Thursday, December 30, 2010

Almost the New Year!

I have been relaxing, watching Ustream classes and working on a project since Christmas. It's nice to have things back to some semblance of normal — whatever normal is. I'm working on a calendar box. When that's done I have some unfinished projects to try to finish. I also have an urge to get organized. Does everyone get that urge when a new year begins? One thing I have on my "To Do" list is get some pictures into my nekked minis. It's such a pain in the patooty. Most of my pictures are on various CD's, and maybe even on an old hard drive that's not hooked up. Just hunting them all down is a pain, never mind getting them organized and printed. But I shall persevere. ;)

I am so looking forward to the New Year's Eve bash on the Following the Paper Trail Ustream! Man! There are 1255 people scheduled to attend so far. If all those people actually attend it will probably crash Ustream! There are enough problems with Ustream during normal times.

Happy New Years! to anyone who accidentally happens to stumble in here. :D

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Mariposa Mini for Mom

This is a mini I made for my mom for Christmas. I worked on it on and off for some time. It would get set aside while I worked on something else. Then it came down to the wire and I had to get if finished. It got way fatter than I anticipated after I put the roses on the pocket tabs. And it was pretty lopsided with all the dimension being at the top. So I added roses to the bottom of the pages as well, alternating the position on the page thinking it would level it out some. Well, it just got fatter. Now it was too thick for all the pages and a binding to fit in my largest (1 1/4" o-wires). I had already punched the holes so I had to go with this binding method. So I removed one page and used Kathy Orta's (of Paper Phenomenon) cover method. This way I didn't have to fit the chipboard cover into the o-wires as well as the pages. I covered it in fabric so I wouldn't have to worry about the paper cracking. It was also easier and didn't have to be pieced together as paper would have.

Peek-a-Boo Envelope Mini

This is called a Peek-A-Boo mini because the figures on the tags are peeking over the edge of the pocket. This is another one of Laura Denison's designs. It is made from paper bags. I did not use the same binding method that Laura did—it's a long story, but bottom line is I goofed. Although I think the ribbons are cute, because of the long pages they get unaligned when the book is picked up. Laura's binding method would held the pages in line. You can find her class on Usteream. This mini was made for one of my friends.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Pocket Full of Memories

This mini is from another one of Laura Denison's Ustream classes. (Following The Paper Trail) The paper is K&Co "Glad Tidings". I just love it. The brads on the tags are from Hobby Lobby. There are some pretty beads hanging from the binding wires but you can't see them in the photo. Tune into Laura's Ustream classes every Friday night starting at 9:00 PM CST.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Let It Snow

This mini is made from 4 x 5 1/2" envelopes. The instructions are on YouTube by Laura at Following The Paper Trail. I used Tim Holtz "Snow Flurries" edge die for the hinges (binding the pages together). The paper is "A Country Christmas" by The Paper Studio (purchased at Hobby Lobby).

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Catching Up

I've been editing and editing this blog, but it seems like I'm getting nowhere. I need to find a better background. Also need to post some recent pics. Where does the time go? There never seems to be enough time for all the things I want to do. Well, I guess I will have plenty of time now (beginning next week) since I've been laid off from my job. I'm excited about some new projects I'm working on, just because they're fun. Today I bought a paper mache' house so I can make a Christmas house following Kathy Orta's Ustream class. So cute! Well, hopefully God has a plan for a new job for me.