Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Unexpected project...mini baby scrapbook!

The above mosaic is a mini chipboard scrapbook I made last week for my mom
to give as a gift to a friend.

Normally my sister would have made this and she is still working on one herself
for the same baby, but she's been super busy as her job is winding down
and she's even been working weekends to finish
out some necessary projects and help them
organize for the changeover.

She'll be spending a lot of time searching for a new job in the coming weeks,
so despite her love of her scrapbooking hobby, she hasn't and won't
have as much time to devote to it for a little while.

So I decided to try my hand at a project like this.

My sister always tells me about her ideas and she has made
me a Christmas mini chipboard scrapbook in the past, so
using that as inspiration and watching a couple of short youtube videos about
mini books, I felt I was ready to go.

I started last Sunday and finished last Wednesday.
I was in a time crunch as I wanted my mom to receive the baby book
no later than this past Monday and it had to be shipped to her
in Northern California.

I did enjoy making the baby book and was surprised that it
came together as quickly and as well as it did (if I do say so myself).

1. I used recycled cardboard as my chipboard base. I cut it into 5 x 5 squares
and also tinier squares for "in between" pages. I chose the number of pages
based on how much I got out of 2 pieces of cardboard.

2. I used purple glue stick, tacky glue, and glue dots for the most part as my
adhesives. Mainly because my rolling glue glider broke and so I was
stuck...quite literally...with sticky glues.

3. Since my scrapbooking supplies were only minimally organized, I just
had to use what I had on hand. In this case, a baby scrapbooking kit
might have worked better, as it would have been easier to
come up with themes, color matches, coordinating embellishments, etc.
and would have saved a of time.

4. I was trying to create this without spending any additional money. I had plenty
of supplies, so it was my own fault if I had to spend time searching for what
to use in my messy craft room.

5. My craft room got incredibly messy/dirty during this project.
Bits of paper on the floor, glue stick everywhere, etc. and
because of the time crunch, I had only a tiny amount of time to pick up after
myself...something I'm not very good at anyway when I'm crafting.

So what I learned or remembered while creating the scrapbook is
the real reason I left the scrapbooking (mostly) up to my sister.
It takes a lot of time!

I haven't made a lot of time for personal scrapbooking for about a year now.
With my focus being on jewelry, and because I have 5 online shops
to focus on creating inventory for, I don't really have the time or
a large enough surface area for working scrapbooking,
which takes up a huge amount of space!

To be near my paper cutter and to have even a small amount of surface
space to lay out the pages, I was working on a corner of my standing work table.

And when this corner got messy, things spilled out onto extra stools I brought into
the room (at the expense of much needed floor space to move around) and
piled up a bit too high and the piles are now in danger of falling over!
So my craft room is in a state of terrible disorder and chaos -
not so unusual - but a bit worse than usual.

And despite having learned
these lessons, I am now currently working
on a new mini chipboard scrapbook,
which is a late birthday gift. And I started
it Sunday night and need to ship it out tomorrow.
So really I should stop this post - written while I'm eating
lunch - and get back to work!;-)

Let me know what you think of my design and/or design process,
and if you are a scrapbooker, I welcome any tips and tricks!

Happy Creating!


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Harry Potter 7

The photo above shows my "uniform" for both showings of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 that I attended.

My t-shirt is from Tee Fury, my necklace from Whskr, and my scarf was handknitted by me years ago...right after the first movie was released.

It really wasn't cold enough for the scarf, but cool enough I could get away with it, at least during the walk to the theater. ;-)

I also made this one-of-a-kind Golden Snitch ring to wear.

The idea came to me the day before I saw the movie for the first time.

I'd like to find different wings and since I can not find more of the gold knobby cord end covers I used in this design, I'll have to search for a different type of gold ball part of the Snitch.

But for myself, I really love this ring and it will now be added to my Harry Potter jewelry collection and will of course be worn when I see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

That will be a bittersweet time for me.

I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter books and have not always been a fan of the movies made based on those books, but I have always looked forward to seeing the movies since they are part of the phenomenon. Thankfully I did really enjoy this movie and so I will look forward to seeing part 2. And yet, I will also be sad that the series really is now at an end.

Though perhaps JK Rowling will write more about Harry and his world.

One can only hope! ;-)

Happy Creating!


Wednesday, November 17, 2010


I'm usually too disorganized to even think about filling my shops with holiday,
specifically, Christmas designs...

but surprisingly, though still disorganized, I've managed to create
and list several in both the Boutique Kismet Etsy and Artfire shops.

Here is a mosaic showing the currently listed designs.

With hopefully many more to come!

Happy Holidays!


Happy Creating!