Giving a collection of memories …

So my daughter Facebook’s me the other day and asks if I could make a gift for her to give to her best friend who is moving away soon. She’ll send over the photos and a paragraph from a song that holds meaning for the two of them. I received several really nice photos of the two of them to use and the words from the song then set to create.

The challenge was to make it young – these girls are in the 20’s and I’m not. I went digging through my stash of papers and hit the craft closet for something thick that would stand up – she wanted something that would sit on a shelf versus a book.

I pulled out three, 5-by-7-inch canvases and kept digging through the papers to find the perfect ones when I hit upon the beautiful Gabrielle line from BoBunny – it was perfect! The papers were cut a bit smaller than the canvas pieces, distressed and inked before adhering to the canvas. I searched through at least three trinket and ribbon bins to find the perfect buttons, lace and Prima flowers. When there were holes to fill I added a Ranger Memory Frame with a BoBunny Gabrielle sticker placed between two pieces of memory glass, an Idea-ology metal corner and an old Making Memories heart ribbon slide. The top scallops over the center canvas were made with a Martha Stewart border punch mounted on dimensional foam squares.

The canvases are hinged with ribbon before I adhered the papers onto the backside. A pretty ribbon is attached under the title and the entire piece accordion folds and ties shut with the ribbon.

It’s always a sad day when you have to say goodbye to a good friend – they’re far and few in-between. I really hope they stay in touch and that this gift eases the pain a little.

Another chapter ends …

Well, it’s true. Scrap Tales, the wonderful scrapbook store where I have worked for nearly nine years is closing its doors for good. The news just saddens us all who love this store. I started working there as a part-time employee and moved into manager/creative director shortly afterward.

Working in the industry has been a real joy which has enabled me to build my skills and my love for mixed-media. I’ve met some wonderful people in the industry and have made great friends through my position at the store. Scrap Tales provided me with a platform for teaching – something I never, ever thought I would do – only to discover it’s what I truly love! It’s the one aspect of the store that I will miss the most besides seeing my ‘family.’

I intend to continue teaching and am currently searching for venues. My dream would be to some day open a studio where we could hold classes, crops and other gatherings – oh yeah, I even have the name picked out – Pumpkin Moon Studio. But, the refrigerator died after the power outage we had this week and we had to go buy a new one, so it kicked me back to reality real quick!

I am teaching a cute little mini-book project at Scrapbook Peddler Sunday. “A day at the Zoo” is made with that gorgeous Zoology line from BoBunny. Students will use Ranger Distress Inks and Clear Crackle Paint, learn what it takes to stamp on acrylic, create hidden pocket pages from envelopes, use Ranger Perfect Pearls to create a patina on chipboard and to make a shimmer mist to spritz on paper and burlap and bind it all together into book form using the Cinch binding system. There were still a few openings when I checked Monday.

Ranger Ramblings Part I is also scheduled there for Wednesday, July 27. Contact Scrapbook Peddler to register for either class.

If you get a chance, stop in to Scrap Tales and say ‘hey’ before we’re gone; if you can’t make it in please keep in touch here!

My day at the Zoo …

So, I’m on vacation and felt like doing something then I thought “umm, new BoBunny Zoology papers…” – need some Zoo photos! Just a few minutes later daughter calls and says she was thinking we haven’t been to the Zoo in years. Husband says how about the Toledo Zoo?

We check the weather and it says cloudy, 80 degrees with chance of rain after 5 p.m. Perfect weather for a Zoo visit. So we’re off to the Toledo Zoo! An hour and a half later we’re parking and it’s sunny and HOT! It reached 95 degrees while we were there and not a cloud in the sky – figures.

It’s been over 20 years since we visited the Toledo Zoo and I’m thankful to say their beautiful shade trees have grown big and tall. We managed to see all the exhibits that were not under construction and had a very pleasant but HOT day. Seen lots of strange-looking creatures and some cute ones too. Took lots of photos (for that new BoBunny Zoology line) and finished the mini book this weekend.

It’s full of distress techniques and I’ve even included some folded envelope pockets I found instructions for at Laura’s http://followingthepapertrail.ning.com/

There’s a pocket in front for the program and ticket stubs and I tucked in some postcards we purchased at the Zoo. It holds lots of photos – I even have room to add more!

Hope everyone enjoyed their Fourth of July weekend!

Now to get started on those cards …