Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Simple Elegance, a baby blessing album

So many women that come to scrapbook retreats at Nellie's Cottage complain that they are so behind with their scrapbooks....aren't we all?
My "One event/One Design" plan is a solution I created when faced with 2 weddings in 4 months! It is simple, plan a design, build your pages, mat your photos (or not), add photos, gather or make and then add embellishments, and viola...you have an album very quickly. Brittany was able to scrapbook 3 different events in a couple of days. As I am typing she is headed to the hospital to be induced with her 3rd little girl! She really wanted to get birth and blessing pages done for Annabelle and Scarlett and so she did using this simple album strategy.

Simple scrapbooking isn't our only style, I really love the super embellished collage style however , I have found for holidays, vacations, photo shoots, and events the "One Event/One Design" approach serves me well.

This album is simple and elegant using vintage ribbon, pearls, Prima flowers, Storybook cricut cartridge letters, and an Anna Griffin fancy flourish die-cut in white.







Son Aaron & wife Janene, Nannie & Grampa Earl, and my brother Mark's family joined us for this special day.

4 generations!



A collage page at the end is great for random family photos after the event.
Another "One Event/One Design" success:)

p.s. Brittany plans to have all of her baby blessings in one album (each one will be a different design)

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Old ladder back chair...a make over

It was only 5 dollars at a garage sale. How could I resist:) This vintage chair was originally brown with a sad old gingham chair cover. Brittany painted it pink for me and then it sat...and sat...and sat for months in my craft room waiting to be finished. Finally the day came.



Painted pink with original gingham seat cover, waiting for a make over!
The day the chair had a make over was the first day Brittany and I actually worked in our craft room together. Once the girls joined us after nap time it became a bit harder to get things done:) 
FYI- sticky back foam shapes are the best thing ever for kids!


Brittany was working on blessing day layouts for her girls...trying to catch up before the 3rd little blondie gets here!


Recovering chairs is simple...just wrap the top super tight folding the corners like a present. Work from the middle on one side at a time adding staples along the edges. A cheerful daisy fabric became the new seat cover but even then it needed more...so I added bits of vintage lace from Aunt Betty and fabric scraps around the edge on the bottom of the seat using hot glue.

Hubby attached the chair with wood screws and Viola...a chair to love:)




I am now looking around for more things to "skirt" with lace and fabric scraps!



Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Boogie Fever...my 50th birthday album!

Yes I am behind....yes I will always be behind! Never mind...at least I have fun when I do get to scrapbook:) I turned 50 in January of 2014 and this birthday was a boogie fever- disco- get down on it party! In the spirit of the 70's disco days this album in colorful and a bit funky. I designed a "One Event/One Album" style with every page begin basically the same, as I do with all of my events.
Turn on the BeeGee's and enjoy the disco fever in my album:)
My friend Steve and I are only 6 weeks apart so I thought it would be super fun to combine our 50th birthdays with a disco party. Steve and I grew up together as best buddies. It worked...I am feisty, he is always happy. He let me boss him around, I listened to his advice. He was the sweetest friend a girl could have:) We both loved to dance and attend our church sponsored monthly teenage dances. We went on countless double dates, proms, and parties as a team. He will always have a piece of my childhood heart:)



I began the page design with actual decorations from the party. These globes were hanging in sets with fishing line. I simply cut them apart and adhered them to the page.


Never one to under embellish, I added a favorite Martha Stewart border punch on top of the globes.
Purple ribbon then was added to the middle of the border.


I cropped many of the pictures to 4x4 and added mats of purple and pink to all of the photos. The color and design inspiration came from the scarf you will see in the photos below. After doing the top page border I laid out the pages on my bed to add pictures (before adhereing) and then add embellishments. This allows me to see the whole project as I am working on it.



The Boogie and Disco words were found on circuit design space. All of the other titles (70's trivia, speech, ymca, cool dude) on the pages were cut on the cricut with gold mirror cardstock using the
"3 Birds Lif" font.





You can't have a party without themed photo props...these pictures are my favorites:)


My hubby Michael and son-in-law Travis are hilarious in disco props!







Me & Steve...boogie down!


I found this chevron album by Me & My Big Ideas and added purple wash tape to tie in the album pages. I like albums with picture frames on the front for immediate album recognition. 


I would love to have another disco party some time...for weeks I listened to the BeeGee's "disco-ing" around my house when no one was home:)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

My lovely scrap space

I have a confession. I actually have a craft room upstairs.
So why do I have my scrapbooking space in my bedroom?
 Simple, because I love my bedroom!
I love the chocolate brown walls.
I love my cream and taupe embroidered draperies.
I love my metallic pillows.
I love the vintage gold trim on my lampshades.
I love the morning light streaming through my windows.
I love hearing the sound of the pool fountain just outside my windows.
That is why my scrapbook space is in my bedroom! I am a decorator at heart, partially through an interior design degree soooooooo my scrapbook space NEEDED to blend into the decor of my bedroom!

The next few pictures are a sweep of my space from left to right.


We lived in our house about 8 years before I decided on curtains! These were a black Friday find from JC Penny. The rocker was a mother's day gift from the hubby when I became a Grammie:)

I confiscated this desk from the hubby's study:) It has good drawer space and I even have a stash hidden under the desk! it was a second hand furniture find many years ago. p.s. hubby has another desk!

The tall dark stained shelves came from my mom, short ones were part of our first ever purchased furniture after school. Originally the 90's colonial brown I painted them to match the tall ones.
The baskets came from here and there collected over time. When I decided to do this I scoured my house for baskets, most of which were spray painted dark brown. The idea was to blend into the background rather than be a focal point in my room.


This bed was a steal at auction in Houston many, many years ago. It is from the Philippines.

Decorating is always about the details....

Reclaimed shelf painted metallic gold, favorite stamps on the shelf, pearl metal monogram and handmade tags hanging on twine.


Old brown dresser inherited from my mom....have plans for painting:)

Glass cake plate taken out of hiding in the tallest kitchen cabinet now on display with washi tape,  and zipper & glitter ribbon...all in colors matching the decor:)

Metal bins from Walmart wrapped with wash tape & vintage gold trim with 
flowers added as a final touch.


Metal & wood suitcases make stylish storage.

Found this cute cabinet at Marshalls but the fatal flaw-too small for anything 12x12...should have measured before I brought it home! I don't think glittery bows are just for Christmas:)


Mercury glass is the perfect accent to contrast all the chocolate brown walls, furniture, and baskets.
Ross and Marshalls are the best places to pick up inexpensive pieces.

An embellished craft cart and chest re-do add more storage for my scrapping stash.
Blog post links on these 2 furniture make-overs!


Craft Cart
http://nelliescottageretreat.blogspot.com/2015/04/washi-craft-cart.html


Chest Re-do
http://nelliescottageretreat.blogspot.com/2015/05/just-add-legsa-scrapbook-furniture-re-do.html


And there you have it... my lovely & long awaited scrap space!