Wheeee it's February already! I hope you have been inspired to scrap some cards or try a mini album this year. Here are my samples for this month. I made two layouts, quite simple ones really. I much prefer 8.5 x 11 inch pages. I find that when I scrap 12 x 12 pages I just don't know where to stop. I love love love my Making Memories Slice and so I cut the little tricycle and the ladybug on the layouts with this fantastic easy to use machine.
The next thing I was inspired to make was this little heart keeper box. That tag says 'be strong'. I have had the box for ages so I covered it in patterned paper and stamped around the edges with embossing ink and sprinkled red powder and heat embossed the stamped hearts.
This is the box from the front. I used those fantastic Melissa Francis jars of German Glass Glitter around the door frame for a bit of sparkly pop.
When you open the doors they reveal my heart.... ready 1..2..3.. ohhhhh lol
I made the heart from wool felt. I just cut out two heart shapes and hand sewed around the edges. Then I stuffed (I mean really stuffed the heart full off stuffing) the heart and glued it to the back of the shadow box. I do love this little box.
Next I took inspiration from a class I really enjoyed with the very talented mixed media artist, Linda Baldock. All you need to do is to trot off to Bunnings or Mitre 10 and pick up a $10 roll of annealed wire. It's blackish wire which wont rust and is really quite easy to make into beautiful shapes to make yourself a necklace. It's really forgiving too. It doesn't look too rough like some shiny wire does after you've had a good chop at it. Especially while trying to make a nice round jump ring hee hee.
If you have the chance my advice is to take as many classes as possible. I love learning new techniques and sometimes branching out into a bit of jewellery making can be very good for the old Mojo. Anyway, here is another dinky little book I made with contact prints and left over patterned paper. I have to say the papers from the My Minds Eye range are gorgeous. I went back and bought up big after I finished my DT projects.
How cute are the Crafty Secrets Vintage valentines?
Graphic 45 metal charm, Tim Holz metal number and Tim's clear crackle.
I hope you all had a fantastic time at the retreat. I missed it this time but I will be at the next one for sure. Thanks for all the support of the Pages 2 Girls... couldn't ask for a nicer bunch of ladies. I hope you get to pop into the shop really soon to see the inspirational wall. It's so full of amazing scrapping.