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Altered School Pocketbook-more details

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altered-book-coverHi there!

I hope you have been enjoying the week. Its been nice to see the sun come out and bringing with it some warmer days. I’m already seeing some of the grass green up a bit. Yay Spring!

altered-book-page1I’ve been busy filling up the Altered Pocketbook I shared the other day, and have some new pics to share with you.  Firstly, I wanted to explain better how I created the envelopes.

1) find an envelope that is the approximate size of your book. This book is made up of 9 envelopes so far, but I may decide to add more. There are no pages in the book, just envelopes.

2) open up the envelope to its unfolded shape, and trace around it onto a sheet of ephemera. Cut out, and score the fold lines using a ruler and a bone folder. See pic below.

ephemera-envelope-13)fold up the bottom portion and fold in the sides. Adhere together. At this point, use Tinted Tape, Washi tape, or an adhesive runner. See pic below.

ephemera-envelope-24) Instant envelope, ready to fill!  I would recommend a studier paper with a bit less pattern if you were to mail it. Or, at least a uniform pattern and a mailing label. The ephemera though can be delicate for the mail service on its own. Unless, you added a layer of Mod Podge first? That might stiffen it up more.



You will soon discover that no envelope or small bag is safe! All have the potential of being used as templates. A vintage school workbook page can also become a library card pocket for example…

ephemera-librarycardReady to be filled with vintage game cards, or Family Fun paper dolls. These two are ready for school, and represent my children, Meghan and Matthew, as once this book is done, it will be stuffed full of school memories!  An image cut from a vintage children’s book adds a bit of charm to the pocket.

ephemera-librarycard3 ephemera-librarycard2altered-pocketbook-inside-coverTo add another type of envelope, I altered an office envelope-the ones used for internal couriering.  I cut down the original envelope (which was about 11″x14″),  to the book size. I then cut off the original envelope flap with the closing string, and stitched that to the top of my new envelope. Then, stitched the sides closed. This little school girl is adorable on the front, but I wanted to add another pop of red.


Here’s another quick tip to alter ephemera pieces to work with your project. Ephemera is great, but typically its all beige or tan in color. A spray of a watercolor glimmer spray, such as Glimmer Mist, quickly changes that! The watercolor sprays are so sheer in color that you really don’t lose any details of the ephemera.


And, now this red ticket, cut in half, is just the bit of color I need on this envelope. 🙂

office-envelope-2That’s it for now, but I will be back soon to share more details of this project.

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Its a Party!-Barbie style

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Happy Wednesday!

My teen daughter and I found this sweet little book (dated 1964) a little while ago. It always makes us laugh, as it is a typical Barbie dilemma. Barbie is invited to a party and the entire book is devoted to what Barbie is going to wear!

And, instead of quizzing Barbie on when and where the party is and who will be attending, (and will parents be there???), Barbie’s mother only questions, as only Barbie’s mother can,  “What will you wear?” This is the part that always cracks Meghan up, as that is definitely not the first question I ask her! Eventually I get to that question, after I quiz her on the others! 🙂

The inside of the book cover inspired this project. I really like how the fashions are simply framed in circles, and the Family Fun paper doll fashions work perfectly!



These glittered letter stickers when jumbled like this really look like a festive party!

If you’re curious, it turns out the party Barbie was invited to was a picnic. After trying on many dresses, Barbie learns this bit of information and decides on casual jeans and a top. It turns out that several of her friends arrive at the party wearing the same outfit (GASP!). The moral of the story though, Barbie learns, is that it doesn’t matter what you wear-each girls personality is what makes them shine! Ahhh!

Happy Creating!

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Vintage Paper Doll Ribbon Art

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Used initially to promote fashions in women’s magazines around the turn of the 20th century, paper dolls have evolved into  both children’s toys and popular crafts.

These ribbon doll craft kits were very popular in the 1920s and 1930s. The kit itself consisted of a cardstock paper doll and instructions on how to cut and apply the ribbons. The ribbons, flowers and lace were not included, which made each craft entirely unique, and gave the crafter a good opportunity to use up her scraps of ribbon and fabric. Of course, these masterpieces were framed in lovely art deco metal frames popular of that time period.

I just love the intricacy of these flowers-and the attention to detail is just lovely! See how the sleeve of her gown is even trimmed?

Such a classic craft deserves to come back into your crafting! Maybe not quite as elaborate, but just as pretty! Using the Mother paper doll from the Family Fun paper kit, I put together an all-purpose “Happy Day” pocket-simply add a greeting tag, or gift card to celebrate a birthday, bridal shower or congratulations. The green dress from the paper kit coordinates beautifully with the papers from the Garden Collection in the store.

An olive green tulle “stole”, vintage forget me not and a strand of pearls make this paper doll extra glamorous!
I think I must use these vintage tickets on EVERYTHING, but I just love them! And, look how perfectly its framed in the Making Memories glittered label holder.

A pocket like this would even be perfect decorating the top of a gift box!

So, be sure to pull out those paper dolls, and when you do craft with them, add some extra embellishments-after all, crafters have been doing it for almost 100 years!

Happy Creating,


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Go Team Card

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Summer and baseball just go hand in hand.  Here is a cute Go Team Card for that special baseball enthusiast.

I think the vintage inspired baseball player just makes this card too cute.


Family Fun Paper Kit

Red Twirly Twine

Making Memories Label Findings

Chipboard Stars, Button and Cream Rick Rack

Wishing you a creative summer day!




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Happy Birthday Dad!

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This month is filled with birthdays for me including my Dad’s.  He celebrated earlier this week and tomorrow we will meet as a family for a great time with a big celebration.  Here is the card I am giving him.

I used a brown card base that I rounded the corners of and then added pattern paper and a journaling card from Family Fun Paper Kit.  I created the loop with vintage 16mm film which I embellished with a button tied with brown Twirly Twine.  I stitched a little and then added some clear stickers for an easy sentiment.  I hope you like!… Read the rest