Thursday, June 22, 2017

Being Commissioned - a Retirement Celebration Album

I'd mentioned that I was commissioned to create a scrapbook for a gentleman retiring after 30 years of service to one company.  The company changed owners and leaders many times and so this book was intended to be a testament to his longevity.  My mandate was to include all the photos provided and to provide room where co-workers could sign the book and express gratitude.

I decided on a two ring binder style scrapbook.  This allowed me to provide the book and the co-workers to sign the book without the bother of page protectors, etc.  I did end up providing him the page protectors because they came with the scrapbook, but hold punched each page.  It wasn't too obvious and I think makes the book a little easier to use.

Lots of open spaces for sentiments and notes to the recipient.  I ultimately used the Heartfelt Creations Celebrate the Journey paper pack.  The paper has been in the stash for a while and it was the perfect sentiment and style for a dude's book.

I did try to add some embellishments here and there to make the book special.  I've heard that it was a smashing success.

This was a lot of fun and I'll be honest to say that I wish that there was a lucrative way to be commissioned for a work like this.  The truth is there is no way to be compensated for your time.  I made 30 pages and these were very simple pages.  I could have spent a great deal more time in making the book.  As it was, I spent many nights after work pouring my energy (and stress!) into this project.  It did the trick - keeping my stress level down and my satisfaction high.  I really enjoyed doing it and hope it will be cherished for years to come.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Happy Retirement!

So, a little while ago I was commissioned (yes, requested to complete a project by a friend!) to create a scrapbook of memories for someone leaving a company after 30 years of service.  In this day and age, it is something to be able to stay in one place that long.  I made this card for the gentleman as a way of saying thanks for his kind words on my work and his generous compensation for my time and supplies.

I'm trying to get the photos of the layouts that I took edited so that I might post them here.  There's quite a few pages and I've been busy at work following my vacation and then father's day etc.  I'll see if I can get it done in the next couple of days.  I hope your summer is going smashingly and that all is good and right in your home.  We're enjoying the last few weeks before my daughter leaves for college.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day Watercoloring

Popping in to share the last Father's Day card and wishing all you an enjoyable celebration.  This card was made using a Tim Holtz stamp set from the stash.  I believe I received this stamp set as a free gift in a class once.  It works well with my Mission Gold watercolors to create this rustic, old timey card.  The striped paper in the back keeping the design simple and the blue ribbon recycled from the packaging of a pair of pajamas.

On the inside - a portion of the sentiment from the Tim Holz stamp set combined with a birthday sentiment stamp from a Penny Black set.  I'm loving the kraft cardstock - it adds a bit of testosterone to the card.

I made quite a few of the stamped images because I wasn't exactly sure how the watercoloring would work.

In the end, I made this card and will keep it in the stash for a male centered occasion in the future.  No sentiment yet, waiting to add just the right touch.

Either way, here's wishing your celebrations are filled with joy.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Simple Little Birthday Card

Just a cute little card to brighten your day - one layer on that die cut front - making it simple to drop in a gift bag.  Sometimes, its about getting something together is a short period of time.  This was made using my WPlus9 Sunshine Layers stamps.  So easy and simple to put together.  Good products make good cards a snap.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A Redo on that Father's Day Theme

Soo, I carved out some time to retry my hand with the old tie stamp from the stash.  Once again, I white heat embossed the image onto some watercolor paper.  I used my Mission Gold watercolors this time and find that the result is closer to what I was shooting for.  A change in the background paper (plain from the stash) and the mix is right where I wanted it to land.  Much better card and I'm pleased to have used so many supplies from the stash.  No need to buy more stamps.... yeah right!?!

A simple sentiment on the inside to finish the card off.  I'm well on my way to being ready for the celebration later this week.  I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Frame It
Word Art Wednesday's Challenge 286/287 Anything Goes