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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

BOOK SHARE AND TUTORIAL

 I wanted to share with you my newly discovered and love of book creating. I have seen books of all kinds, themes and sizes on You Tube and on the internet, as well as Pinterest. If you have an interest in creating a photo journal, or a book of your own but have been afraid to take that leap, I am telling you to dive head first with no fear, because it's just plain fun. The book I am sharing with you today is the one pictured above. I took a book class from a local artist and this is the first book we created. All the supplies for making your own book can be found in craft stores or on the internet, so everything is pretty easy to find.
 Until this class, I really had no idea that you could purchase ready to go books like this one. It's all there waiting for you to put in your own style. Because we were in a class and following instructions, we all created the same book. This book started with a double coat of craft paint in red. I don't remember the exact color or maker of the paint, but it doesn't matter. You could decide to paint or not to paint. Depending on the papers you choose, if you didn't want to paint, you could stain the edges with a Distress Stain, to give a worn appearance.

We only painted around the edges because we are covering the book pages with scrap booking paper.


You will do this with all the pages of your book. It's up to you if you want any border around the paper, or want to have some color show. I would recommend leaving a border, it just seems to add more interest and gives you a bit of room if you make a sizing mistake with your paper. No one will ever know. LOL. As for the glue, that is a personal choice, some crafters like a wet glue, some like a heavy two sided tape. That choice is yours to make and you will find your way as you create more and more projects. 

 Once all your pages have been covered with your craft paper, you can begin to decorate your pages. Did I mention the word FUN? Maybe I should also mention the word ADDITION because this craft is hard to stop once you have started. A whole new world of possibilities opens up.
 On the page on the left in the above photo, I am showing you what is called a "pocket." It's a piece of paper which can be any size that is glued on around three sides so you can insert tags, photos or memorabilia. This example happens have the pocket opening up on the side, instead of up and down. The page with the word "Bird" on it is a great place to put a photo.
 I usually leave pages for photos and then pages for lots of tags. I happen to be a pocket person and try to have fun creating different pockets using lace, or making envelopes with pockets that close. You can just create a larger pocket with a flap on the top, tie with string or ribbon and there you have it.
 We placed some lace on the spine and then added an eye hook and some chain to hang some charms on. If you like this idea, it's easy peasy. You just add chain, get some round eye loops and add as many charms as you like.
 On the front of this book, I decorated with a beautiful paper, made a frame from some soft batting and fabric, added some embellishments and glued it all on where I wanted it. You can use any good glue or hot glue you want.
 This book is getting full with all my pockets and embellishments. Check out your craft stores, the internet and Amazon for gorgeous embellishments.
 More examples of my pockets and tags.
 In the photo above, you can see how I glued down only part of the flowers so I could put a couple of tags behind. I hope this was helpful to you in showing you that you can also have fun with paper crafting. Please let me know if you have any questions. I would love to help you, and don't be afraid to check out You Tube, there are a lot of great tutorials out there that share step by step instructions. A couple I can think of off hand are My Sisters Scrapper and Shellie Geigle. Good luck and Happy Creating.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

July Give Away!


Welcome to our monthly give away! 
Every month one of our readers graciously donates a lovely treasure to give away. This give away is open to anyone who resides within the USA.

Our June hostess is
Jil Shelton from


Jil is offering this pretty lace covered heart has an image of a lady in soft blues.  This image is  from a French novel of mine, and printed on fine, high thread count fabric ~ There is a fall of pretty old laces and this can hang or sit.


$42 retail value

Visit Jil's website for more pretty treasures!
www.TheRuffledRose.com


Monday, July 4, 2016

Market Monday July 2016

Let Freedom Ring!

It's time for
MARKET MONDAY for July
LINK UP RUNS THRU July 15th


Market Monday is open to all sellers that sell the following categories:
Cottage style, Vintage and collectible items, handmade arts and crafts, supplies, etc.
No drop shipping sites such as Zazzle are allowed. Any links deemed unrelated will be deleted.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Great post shared from Bella Rosa Antiques blog:

Welcome to "Let's Talk Vintage!"



This is where many of the junk lovin' types gather every Tuesday morning, starting at 9.

You can join in, too, if you have somethin' to share about somethin' vintage! Even if it's just items you sell. It is all welcome here. Just please leave a link back to this blog post.

This week I am sharing some of the new changes that I have begun in my brick and mortar shop, Vintage & Co.

A friend of mine texted me about a shop about 25 minutes away that was going out of business that sold scrapbook and paper crafting stuff. Well, the thing that got my attention was when she typed "THEY ARE SELLING THEIR FIXTURES."


I didn't waste much time getting over there and while they were in their third week of selling out to the bare bones, I did happen to spy the check out counter that had not sold yet.

I did some measuring....mumbled some hmmms.... and then some uh-huhhhs.... and went back to the shop and did some more measuring and some more mmmm-hmmms.

Then, after wheeling and dealing a little bit the shop owners and I agreed on a price! 


And, VOILA! The new Vintage & Co. check out area!
I have a place to wrap fragile items and to put my computer on... and if I want to hide my lunch, I can do that too! 


It is not glitz and glamour but I love it! 


This was how small it was before, with just the one counter.
 

My other plans include painting the one wall as a focal point in aqua and add shelving and one of those fun ampersands I see in all of the stores. Can't wait!

Now Let's Take a Look at this Week's Features:

Up first is Cecilia of My Thrift Store Addiction. She scored some nifty thrifty souvenir state trays... and my favorite is of course, Pennsylvania.


Bernideen of Bernideen's Tea Time Cottage Home and Garden Blog shared her potting bench makeover and her beginning thoughts of "Time Began in a Garden."


And last but not least, is Vintage Eves post about some of her spode... her title was so clever! And the spode, well, it speaks for itself!

Thanks so much, Ladies!!!


If you've been featured today or any other time, feel free to grab the LTV graphic for your blog side bar or one of your posts! Thanks so much!