Mothers Day!!

Helllllooo!!! I have been really bad at craft blogging and the sad thing is I have a good 3 cards all ready to go, just need to photograph them. I do most of my stamping at night so the pics never come out good and I don’t remember to do it in the morning before work.  I will get better at that!

I spent this years Mother’s Day with my mom! I know, I know that seems obvious right? Well my mom lives in Florida and I never get to see her for Mother’s Day. We are usually with my in-laws. This year it worked out that we were able to zip down to Florida for a long weekend and it was awesome! We did a bunch of nothing and had the best time. We shopped, ate, hung out and laughed until we couldn’t breathe. Good times! The trip was planned about a month ago but I didn’t have my brilliant idea to create a ‘project life’ wedding album for my mom until just about 2 weeks before we left. I had to go through 3000 pictures my wedding photographer took, pick the best ones and order prints. I ordered paper, embellies and project life pages and was all set to go.

The pictures arrived from Kodak first and then the pages came. The paper…well that didn’t go quite as smooth. It took over a week from the time I ordered until I had it in my hands. I won’t blast that company here but lets just say I was NOT thrilled. I went ahead and ordered a back-up paper pack from www.iheartpapers.com and got it in 2 days. It helps she is located in NJ as am I, however, she always ships the same day you order so I knew I would have something to work with.

I didn’t want to make the album too project life-like. I didn’t want to add a lot of scrapbook type stuff, mostly pictures and add in a few things here and there. As usual, I over-thought most of it and ended up re-doing a few sections. All in all, I really like how easy it came together and will probably do this for all my photos from now on.

I used all 12×12 pages and didn’t order the actual Project Life ones. I got We R Memory Keepers. They are sturdy and are in a sense the same thing. I ordered those from Amazon and Scrapbook.com. The album is just a brown linen 3-ring book I got at Joanns.

I had a hard time with this layout page and am still not thrilled with it

I was supposed to heat emboss white flowers on this but ran out of time :/

I love this page! I found a copy of the program to throw in there too

No embellies, just paper but I really like how it looks. This is all 4×4 squares

My Mom and Pop Russ. They had such a good time, we even played their wedding song. They had just celebrated an anniversary

As you can see, most sections were either photos or a piece of patterned paper. ALL the paper is Basic Grey’s Konnichiwa Collection. I loved the bright colors in it. I didn’t want to do all black and white. The paper had red and brown, which were my wedding colors, and some blue, pink, orange and green as well. Plus, as everyone knows I have a slight obsession with Japanese stuff.

To keep with the theme, I made a card out of the same paper pack. Because of the size of this particular image, the card is a 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 square. I had to use my largest circle nestie so she would fit. That meant I had to use the crown circle behind it. (Not my favorite nestie)

I stamped Geisha Anya from The Greeting Farm on my white PTI paper and colored her with my copics. I used a sketch from deconstructingjen.com, it’s one of my favorites. I’ve used it a few times already. I made the rolled flowers myself. I took a 3×3 square, drew a spiral on it and cut it out. After I rolled it into a flower, I threw small pearls in the center. I did decorate the inside as well but I forgot to take pictures until AFTER I gave it to her so this is the only one I have! I don’t have any Mother’s Day stamps but I printed a sentiment off the computer. Sadly, I forgot to put it on the card so it is plain.

I have another card I made with this sketch as well, I hope to get that posted this week as well so check back soon 🙂

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