…I find just the perfect paper for a project and it's (gasp!) NOT Stampin' Up!
This week we are visiting my husband's sister and brother-in-law at the family cabin on a lake in Northern Minnesota. It will be a quiet visit as our children and grandchildren aren't here. I love the peace and quiet, but I definitely miss our three grandchildren who won't be traveling to the lake until later this summer. Because we won't see them, I thought it might be a nice idea to make little accordion fold scrapbooks for each of them with photos from previous summers at the lake.
As I was contemplating what papers and colors I should use for these projects, I paid a completely unrelated visit to my local scrapbooking store. I walked in, and there were the PERFECT PAPERS for the scrapbooks. With cute pictures of bears (the lake is Bear Lake), sentiments such as, "Life is better at the lake" and my favorite, "We didn't know we were making memories. We were just having fun!" I couldn't pass the papers up. Oh, and one of the sheets had pictures of a lake with bears and deer and signs to the campsite (there's an old CCC campsite nearby). I was totally smitten by the whole series of papers, and ended up buying several.
Now the scrapbooks are finished – complemented by Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede and Night of Navy Stampin' Up! cardstock and images punched with Stampin' Up! punches. When it was all over, I thought I needed to do something with the scraps, so I made them each a card telling them why I made the scrapbooks. That's where Stampin' Up! (mostly) comes in.
The sentiment is from the new Watercolor Words stamp set, stamped in Chocolate Chip Classic Ink. The sentiments looked a bit too large as I was considering whether to buy the stamp set. But they turn out to be perfect for this kind of a greeting card layout. I have one of my series of "New Stamps" blog posts planned for this stamp set later this summer and I'll chat a bit more about it then. For now, it was perfect for a card accompanying a small gift. I accented the card front with little punched hearts from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, using Soft Suede Cardstock.
I'm so glad to have found this paper! But by my next post, I'll be back to featuring Stampin' Up! wonderful sets of Designer Series Papers – which are so much more flexible in the possibilities for their use than these single sheets at the local scrapbook store.
But every once in a while….