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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Saturday Serenity - April 23, 2016

Go in the direction
of where
your peace
is coming from.

~C. JoyBell C.~

These (untouched) photos were taken on April 18, 2016 and are of Mt. Hood (and lower foothills to the south of Mt. Hood) to the west of where we were driving, between Maupin, OR and Madras, OR on Highway 197.  This is a stretch of very remote highway that makes me feel very serene every time I go there. I don't know why. It is both beautiful and mysterious. I can't help but stop about every mile, get out of the car, and gaze down into the canyons and off into the distance. I could sit there for hours and contemplate life and the beauty of nature. 

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Double box card kit and other projects.

Even though I haven't posted too often lately, I really AM busy making stuff! I don't know how life can be so busy when I'm supposed to be retired!

Here are a few things I've made. If you want a tutorial on any of them, please post a comment and let me know and I'll be happy to do a tutorial.

(There are many YouTube videos out there on this little pocket album - search for "pocket mini album using one 12x12 sheet of paper".) I've been meaning to do a written tutorial on this but so far just haven't done it! let me know if you want one.

This is a little envelope that is open on the top that slides into one of the pockets.

This little album mostly consists of journal tags, but a person could also add some photos in the pockets.

(From Pootles Paper Craft Watercolour Chick Treat Bag video tutorial on You Tube).

I slipped two mini Peppermint Patties inside, punched a hole in upper corner and tied this onto a gift to use as a gift tag.

(Anna Powell on YouTube has two wonderful videos Card Box Part 1 and  Card Box Part 2. Very easy to follow and so fun to make!

This is a good sized box - holds two sets of A2 cards, side-by-side, or one side holds the cards and the other side holds embellishments for the kit. The box is about 9" x 11".

On the left side, I have put in eight cards and envelopes. The right side is divided into two sections to hold tags and embellishments.

I made four each of two kinds of cards that have a watercolor look. I got these free watercolor wreath printables from the website Free Pretty Things for You, go to her webpage here, and The Cottage Market, go to the webpage here. I mean.. it looks like I did the watercoloring right on the watercolor paper I used! Her artwork is awesome!

Their wreaths had quotes inside, such as this one:

but I opted to just use the wreath and erased the quote from the middle using my "Paint" Program.

This watercolor flower bunch also came from Free Pretty Things for You as a free printable download called Spring Watercolor Floral Spray.

I added lots of little goodies and embellishments to make your own card, such as sentiment labels, tiny bows, vellum butterflies, and some goodies from a Becky Higgins Project Life "130 pieces kit". 


I used some GORGEOUS DCWV Papers from the Midnight Berry 12x12 paper pad, some gold glitter paper, a doily that I inked with dark brown and a photo made to look vintage, of my dear soon-to-be niece-in-law!

This girl really has been busy! These are not all of the projects I've been working on!. I also managed to go with my sister to a weekend scrapbook retreat here in Madras. We had a great time!

Let me know if you would like further instructions on any of these projects.

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