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!