Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Altered books for Christmas Card photos

Hello friends!
Today I thought I'd share with  you a little something I do with my Christmas card photos.(After they have done their time on the front of the refrigerator of course :)
I love photo Christmas card photos, and it seems like they just get more and more popular.
It seems the front of the refrigerator is the place of honor for them in the beginning, right?  After that what happens?  Into the photo box?
Well, I've put mine into a book for the last few years.  That way they can sit out in the living room where I have them handy to show off the family photos to company.
I have a "how to" up on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog today on how I created mine.  You can make them as simple  or as involved as you like.
Here is the link to the tutorial

I share more of the pages and information over in my post on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog. But here is a couple of photos of pages  so you get the idea.

In previous books I've used more of a Christmas theme, but in this one I used lots of color!

If you like a more altered mixed media type book, here is one a did a few years ago. It is done in an actually old print book.  I removed about half the pages to allow space and used the other pages as my base to work from.
For this book I drilled holes to add the rings.  This book holds a few years worth of photo cards where as the one above is just for this year.
Here is my original link on my blog to this Altered photo book HERE

Here are a couple of pages, but you can see more by going to the link above.

If you want to make one of your own, you can get more ideas here

my post on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog HERE
my original post on the more altered looking photo book HERE  

It's a great January project don't you think? 

Enjoy the process!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Hand stitched felt hearts

Hello friends! Happy 2018!  Here's to hoping it's fantastic for all of us!

How did I ring in the new year?  In bed sick : (    I did still manage to stay awake until midnight tho, if that counts) lol. 
It's been so cold and there has been so many people sick after the holidays.  I am just glad I made it thru Christmas without getting sick.  Once this cold hit and the temps kept dropping.... I STAYED IN!   Seriously, I haven't left the house since Christmas Eve!  Not that I've been that sick for that long, it just felt good to stay in. It seems a lot easier to do that when you live in the country for some reason. I tend to keep stocked up on groceries and things for the most part, so we can go quiet a while without going into town. ( not that town is that far away anyway).  It's just nice not to HAVE to go out if you don't want to. Dan has been off for a number of days over the holiday and we are preparing for him to change shifts. This will be an  adjustment for both of us.

I made a lot of this hand stitched hearts last year and sold a bunch. I love hand stitching, so I really enjoy making them.   Not feeling well, and wanting to stay in out of the cold, made these days a prime opportunity to do a little stitching and spend some quality time with Netflix.

If you are interested, they are $9 each ($2.50 shipping with can be adapted if multiples are purchased)
You can email me at

Today I"m digging into the scrapbook pages I'm working on for hire.  Feels good to be back in my studio playing with paper again, since I took a bit of a break preparing for Christmas.
It's still FREEZING out, but atleast the sun is shining so it's pretty. ( and it's WARM inside)
I always love the view from my studio window, no matter what the season.

Yes, so.... BRRRRR...!!!
I hope you are all off to a great new year, even if your new years was ... like me.. not that exciting. lol
 ( photo source unknown)

Happy New Year my friends!

Hugs, Vicki