I love instagram. I love that you don’t have to read anything just look at pictures. One day while looking, I came across @society52. It is a place where traditional scrapbookers can share ideas and layouts and complete in challenges set. This particular weeks theme (week 19 from memory) was Scrap a mood board. This could be scrap a googled image of a mood board in your layout or make your own. This challenge was right up my alley. I decided to scrap my daughters upcoming party theme. This is my layout.
I used various Kaisercraft papers and wood veneers, A2Z scraplets diecuts, plus a whole heap of stuff from my stash. I have made the decision to use as much of my stash as possible. I am one of those crafters that “save” paper. I don’t know why. In my head I think “that is too good to use”…Why? That’s what I bought it for. But I guess this is the million dollar question that many crafters ask themselves at one point or another.
This year I have had a few friends turn forty. Some have embraced it others tried to hold it off as long as possible. The most recent was a prolonger. So I wanted to make her something a bit light hearted. Something I read on Pinterest….Age gets better with Alcohol. SO, I included this saying along with a bit of alcohol encouragement in the form of cocktail mixers. Teamed up with papers and bits from my stash and I was pretty happy with the result.
This months card swap is the final for 2014. The theme was open. So I went with something a little different…On the mend. I had some paper in my stash that had sewing patterns on it and I thought that it went quite well with the idea of mending. Then I added in some sewing and Ta-da. All mended.
I have had a few birthdays, baby showers and Christening lately so I have been busy making cards. This is a few of them. Please excuse the lighting.
This is a baby shower one I made using some umbrella diecuts that I bought on ebay and the rest of the bits are from my stash.
Then there is my brothers birthday card. He is a bit of a self confessed geek so I found this Idea on a shirt design on Pinterest and adapted it to suit a card. This was made using a set of Stampin’ Up stamps that I picked up cheap on a facebook garage sale site and bits from my stash.
The last card for this share is a Christening card for my niece. Adapted from various ideas on Pinterest but using only bits from my stash.
I have found my traditional scrapbooking mojo…this is something I have been missing for about…..umm…two years. I have been focusing on Project Life. I have kept up to date with techniques but following various blogs and subscribing to various magazines but I think it was the over kill of flowers stuck to a page that lost me. But the recent trend of more of a mixed media art journal approach to pages and drawn me back. I love the paint splotches and smears. SO, I gave it ago and its back! I found my mojo!
Another swap I participated in this month was a christmas gift card. I adapted another Pinterest idea to work with what I already owned and what was in my stash. So using a cheap snowflake punch I made a wreath. I went with a patterned paper that was in my stash in gold. I think they turned out really well and I was really happy with them.
After the Mario Brothers quilt was finished I was so happy with the final result that I thought that I would give another one ago. But this time I would use bigger squares. I found a Perler bead design on Pinterest of a Sugar skull that I liked and that I thought my other brother would like.
Having no idea how to translate the design into a quilting pattern, I decided that I would just design it and give it a go. I emailed Dawn again (Dawnlewis.com.au) for some advice and encourgagement. Her suggestion was to draw it out on graph paper and work from there. So thats what I did.
Once that was sorted, I bought a whole heap of fabric and got cutting squares. This quilt took me a lot longer to do than the mario quilt. I think it was because I was just sewing random squares together rather than working on smaller pictures. Plus I got bored. But the fact that my brothers birthday was quickly approaching was the only reason I finished.
This is it…. The final product complete with baby for size comparison. It turned out a bit bigger than I planned but I am glad that it is done and I think my quilting career is done and dusted….at least for the time being. And just for the more observant readers there are a few squares that are incorrect…I don’t know what happened and it wasn’t until I was finished that I noticed it.