Monday, August 2, 2010

Circle journal - I love being a woman!


I hope you had a great weekend!  Seth and I drove over to our hometown for the weekend with Fluffy, so we were visiting with family.  We just returned very early this morning, so I've had a late start to my day!  :)

Last week, I had finally finished my circle journal layouts.  Lisa should have them today!  (So sorry for the delay, Miss Lisa!)

Here's Jenn's, whose topic was 5 reasons why I love being a woman...

I had a lot of fun making this page!  I love the way the elements are arranged, and making that double eyelet border was very easy.  The black lettering on the background was printed through Microsoft Word directly onto the Naturals White cardstock.  You will notice on these last 3 layouts, that this is the period when Melissa discovered how easy it is to sew on paper.  LOL

My five reasons..
1.  Being able to multi-task!  This is one of my personal strong points, and I will quietly say that Seth has often admired me being able to do this.  :)
2.  Shopping for & wearing pretty things - I snapped the photo at Target, of one of their jewelry displays.  I love jewelry, although I don't own as many pieces as I'd like.  I suppose I have trouble spending a lot of money on them, especially "costume" jewelry.  I have been meaning to use this jewelry display as inspiration for Simply Adorned pieces.
3.  Being strong!  I feel that women are very strong and are able to endure a lot.
4.  I'm not expected to know a lot about sports (you know, like professional sports teams, etc).  Kind of a stereotypical thing, I know, but I'm glad that I don't have to remember all of the pro sports players and how good of a player they are, and so on!  The picture on the LO was of the football stadium at the University of Tennessee.  It was our first UT game, and there were close to 100,000 people in attendance!
5.  I'm looking forward to becoming a mother!  That's an experience that I am sure is like none other.

Jenn asked us to make a feminine accessory item for our sign-in tag, such as a purse or compact.  I had so much fun making this little purse!  Here's the outside:

I took a piece of Early Espresso cardstock, scored it, and covered one side with VersaMark ink.  I then covered it with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder, and used my paper piercing tool to draw wavy lines in both directions.  Then I heated it, and voil√†!  A faux alligator purse.  :)  You can tuck the purse flap into the Filigree Designer brad to hold it in place.

Here's the inside:

Hope you like them, Jenn!

Circle journal layout supplies:
Stamps:  Watercolor Trio
Ink:  Baja Breeze
Paper:  Naturals White, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, and Baja Breeze cardstock, Bella Rose Designer Series Paper (retired)
Accessories/Tools:  Chocolate Chip and Old Olive buttons (retired), Chocolate Chip 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (retired), Filigree Designer Brads, Linen Thread, Basic Black Stampin' Write Journaler, 1" Circle, Small Heart and Eyelet Border Punches, Cutter Kit, sewing machine and thread

purse tag supplies:
Ink:  VersaMark ink
Paper:  Naturals White and Early Espresso cardstock, Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper pad (retired)
Accessories/Tools:  Marina Mist 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Filigree Designer Brads, Basic Black Stampin' Write Journaler, Small Heart and Eyelet Border Punches, Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder, Paper Piercing Tool, sewing machine and thread


  1. Goodness - these so pretty. I want that purse for real! Your LO is super and I love the "women are strong" reason.

  2. Melissa I love your layout and your purse! Adorable! You are one very talented woman:)

  3. Cute, cute, cute!!! Love the LO. I love women are strong and the sports thingy!!! LOL Great colors, too!!!

  4. Your pgs came great. That purse is just ingenious! WTG Melissa, what a talent. I will be back to get the instructions down,


  5. Wow I really like this scrapbook page! Good idea to use the border punch like that! Thaks for sharing!

  6. A real pleasure to see your work, Melissa,


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