Thursday, February 20, 2014

Scrapbook Expo at the Gaylord!

I am so very happy to be on vacation! And a scrapbooking extravaganza vacation makes it all the sweeter! I absolutely love the Gaylord Texan...it makes me feel all Texas braggy right down to the tips of my short little toes:)

I will update and post pictures as the weekend progresses...

Deciding what pictures to bring to scrapbook...agonizing!
 I chose a trip to Israel with over 300 photos already organized into places visited.


Next...packing only supplies for one album. Well... 
absolutely everything I might possibly want in said album:)



Learning patience while being stranded and delayed 
almost 2 hours from start to finish with a flat tire only 30 miles from home!


 Finally arriving in the Dallas area to visit, cuddle, kiss, and play with 3 of my 
grandbabies for 2 glorious days before the event


Our first event at the Expo..a Mega Make and Take crop
...my favorite project by Heidi Swapp


 Funny idea:)


Seriously need one of these Canon Selphy printers... 
Printed wirelessly straight from my phone!


My sister is actually cleaning out her purse...really? 
Is that the best you can do at a make and take crop?



On day two of the Expo I was so busy shopping and scrapping I forgot to take many pictures!

I began the morning with banana pudding
 since we had no microwave to have the oatmeal I brought... I wasn't too sad:)

My sister, Mitzi and I filmed our first sister video today 
for Scrapbook Weekly. We told the funny story of my hubby telling her hubby that 
scrapbooking was a nice cheap hobby...hahaha! Will share the video when it airs!


This is my most favorite display project in the entire convention!
I bought the paint kit to create these fabulous metal patina effects.
Those are real keys on the heart-brilliant!


Scrapbooking conventions are a wonderful way to meet new friends! We shared a shared a table with Sue and Kay for the weekend. We are now planning a retreat together!


The final night of the event was  Willie Wonka crop. Some groups put forth an unbelievable amount of effort into their table display. I really loved this "cake" made by an interior designer!




I gave up on my Israel album after the first day. I need to put it together when my hubby is around so he can help make sure I get the tours in the right order. That is what comes from scrapbooking a few years after the actual event!

These are some of our pages we put together at the convention...
Mitzi worked on her wedding album, circa 1990








I plan on making this an annual event with a loved one or two!
Have a look at my posts about our trip here last year...


Scrapbook Expo 2013 with my girls!



http://nelliescottageretreat.blogspot.com/2013/03/scrapbook-vacation-with-my-girls.html





See some of my layouts from my Scrapbook Expo 2013 album


http://nelliescottageretreat.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-gaylord-texan.html









I won a contest last year!


http://nelliescottageretreat.blogspot.com/2013/05/wedding-bling-one-eventone-design-album.html#uds-search-results

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Birds on a string

I love to re-do and re-use old decorative items so "re-doing a re-do" is super satisfying:)

In the early days of Nellie's Cottage retreat my upstairs apartment was part of my accomodations.
It was called Nellie's Nest and had a bird motif.


I soon found that downstairs accommodations were much more needed so upstairs became a rental apartment again. The bird decor went into a box until it was freed last week to decorate my new addition!

I had originally created these birds in a frame using vintage quilt panels from Aunt Betty (one of Nellie's daughters). I simply added iron-on interfacing to the back of each panel and found some old 1980's frames in my attic...hoarding is sometimes a good thing:)





My daughter Brittany had a different idea for the new building and suggested the birds be freed from their frames! I trimmed the panels with my pinked edge rotary blade and hung them on some twine with medium sized clothes pins. Voila...birds on a string:)






I have other bird projects that I am working on for my new building...will post as I finish:)


See my original post about Nellie's Nest apartment
http://nelliescottageretreat.blogspot.com/2011/06/nellies-nesta-vintage-birdhouse.html


Keeping with the bird motif...this post was about my children leaving the nest!
http://nelliescottageretreat.blogspot.com/2011/01/dear-empty-nesters.html

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Valentine Paper Heart Wreath

Just for the love of paper crafting... I made this fun Valentine wreath for inside my door. It occurred to me that I always have festive holiday wreaths that I see only for those few seconds when I am running through the door. Inside wreaths are holiday eye candy and less calories than the Valentine's chocolate I am anticipating from the hubby!


Begin by cutting 36 strips of double sided paper 2"x12". 
Choose which side you want to face out and then glue the ends together, gently molding/pinching into a heart shape. Repeat 36 times! You can use stick glue or adhesive however, if I was doing this again I would choose hot glue.





Adhere 5 hearts together to form a "flower." 
Make 6 "heart flowers" 
You will have 6 single hearts left over for filling in at the end.


Lay out the "heart flowers" and adhere the tops of 2 hearts together. 
Continue around the circle until all 6 "heart flowers" are connected.


There will be a space between each "heart flower"
Adhere a single heart in each of those spaces.


Add a heart embellishment to the middle of each "heart flower". 
Run a ribbon through the top 2 hearts and tie a bow. 




 Happy Valentine's Day!


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