It's beginning to Look a lot like Christmas!

 PFOP has started bringing out the Holiday goodies! Check back each Friday all month long to find unique Christmas items as well as our gorgeous everyday items that make the PERFECT Christmas gifts!

New on eBay!

I listed a couple albums on eBay tonight...and thought I'd share :o)
The first is a paper bag album with a poem on the front by Oliver Wendell Holmes.
"We don't quit playing because we grow old,
we grow because we quit playing."
I've always loved it :o) It's perfect for the man in life...young and old! There are lots of little places to jot down some memories.

Second is another paper bag album fit for photos. I think i have had these papers forever..I don't even know where they came from ;o) I made many of the tiny roses in it, after watching a few tutorials on you-tube. The front took many tries and tons of I finally got my way with it!

The last one listed tonight, is probably the last Halloween album I'll list on ebay this season. I used up the last of my Cosmo Cricket Haunted scraps from last year for it. I love love love this line :o)

I am trying to get into the holiday spirit enough to start shopping for Christmas/winter supplies! I need to stay on top of it, or I'll be late like always. For now though, I am happy to I have more beautiful paper coming... and it's not winter themed just yet!  :o)
Check them out on eBay!
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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and the design team Pocket Full of Papers is holding its 5th Annual auction the week of Sept. 24-30th.  Please come see what the team has created for this special auction.

Then and now!

I made an album yesterday- start to finish- in the time it took my youngest to take his nap! It is only 4x4 inches, but I am still pretty proud :o) Could I be getting a teeny bit more efficient??? I'm waiting on three new paper collections...seems like it's taking forever. What to do... what to do...LOL :O)
One of my fellow PFOPers, was talking about trying to use up some papers from three years ago... so I gave myself a little dig through my older bits and pieces. I found my extremely old bag of Cosmo Crickets Jitterbug line! Though most of it was cut to finish a 5x5 mini album one day, I chose to use some chip and acrylic shapes I had cut on my cricut a couple months back.

So here is what I created! It is so cute and so tiny.

A couple of the mats will hold a cropped wallet size picture.. the rest need about half that.

I stamped and cut out a few journal spots to put them on the acrylic pages.
I'm going list this on eBay one of these days...but here's a peek for now :o)

Now for the cool part of this post :o) I thought I would post some pictures of the albums I first made with Jitterbug!  These are both from early 2008. First is a 5x7 chipboard album.
  I remember my thumb hurt terribly after forming/curling all those flowers over the cap of my glue pen!
 The second is a paper bag album. No sewing...pop dots under every photo mat. :o)
 The outer pockets were probably full of tiny little journal tags, I must not have taken a picture? And those flower center gems? Hand glued them all down...thank goodness for adhesive backed bling :o)
I have really come a long way, I would say. LOL.. and the fact that scrapbooking is always evolving...I love to look back at some of my older work :o) Thanks for reading!

Time for a post!

As much as I try to be a more regular blogger, I just find it really hard to get my butt on here and get it done!
That being have new albums listed on ebay, so what better time to post :o) Oh and you probably should get a little comfy...this ones going to be bit lengthy!
 I made this first album a week or so ago, and finally got it listed!

 It's a Maya Road Binder album, the first one I have ever made. My albums are usually quite fat, and to fit all that in a binder album takes a bit planning and cramming :O) I used Cosmo Cricket's Early Bird collection...they are still ever so intimidating to me...I just love 'em anyway!

To keep it all closed up, I used a yellow hair tie around stacks of buttons that I tied though the heavy chipboard covers. Works great :o)
I tried to be extra creative with the flowers on the cover. There sooooo fun to make. I think the only con with them is they are too thick to put many other places throughout albums :o( 

This next album has mixed chipboard pages, and is done with October Afternoons line, Fly a Kite! I love these papers! I love all the colors and sizes of all the patterns. Definitely must buy more October Afternoon papers...:o) 

The kit has tons of cute journal tags, cardstock stickers and rub-ons...mmmm.....

I can't end my post today without showing a few shots of the album ending today on eBay too :o)
It's a paper bag album done with Basic Grey's Porcelain line. 

It has almost 400 page views and 50 some watchers, are very high counts for my usuals. Hope it means good things :o) 
To see the rest of the pictures of all three albums search ocbrandy on eBay! 
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PFOP is having a summer challenge! After a little needed down time, we've come BACK WITH A SPLASH!
Check us out on eBay this week to see what we have been up to!

My newest albums, and one of my favorite quotes!

I just love the quote on this album! "The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough." by Rabindranath Tagore.  What a great title for a few beautiful pictures.
 I love the soft colors of this DCWV collection called The Linen Closet. Despite all the sanding I do on these mixed shape albums, lol, it was very fun to make... pretty sure it just flowed right out of me! :O)

Album number two this week is made from the Basic Grey Offbeat collection. This was VERY tricky for me! So many colors and patterns.... I think it turned out pretty nice though :O)
 I used a Mellisa Francis envelope and tag album for the base, so each page has a pull-out tag for journalling. I finally decided on "lighthearted" as the title, I knew I needed something a little quirky! :O) I used the "horseshoes and lemonade" font, printed it out on cardstock and cut out each letter.

The "rolled" flower on the cover is my second or third attempt at these...they are not the easiest things to make! of these days I hope to better perfect the technique!
You can check out the rest of these albums on ebay. Thanks for stopping by! 

New on eBay!

I finally have a couple new albums listed on eBay :O) Seems this month has been all starting albums and no finishing them! I finally got some gumption and finished up two new ones.
Both albums are made with Basic Grey papers, that I must say I got an awesome deal on from Crafty Steals. Check them out and sign up your email, or you can fan them on Facebook to find out which "steal" they have to offer everyday! I got four 6x6 Basic Grey pads for $15! :O)
The first album is done with the Granola line. I used a paper bags for the base, and the cover features weaved strips of paper, and flowers I cut from one of the pages.
PhotobucketThe second I made with  the Eva line and made lots of the flowers included in it. Below I'll show you how :O)
I made the wrinkly little perfectly coordinating flowers, by hand cutting random flower shapes.
PhotobucketThen I sanded all the edges to accent the different "petals".
Then I crumpled them up and made them into little balls while rolling my hands together. Folded them back out and they looked like this :O)
Put on a brad to hold them altogether, and there you have it! I just love wrinkly flowers what can I say :O)
Check them out on eBay--Starting bids are just 99 cents !!!

A new (to me) technique!

Too many times throughout my paper crafting adventures, I come across a new idea... or a better way of doing things...maybe just perfecting something I have been battling and think to myself, wouldn't this make a good blog post??? Then time gets the best of me and feel like I missed my opportunity! Though I used this nifty little technique at least a month ago, and someone else probably thought of it before me, I wanted to share it now while I am thinking about it! :o)
I know there are different colored book binding rings for sale somewhere....maybe 7gypsies....Tim Holtz.... You know something distressed and simply anything other color than those same old silver rings! Since I have been experimenting with the Tim Holtz alcohol inks, I knew I had to try it out on them shiny rings. It is suppose to stick to just about anything so I applied some of the natural colors set, and it worked great!
Don't forget to protect your work surface! I use the cellophane packaging my papers come in. It took a couple of applications on each side to get the deep color that's on these.
So much nicer than uncalled for plain silver rings! It limits the shopping around for color coordination... and makes me a happy camper! :o) Give it a try! Thanks for reading!