Monday, April 26, 2010

Beach Themes

I love this collection from KaiserCraft - Offshore Collection. I love the style, the colours, pretty much everything about the collection so needless to say I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.

Then when I finally got it... I didn't know what I wanted to do with it... until now. Still one page that I want to complete in this series, but I just had to show you what I have done so far.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Scrap Pages at last

It feels like forever since I last did a scrapbook page, so this evening I finished off a couple of pages that I hadn't been happy with... until now!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Manly Mini Album

I finished this album a few weeks ago but couldn't post it on my blog because it was a birthday present for a friend of mine who I know reads my blog to check out what I have been working on lately and I definitely didn't want to give the surprise away. 

He now has his present and loves it so I can happily post the finished product.

The front and back covers are acrylic pages, the rest are all cardstock. It's a 6 x 6 mini album and will be easy enough to add extra pages as progress on the off roader continues. I can't wait to see the finished result of either the off roader or the album when both are complete.

As there are so many pages I have just combined them all into collages of four photos with read across left to right, top to bottom. (Hopefully that makes sense).

Friday, April 9, 2010

Kiwiana Charms

My good scrapbooking girlfriends and I are participating in a swap amongst ourselves for some small charms for a charm bracelet. The theme is Kiwiana - all those iconic symbols of what it really means to be a Kiwi (New Zealander).

I have passed on my four sets, so wanted to post pictures of both the charms and the tags that I attached each charm to, as these were more creative work earlier in the week. 

By the way, the charms are all less than 1" high.

My charms are:

  • Paua (abalone) shell dangles
  • Marmite (a yeast based breakfast spread)
  • Jandels (also known as thongs or flip-flops)
  • Black Singlet (iconic as worn by Wal Footrot in "Footrot Flats" as well as most Kiwi men. Considered by men to be the height of Kiwi fashion, not so much by the women in their lives LOL)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Business Cards & Holder

Not long after I had just had my new business cards printed, a wise and astute business man, who is also a good friend of mine, gave me some sage advice. 

He told me that my business cards should leave an impression and that what was on the back, was just as important as what was on the front of them.

Hmmm, I thought to myself. Mine is blank, plain white, nothing. So I have mulled on this for some time, considering what might be the best way to address the blank space and turn the negative into a positive and finally I have come up with a solution.

What better way to "sell my services as a Paper Artist" than to give my customers and potential customers their very own piece of customised art work. So I have started to "alter" my business cards. Along with the business cards, I have also made an altered business card holder out of yet another chewing gum packet. Refer to my earlier blog Re-purposing a chewing gum packet for what I mean by this.

My cards fit perfectly as they are slightly smaller/shorter than many out there, but that has definitely worked to my advantage in this case.

Here is the first batch of altered business cards and my new business card holder:

Friday, April 2, 2010

Apron Recipe Book Mini Album

Once again I was inspired by the lovely Laura on Following the Paper Trail Blog by one of her older blogs about a recipe box as well as by my three wonderful friends who constantly amaze and astound me with their cooking and baking abilities and achievements. You know who you are, but in the hopes of being the deserving recipient of some of your goodies... I love you all - Glenna, Carrie and Miss Wendy.

I need to add some tags to the front pockets and some ribbon to the binder rings. The small squares on the top are for important information such as conversions, temperatures etc, the larger squares are dividers to sort all your recipes.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Mini Tag Album in a Re-purposed Chewing Gum Packet

Yes the title for the blog is correct.
I'm a bit of a chewing-gum-a-holic so as soon as I saw this album on a You Tube video for Following the Paper Trail I just new I had to try it. Of course it did help that I had a couple of empty chewing gum packages in close proximity to me at the time.
Not sure if I will gift this, sell it or keep it for myself because I just think it is so cute!!!
The closed album on a key ring loop:

Open so you can see the tags inside:
With the tags all pulled out and what the tags look like (before I put it all together):
And last but not least just to prove it is actually a chewing gum packet and that I'm not actually pulling your chain...