Archive for September, 2011


Mini album for a friend

I’ve been on a mini-album making spree. Some on request, some for my children and some just for fun using new dp that I just purchased and some using old, old, old dp that I am trying to use up.

This one is one such album that uses age old paper.

This is the cover.

That little bit of pink paper on the right flips up to reveal more journaling space.

I think the paper is by American Crafts, but then again I am not sure so dont hold me to it.

The dark purple paper on the right is not crooked IRL. Must be the angle I took the picture.

The sayings are all by DCWV. I layered the vellum on cardstock for sturdiness.

A few PTI dies have been used repeatedly throughout the album for consistency. Flourish stamps are by Autumn Leaves and the journaling lines stamp is by Rusty Pickle.

So that’s it for today.

Cheerio!

Priya

Smile, giggle, laugh- mini album

Well, hello there!

Smile, giggle, laugh is the title of this mini. Methinks this is a very gender neutral mini album.

So…come along and take a look a some of the pages…………………………..

I’ve used an assortment of papers- old and new, from different companies, so I couldnt even begin to tell you the names. Forgive me for that.

Finished album has ten pages, measures 6×8 inches, has loads of distressing of Maya Road chips, locally bought flowers and leaves and ribbons (the brown and dark blue ribbons are actually velvet ribbons and are beautiful in real life).

Priya

Another set of four tags

I made another set of four coordinating tags  for a mini album. Here they are……………………….

The beautiful ivory embossed paper was sent by Lucy during the 6×6 paper swap. It has such lovely shine to it too. The olive green dp is an old one and I used my PTI Limitless Layers dies on it to get four different circle die cuts. Then inspired by a whole bunch of recycled projects being made by our Indian crafters for various challenges,  I’ve used a burgundy wedding invite for the next layer. Finished off the tags with some olive buttons and a little strip of burgundy ribbon (local purchase).

Here’s another picture…………………

…………………………..see the shine I was talking about…

Priya

A set of four embellies

Thought I’d show you some embellies I made recently with the extras from various projects. No new paper was harmed in the making of these embellies…..only scraps were used. Promise!

 

 

The base is Mat Stack 4 die from Papertrey Ink. The second layer is also a die by PTI – Limitless layers. After that the layers  comprise of bits and pieces of circles etc that were already on my table. Finished them off with buttons and wooden pieces (bear and the bee).

Priya

Edit: Thanks, Romina. I would have left it picture-less if not for your comment. Thanks much.

 

I’ve had a stack of K & Company dp for a long time (5 yrs I think) and I decided to use all…..yes ALL of it. I loved this line and was hoarding it for such a long time. Finally it was time to let go (coz only then can I make space for new goodies, right?)

Bird and branch felt are by Maya Road.

Maya Mist-ed cardboard on the left. Carrying on with the bird theme with a Maya Road bird cage stamp. Take a look at the page on the right. Its been made by folding one 12×12 page. One part flips down and the other flips up

The ‘remember’ stamp is by Maya Road too.

I’ve used a strip of heavyweight cardstock to hold the pages together. The only place I’ve used ribbons in this album is in the binding. If you are making one of these remember to adhere your ribbon to the first and last page of the mini before you glue the cover and back pages down. That gives a nice finished look.

Priya

Little baby girl mini album

This is one of minis that I made recently when on a creative high. Its for a little baby girl. I found some cute stickers to match the Basic Grey ‘Sweet Threads’ line of papers and that was the starting point. This is the cover and there is still lotsa room on it for adding on the baby’s name, DOB or anything else. It measures 6×6 inches.

Each page is a 12×12 dp that has been folded to make pockets. This is a variation on the 13th birthday album that I made for my son using the Luxe Designs papers. The original idea belongs to Laura Denison, and she had many, many pockets and gate-folds to increase the ‘real estate’ (as she likes to say it) in the album. I kept it very simple, eliminated all the gate-folds and made some changes in the folding of the 12×12 to reduce the number of pockets. There can never be too many pockets, I know, but I wanted to try something different.

I have so many beautiful double-sided designer paper and I am trying to find uses for it where both sides can be showcased. Its always such a tragic waste to glue down one side of a double-sided page. I always feel guilty doing that, almost like a betrayal…….feel like apologising to the side that’s been glued down. This album above has pages that  displays both sides of the Basic Grey paper and I am a happy camper coz of that.

Priya

Fabric flower embellishments

Handmade fabric flowers are all the rage now, so I decided to try my hand at making some. I bought satin and tulle in a few colours and began the experiments. I had to thrash quite a few before I could get the hang of it. These are just hand cut circles of different sizes layered atop each other with a button/bead/s in the centre. The fabric layers have been stitched together, but the beads have been glued on.

I’ve made a whole bunch of them and I had specific ideas on what I wanted to do  with them. Unfortunately some of those ideas did not pan out (much to my disappointment) So right now I am trying out some new ideas (other than using them as embellies for albums/cards that is) If any of those are successful then you will hear about it for sure. Until then here are some pics for your viewing pleasure……………………….

My inspiration piece for embarking on this flower making journey is right there in this pic above. Remember the lot of Basic Grey papers and dies and stuff that I had purchased from Leah Killian a while ago, this flower was in that pack of goodies. Leah was kind enough to add some extras in my package and this flower was one of the extras. Giving you a moment here to see if you can find out which is the ‘ready-made-flower’ in the picture.

Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the answer.

Meanwhile here is some eye candy for you  on your way down…………………….

The pink collection……………….

The brown and gold collection……………………………………….

The silver and grey  collection…………………………………

The  tulle flower  collection…………………………………………

The beige collection……………………………………..

Here’s the answer for you patient people—- the middle flower in the bottom row of the first picture is a store bought flower.

I am now eager to try out some other type of handmade flowers- the twist and stick type, the organza ones, the fringed ones etc.

Exciting!!!

No more flower making that involves a needle and thread though.

Why??? you ask.

Coz I am lazy.

And coz my glue gun is functional again, after a very long break.

Thanks a lot for visiting.

Priya

Album for a teen

Teenagers are the most difficult to create albums for. I wanted to make one which wasnt completely an all-girl (ie all pink, purple and pastel) or all-boy album (ie all blue, brown and dark)………but one that was colourful and would be gender neutral.

These set of papers by Luxe Designs fit the bill totally. And the album turned out quite bright and funky……just the look I was going for.

I’ve made another album using the same line of papers a while back. That album was inspired by Laura Denison and it was for my son’s 13th birthday. Here’s the link——  https://priyavenkatdesigns.wordpress.com/2011/01/28/inspired-by-laura-denison/

And yes….I did use ribbons in the album. No bows on the ribbons though, still keeping it boy-friendly.

Some of the pages look lopsided, but they are not really so in real life. Must be the angle I took the pic.

This album has found a home.

Happy…..I am.

Priya

‘Nough said

It’s been a while since I posted scrapbook pages. So here they are.

My daughter loves to play pretend. And in the picture on the first layout she is all packed up to travel to some imaginary place. I’m glad I had my camera handy to capture the moment. I’m sure she had a story to tell that day, which unfortunately I dont remember. But this pic captures her during her playtime  just so perfectly that I didnt think any more words were necessary.

Why is she wearing a duppatta, with the skirt, you might ask…………  I dont wear my duppatta when I am at home. It gets in the way and is kinda cumbersome. I usually drape it over the dining room chair. When I have to step out of the house the first thing I grab is my duppatta and then my purse. Didnt realise that she had noticed it. Since she was ‘travelling’ and leaving the house,she needed a duppatta, hence the fashion statement.

Gosh, she is sooooooo little in these pics. My daughter will be nine in december. These pics were taken five years ago and I remember very clearly her love affair with her sun-glasses. She wouldnt take them off…..ever. Wore them all the time…..even incorporated her glasses in all her pretend play.

These photos have triggered some lovely memories and I have a cheery-happy smile on my face.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by this blog.

I appreciate it.

I do. Truly.

Thanks much,

Priya

Album for a one year old boy

An album for a baby boy who just turned one year old was requested in the colours baby blue and yellow. I am sharing some pics here.

This album was meant to be a birthday gift. It has lotsa room for pics and memorabilia. The lady who bought it liked it very much.

Gratifying, I must say.

Loved making it.

Priya