Sunday, July 14, 2013

Have you ever tried using fabric when making a card? I discovered Farmhouse Memories in Paradise, PA last year during the Lancaster area Shop Hop. The owner, Rachel is so creative and so nice. She has some wonderful cards you can take pictures of while you are there so you can make them when you get home. She also has beautiful quilts, pursues, etc. she has made as well as a nice selection of regular scrapbooking supplies at Farmhouse Memories.

I found this adorable dog fabric that I just HAD to have. Below are five cards I've created with the fabric so far. The fabric is sold is a fat quarter (I am not a quilter so this was new to me). It doesn't seem like a lot of fabric but you can make so much out of one! I still have about 3/4 of my fat quarter left.


When working with fabric you need to adhere the fabric to a "sticky sheet" to prevent fraying. The sticky sheets I purchased from Rachel have adhesive on one side, which is the side you put the fabric on. The paper side is then adhered to your project. The paper gives the fabric that extra stiffness. Some of the images have foam squares behind them and stand up without any problem. You could also use double sided adhesive paper and then stick the one side to scrap paper. You might be able to run the cut out images thru a Xyron also, but I haven't tried that so I don't know for sure how well it will work.

I cut out the images I wanted from the fabric, leaving a border and then applied it to the sticky paper and then cut out the image. I didn't have any problems with the edges fraying. Just remember...sticky paper is not "peel and stick". Once sticky paper is applied to the fabric it's ready to be adhered to your project "as is". I am so used to working with embellishments I pulled the sticky paper off my first few images and had to reapply it!!

One of the best parts about these cards is that all the back grounds are scraps! I have organized my scraps (thanks to Nancy Bankert with 31 Gifts!) and was able to use them up. Here is a closer look at the cards.






And don't forget to add a little something to the inside of your card.


Thanks for stopping by and be blessed!
Joyce

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy July 4th!!

I hope everyone has a safe and fun holiday no matter what your plans are. Mine are to have a nice relaxing day at home with my pups. Today I want to share my all time favorite blog with everyone – One Good Thing By Jillee (http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com). I would love for everyone to check her blog out. I've found some wonderful tips, tricks, ideas and recipes (the granola clusters are do die for!). As you know I am a scrapbook nut and need to photograph everything. But I have just a regular point and shoot camera so my evening July 4th pictures have never been the greatest. Jillee has a wonderful post today on how to take incredible sparkler photography. I am planning on buying my friend's daughter sparklers so I can try this! Here is the link to today's blog - http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2013/07/how-to-take-sparkler-photographs-for-the-4th-of-july.html#comment-142977

And here is one of the great sample photos Jillee has posted today:


You have to go to One Good Thing By Jillee to find out how to photograph it :)  BTW...yesterday's post was for a homemade hot fudge sauce which is on my to-do list today...yummy!

Enjoy the day and be blessed!
Joyce

Monday, July 1, 2013

A Heritage Album for My Mom

I have started an album for my mom of a lot of her favorite photos (and some of my favorites of her!). It was initially a surprise for her but I have given her about a dozen layouts so she knows now...and I can safely post without fear of ruining the surprise. Some of the layouts I wanted to keep extremely simple because I just loved the photo and didn't want to take anything away from it. I want the total focus of the page to be the photos - no beautiful elements, fancy ribbon, etc. Hopefully I've accomplished that with these two photos!

This one is obvious - my mom on her wedding day. Isn't she beautiful!!


And this is one of my mom and her brother. Mom is going to do the journaling on the page so that is why the journaling box is empty.


As we all know, journaling is extremely important - no matter how little or how much you choose to do. I learned that lesson the hard way. I would "finish" my albums and then go back and journal, sometimes a year or so later. With one event I realized the excitement and passion for the event was gone - and my journaling wouldn't be the same because of it. Don't get me wrong, I had great memories of it, but it was missing that added excitement, that "extra something" that can be hard to describe two years later. So even if you have to just jot down journaling on a piece of paper and stick it with your photos to add later, it will be worth it in the end.

Make the most of what you have and be blessed!
Joyce