Wednesday, April 18, 2012

WOYWW #150 and she's back...

What's On Your Workspace Weds? The brain child of Ms. Julia. Please check out her BLOG later. Lots of great workspaces linked in over there.

As for me... so much going on, so little time to craft. But I did get back in the trenches for a project that has been looming over my head for 2 years. Yikes. Yes, I'm talking about the infamous baby books for my niece. I guess this is what happens when I get myself involved in a project that requires factory-line processing. My self-diagnosed scrapper's ADD sets in and something shiny catches my eye and I'm off chasing it.

Well, the twins are turning 2 tomorrow so I had to make enforce a deadline for myself to finally get these done. I'm going to give you a quick peek at how I did them so that maybe it will inspire you.

I like to make ABC books. I've found two syles that I like to use. One is using a clear stamp set by Autum Leaves called Stampology.

If you can't read the words, I'll provide the list in tomorrow's post. The other style is to use a poetic ABC version that can be illustrated with any picture that you choose. It's your interpretation (or your recipient's choice, I imagine.) I'll give you that tomorrow, too.

Okay, so, I like to start with an 8x8 album and a paper pad with a baby theme that offers papers and punch out dies, but you can also find papers that have coordinating chipboard etc. (Just be warned, they make your album thick, I know now too late!)

Then I take:
a patterned 8x8 sheet (or cut a 12x12 down),
a 4-1/4" x 6-1/4" coordinating paper mat,
a 1" x 8" strip of solid cardstock,
a die cut journaling shape
an alpha embellishment,
and my computer generated verse.

I attach the journaling shape to the photo mat in such a way that whether the album recipient wants to display their chosen photo horizontally or vertically, it works on the page. I don't glue it down to the page when I slip it into the page protector for that reason, too. Oh and I attach the the strip only on the edges so that the photo mat can slip under it also if preferred.

I hope this gives you a spark of inspiration. And don't stop at baby books. It can be modified for any occasion that you can come up with an ABC approach.

Tomorrow, I will give you the two ABC journaling lists, I promise. Come back if you'd like them. (Too long to include them today.)

Here you see me adding a name to one of the album's I'm sending to my niece. I figure, by now, she's got plenty of pictures to choose from!

Have a great WOYWW and thanks for coming by....



Karen said...

Gorgeous baby books, I am sure your Niece will adore them :)

Have a great WOYWW and a fab week, Luv Karen #11

Queen Of Toys said...

It doesn't matter how long they take to create, it is the finished product at the end and so far they look awesome.

Eliza #103

Queen Of Toys said...

It doesn't matter how long they take to create, it is the finished product at the end and so far they look awesome.

Eliza #103

Miriam said...

fabulous busy desk. Love those stamps!


CraftygasheadZo said...

Such super books! Lovely idea and I'm sure they'll be treasured. Take care & enjoy this weeks WOYWW snoop! Zo xx 17

Laura said...

Your baby book is quite cute -- love the cover. Happy WOYWW from Laura (who was too tired/lazy to do a WOYWW post this week.) :)

Hazel said...

Love the pages - very colourful - and very useful alphabet stamps - Hazel, WOYWW #85 x

jill said...

Such cute ABC stamps and albums . happy crafting & thanks for sharing your work desk Jill #62

okienurse said...

great idea! I love the stamps and papers. Thanks for sharing. Vickie #32

505whimsygirl said...

The baby books look great! I'm sure they will love them. I like those alphabet stamps too. Very cool.


Lisa said...

Thanks for sharing and they are great stamps!! love them

Lisa #112

kay said...

loving how you are doing that scrapbook
have a fab crafty week and
happy woyww
kay #51

Lisa-Jane said...

Those circle stamps look really great! Happy belated WOYWW #45