Friday, August 05, 2016

Summer Papercrafting Projects

Happy Friday!

Today I'm taking a little break from Sizzlin' Summer to bring you some projects I've been working on this summer.

I've delved into the world of Pocket Letters & I love it! So far I have completed and mailed two letters. I have another in the works for the August Felicity Jane paper swap.

I sent a PL to a nice lady named Nan who said she enjoyed soft greens and yellows. I knew I had the perfect paper stack as soon as I read that!

I had so much fun using my stash to fill the pockets. I was surprised I had enough embellishments to fill the pockets with that theme, but I guess I have a lot!

I like to include a tea in my PLs too and I had a green one - Perfect!

I ended up having to use some washi that didn't quite match to ensure the items didn't fall out of the pockets, but I made sure to explain that to her in my little note, sent as such:

I also made a Disney PL friend at Pocket Letter Pals, who it turns out is going to Disneyworld at the EXACT same time my family is going this year! I'm hope we can meet up IRL and have a Dole whip!

This is the Disney themed PL I made for Cheryl:

Disney is one of my favorite things to scrap, and I'm sure excited about how this came out!

I used some funky paper straws, cut them apart, and hot glued some twine around them to make an embellishment. I adore the little felt hearts! I put some washi goodies in, and stamped the little quote card.

Since we are both visiting Disneyworld at Christmastime, I felt like peppermint mocha tea was appropriate! I had created this banner file for a Disneyworld page about a year ago, and had saved it in my projects in Cricut Design Studio, so it took hardly any time to make another with coordinating paper for my PL.

I saw a mailed PL on pinterest and attempted to recreate it. Mine is not quite as pretty, but I would still enjoy receiving something like it - I hope she did!

I addition to these Pocket Letters, Sizzlin Summer at Scrapbook Challenges, Little Summer JOY at Little Paper Projects, and other challenges in which I regularly participate, I'm preparing for a little beach getaway in a couple of weeks. I'm definitely ready for a vacation! However, I of course would never dream of not crafting the entire time I'm gone! So, I created a traveler's notebook insert for the trip. I wanted to do a custom insert mostly because the trip is not very long and we will spend much of the time on the beach, so I didn't need a book with very many pages.

So have you ever been to Tuesday Morning and seen the packages of paper, many sheets the exact same pattern, and wondered, "Who would buy this besides someone who owns a store?" No? Just me?

Haha, well I've often thought that. Except the other day I was there, and I had an epiphany! I found some American Crafts graph paper and thought, that's perfect for some traveler's notebook inserts! I purchased said paper and created my own inserts, quite inexpensively.

I used Pink Paislee's Citrus Bloom stack for my cover. I decorated it with a fun tag from the DCWV Ultimate Tag stack, some washi & Amy Tangerine Alphas.

So for the graph paper, it was blank on the other side. Never fear! I just faced the like sides together before folding. That way I have a graph opening and a white plain opening every other page, but never mixing graph with plain because that'd just be crazy, right!?

I can't wait to get to Gulf Shores & use it!

Also, here is my first page for Lesson 5 of Little Summer JOY - all about keeping it simple.

A simple, southern, summer rainstorm to do the soul some good.

I wanted to keep it super simple, so I just added some embellishment on the opposite page with a glassine bag filled with sequins, closed with washi and a Maggie Holmes flower.

I really love how it turned out.

I did the writing with a combination of Cricut cuts and stamps

It's not too late to join us at little summer joy - especially if you haven't done anything with your summer photos yet! Link to the left.

Well that's quite a long enough blog post for the day. Thanks for looking!

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