Archive for February, 2008

Playing Photographer

…for my new little nephew.  He was born at home on the 22nd.  10 pounds, 22.5 inches.

I just did his first “official” photo shoot. 🙂
Micah Croft Keeney
February 22, 2008
10 pounds
22.5 Inches

…the time when I suddenly decide to update my blog for the simple reason that i have a million things to do today, not enough time to do them, and blogging should NOT be at the top of my list.


I’m getting ready to travel. Which means a few loads of laundry, packing, getting caught up on emails, using up all the fresh produce in the house (as much as possible), packing some more, trying to remember all the things i’m supposed to be hauling to Indiana, picking up after Autumn, packing some more, figuring out how many projects I’m commited to and how on earth I’m going to get all the stuff in the car for them, etc, etc, etc.

Four dozen banana muffins cooling on the counter.

Autumn in the bath.

Washer and dryer running.

What to do with that big bag of fresh green beans and the other big bag of fresh yellow squash, and the pineapple on the counter and the 10 kiwi on the table?

Suitcase half-packed on the bed.

Listening to NPR weekend.

And typing.

Here’s a tutorial I created at the beginning of January for the SavvynSassy blog.  It was intended as a photo journal, but could easily be used for anything.  🙂 

 I wanted to share with you a little project I’ve been working on and give you all the directions to make your own if you want.  (I drew inspiration from a large year-in-review album by Irma Gabbard in the latest issue of Scrapbooks, Etc.–just made it smaller and changed around a lot of things. )


  •  chipboard album approx 4″x6″(made my own using my Bind-It-All)
  • patterned paper scrap (I used some old American Crafts pp)
  • Alpha stickers (American Crafts)
  • Number chipboard (Heidi Swapp)
  • Brads
  • Crop-a-dile or other good hole punch
  • Acrylic rectangle (I used a page from an ArtBar acrylic mini tag album, but you could probably make your own from packaging material, etc.)
  • Adhesives (I used glue dots, glue sticks, glossy accents)
  • Staples
  • Large button
  • Embroidery floss or thread and a needle
  • Ribbon (of course!)
  • Ricrac (of course!)
  • Label maker and tape

 Step One: Create or purchase a 4×6 chipboard mini album with at least 31 pages. 

Step 2: Create a Ribbon Flower

Simply loop and fold ribbons until you get the amount of “petals” you want.  Then secure with a few stitches or a couple of staples through the center.

Step 3: Peel protective plastic off your acrylic and apply letter stickers to the front, being careful to avoid fingerprints on the back

Step 4: Punch holes through acrylic

Step 5: Line up acrylic holes and mark on the patterned paper where you want them

Step 6: Punch holes in patterned paper and stick brads through both layers

Step 7: Adhere patterned paper to chipboard cover (you may need to use glue dots on the corners)

Step 8: Apply chipboard letters to the project (you will probably need to use a wet adhesive such as diamond glaze or tacky glue)

Step 9: Make “A Photo Journal” label and apply

Step 10: Run stitches through the button and adhere to the ribbon flower

Step 11: Attach ribbon flower to project and add a rirac stem (I like glue dots for this)

Step 12: Tie a small bow and adhere to flower stem

And you’re done!  Now you have a little book to add your photos to. 

This project can easily be adapted for a brag book, a year-in-review album, or just about anything.  Because a 4×6 photo will fill each page, the book goes together incredibly fast. 

I put this layout together for Susan’s color challenge on SavvynSassy

Lots of fun.  🙂

Supplies: KI, Elsie, and The Paper Studio papers; AC letter stickers; Ranger Stickles; Target felt flower; SavvynSassy and Crate ribbons

(15 from January, not counting cards)

16. Sandy and Sunny 12×12

17. Rock Out 12×12

18. Simple Pleasures 6×12

19. Sunshine 12×12

20. Altered Can

21. Balance 12×12

22. Daddy’s Girl 12×12

23. Just Playing Around 12×12

24. Ba-Ba 12×12

25. Charleston Gardens 12×12

26. Lucky #7 12×12

27. Two-Fisted Artist 12×12

28. Why? 12″round

29. Be 12×12

30. Splash! 12×12

31. Young and Carefree 6×12

32. D2 Girls 12×12

33. Uncle Mark 12×12

34. Livin is Easy


Created this for the CHA in Spirit challenges over at 2peas.  The challenge was to make these flowers and to use wallets and I think it may have started something.  🙂  I had so much fun using the smaller photos and allowing for more whitespace, that I think you’ll see this showing up more in my work.  (If only wallets were as cheap to print as 4x6s!)

I did a lot of distressing (using scissors) on all of the edges of all of the papers used.  It’s a look I’m going to be using a lot more as well.

Supplies: AC papers and letter stickers; Colorbok and The Paper Studio brads; SavvynSassy and Michael’s ribbon; Swingline staples; Making Memories clip; Marvy and EK Success punches

I loved working with this kit. There are so many different types of ribbon and trim and they’re so versatile!

As soon as I got the kit I got to work and made three layouts, two cards, and a small altered item all in one day. 🙂

“Rock Out!”

I used four pieces of ribbon from the kit here. They coordinated really well with these older Fancy Pants and Autumn Leaves lines.

Supplies: SavvynSassy lace, trim, and ric-rac; Fancy Pants and Autumn Leaves papers; Fancy Pants die-cuts; AC thickers chipboard; various buttons; Purple Onion stamp; Ranger Distress Ink; AC Pigment Pro pen

Altered Peanut Can

I altered a peanut can into a simple gift box for Valentine’s Day. I just covered the can with some older SEI paper, adhered crocheted lace from the”What a Hoot” kit to the edge of the lid, and wrapped the stretch lace (also from the What a Hoot kit) around the box and tied it with a bow on the top. Super easy!

Life’s Simple Pleasures

If you can’t tell, I really like this crocheted lace from this month’s kit. Here comes project number three using it! lol.

I decided to do a really clean and simple 6×12 layout using a photo of DD and her great-grandmother walking along this old split-rail fence.

I used Fancy Pants paper and tag. The edges of the paper are roughed up with a scissor blade and then doodled to look like stitching. Crocheted lace is adhered to the side of the tag and then I stuck a brad through each end. I stamped around the edge of the photo with one of my favorite Purple Onion stamps.


I had a feeling this brightly colored grosgrain from the kit would be the hardest for me to use, but I ended up using it up faster than any of the others!

I used my big square punch and some scraps of American Crafts, KI, and Love Elsie papers to make this super easy card. Finished it off with a 7Gypsies sticker and tied ribbon around the side.

For this one I used more KI and Elsie scraps with scraps of ribbon for the candle flames.


For this layout I dug WAY back in the stash for a bunch of MME papers, mixed with some KI. I love this photo of DD, but it had a lot of glare from the sun. So I decided to work a layout around it. I changed it to black and white and titled the page “Sunshine.” Once again, the grosgrain ribbon from this month’s kit was a perfect match!

The journaling is about some of the funny things DD says that make me laugh.

Supplies: MME, KI papers; SnS ribbon; Swingline green staples; Crafts, Etc. felt flowers; AC Pigment Pro pen


This last layout did double-duty with one of Shannon’s challenges from her impromptu mini-crop. Here I used up the very last of the crocheted lace with some of the beautiful brown trim that’s included in the kit.

I did a lot of distressing using scissors on the edges of the papers and sandpaper on the letter stickers. All doodling and faux stitching is done with brown acrylic paint and a teeny tiny paintbrush. I really love how this one turned out!

Supplies: MME papers; 7Gypsies stickers; SavvynSassy lace and trim; Acrylic Paint; American Crafts letter stickers; Swingline green staples

I created this for one of Shannon’s challenges yesterday on SavvynSassy.  We needed to use at least three different alphabets.  I used four.  And I’m using up some MME papers that have been in my stash forever!  🙂  One of the nice side effects of no spending is that you get to use up things that you like but would never have gotten around to using otherwise. 

One of my goals for this year is to work on documenting more everyday moments.  And this is certainly one of them.  DD playing with her stuffed animals.

Supplies: MME papers; AC and Paper Studio alphas (2 from each mfg); Bazzill flowers; The Paper Studio brads; Ranger Stickles in Eucalyptus; arrows are from a Fiskars squeeze punch; SavvynSassy grosgrain 

D2 Girls

I’ve had this picture for a long time, but I don’t like it.  The colors are just so blah.   But I saw a layout in the last issue of Scrapbooks Etc. and it inspired me.  Lots and lots and lots of color seemed to make it work. 

The flower stem is made by running floss through some Savvy n Sassy grosgrain ribbon and gathering it up.