At last! It has literally taken me all afternoon, on and off, to get these to post! It was worth it though. I see my monitor jumping around again, so I may have to save this and come back to edit!
Alright, let's give this another try, shall we??????
3 Birds Scrapbooking & Paper Crafting kits have been my fave for a couple of years now. They are continuing to create wonderful kits at great prices! Since they began the ESTATE COLLECTION series of kits, I can't get enough of them. I have atleast 2 of each Estate Collection kit!
Even though I am not a cardmaker, I have purchased their cardmaking kits in order to utilize the awesome embellishments (many are 3D!) that are included, working them into my scrapbook pages. I also utilize the cards themselves as journaling blocks (both hidden by using the entire card, or visible journaling blocks by cutting them down), or even as photo and embellishment mats.
My most recent obsession has been in creating these pages as part of a LARGE gift project. The pages above are part of my own album, which has grown to 5+" in depth! The pages themselves are approximately 9x6.5", CUT BY HAND (I have NEVER liked having to cut by hand, but I want these to fit the album shape and size) in order to fit the same-shaped album covers that I fell in love with (Teresa Collins). I am making 2 more of this size, as gifts for my 2 nieces who are giving birth to the TWO, YES TWO grandnieces being born within 3 months of each other. This is a big deal in our family, as we women are outnumbered 2 to 1 by the men! I am ALSO making several more mini-copies of these albums for the grandmas, etc. Those albums are also utilizing Teresa Collins album covers, but they are approximately 5.5" wide, allowing me to get 2 PAGES FROM ONE 12" PIECE OF CARDSTOCK/PATTERNED PAPER. This has saved me a fair amount of money, but even so, I have spent well over $200 on this project so far. I believe that I will be making 9 albums in all!
I realize that I may be rambling on a bit in regards to this project, but it is important to me, and an UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY for me, since I am the mother of an 8 year old boy, and prior to having our own son, I created a lot of pages about and for my nephews.
I have been trying to decide how to go about posting the creation of my pages. I have hesitated videotaping their creation until I learn how to use the high speed play back ability, & am researching how to put still shots of the pages into a narrated video. Ultimately, I believe that I will end up posting step-by-step still shots with typed info below each photo, thus allowing me to atleast get some of them posted.
I am in awe of the amazing number of ultra-talented women (& men) who are creating such wonderful works of art.....yes, paper crafting is an art, as are most things we are capable of doing.....I literally "ooooh" and "aaahhh" over the beautiful, innovative creations that I accidentally find on a nearly daily basis.
I know that my family appreciates the effort & time I spend on my hobby, and my hubby encourages me to find a way to earn some 'extra' income for my hard work. I would LOVE that opportunity to 'fall into my lap' as they say, but in the meantime, I am sooo lucky to have had ACCIDENTALLY STUMBLED UPON SCRAPBOOKING while reading a general crafting magazine which I bought immediately after we were engaged. It has literally been A GODSEND, helping me through the loss of my job as a Fisheries Management Technician for the state of Michigan, and my continuing struggle with FIBROMYALGIA, as well as trying to be the best mother I can be for our son.
On that note, I think I will once again try to endure the high humidity and heat of our home (we are dealing with an a/c problem tonight) and make another attemt at sleep.
GENTLE FIBRO HUGS TO ALL and goodnight from HUMID NW MICHIGAN!