Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Of Course I can...

It was such a generous offer.  Our California friends loaned us a car for our drive north so we didn't need to rent one.  And not just any car!  A convertible sports car!  My husband loves small convertibles.  He has owned a few before we got together.  That was - hum - many years and many pounds ago.  So we wondered - we, being everyone but him - how he would manage with such a small car.  He had no doubts and easily folded himself into the tiny car.  I used to drive a sports car and I have to admit my joints are a bit creakier getting in and out now.  It was a fun vacation option!

For the pages, I did Nichol Majourik's challenge this month in her Scrapbook Stamping class.  We are to stamp our own designer paper.  I used Circles and Dots from Inkadinkado and colors that matched my photos. No hunting through my stash for just the right paper.  

Since all my white stamping cardstock is 8 1/2 x 11 and I really needed to fill a 12" page, I cut the paper    into three 3 1/2 x 8 1/2" strips and then cut one strip again to fill the page.  The "seams" became pockets for some extra photos.  Lots of machine stitching tied all this together - literally.

Other project notes:

  • The embellishments were cut with the Cricut and the Accent Essentials cartridge.  Some SU! brads I picked up on clearance filled in these 'wheel' looking embellishments.
  • To finish the edge of the curved cardstock, I brushed on white acrylic paint.
  • The letters are another dollar store find from Making Memories.  

Ingredients:  Not mentioned above are designer papers from My Mind's Eye Little Robots collection and October Afternoon Cherry Hill.
Baker's Twine from Papertrey Ink


  1. LOVE your pages! What a great idea to cut your cardstock that way....I'll have to keep that in mind because I have a ton of 8 1/2 x 11 myself. I think you did a FAB job on making your own paper too! TFS!!!!

  2. What a fun idea for a page! Love the stamped pages, they look wonderful and the seam pockets are so smart. TFS!

  3. I love, love, love this layout.
    Not only is it a fun layout, and my hubby can so relate, teehee.
    But you made your own background paper, wow. I would never have guessed.

  4. This is the coolest layout! I also love to make my own BG paper so of course I love yours!! Great job!

  5. Great take on the challenge and I love that you took pictures of this! That would so be my husband, too, and he also would not be able to resist!

  6. I love this layout lisa-and the designer paper you made for it is beautiful-looks like hubby managed the sports car ok


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