I went to a WONDERFUL Family Event yesterday! It was a Baby Shower for my AWESOME cousin Jenn!
Here is a picture of the gift that I made for her ~
Jenn is very special to me - she was a flower girl in my wedding, and even though we are "many" years apart in age, we just seem to connect on many levels. We both enjoy art, design, books, themes, events, and most of all, our wonderful family. I've even been told we kind of look a little bit alike - or at least people can easily tell we are related, and I am soo very proud of the AMAZING and successful woman she has become.
|LOVE YOU JENN! Can't wait to meet Audrey Grace!|
When I saw Graphic 45's Little Darling's Collection - I just knew I had to use it for this book!
|The front cover page is a clear acrylic pinafore. I added BEAUTIFUL Yellow Lace, ( from my friend Diane - Thanks Diane!) and a beautiful flower that I've had in my stash, and some G45 elements. I forgot to take a picture of the back of the pinafore, and the first chipboard page, but you can see it through the acrylic. I decided to leave it plain, without photo mats, as the paper is just so beautiful. I just added a chipboard tag to the bottom right, as kind of a way to lift up, and turn the page.|
|Here is a close-up of the flower, paper, lace and the little paper embellishments.|
|This is the first full acrylic page. I just LOVE the picture of this "Little Darling" holding the lamb.|
|This is the BACK of the Acrylic page. (you can see some of the back of the first page through it) An important note to keep in mind when working with Acrylic pages is - whatever goes on the front -needs to be covered or repeated in some way on the back. I learned this tip in a class from the very talented Sally Lynn MacDonald a few years ago. Here, Jenn can add a photo of the baby.|
|Here is the first pocket. It was made by adhering the double photo mat on the 2 sides and bottom with Helmar 3D ZapDots. The tags that are slipped inside can be used for more photos, or journaling.|
|I love the paper "ribbon" across the top of the dress, along with the buttons and little button flower. There are 3 tags in this pocket. I added an eyelet to one of them with my Crop-a-Dile, and tied a ribbon through it.|
|Another "clear" page. The "Beautiful" chipboard element is a custom made "DOO DAD" only available at Scrap-a-Doodle Doo! I painted it with Ranger's Adirondack Paint Dauber, in Lemonade, then gave it a coat of Golden Goddess Glimmer Glam from Tattered Angels. I Love the "Sent from Heaven" Tag too!|
|Here is a close-up of the Doo Dad, along with the beautiful fringe ribbon, and the lovely yellow flower ribbon, both contributed from my 2 friends! ( THANKS PATTIE and MARIANNE!)|
|This sweet little page features another pocket with lots of tags and a green and white polka dot photo mat on the front. The chipboard elements have been raised with ZaptDots, and the top piece has fiber tied through it. Oh - the big button on the bottom has been tied with some white ric rac ribbon, and it has been glued using Helmar's Liquid ScrapDots -- AMAZING STUFF!|
|Isn't the little yellow flower ribbon adorable ( from Maya Road) and the pom-pom fringe was another gift from Pattie ( Thanks again!) The little postage stamps that come with this G45 paper collection are just soo sweet!!|
|I added a pearl swirll from my stash of scrap stuff on this page - I just think the little baby with the bird and the little cherub postage stamp are soo adorable!|
|Finally, here is the back of the "dress" I added the same pretty yellow lace that is on the front, to bring it all together. Jenn can add a photo at the bottom, or just leave it plain too.|
All of the edges of all of the papers were inked/distressed with Ranger's / Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet Distress Stain - I just LOVE this stuff - and how easy it is to apply!
The papers, chipboard elements and stickers are all from Graphic 45's Little Darlings Collection. There are a few stickers that I added from a sheet of Simple Stories Baby Steps Collection
I used HELMAR's ZapDots to make the pockets, and to raise some of the elements, along with HELMAR's 450 Quick Dry Liquid Glue to apply all of the papers to the Acrylic and Chipboard pages.
If you are not familiar with HELMAR - check them out - I LOVE their Sticky Stuff!!
I hope you enjoyed looking, as much as I enjoyed making this very special gift. I hope it inspires you to try to use some of the tips and techniques I've shared.
Thanks for looking - would love to know you were here - so feel free to say "HI!" and leave me some "Bloggy Love!" I'd love to hear from you!
((HUGS)) ~ Sherri