Marilyn McLeod - There's always time to share!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Not a Christmas mini...but so cute!

I'm so darned hooked on making little "one sheet pocket mini albums". I love them so much and they are so fun to make... and a quick result for those of you who like instant gratification!

This is my newest little pocket album... just love the bright colors. I'm trying to get a bunch of these done for my Etsy shop... this one went in the other day. It's here in my MyPinkPaperCottage shop if you want to go take a look.

These little minis have 5 double pages, with a whopping 10 pockets.... 2 are on top so longer tags can slide in on the top.

I used some older Close to My Heart scrapbook papers. I always have loved that orange and cream "giraffe spots" paper. Of course it's retired now, but I just thought I'd try something with bright colors, as I usually use more muted colors or vintage papers. 

See that "cherish yesterday, live today, dream tomorrow" little tag above? (top left)..... I made that a few years ago, by taking a brown paper grocery bag, cutting out the best area, wadding it up, smoothing it out, and then stamping that  sentiment all over it. Then I inked the wrinkles with a brown ink. Took a picture of it and put the picture on my computer, and then used the picture to make some little tags I could print out.  I tell you, I use this image over and over and over again! This one has a pinkish tinge because I was printing out some tags last year on my old printer, and everything I printed had a pink tinge! I liked the effect, so printed a whole bunch of them and I think I've used every one now.

Here are some of the little tags in the album. I think I put 16 little tags in this album. These are all tags that I printed out myself (again, see the ones with the pink tinge??!!!).... and inked the edges with black ink. The little "treasure" tag was a free printable, probably one I got from Sweetly Scrapped.  She always has free printables and I love her site.

More tags inside - some can be used to mount little photos on.

Above - a couple of close-ups. The little paper flower on the top photo is one I made using little circles of paper, spritzed with water, wadded up, and then use a brad to hold them together, then spread it out to make a flower. Once it dries, it's really stiff and solid. These are my little "shabby flowers" in my Etsy shop. I have a few there of different colors.

I got the sparkly buttons at our local discount store! Love these.. of course I love any kind of buttons.

Oh... I almost forgot. I did make a typed out tutorial for making this little pocket album.  Here is a photo of the cover:

I think it's 3 or 4 pages and in Word format. If anyone wants one, I'll be glad to send it to you. I think the instructions are pretty detailed and clear and I also direct you to the YouTube video that I watched to make this. There are several videos out there, but this one was the easiest and most clear to follow.

And don't forget to hop on over to my Etsy shop to see one other tag album I have for sale, and tons of Christmas paper rosettes.  I'll also be posting (here and in my Etsy shop) another of my mini pocket albums using Graphic45 papers. Oh so yummy!

Thank you for visiting.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Rosette madness.....

I've been on a roll lately... making paper rosettes. They are so much fun to make! I take them with me to work on when I'm out and about, and waiting (always waiting for something it seems), the same way others take their knitting or quilting projects to work on.

Aren't these pretty??? I'm so in love with these darling little rosettes, or pinwheels as some people call them.  I can't quit making them! All I need are some strips of paper, sticky tape and a pair of scissors. And then, of course, comes the fun of adding the buttons and bows and glitter. 

I'm starting to stock my Etsy shop with packages of 3 or 4 rosettes, here at MyPinkPaperCottage.  You can either view them at the top of my right sidebar (there is a little Etsy widget there where you can scroll through the items in my shop), or you can view the blue ones HERE.  

I'll be adding the red and green rosettes tomorrow (there are some other reds and greens already in my shop). The red and white pinstriped rosettes can be found HERE in my Etsy shop.  Go see.....

Here are some ways to use these darling little bits of happiness. 
How about on a card, to add some pizzaz.

How about adding them to little gift boxes or bags, or add a few on top of a wrapped present.

Rosettes look awesome on gift bags!

I have one set of Halloween rosettes left in my shop, HERE.

These are also great for using on canvas board art..............

This canvas board art can be found  HERE in my Etsy shop.
.............or on little mini albums.....

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I will be posting more of my newly added Etsy surprises and some of my unique cards that I've made, following some very crafty YouTube videos. I'm finally on a crafting roll again.... and very thankful.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Feedburner is back! Re-sign up to follow my blog using Feedburner, a better way to go.

Just wanted to tell anyone who is currently following my blog via Bloglovin' (or anyone new viewing my blog), or who previously followed me using Feedburner (by signing up to follow me by email in my right sidebar), that Feedburner is now working again. 

Feedburner is the Google "reader" that allows people to follow blogger or Wordpress blogs, and when you sign up in the box in my right sidebar by filling in your email address, Feedburner is what tracks my posts and sends them to your email inbox.

From May of 2014 to just recently, Feedburner quit working and no one received any of my blog posts. I lost a lot of followers, as I'm sure many other bloggers did too. There are other blog readers "out there" that a blogger can sign up for (and pay) to have blog posts sent to your email inbox, but I did not sign up as they all require a paid subscription by me! Feedburner is free.... so is Bloglovin'. And I like FREE.

Now that Feedburner is working, you will need to RE-SIGN-UP AGAIN, even if you previously followed my blog last spring, or tried re-signing up several times (and it didn't work).

If you are following me on Bloglovin' and are happy with it, then by all means, stick with Bloglovin'!!! I follow many blogs using Bloglovin', but the only downfall is that they kind of stack up, and every day, I may get a notice from Bloglovin' that I have blog posts to view, and there may be 75 different posts there! It's almost too overwhelming for me to click on Bloglovin', knowing I have so many posts to look at and read.

I prefer the way it used to be, when each blogger's post would come directly into my inbox, and I knew who it was from, and I could read it or not, or save it for later. It just wasn't so overwhelming or time consuming.

Some bloggers who lost Feedburner, went to blog reader sites like Feedly or Feedblitz, or chose to start sending out Newsletters using different contact sites like Constant Contact, Vertical Response, Mad Mimi, etc. I started to do a Newsletter a few times, but never followed through. It seemed like such a duplication of what I was posting on my blog!

I really liked Feedburner and I'm glad it's back! (and I hope it stays back).

If you are new to my blog and want to follow me, please sign up (or resign up to follow me if you want to start using Feedburner again) if you prefer receiving my posts directly into your email inbox, and not through Bloglovin'.
Tutorial coming soon on my easel card with box in a drawer.
You CAN follow my blog using both Feedburner and Bloglovin'. I follow many blogs using both blog readers, but I really prefer the more personal Feedburner method of receiving blog posts from my favorite blogs.

So if you want to re-sign up using Feedburner, go to my right sidebar where it says "From My Blog to Your Inbox" and fill in your email address... easy peasy.... and you will get an email asking you to click on a link that verifies that you want to follow me with Feedburner. 

Just thought you should know................... and THANK YOU for reading my posts and following my blog!

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

One Brown Bag Brag Wallet.

Wow! Try to say that(one brown bag brag wallet) 5 times! I'm always browsing YouTube to find new and different projects to make that will inspire me. I'm finally just now (after moving) finding some time and motivation to craft again.  I found this really CUTE little wallet/photo holder that seemed simple and easy, so I thought I'd give it a whirl.

Right now, I'm just going to show you the pictures of this cute little wallet that I made as my "practice" project, and briefly explain how it was put together. It measures about 5" x 6" and has room for 9 photos. And, get this...... the base is a brown paper bag! So this is NOT a tutorial, as I didn't take photos along the way as I made it.

A full YouTube video by Dawn's Inspirations can be found HERE on YouTube. Be sure and go watch it if you want to make one of these. She gives a very complete, step-by-step tutorial.

Here's what it looks like inside. You open up the top flap upwards. Room here for two photos, one on the top flap, one on the back of the bottom flap:

Now flip the bottom flap down. Room for another photo on the bottom flap, and you will see two tags in a pocket on the left (room for smaller photos, front and back, or writing.

This was made with the brown paper bag, which was folded in thirds. Two pieces of cream cardstock were cut out and tucked into the top and bottom of the bag, forming the top flap and the bottom flap. I then matted the cream colored flaps with decorative paper and rounded the edges.

Here are the tags pulled out.
The below photo shows the top of the brown paper bag. That makes two pockets to put the two tags into. Pretty ingenious.

I did a little stamping on the cream cardstock and inked most of the edges of the little wallet, to give it an antique look. Mind you, this is NOT my best work. I was doing this for practice and was in quite a hurry. I also used a paper bag that had a few flaws, that I didn't notice at first, so it's not real even in some spots.

Here's what the wallet looks like with the left flap opened out to the left. You can see the underside of one of the photo mats on the left, and the center of the wallet is a pocket (the cream colored part) with another photo mat inside of it! Pretty nifty!  I stamped a little box for writing something in.

Here I am pulling the photo mat out. You could put a small photo underneath it, and also to the left on the burgundy patterned paper.


The right side of the center of the wallet (above-cream colored) is the bottom of the paper bag glued down, which makes a little pocket to slide the photo mat into. You can see a little bit of the bag sticking out below the cream colored cardstock, which really should not show like that, but what the hey... this was just practice, right?  Here's the center area with the flap folded up again, where I left more room to write.

This was really fun to make! Not all paper bags are exactly the same size, so you almost have to measure as you go, to make the mats for the flaps and tags. My bag was from a package of cheap lunch sacks from the grocery store! You can buy really nice, heavier ones, from the craft stores. My lunch sack measured 5" x 9-1/2". Some sacks may be 6 inches high and a different length.
I'm going to write down measurements for the flaps and mats for this 5" x 9-1/2" sack.

Magnets are used on each flap so that it snaps shut. See below:

Dawn, on her YouTube video here, shows you how to insert the magnets. That was really helpful to me.

I'm going to take pictures as I make the next little wallet. If anyone wants my written measurement sheet, or wants me to post a tutorial on making this, let me know and I'll post one. My next one is going to be a Christmas themed wallet, to hold some of my little Christmas pictures.

And voila! here it is finished. It's just not my style to leave it plain.. so I'll probably decorate it up a little bit.  I do like the simplicity of it though.  I'm thinking how cute a set of three would be, put into a little mini magazine holder box that is decorated to match. What a sweet gift that would make for someone.

If you make one of these, I would really love to see it! Email me at pinkpapercottage@yahoo.com and send me a photo, and if you like, I'll post it/them on my blog.

I had fun making this, and it really DID get me inspired and motivated. And now I'm excited to start crafting again..... and more in the mood to start on my Christmas cards.

Enjoy!  I hope you'll try one of these. They are really fun.

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