Friday, February 7, 2014

Alabama Holiday: Creating Beautiful Things

I visited my friend Becky who lives in Alabama for a creative girls week. Boy did we have fun and get a lot accomplished! While I was there, the south got hit with a once in a decade winter storm. The storm shut down the entire region, but Becky and I created on! 

My plane arrived on Monday late in the afternoon. On our way to Becky's home we stopped at an antique shop. I found this large ledger book. It's 11 x 14 inches and had never been written in, although the front and back covers were kind of messed up. I figured I would alter them in time. 

That evening, while Becky showed me her inventory of craft supplies, we exchanged creative ideas for some of them. She generously shared these beautiful scrapbook papers from DCWV with me. (Becky said she had had these papers for a couple years and when I checked DCWV's website it looks like they are no longer available.)

I used some of them to cover the ledger book. They were glued on with ModPodge and then covered with a heavy coat of ModPodge to protect them. Here you can see the altered front and back covers. 

Here are the inside covers of the ledger book. After I came home from Alabama, a friend of mine suggested using it as a grandmother book. I could write about my grandchildren and they could write in it too. What a great idea, especially since there are children on the outside and inside covers.

Here are some other treasures Becky gave me that evening: beautiful embellishments from French General...

and these lovelies.

And she gave me these Breaking Bad pieces. I know Ashleigh will love them because it's one of her favorite TV shows!

Becky had an Epiphany Shape Studio punch that she had never opened. It makes epoxy embellishments and we had great fun learning how to use it. She had these wonderful images and pieces on which to frame them. This stash of goodies came home with me.

She also had purchased a canvas necklace kit for each of us. We painted them and put an Epiphany button on it. Here's mine. 

So much creativity went on, but these projects were in addition to the ones we had planned. The reason we called our get-together Alabama Holiday was because we wanted to make two projects from Jenny & Aaron's book Mixed Media Masterpieces. The name of Jenny's blog is Everyday is a Holiday. Becky and I met at the Sweethearts on the Homefront art retreat where Jenny & Aaron taught us how to make a retro recipe book.

The two projects we chose to make were the Supercute Mini Faux Doughnuts and the Heirloom Bride and Groom Vintage Photo Assemblage. Here Becky is making her supercute mini faux doughnuts with a Downton Abbey DVD on in the background. 

Here I am rolling in the Crayola Air-Dry Clay too!

We didn't realize when we shaped the doughnuts that they would have to dry for a few days so I painted mine after I got home. 

The wedding pictures I wrote about here came in handy for our Heirloom Bride and Groom Vintage Photo Assemblage project. Here you can see that I have painted the base and adhered sheet music to it with ModPodge. 

The directions Jenny & Aaron gave us were easy to follow and we had a delightful time assembling these vintage couples. 

We were so happy with them that we had a photo session with different backgrounds. 

It was great to be with a friend who enjoys creating as much as I do! Needless to say, I had a wonderful visit with Becky during our Alabama Holiday. And many thanks to Jenny & Aaron for the inspiration!

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  1. Your projects are outstanding and the donuts look good enough to eat! Amazing creativity!

  2. Oh Patty, you did a fantastic job on that ledger book--gorgeous.

  3. What a great and fun time with your friend Patty! That ledger looks stunning now! Love it and I also love those "breaking bad" pieces too, my hubs was crazy about that show. :-)

  4. I LOVE all of those projects Patty! It looks like you had a great time!

  5. wow, so many lovely embellishments! I have discovered that since I started scrapbooking some years ago, that no notebook or journal can be left plain. I must cover them with any of my lovely scrapbook papers. First time here, I will be back. and thank you for visiting my blog.

  6. Wow, so much goodness in this post. Love the bridal couples!! I recently picked up some French General baubles too - haven't decided how to use them yet.

  7. You are having way too much fun in your retirement.

  8. So many pretty projects!!!! I love the book you covered with paper, it will be fabulous!!!

  9. Looks and sounds like you had a fun, creative week and with great results. To bad the weather did not cooperate.

  10. Donuts you can't eat that's not fair, I do love donuts.

  11. Love that you met for a crafting holiday!!! Here I am reading along about your great crafts and fellowship and then you mentioned Jenny & Aaron. I met Jenny and Aaron - actually had lunch with them - at the Country Living Holiday Bazaar in Tarrytown, NY! Such nice people.

    Wonderful to have you at "Oh, the PLACES I've been!"

    - The Tablescaper

  12. Congratulations on your feature at Junk Chic Cottage.

  13. I really enjoyed reading about you over at Kris's. You have a lovely blog, and I'm happy to be a new follower.
    Mary Alice

  14. Hello Patty, Nice to meet you. YOU have a lovely blog. You create some very beautiful creations. Hugs Judy

  15. Hi Patty--what a lovely time you must have had, and I love the wedding couple cutouts, what a fabulous idea! Happy Pink Saturday!! ~Lorraine ♥♥♥

  16. What fun you had! And do I see Downton Abbey on in the background? I love it! And it's fun to know someone that does a lot of different crafts. That's what I like to do, too....a little bit of everything! Sweet hugs!

  17. Hi Patty, I was introduced to your blog by Kris at Junk Chic Cottage. You make some very unique and creative things. Love the idea of covering an old ledger with scrap paper. I'm a new follower.

  18. Hi Patty, I love your work! My favorite is the canvas necklace. Thanks for the inspiration! Happy Punk Saturday! Marti


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