Sunday, September 13, 2009

Not too Shabby...

I am so honored to have been asked to be the September guest designer over at Shabby Chic Crafts! Veronica has some of the most gorgeous tags... lots with that lovely vintage look that is becoming so sought-after in the scrapbooking community these days! I had so much fun creating with them, and would love to share some of my projects with you!

First up, a layout about Hazel's first day of school made using theWood Grain Tags (one of my absolute FAVORITES), a Vintage School Card, one of the Vintage School Circles, and lots of yummy Cosmo Cricket and Sass goodies!







Next up: my December Daily journal for this year! It feels like such an accomplishment to have it done so far in advance, and the Shabby Chic Crafts tags were the perfect addition to this colorful album! I used one of the Creative Imaginations Easel Frame Albums for this, and I love that it has the easel back that pops out so that my book can stand up, and be displayed throughout this holiday season! Plus, lots of last year's KI Memories Christmas goodies...




And my final project... a 2010 calendar (and this month's 12 Months of Christmas project)! This is a super easy gift to make for a family member, and can easily be completed in an evening or two. It uses up lots of those scraps you have lying around, and its creative possibilities are endless! (If you're my mom, and happen to be reading this, now would be a good time to avert your eyes... unless you want to spoil one of your Christmas gifts). ;0)



For my calendar, I used 2 pieces from an older Maya Road acrylic album. The pieces are thick enough that they support the calendar on their own when stood open. The covers are adorned with buttery Hambly rubs, some teensy Thickers, and a Vintage Label. For the insides, I trimmed lots of colorful Hambly scraps to fit, using a corner rounder punch to finish them off. Then, I added a photo of the kids to each calendar page. I tried to print a picture from this year (or last) that was taken during the month that it represents on the calendar.



For the calendar itself, I not only wanted a tiny little calendar, but a place for the recipient to add little notes each month. So, to accomodate that wish (and to add some extra color), I actually combine two Shabby Chic Crafts calendar tags! I used the Vintage Note Calendars for the base. Then, I trimmed the edges off of the Square Stamp Calendars, and added them on top of the calendar that was printed onto the Vintage Note Calendar tags (the calendar is the same size).



You can use tiny pearls and gems to mark special dates (i.e. birthdays, holidays, etc.) on the calendars. And, for some added decoration, you can add some tiny flowers centered with more gems. This is a great way to use up all those jars of tiny Prima flowers I'm sure you have lying around!





To bind the calendar together, I punched holes at the tops of each calendar page and reenforced them with some... wait for it...

EYELETS!

See, I told you this was a great way to use up your supplies! I'll bet you haven't played with eyelets in years, huh? To be honest, it was kind of fun to break out the hammer and setter, and pound away! To put the whole calendar together, I used some earring hoop findings. Binder rings aren't thin enough to go through the eyelets, so earring hoops it was!

It was such a fun project to make, and I hope you'll give it a go! It makes a quick check-off on your Christmas list too. ;0)

A big thanks to Veronica at Shabby Chic Crafts for having me as their guest designer this month! Please check out their blog, and leave a comment here for a chance to win some fabulous fall tags (she's leaving the contest open for a couple extra days, so there's still time)!

20 comments:

Beth Perry said...

wow, girl!!! All of your projects are sooo amazing!!! I love them!!! So awesome!!
Hope you are having a great weekend!
B

Jocelyn said...

Oh Holly....I love all the creations...look at you go girl!!! Super Talent my sweet friend!!! Wishing you a great week!!! :)

Elise said...

Hello, I just had to leave you a note because I've so enjoyed reading your posts today. You have the most gorgeously beautiful site - best wishes & thank you ..

Sasha said...

Congrats on working with her tags they are the cutest lil thangs.

You are an altering queen I love your projects such great gifts too .. I would have a hard time parting with mines LOL.

xoxo
Hope you are doing good over there, thinking about you while hubby is away.

Jennifer Y said...

omgoodness...I just love all your creations! I love how you used the Sassafras Sticker page...I will have to do that!:))

Christina Padilla said...

loving all that eye candy girl! Can't wait to get my hands on the October tags! yay!

~Sasha Farina~ said...

oh amazing amazing amazing!! love that first layout esp!

Melonie said...

Love them all!

LollyChops said...

I was getting excited when I saw the December daily calendar but I think I might have popped a gasket when I saw that completely awesome 2010 calendar (holey spiderman bandaids)! I have so many ideas and I cannot wait to get started!!!!!

Thanks sweet friend!

HUGS!

Laura Stewart said...

cute stuff !

Callista said...

loving all the projects Holly! yum! especially love the layout you did of Hazel with the letters as the background! you go girl!

Mel G said...

Ooohhh!!!! All of your projects are awesome!!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

danilouwho said...

Beautiful stuff!!

cheekyradish said...

Awesome work! I happened upon your blog, and, I've so enjoyed looking through it.

Marie said...

lovin everything girlie! What is the woodgrain letters on that first one? I want me some. Very cool stuff my friend.

Vel said...

Oh, that calendar is too cute for words!

Kaytee said...

I just love that 2010 calendar!!! So cool!!! Congrats on the guest designer spot!

Boriquaz said...

omg you have so much done i can't even contemplate next week and you're already doing next year lol, great projects!

Sandy said...

oh my!!! all so crazy-cute, and it made me all gushy over all that cute christmas stuff i still have left-over from last year!

Kristine said...

This is great! Love it! Thanks for sharing your idea & instructions.