November 12, 2009

~Mysteries of Me Class~

I had the pleasure of taking Elizabeth Kartchner's very first online class. It was called "Mysteries of Me" and it involved making a mini-album all about me and tucking it into a hollowed out vintage book. (I picked up the vintage book at a local antique store for only a few dollars.) Hollowing out that vintage book was a real task. Cut cut cut, cut cut cut, cut cut cut, cut cut cut.


 Finally all cut out~

Then on to designing the cover. I used rub-ons, a bookplate and a giant Bazzill flower along with some punched flowers from the leftover page or two that I had after cutting out the middle of the book. ;) Then I did the Tim Holtz keyhole frame thing. There is a teeny tiny picture of me inside that keyhole, can you see me? If you click on the picture it gets BIGGER!

The doorknob is my favorite piece on the cover. I made it from a button that I picked up at Joe's and several knitting spacers. I just stacked and glued until I had the look I was going for. Love it, and IT WORKS!

On to the mini-album that goes inside the book. The album uses a variety of materials including tickets(House of 3), tags(office supply store), chipboard(packaging from patterned paper), ribbons, felt(Joe's) and patterned papers(Cosmo Cricket and Crate Paper). I didn't purchase the class kit as I wanted to use up some of my meager little stash. ;)


 This is my opening page. The ticket says "What makes my heart sing" and my answer is written on the back of the tag. Okay, so it's not quite written there yet, but it will be, soon, really! That cute little house is Maya Road. Oh, by the way, the tags are just standard tags that I got at an office supply store. I colored them using a variety of Distress Inks.

These pages are dedicated to the love of my life. The ticket says "My rock during tribulation." Catch the theme? Forever, clocks, time? Doesn't he look sharp pulling that wagon! The clocks are Paper Studio as are the brads that I used to make the clock hands with -I just put them in backwards!

My Perfect Day -the beach of course. I used some more Bazzill flowers for this and inked them a bit, well, looks more like a lot. Then I stitched my FAVORITE photo of the kids onto a piece of stiffened felt that I got at Joe's. Love the texture of the felt in this album. When Elizabeth told us to use felt for our photo pages I was really skeptical but the stiffened stuff works great!


Oh, this is a good one. A time when I laughed. This IS journaled. Last Christmas our annual gingerbread house suffered structural catastrophe shortly after construction wrapped up. I couldn't stop laughing. Not exactly sure what gave me such a case of the giggles but my crying children certainly did not appreciate it. Ah well, they got to eat the thing, that made them buck up. And hey, we got pictures! It's in the scrapbook. Isn't that the whole point? Gee, I'm STILL laughing!!!  The little hanging frame is a Tim Holtz inspired project.


Note to self: Friends are a good thing~

I know this will be a HUGE surprise to all of you. I nurture my soul with a nice latte in my scraproom. Anyone astonished out there?


Well, there you have most of it. I thoroughly enjoyed constructing the album and designing the pages. Journaling...well, some of it is complete.


Tara on November 12, 2009 at 5:30 PM said...

Wow, the album is lovely. I am loving the felt and all the cosmo crickets bits, you must be really thrilled with it.

Suzanne on November 12, 2009 at 7:20 PM said...

Fabulous, Kristie! I absolutely LOVE it!

Julie Bonner on November 14, 2009 at 12:12 AM said...

This is awesome - the mini is just gorgeous!!! Totally inspiring - wish I did more minis :)

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