Containing Beautiful People

That’s what one of the papers in the Lady Couture stack from DCWV says and I love it.  It’s totally true isn’t it?  We don’t usually photograph “ugly people” (or moments) and so most of our scrapbook albums are filled with beautiful people and beautiful memories. Mine are at least.  Even when their pages contain pictures of people no longer in my life, the memory associated with the pictures is almost always beautiful.

I immediately fell in love with the Lady Couture stack when I saw it and I have used this stack to make my latest album.  I posted one of the pages already, but here it is in the album with the left side matted too.  Once I get it entirely finished, I’ll have a video showing it off.

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Mistaken excellence!

Oh man I just love it when a mistake turns into something even better than I was trying to do in the first place.  In case you haven’t been paying attention to me on Facebook, I’m pretty much addicted to everything Kathy Orta of Paper Phenomenon does.  Recently I was watching her Retro Mini series on U-Stream and decided to make my own.  I know she calls this album a mini, but it’s HUGE.  Her finished book pages measure 9 x 10.  I didn’t have enough 12 x 12 cardstock for the base pages and so I had to modify the dimensions.  In modifying the dimensions for one of Kathy’s page styles, I completely screwed up my cutting…at least that’s what I thought until I heard Kathy’s voice in my head saying “make it work people” and so I did.  This is the page style I came up with:

I am absolutely THRILLED with the way it’s coming together so far.  The page base is done from Paper Accents Cream paper (it’s the brand Kathy swears by) and the designer paper is the Lady Couture stack from DCWV.  I have inked the white core on the paper with Old Paper distress ink.  It’s perfect for this…covers the core but doesn’t really look totally inked.  I still need to round the right corners, punch out my notches in my pockets, and decide if I’m going to add a photo mat section in the bottom left corner or leave it as it is or….but so far….to quote the McDonald’s commercials “I’m loving it!”

The envelope please

And the winner is…oh wait sorry wrong kinda envelope.  While one daughter was away at Girls Camp and while babying a sick kiddo last week, I hung out and watched movies all day (among the titles on the play list—Last Unicorn, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Space Buddies, Transformers Dark Side of the Moon and some I am sure I’m forgetting) while working on my first envelope mini album.  I was inspired to create this project after hours of Paper Phenomenon “re-runs”…in other words I was halfway watching movies and halfway watching Kathy’s videos.  I was so inspired that I honestly didn’t know what to make first, but I finally decided on this:

I’m not going to reinvent the wheel by giving you a supplies list and a tutorial.  Kathy has already done an AMAZING job at that.  You can view her tutorial for the envelope mini here.  She’ll tell you petty much everything you need to know so you can make one of your own…I mean that’s what I did.  I have however, recorded a video showing my finished project.  Here that is for you to enjoy: