I wish I had more time to be crafty ... right now it's so sporadic that it's almost painful to try to create when I sit down to do it. It just takes me a really long time to get started, and by the time I'm in the groove, it's time to be done. I need a full two days of nothing but scrapbooking. And that won't happen. My family doesn't understand my desire to scrapbook, and it's certainly not appreciated at this point in my life. I'm dying for school to start because I am bound and determined to use two days of Natalie's preschool time to scrapbook a week. I'm so far behind, it's not even funny. I'm actually a bit depressed about it. Of course, being behind in my photography makes it worse, because I want to be caught up there before I sit down with paper and photos in hand.
Anyhow, here's what I *have* done in the last week.
My mom's birthday card ... I lifted a set of cards I did back in January to create this ... still look longer than it should have (partly because I had to search for one last pennant to finish this - it was hiding on the floor under my desk).
And I sewed gift bags for my mom and sister.
My sister's is in the front, Mom's is the country themed ones behind those (I hadn't threaded the ribbon ties yet, so they're all open)
And here's my sister's with the ribbons (Mom opened hers on Monday, my sister's birthday is today but I won't see her until Sunday). The big bag in the back actually has a square bottom sewn into it, so that took a lot longer. But the gift wouldn't fit unless the bag had a bottom. I keep the bags and reuse them ... it's funny, they open their gifts and then I just take the bags with me.
These simple cards took me FOREVER because I had the hardest time picking the papers to go with each one. On the two right cards, the tag is outlined in glitter glue, on the left one the three dots are glitter glue. On the inside of each will be a vellum "Happy birthday" (the glue was still drying when I took these, so I hadn't adhered the vellum yet)
These are the last cards I did ... and I wish I had done them first, because I would have made them ALL like this. I'm so happy with how they came out!!!! The tag is embossed with "Make a wish" and it came out so nice!
Meghan is my sister, and the vellum on the other card is what's going into the other cards above
I made this card for my dad ... but I'm not done shopping for his birthday gift. His birthday is the 27th, and I bought golf fabric to make his gift bags (which I haven't had time to do yet). I bought him a golf book, and am not sure what else I will get him. Yes, he likes golf.
And then I HAVE to share this ... I went to Jo-Anns the other day, and got ALL THIS for $24. Amazing! The golf fabric is at the top, and there's fabric on the bottom left that I'm going to use in my photography. The rest was all clearance scrapbooking. Two of the papers didn't ring up as clearance, and I'm not sure I want to haggle over the extra $1 they cost me. I'm annoyed about it though, as I wouldn't have bought them at that price (60 cents/sheet - they were marked on clearance for 10 cents/sheet). Some of the stuff I'll use as a prize in the next virtual crop we do here. How great is all of this stuff?! The cards are the ones I used to make the cards above, so they all have matching envelopes. Love that. The golf embellishments are in this loot pile too. Now, if I only had the TIME to use these things ...