- Keep it simple...don't over do it or he will think it's too much.
- Keep the colors to a minimum and use greens, blues, grays, blacks, and other non-girly colors.
- Use general embellishments like eyelets, numbers, simple quotes, monograms, brads, etc
- Keep your patterned paper graphic. Lines, squares, checkered, some swirls, etc. The last thing you want to use is anything floral! Keep it graphic and it will speak manliness to your man :)
- Hide your journaling if it is a private matter. You know how guys are about sharing their feelings. They don't want you sharing yours about them on a layout either.
- Most of all...have fun creating a layout for your man :) Don't get too worked up over it being perfect. Guys are usually just happy you're thinking of them...even if it is on a scrapbook page :)
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
The thing I like about making wedding invitations is getting to be a part of something so special. I love working with the couple to get them the perfect invitation. Getting a glimpse into their lives and what they want their wedding to say about them. I have so much fun choosing the right colors and embellishments to decorate the invites with.
I recently did a fun pocket invitation with silver thread stitching which I thought was really cute. (I had to replace the photo with one of my own as I did not have permission from the photographer to use it for advertising.) The colors were so great for the winter wedding. The dark red just spoke Christmas to me and the silver thread gave it that extra something to make it stand out. The couple absolutely loved them and thought the thread looked like wire woven through the paper...so elegant. The inside paper is silver as well with a shine to it. You can't have a wedding without some sparklies :)
Here are a couple of pics of these invites:
And as always, here is the listing to purchase a sample of this invitation:
There are also several others there to check out as well. And I am more than willing to do custom work :)
Hope everyone has a wonderful day and weekend and I hope you enjoy the "wedding season" as it is upon us!
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Here are a couple pictures of my little creations:
I have made the following albums and can make many others :)
- First Names
- Last Names
- Sports Teams
- Pet's Names
- Mother, Father, Brothers, Sisters
These are so great because they are so personal. And they can be given to anyone!
They do take a lot of work. I have to hand cut each letter, trace it on the chipboard, cut out the chipboard, Xyron both sides of the chipboard and adhere cardstock, cut out letter to put on ends of pages and Xyron them as well. They tend to give me paper cuts too. The Xyron machine leaves little balls of adhesive on the edges of the paper and I have to use my fingers to roll them off. I always wind up with cuts on every finger!! I definitely need to find a better way of doing this. But like everything else, live and learn.
Some tips if you ever plan on making a work album:
- I always format my wording in PhotoShop first to make sure it fits in 12". I make mine 4" tall. Each word will be different even if they contain the same letters. I format each one separately.
- Always use a sharp exacto blade. They are cheap and it makes a world's difference. Anytimem I start to notice I'm putting in more effor than necessary, I change the blade and it works like a charm.
- Try to get the chipboard as close to the edge of the cardstock so you can get three cuts out of a 12x12 piece of paper. Sometimes I tend to use a little extra and then the third piece is too short. Get the most for your money and stick close to the edges.
If you are interested in having a custom word album made, check out my Etsy shop for the listing:
Have a great day :)
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
There is a calendar for every month of the baby's first year and can be arranged to start on the baby's birth month. There is an introductory page with a photo mat and twelve other pages with 4.25x6.25 photo mats for 4x6 photos...no cropping!!! How easy is that :)
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Check it out here: (Flip Flop Scrapbook)
Here are a couple pictures to show you what a Flip Flop Scrapbook is. You can always remember summer with one of these cute little albums :)
You can also check them out in my etsy shop here:
I love making these and have given SO many away as gifts. Now I just need to make one for my self :)
They do take a little time though. I hand cut each page to match the specific pair of flip flops I am working with. I roll each page through an adhesive machine to completely cover the entire page and then cover it with patterned paper and cut around the page. I then flip it over and do it on the reverse side. I cut photo mats for each page and embellish them. The fun part is getting to use power tools...okay, just a cordless drill, but still fun. I drill holes in the flip flops and use a hole punch to make holes in the pages. I bind them with cute, fun ribbon and they're ready.
Hope you enjoy them :)