Sunday, October 19, 2008

Halloween! woooOOOOOOooooo spooky!

It's Halloween time and I'm not as hardcore as my friend Kara who is getting married next Saturday, October 25th. She collects Spooky Town from Michaels, an animated village of spooky houses and establishments. I am SO jealous! But my passion is Christmas, so I may hold off on collecting an animated village in favor of that. But I do have a few spooky crafts to show here. Like my glittered pumpkins above. I also transformed a birdhouse into a spooky haunted house complete with a "Halloween tree".

Ok now, brace yourself for cute overdose. My mother showed up last weekend with a doll pin witch she made for me, carrying a little trick or treat bag shaped like a kitty. So cute!

And as I'm currently going thru a big crochet phase, I'm particularly proud of my little pride and joy. He's the first of what clearly will be a large and complete collection of amigurumi made from my new book Creepy Cute Crochet.

bloodthirsty yes, but adorable too


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Kara's Photobook

My friend Kara is getting married and her bridal shower was a couple weekends ago in Los Angeles. I flew out to surprise her. But first I emailed all her friends and asked them to forward me photos for a photobook I wanted to put together for her. I have never done a scrapbook before, so I had to wing it. I found a plain white 3 ring binder book with blank white pages inside which I opted for over the premade scrapbooks with pages in plastic sheeting because I could be more spastic and creative with it.

I covered the front with paper flowers I found at AC Moore with glue at first and then a full coating of my favorite decopaging polyurethane, Anita's. The topped the centers of the flowers with buttons and ran ribbon down the side.

I found an awesome scrapbooking pad that had all kinds of matching goodies including double sided paper, tabs, stickers, etc. which made it easy for a first timer and began cutting and pasting all sort of pictures, attempting to keep each page themed. Each girl that contributed, I made a special page for and attached a letter tab to the side.

The main pages for each of the girls also had their initial and a few great pictures of them with Kara, or sometimes, just one was enough.

I also used plenty of little scrapbooking doodads, like a little statue of liberty and a bagel and a taxi and the letters NYC and stuff. Those make it really fun! I think Kara's favorite page was the last one. She and Dave got engaged in Paris, so I made a special page just for that. Here's a photo:

I had so much fun making it and was totally emotional putting all of the pages together. Especially the one dedicated to her cat that had passed away. I cried everytime I saw it. My feet are definitely wet to scrapbooking now! But most importantly, she loved it!