Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Paper Bag Album

I first heard of Paper Bag Albums from my Mother who saw them on ebay. I loved that you could make something so beautiful from just paper bags! We went out the next day and bought a package of paper bags. The bags we had weren't quite what I wanted though and I gave up trying to make one. Then we happened upon an ebay seller who sells lots of blank paper bag albums. Her name is Shmizz and her ebay store is Scrapbook Supply Outlet.

We love the quality that she puts into her bags and I would never buy them from anyone else.
She irons them out so that the bags will lay flatter. Then she sprays them with archival mist which makes the bags acid free and safe for photos. Next she sews up the middle and punches the holes. You have your choice of 3 or 5 holes. Her paper bag albums come in several different sizes. 6x6 or 8x8 are my favorites to work with.

Here is an album I made a couple years ago using an 8x8 paper bag album. I used Cosmo Cricket's Little Girls paper line.

There are many great ways to bind up the sides of the book. Remember though that the binding of it is just for looks as it already has been sewn up the middle to secure the pages in place. On this album I used strips of fabric. I have also used metal binding rings which you can find at any craft store and then tied strips of ribbon around that. I have also braided ribbon up the binding too. The possibilities are endless!

One of my favorite accents to add are acrylic flourish stamps! They are so pretty and they really add a lot of detail to the book. You can find them at your local Hobby Lobby.

I really love adding flowers to my books and layouts. I know that the flowers at scrapbook stores can be expensive so instead of using those go to a Hobby Lobby or Michaels and look through their floral department. You can find bunches of smaller flowers and then just cut them of the stem and place the on your pages. It's much cheaper and Hobby Lobby usually puts them on sale every couple weeks.

Feel free to click on any pictures to make them bigger!

Thanks for looking at my album! If you would like to make a paper bag album check out Scrapbook Supply Outlet or enter in my upcoming giveaway where I will be including a paper bag album!

Jennifer of For the Love of a Teddy Bear tagged me to share 6 uninteresting things about myself. Let's see, that should be pretty easy!

1. I have to listen to rock music while I scrapbook. Usually fairly loud Rock music. It helps my creativity flow and it really helps me think.

2. I know it's very weird but I like to scrapbook without pictures. I feel so constrained when I use photos that I can only use certain paper that matches or that it has to be arranged on the page a certain way. I like letting the paper tell me how it should be arranged on the page, not how it would look for my photos. It also means that I can use whatever paper I want whether I have photos to match or not. I have started making layouts and albums to sell to try and support my hobby.

3. I have never lived anywhere else other than Springfield, MO and I know I would never want to! It's a great place to live! I am just half an hour away from the Entertainment capitol of the world, Branson, MO. We get Season passes to the amazing Silver Dollar City Amusement Park! It's wonderful!

4. I am the only person in my family that is not afraid of heights. Therefore when we go to Silver Dollar City I don't get to ride any of the rides because I don't want to go by myself and I have no one who will go with me.

5. I love the Japanese anime Kawai style! I love Hello Kitty! I would love to have a scrapbook line dedicated to this style!

6. I love to collect copies of The Wizard of Oz book. I have always loved the different covers and unique illustrations. But I have never actually read the book all the way through. I think I should make that a goal for me that I need to completely read the book this year!

Well thank you for reading these six very uninteresting things about me! Now I must tag six more people to share 6 uninteresting things.

I wish you all a happy week, Lindsey

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too!

When I saw this paper by Sassafrass Lass I immediately thought of Dorothy and her little dog too! The line is called Serendipity and it is too cute! The sheet with the rainbows is called "Promises" and the sheet below is called "Criss Cross".

With the 70th Anniversary of the movie just 2 months away, I have been thinking about how much I have enjoyed the books and the movie throughout my life. Ever since I was little I have wanted to collect Wizard of Oz books. I just love to see the different illustrations.

The two illustrations I used were reprinted from an old copy of The Wizard of Oz. I then colored them with pencils and inked the edges.

For this card I was trying to find a way to use up scraps (because I can't throw anything away) and this card is what I came up with. The image is from a vintage apron pattern. The paper is Cosmo Cricket's "Early Bird" line.

Happy Tuesday, Lindsey

Thursday, June 18, 2009

More Cherries!!!

I made this card using Cosmo Cricket's "Early Bird" line. I really love this line so much. I don't think I could ever get tired of using this paper!

I made this card for my Mom as a Thank you for making me the cherries that she crocheted.

Although I work in a scrapbook store I still found myself at Michaels today ready to use my 50% off coupon I had. I am working on filling up my craft room with these storage cubes. I love them so much. I now have 5 cubes. I wish I had a room covered in these. Floor to ceiling!

If you have a Michaels anywhere near where you live then I suggest to you, go soon! Right when we walked in our's today they had a gorgeous display of Making Memories newest line. It's called "Vintage Findings".
WOW! It was all so pretty! I really couldn't choose which piece I liked the best! I bought some beautiful velvet flowers from the collection.
Visit makingmemories.com to see all the pieces from this collection.
Have a great weekend, Lindsey

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

What's Cookin?

I made this card using my favorite paper from Cosmo Cricket. The cute new line is called, "Early Bird".

The adorable image is from a vintage Valentine card I found Sunday.

The red scalloped edge along the top of the card is from a Martha Stewart edge punch. I found that punch to be one of my favorite tools! I use it all the time!

I hope your all having a good week, Lindsey

Saturday, June 13, 2009

My First Post

Hello and welcome to my scrapbook and card blog. My plans for this blog are to share my work and helpful tips and hopefully some inspiration. I have another blog which will continue to be my main blog which I share with my best friend, my Mother! It's called Two Crazy Crafters.

If you've been to my other blog then you will know that my style is very vintage ! So for my first scrapbook layout I wanted to show one that really captured my style!

This layout features a GORGEOUS crocheted cherry hand made by my Mom!

The paper I used is by Cosmo Cricket. My personal favorite Scrapbook Brand! The Line I used is called Early Bird.

Aqua, Red and White are one of my favorite color combos. The image is from one of my vintage Rand McNally Elf books.

To celebrate the starting of this new blog I want to have a Giveaway!!! So please check back for that soon!!!

I have lots of exciting ideas for this blog so I hope you come back and visit me again!