Saturday, August 29, 2009

Putting my idea into action

I had this great idea as I was laying in bed one night. I miss sewing, but when I sew I miss stamping and scrapbooking. So I was trying to think of a way to combine the two. I came up with an idea to make a mini scrapbook out of unconventional materials - cardboard, fabric, old dicionary paper, notebook paper, and cardstock that I altered.

I had so much fun putting this together, and I'm incredibly happy with how it came out. I was so excited about it, that I couldn't wait to see the finished product. This is only a prototype for an even bigger and better scrapbook, as I compile additional ideas, and find easier ways. Here are pictures of the scrapbook:

I used Very Vanilla cardstock on this scrapbook, but colored it with coffee. To do this, you crumple the paper a couple times, and place in a baking dish. You pour coffee (and grounds) over the paper and let the paper soak for 5-10 minutes. Drain the remaining coffee and bake at 250 degrees until the paper is completely dry. At this point, you can brush off the coffee grounds to get this desired result. I used this same technique on the dictionary pages and the notebook pages.

The flowers were made with extra fabric that I had sitting around, and were handsewn. I totally loved how these flowers came out, and now I can't stop making them :)

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I recently moved to Arizona a couple months ago, and am very happily settling into a new career. I was introduced to stamping over 10 years ago. I've always been into crafts, and picked back up with stamping a couple years ago. I love that I finally have the time to dedicate to my crafts, and that I'm able to share my ideas with everyone. I've seen myself grow in my creativity over the past couple years, and to those who say that they are not creative - don't believe it. Anyone can do this, and creativity doesn't happen overnight, it evolves as you learn more and more about the art of stamping. My husband is incredibly supportive as I put more time into my stamp designs and my scrapbooking.