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Cards, bags, and more

January 28, 2011

I’m trying to get back in touch with my crafty side. I had planned to scrapbook this month, but that hasn’t happened as I would have liked.

So first, I wanted to share the news that I actually won something! Some of you saw this on Facebook, but for those who didn’t, I won Project Life from Becky Higgins. I picked the digital version, and I plan to use it to make a book about 2010 with my Project 365 photos. I just need to find the time to sit and do it. I really hope to get it done by the end of February, as I don’t want much more time to pass.

The photography business is slow, just a hard time of year. So while things are slow, I want to do something to my “studio” area. I need a room divider to hide my “stuff” like the backdrops and props not being used. I’ve been looking for a good one for many months now. Then I saw this in Home Goods a couple of weeks ago. (gotta love camera phones!)

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It was $300, and I didn’t care for the fabrics. But I thought it would be neat to make my own. How hard can it be? I had some scrap plywood, and I bought a fabric remnant at Jo-Anns, as well as upholstery tacks. My mom gave me some batting, and I put it all together for a very small version of what the room divider would be like. I just wanted to know how easy it was. It only took me about 10 minutes. I didn’t iron the fabric first, and I regret that as the folds really show. But this was just for practice, so I’m not sweating it.

(This was on Natalie’s birthday, which explains the crown)
Fabric board

Fabric board

Cool, huh? So I need to find a few spare hours to buy the supplies and make this. Rich doesn’t know yet, I’m sure he’ll roll his eyes.

I’ve also done a very little bit of sewing. My sister asked me to make her a bag to hold plastic bags. I had never done it, but it didn’t seem too hard. Found instructions online, and made her this on Christmas Day.
bag for bags

My mom liked it and wanted one too. Bought more fabric and made one for Mom and one for me about 2 weeks ago. Forgot to photograph Mom’s (used different fabric for hers), but here’s mine:

A bag bag

And then January is a big birthday month here, so I had to make some cards (also sewed a gift bag for Rich, but forgot to photograph it)

I saw a blog where a woman cut a soda can and embossed it for cards. I thought it was cool so I did it too. But it’s VERY sharp and I cut my hands in several places while doing this. I’ve gotten better with it, and have been filing the edges.

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Backside
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Natalie turned 5 last week, and she’s very into Little Mermaid. Her card is simple

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She sure loved it!
Natalie's birthday card

Then Rich’s birthday was also last week … his card is also simple, and I managed to screw it up. I was in a rush and I put the sticker and paper strip on the top instead of the bottom (I had the card upside down in my workspace).

Rich's card

So I improvised and rotated it. Not perfect, but it worked
Rich's card

Then my good friends Maria and Amy have birthdays at the end of the month. I made cards for them too, and I’m really happy with how they came out. I used the same quote on the insides, I thought it was neat:

“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.”
– Cherokee Expression

Amy's card

Maria's card

They loved their cards too. 🙂 I wish I had made more of them to give to other friends, but I was running low on time. I’ll have to remember these so that I can do it again in the near future.

Okay, I think that’s about it. I know I wrote a novel and shared a lot of photos. But it’s been a while, and I wanted to catch up on the crafty stuff that I’ve been doing over the last 33 days.

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