I've been a fan for a while. Inspired to make and do quite a few things like this and this after reading her blog or her article in Creating Keepsakes magazine.
About a month ago I was reading her blog and found this post - a cool 'mixed up mini' project using a bunch of leftovers. Pure genius. Take what you already have, mix it up, put it to good use INTO something you'll use.
As soon as I read it, I made one. Right then. Grabbed a bunch of stuff in my scraps pile and went to town. Took about an hour. ONLY AN HOUR! Nothing, I mean nothing I do takes an hour. Wish I could say it did, but no. It's more like 2 or 3 or 4.
Anyway, an hour. When Sarah and I went to Australia 2 summers ago to teach, I made something similar. Started a book for the trip. Limited myself to only a few supplies and added to it as I went. Postcards, brochures, etc. I wrote in it every day about what we'd seen and done and added photos when I came home. I've since discovered that the only way I'll do an album about a trip is to have one ready to go beforehand and take it with me and record as I go.
So that's what this is for. It's ready to go along with me next week when I head to Amsterdam and England to teach at Scrap-a-ganza. Ready along with a little bag of necessary supplies - a hole punch, a small stapler, a date stamp, a black pen and a few other little trinkets. I'll use it to write in every day, add postcards, brochures, trinkets, etc and finish it when I get home with photos.
This is one of my favorite pages. The card started with just the letter g. I found a box of these cards a few years ago at an antique store. The box says
'One set of PHONOGRAMS from The Writing Road to Reading. A Modern Method of Phonics for Teaching Children to Read'
When I bought the box, I had no idea what I would use the cards for, but knew I'd come up with something one day. I used the g card along with different letter stickers for England and an e card for Amsterdam.
As you can see, lots and lots and lots of pages, just waiting to be used. Can't wait!
One more thing...
Remember this post? I mentioned somewhere in there that we'd be releasing a new mini line every 4 to 8 weeks this year. The post was dated May 2nd. Today is the 31st. That makes tomorrow the 1st and Monday the 2nd. And that's 4 weeks (or something like that). So hey, you just might want to drop back in again on Monday. In the words of Jack, my 10 year old - I'm just sayin'...