Saturday, December 31, 2011 | By: Rita Hutcheson-Cobbs

A 12x12 Shadowbox of Vintage Photographs Scrapbooked Keepsakes...

 OMGosh!! I almost kept this for myself even though it was a gift for family.  Lovely photos too.

When I was cleaning out an old cedar chest  I found these photographs. I scanned them into smaller images perfect for 12x12 shadowboxes...

I sprayed flowers with Glimmer Mist Marshmallow, my favorite
and added miniature roses...I like working with white flowers
because then I can change the colors to what I need for a project.

I added charms to a Tim Holtz swivel clasp
for the vintage feel of the photographs and paper
then adhered it with hat pens and an old brass button.

The ticket offers a show stopping antique appeal to the
embellishments of the paper.

The original photographs are really large, by downsizing them to shadowboxes, they fit perfectly in the new home our parents downsized too a few years ago. Then should they ever have to downsize further, the page can easily go to a scrapbook album. This is meant to be enjoyed for years to come and someday.

Hugs, Rita
Happy New Year!!!
Friday, December 30, 2011 | By: Rita Hutcheson-Cobbs

A 12x12 Shadowbox of My Grandparents Newell's Photographs...

 I truly love creating the 12x12 shadowboxes! In this one, I used a set of photographs of my mother's parents, Israel and Dissie Heath-Newell for this project. I feel like I am preserving the past in a special way when creating these frames and even more so when I add memorabilia inside.

 I had the photographs enlarged to 5x7s and then displayed
on a sheet of 12x12 scrapbook paper. Then I added extra
pop up dots to the photo of both of them so it popped on the page.

Vintage buttons and some silky flowers add the feel
of heritage to the page...

I can't create a mini album or a 
scrapbook layout without adding bling,
I won't apologize for that LOL...
Have you seen my glasses?!?!

Embellishments don't have to be costly
when working with these layouts either...
use what you have or treasures from the family...


I cut this piece of swirl from the 
original larger embellishment at the
top of the 12x12 layout page...

Loving it...
Hugs, Rita
Happy New Year!!

Thursday, December 29, 2011 | By: Rita Hutcheson-Cobbs

Cards, Cards and more Cards...

 
and 
During the month of December, my super amazing artistic friend Bobbie invited us girls over for a card camp with Annette Takko. She shared a couple of her card creations, the one above being one of them...Guess what she used to make the horse?!?! You are going to die loving it...

The Stampin' Up! Stocking Punch!!!
I so ordered it too!!! Loving it...

 She also created this card with a little help from her husband. Bobbie taught a card class at our New Center Scrapbooking Crop (2nd Saturday of the month btw) and we used the Owl Punch, which, yes, I ordered too! All Annette said she did was cut the little ears off and who-la!!! Little Pigeons! I sooooo love pigeons!!

Here is a close up of this adorable little fellow!
Guess what my cards are going to look like from now on!!!

This was another card we made during our class...

And another...
I loved the stocking and had planned to get
the punch before arrival and got the stamps
to go with it too...love love the cards we made using them...

Bobbie taught this card class and
it was one of my holiday cards this year...
She is a true artist and has inspired me in so many
ways since knowing her...Loving it...

...as was this one...

I haven't been able to send Christmas cards in a couple of years due to caring for my parents and then our family. I hadn't realized how much I had missed it. Then so many of my addresses for family and friends were outdated so I will have to work on that this coming year. Mother and I prepared about one-hundred cards. She was so cute putting stickers all over them. Jerry made us some labels with all our names on them and we decided we would print the inside next year. That is a LOT of hand writing lol.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year...
Rita

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 | By: Rita Hutcheson-Cobbs

Holiday Themed 12x12 Shadowbox Layout...

 This is a commission 12x12 layout that
went into a 12x12 shadowbox frame for a 
client. I used a kit from Stampin' Up!

The diecuts came from the kit, but
I did add some bling and the music papers =). 

The kit along with one more that I 
had on hand, has gone on and on in 
creating various projects...love that!!!

Happy New Year in Creating...
so sorry I couldn't share these before
Christmas...but they were gifts!!! =O

Hugs, Rita



Tuesday, December 27, 2011 | By: Rita Hutcheson-Cobbs

Holiday Mini-Composition Notebooks...redecorated...

I have had such fun redecorating, repurposing, recycling so many composition notebooks and this holiday season, I took some mini-composition notebooks and covered the front and backs with a Christmas kits by Stampin' Up! that I found in my "hoarding" stash when I was cleaning and have made so many things from just two of them!! It has been so much fun...Enjoy the following photos of more of the fun little books I made for my New Center Scrapbooking friends and some others...









Wishing you and yours a wonderful
Holiday Season...
Rita



Monday, December 26, 2011 | By: Rita Hutcheson-Cobbs

My Holiday Mini-Scrapbook Album...

WOW! So love these colors...when I was going through all my "hoarding" stuff, cleaning out, I found several Stampin' Up! Christmas kits from a few years ago. I don't know what I thought I was going to do with them but I flagged them for this holiday season. Guess what? I only used two of about six that I have in my stash AND wait until you hear what all I have created with just two kits...

First, this project...I used a children's book...four pages...
sanded down the edges after cutting the book apart...

I don't know if you can see the price, 
but I paid 29cents for this book and made
two...did you read that!?! TWO mini albums
from one book!!!!

This is one of the kits I used and still had
paper left over...

Again...this is the cover of the mini album and I only used
the kit to create this mini album, adding only the ribbon
and the charm made by my friend, Tara...

Pages 1-2 with a tag out one side and photo spots with
a journaling spot on the right page...

I didn't distress either album because I wasn't sure if
the people getting either were scrapbookers or not.

The first scrapbook, similar to this one, was a commissioned
piece. This one was a gift...Thus, I couldn't share the
project until AFTER the holidays...so very sorry...so
file this for next year!!! 

LOVE THESE PAGES, WHY?
Because the green background pieces are recycled bling
tags from packaging!!! Behind them are pockets for
more tags which means....

....thus, more space for journaling and photographs...

One can never have too much space for those things! AND...

Surprise!! More space on the very same pages!!! 
Loving it...

I reinforced the edges to make them durable...

I also left the center of each open so that
the edge of a photo or something could
be tucked inside the reinforcement edging...

These kits had such pretty diecuts too...

The kits didn't come with the bling...
I had to add bling, you know me...=)

Love the colors and vibrancy of all the elements...

I used so much of this kit and still have 
so much of it left over...

Very pleased with the results...

Sweetest reindeer ever...

Fibers and beading add to the special
features of this album...

With these two kits, I made four shadowboxes, two mini albums as I mentioned, covered several mini-composition notebooks that I will show you tomorrow...I may start this week on next year's projects before putting the holiday papers away LOL...loving it...

Hugs for the coming New Year...
Rita



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