I had which would have come from either Michaels or Hobby Lobby.  The rest of the wording was a set of black sticker letters from American Crafts Remarks.

Here's the finished project ...


For me, this was a little out of my comfort zone.  I gravitate more toward symmetrical designs.  At first I didn't like the background, but when I look at the canvas as a whole, I do like it the finished product, plus the saying is something to remember every day.

Creative Girl

When I was in JoAnns the other day, I found some Creative Girl by Julie Comstock Christmas items on clearance.  These are watercolor art blocks.  


For this one, it's a canvas with the words Fa La La La La written on in.  The letters resist the watercolors so that the words stay clear and then some of the letters show in gold.


No creative powers needed.  It's simple to do, just paint on the watercolors, and then wipe away where the paint hits the letters.  Very easy to do.  Now, while I had a set of 30 something watercolors, I didn't have a "real" red, so mine ended up looking a little more to the pink side.


I like it though, especially since some of my Christmas decorations are pinks and greens, so it'll go well. This product line has more than just Christmas art … there are cards, and general decor items as well and they come in different sizes.  This is really so easy to do that it can be done by children and teens very quickly and without much mess - if I had a daughter it would be something I would do for a birthday party, or a rainy day project.

I have Friday off for Good Friday, so I'll be cropping with friends this weekend.  Can't wait!

Birthday Pocket Letters

Our group had a birthday in February, so here is the pocket letter I made.



The paper was from a DCWV birthday paper pad that Linda had (she let me borrow a sheet or two)  The paper was actually the base of the design and then I added in some embellishments.  Each of the little pockets has goodies in them as well.  I keep forgetting to take pictures of the other side which shows all the goodies.  I have a February one to post and I don't think I took pictures, but the March one, I promise I will.


Planner Craze

Planners are a big thing right now.  A couple of scrapbooking companies have come out with whole product lines for decorative planners.  I've kept a planner now for probably over 20 years.  I've mostly used a Franklin Planner, or something similar.  This year, I went to one of the creative planners.

There are several types on the market, but I chose the MAMBI brand planner … 

I like it because it has the pages ARC or Rollabind style pages.  Aside from that, MAMBI had the foresight to design the planner where if you got into the game late, you can take out pages without it affecting the remaining pages.  I got the planner in January, but it started in July, so I just removed July through December and started with January.

I don't do much, outside of work and home, so it doesn't get super filled, but it does work for me which is the important part.  What's the sense in having a planner that is cute and creative, if it doesn't work.


This month so far I've got a play, a crop, St Patty's day, and Easter.


Birthday Pocket Letters

Along with the pocket pal pages we're swapping, we have the option to also send birthday pages when it's the birthday of someone in the group.  I'm having fun making these pocket letters, so I've been sending out ones for birthdays as well.  Here are a few that I've done recently.

This one the design is mostly the paper itself, so there wasn't too much in the way of added embellishments for the design. 


Similar concept - using the paper itself as the base of the design. I added some stickers to dress it up a bit.


and one last one for the birthdays ...



Can you tell I'm enjoying making these things.

Now we're all caught up.  In our swap we skipped January, and are picking up again with February and March.  Mine are already completed, but I don't want to post until my pal receives them.

The Pocket Letter Pal Craze

If you haven't heard, there's a new way to write to your pen pal.  It's called Pocket Letters. 

The concept was started by Janette Lane, and you can read more about it on her blog here.

Being a scrapbooker, card-maker, paper-crafter, it was an easy transition to joining in on the craze, and so with a few scrapbooking friends from the Hilltop Memories group, we started a swap.  We have a pal for a two month period, so we send a pocket letter page each month.  Natasha heads up the swap and gives us a theme to follow for the month.  I'm going to go back in time and share some of my pages, since it's been what I've been working on for the last few months.

The first month was September and it was to be an "about me" page

Sept pocket page

Then we did October in which the theme was Halloween/Fall.

October pocket page

The idea of the pocket page, is that you fill the little pockets with things for your pen pal, or in our case swap partner.  The original pocket pal pages that Janette Lane does, had a template where you would send washi tape, and stickers, tea, a letter for your pal, and a mail tag where you can ask your pal questions that they answer when they send back to you. 

For our group, it's more of a swap rather than letter writing.  You'd be surprised what you can fit in the pockets (which are only 2.5 x 3.5), but we make it work.  There's lots of scrapbooking stuff that fits, from stickers, to die cuts, plus embellishments like buttons, sequins, ribbon, washi tape, and then gift certificates fit pretty well.  Truth be told, I've been know to cheat (just a little), so some of the items I've sent didn't quite fit in the little pockets, but still when you folded the whole think in thirds it sort of fit ( wink wink).

Neon Challenge

I was playing along with one of the Challenges on the Kitchen Keepsake board.  One of the monthly challenges is to do something inspired by a Pinterest Pin.

Here is this months pinspiration:

So, we were supposed to do something using Neon colors - which is quite a stretch for me.  I did have some Neon foam letters and while walking around Michaels, found large clothespins in Neon colors and hatched an idea.  That's how it goes ... one thing leads to a thought ... which leads to a plan ... which sometimes leads to creative action.

So here's my Neon creation:

Altered clothespins used to be a big thing several years ago and I guess they're making a comeback since they're back in the stores.  This one will grace my desk at work - I might make another for my scraproom desk too.

{P}Inspired - Christmas Box

Last post from my Christmas In July cropping.

This was inspired by a Pinterest Pin - that you can find here.  The one in the pin looks like a fuzzy paper, but mine uses a paper smooth red paper with a small pattern on it.  Up close it almost looks like material.  The belt is from a rhinestone strip, and the buckle is a silver glitter paper, which I actually cut from a glittery gift box I had.  


The top of the box is an embellishment from thee My Minds Eye Lost and Found Christmas pack, which just says Merry Christmas and has some red glitter on it.

This project was pretty easy, but it does take some time to let dry.  I used clothespins to hold the paper on the box until the Scrappy Glue was dry.