Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Greetings from This Life I Travel

Here it is, the first scrapping project I've posted on this blog.  My scrappy friends will be happy.  I made it for a swap so I will be sending it to a new home.  It is a mini book made out of toilet paper rolls.  I know.  I know.  That skeeves some people out but I'm ok with it.  
So here it is.  No real tutorial needed I don't think.  I flattened the TP rolls by putting them through my Big Shot a time or two.  Years ago when I went to CKU (Creating Keepsakes University) I went to a class taught by the very talented Jennifer MCGuire.  We made a tag book called BLESSINGS FROM THIS LIFE I TRAVEL.  I have used that same theme in several forms since then and thought it would be perfect for this project.  The paper line I used is an older one from 2007 from Fancy Pants.  It's called True. Love it when I can use my stash. 
I used my old school Dymo labeler for the black letters.  The BLESSINGS word is a QK font.  (Yes I still have a QK!)  I was in a monthly charm swap for about 6 months last year and I collected quite a lot of them.  The charms I used on the rings are from my stash from that swap.  I used a bit of a bird theme throughout.  I am out of these little metal flowers.  I hope they have more at Michael's!

So HOME and FRIENDS are the first two BLESSINGS.  Use a MS punch to make the paper lace and a Sizzlets die to cut the tags.  Pretty straight-forward duo of pages.
LAUGHTER and FAMILY are next.  The charm on this page is another from my swap stash.  I used Lindy's Magical Mica's to add some shimmer to the leaf and sunflower.  I especially love the tiny crocheted flowers on these pages.  And isn't the orange rick rack sweet?

I used bright orange embossing powder on the stamp on the TIME page.  i knew the blue of the paper I put it on would tone it down to a lovely brown.  I was also in a long running stick pin swap and pulled this one for my stash to use on the same page.  the LOVE page holds an explosion box type fold out for more pictures or journalling.
Here you can see one of the birds I used to carry on the theme.
NATURE has a little fold out accordion on it to be sure and have lots of room for pictures. The resin bird is like the one I used on the cover. It's from Webster's Pages. The apple stamp on the FOOD page was stamped with the same bright orange embossing powder I used on the previous page but on the lighter color paper it shows up much more orange.  Another stick pin and some more of those cute crocheted flowers round out the page.
Inside the TP rolls are tags folded lengthwise with pull tabs on the top.  Each one is different and has a bird stamp on it somewhere.  

I hope you enjoyed this little book.  Remember to give thanks for the blessings in your life.


  1. So you flattened the TP roll "whole". I was trying to envision it. Very cool! You put so much detail into each page. Whoever receives it very lucky!!