First we'll talk about the Little Book.
Ordinarily I'd crop out all that black you're seeing but then I'd have to crop off the ribbon - and well we can't have that now can we? (gosh i just realized i have got to clean off my scanner - there is a lotta schmutz on it apparently... mentally edit for me cos there are no random little markings on these photos...ugh!)
I haven't made one of these little books in a while. I daresay it's been a long while. But I never got to make one for Barbara and I have been thinking about making one for her for a long long time. Her birthday was the perfect excuse!
I used some gorgeous vintage wallpaper from Donna - who has an amazing collection of wallpapers. Go check out Donna's blog and don't forget to visit her Etsy shop (the link is at her blog). I used my favorite scallop oval and oval punches on some white cardstock - the oval i colored with antique linen distress ink. And i wrote a little greeting on the white center and stitched around it with my sewing machine. Now things get fun when you open up the little book:
You're gonna have to click on the above pic of the inside to get a better look okay? I used some fun vintage photos i found online, along with some Foofala black and white paper, some random red gingham check paper and some more of that absolutely gorgeous vintage wallpapaer. The banner stamp (that i wrote the Happy Birthday Barbara on) is by Purple Onion Designs (natch!). I used some red seam binding on the left panel and some black&white check seam binding on the center panels to create the photo-like corners and then some skinny black ric-rac on the right panel; a little button and metallic embroidery floss too on her cute little hat!
The entire little book is created upon a piece of white cardstock I tea-stained and ironed dry (it gets such a nice feel to it after you do that!) Then you will note it's stitched here and there mostly to create the pockets in the two far panels and one large pocket (from the two center panels). What's inside those pockets? I'm so glad you asked! LOL
Just click on the photos above to get a better look at the little inserts. I used all the same papers as well as some of the tea-stained cardstock, buttons, my sewing machine and those K&Co little quotes.
I really love making these little books and especially for someone as dear as Barbara.
Postcard for the day:
one of my all-time favorites stamps by StampinUp! is this floral background stamp. Not exactly a guy thing but my son won't care a bit. Okay... I gotta run.