Monday, October 29, 2012

Scrapbooking, Four Months Multi Photo Layout

So back in time I go to scrapbook some photos of Moose at four months.  I managed to get five photos on this page.  I always like to cram as many photos on a page as I can, but it's hard to find inspiration for pages with five or more photos or to figure out how to get so many photos on a page without being overwhelmed.  Of course after I make this page I find one photo that I really wanted to add hiding under my papers.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Bat Trick-or-Treat Bag Tutorial

My daughter was in need of a new trick-or-treat bag since her old one fell apart.  She is still little so it doesn't need to hold much, so I made this cute bat bag. I made it in one night while my little monster was hanging off of me by my arms and neck.  And here is how you can make one to in the size you need.
-Felt in black, gray, pink, and green (I used the rectangles from my local craft store. I used three sheets of black and two gray.  The pink and green were scraps I had.)
-Floss in pink, green, and black (to sew mouth, ears, and eyes)
-Black sewing thread and a sewing machine
First you need to figure out how big of a bag you want to make.  I finally decided that I like the smallest circle and that has a diameter of 5 1/2 inches.
You need to make three circles.  On two of the circles you need to add ears. The third circle can be set aside for a while.  Make a U on a piece of scrap paper for the ears as a template then cut it out and trace where you want it on your bat circle heads.  You also need to make four wings and cut them out.  Use a silver Sharpe to trace with because it works great on black felt.  I'll try to upload my pattern soon, but you can totally free hand it.  While you are cutting, cut a black rectangle for the basket part that is four inches wide.  If your circle is 5 1/2 in diameter like mine then you need to make it 11 inches long.  The length is determined from the circumference from the bat ear to ear. You will also need another rectangle for the handle or you can use some ribbon or even rope.

Now on one of the circles with ears you will want to make a cute bat face. I traced quarters for the eyes and I traced nickles for the cheeks.  I sewed them on, but you could just use some fabric glue.  I did embroider a cute little smile, but you can also draw on on with a black sharpie marker.
Next you want to sew your wings.  Leave an opening to stuff them a little bit.  I let my little monster stuff them.
Now you will want to go and sew the wings onto the bat head.  Then sew the two bat head parts together, but leave a small opening to add a little fluff in it.  You should end up with a cute bat stuffy that just needs it's basket part.
To add the basket you need to sew that 4 inch wide rectangle piece. Sorry I don't have any pictures of the process so you'll just have to settle with after shots.  This is when my monster decided to hang from my neck as I sewed instead of nicely sitting next to me. You will sew from ear to ear.  Remember that other gray circle?  You have to sew that on and it should make a nice basket.  I hope that makes sense.  I tend to not pin things in place at all and just kind of attack my sewing.  Anyways, then sew a handle on and you're done.
Have a happy Halloween!


Monday, October 22, 2012

Scrapbooking, Oma

It's not easy having all of our family on the other side of the country.  I have this photo of my mom and Moose that I just love and had to scrapbook.  The wooden shoes my daughter is wearing used to be my oma's shoes.  She actually used to wear them and I love how they are just so smooth on the inside.
It's a simple page and I used mostly papers from echo park's everyday eclectic.  I did add this cute handmade crochet flower that wasn't made by me.  I wish I could crochet, but every attempt of mine has ended in a big knot mess

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Scrapbooking, Halloween

So I made another Halloween page.  I had so many pictures of Moose that I had to make another page.  This one is kind of crazy because I made a big black frame and raised it up around the pictures.  I didn't plan on it being so tilted, but it kind of stuck its self down.

Of course I had to use more pom-pom ribbon.  I also made some paper fringe and lots of cute embellishments.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Scrapbooking, Bee-utiful

There is nothing like scrapbooking last year's Halloween photos to get you in the fall mood.  I forgot how little hair Moose had a year ago.

This page is a fun one.  It is very 3-D.  It's hard to tell, but the photos are raised up.  Since the pom-pom ribbon is so 3-D, I could raise the photos and other elements.  I'll have to use a lot spacers when I put this page in Moose's scrapbook!