June 18, 2010

summer's beauty...

It looks like we're turning the corner here in British Columbia. The weather this week is more summer-like, and I couldn't be happier. Summer is my absolute favourite season...I was fortunate to have lived  in Bermuda for majority of my life. How I used to look forward to summer vacations as a child. Lazy hot days, beautiful clear blue skies,camping, heading down to the beach, or out on the boat.. summer was definitely a treat. Having moved to Canada it's the season I look forward to most. It means the winters are over and its time to head on outdoors and enjoy the sun. I've been spoiled the last few years living on Vancouver Island; our winters can't really be considered "winter". Hardly any snow, lots of rain...really, compared to Ontario(where I lived before moving here) winter here is nothing to complain about.
Just as the weather is getting nice here, I am moving...just my luck. Hopefully it will be nice and hot near the lake...One can only hope. Here's a photo album all shabby chic-ed up for my friend Jo. We really hit it off when we met, have had our ups and downs, and I'm gonna miss her when I'm gone...So I decided to make her a memory book to remember me by.

A little pocket on the inside cover to hold tags, spare photo's odds and ends....
 A spot to write memories..or a favourite story or quote..and a ribbon band to tuck photos, mementos..perhaps a ticket stub or two...
A hidden tag sits behind a favourite photo, ready to write in details of the photo proudly displayed...
Dark chocolate ribbon creates wonderful loops...adding a little drama to the page..a little photo tag to jot down a date...
A picture frame to slide in a photo of someone special..
Another hidden tag peeks out, ready for journaling, perhaps the story behind the photo..
Another peek-a-boo tag...since the mini album is only 6"x6" I wanted to leave as much space as I could to display photos...maximizing any extra space to add bits and pieces like journaling tags without compromising valuable photo real-estate :)

A handmade kraft envelope, stitched together with some lace..stamped, stitched and just waiting to be stuffed with letters, postcards...anything special she wants to keep and pull out to reminisce about...

Finally, the back cover..very feminine and soft...distressed around the edges..just the way I like it.

I used a ton of my favourite items.. and some new favourite items.. Some Ali Edwards stamps..all the sentiments you see here are by her..Basic Grey papers came out of my hoarded stash... my beloved Papertrey Ink stamps- Fancy Flouishes, Giga guide lines,Background basics: Text style, Polka dots  and wood grain...Tim Holtz stamps, K&Company papers and ephemera...lacy trims, ribbon, buttons, seam binding..Tattered Angels framed fonts and Glimmer Mist..... all fun things that make my crafty fingers happy..
I hope to get in one or two more posts before I have to pack up my craft area... I'm missing all my usual challenge haunts...can't wait to get back into them...get those crafty processes all fired up..
Hope that you're experiencing all summer has to offer...Thanks for visiting!!
Til next time,

1 comment:

  1. the most beautiful gift and most thoughtful gift one i will keep forever! i'll miss you to buddy! :( but its not goodbye its see ya lata buddy :)


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