Monday, June 17, 2019

Some Bags

Hello friends! It's been a month since I've blogged but I have been sewing up a storm these days. Here are some of the bags I've made lately.

I think I have found my passion. I love sewing bags.

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, May 17, 2019

It's Been Six Months

Hello friends! Happy Friday! It's been six months since I blogged and so much has happened in six months.

Seven years ago, I went on a creative journey and got very involved in the online scrapbooking world. I was on many design teams, submitted my layouts for publishing, blogged and uploaded all my paper crafting projects to my gallery on and was very active on social media (Facebook and Instagram). It was a lot of fun and it was one heck of a ride but lately I have needed a change and wanted to expand my creativity so I decided to explore sewing, quilting and machine embroidery. It's a new chapter.

I learned to sew as a teenager in school and didn't really like it and then I took sewing up again in my 30's making lots of crafty items and then in my 40's, I began sewing on paper and on my scrapbook layouts with my Kenmore sewing machine that I bought when I was 21 years old. It has served me well but I wanted to expand my horizons and upgrade to an electronic sewing machine so
in November 2018, my local quilt shop had an open house and there was the opportunity to go and try out some new sewing machines so I attended and decided to take the plunge. I chose a Brother VM5100 sewing/embroidery machine. It has a lot of bells and whistles, is super quiet, and user friendly. It will be a long while before I learn everything this workhorse can do, but it's so fun!

It has taken me six months to feel comfortable with my new sewing machine and there is so much to learn. To break in the machine, I began sewing beginner sewing projects. Since I had my first grandbaby last July, I thought sewing would give me the opportunity to learn some new "grandma" skills so I started sewing bibs, rag quilts, placemats, bowl cozies, potholders, oven mitts, table runners, stuffies, jelly roll rugs, pillowcases, pillow covers, bandanas, baskets, and now bags. Most of the items I have sewn have been gifted and I love the way it makes me feel inside when I give something handmade. Here are a few things I have sewn the past six months:

I think I am hooked! Fabric is just as addictive as paper and now I have a problem ha ha! A good problem. I need some organizational help!

Well that's what's happening in my world lately. I know I have taken a break from paper crafting, but I will be back again. I have too much invested in the hobby to give it up. I'm sure I'll make lots of mini albums of my family, but for now, I am loving the challenge of learning a new skill.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend. I hope you do something you love.


Thursday, November 22, 2018

Baby's 1st Christmas Mini Album

Hello friends! Happy American Thanksgiving to all my American friends that are celebrating today.

I wanted to share with you another mini album. I created it with some medium size red paper bags that are found at Michael's in the party supplies section. This one is for my grandson's first Christmas.


I am in love with printing design papers at home lately. I find it works for me as I can print only what I need and resize it to be suitable for cards and mini albums. This collection is designed by Nitwit Collections and is from the Baby's First Christmas Collection.

I also shared this mini album on the A Flair For Buttons blog as one of my design team projects. I love flair buttons and they work perfectly for this album.  The cute penguin flair button on the front cover is from the Christmas Fun 2 Flair Set.


There are lots of pockets and tags to house photos and journaling. On one tag I added a an adorable snowman flair button from the Vintage Snowman 2 Flair Set. 

On another tag, I added the cute reindeer slippers flair button from the Christmas Fun 2 Flair Set.


I love the way the paper bags work as extra pockets to tuck in more photos and journaling tags.
This paper bag mini album has lots of places to add photos.


For the spine, I added red, green and silver ribbon and tied some cute little christmas themed buttons using "Dress It Up" buttons.


I found some cute red ribbon with Rudolph at Michael's and added it to the album so it can be tied in a bow to close up the album.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the A Flair For Buttons shop for these and many more flair buttons for the holiday season or any season.

Have a creative day!

Flair Used On Mini Album
Christmas Fun 2 Flair Set
Vintage Snowman 2 Flair Set