For PTI's January blog hop (use an unused or dusty stamp set), I knew I wanted to pull out ALL the stamps, dies, and papers I hadn't used (starred in the supplies below). I also wanted to make something special for my husband - our SAHD and the rock that holds the family together.This wonderful guy does ALL the laundry, cleaning, cat & dog care, morning daughter prep, shuttling to & from school, home maintenance, doctor's appointments, and over half of the cooking, shopping & dishes. I'm not lazy :) but a working mom, 7 months pregnant with twin boys, who teaches science to 260 middle schoolers. Seriously, 260.
This envelope book celebrates our 1st home together (we've sized-up to our 2nd). While digging through the recycling for cardboard I found an awesome beer box and just went with it. Layered mats and a placecard form the focal point, with a brown embossed sentiment put together from Boards & Beams, and Simple & Fresh Alphabets.
The tabs tell our story, each opening to journaling, photos, memorabilia, and a stash of realia in the envelope pocket. It's fun to pull out and unfold little bits of our history.
Here the sun begins to fade on my only two 'finished' pages. I'll re-post a sequel with more loving pictures and details, so stay tuned!
The top page has our dreams and plans for the house - a 'scaled' map used with tiny scaled furniture squares to fit everything in, and swatches of the paint colors used in our bedrooms and bath. Below are clippings from a gathering of seven feisty old ladies at our soon-to-be home that made the local paper.
Below are the unfinished pages (with more unused stamps to come). My friend, Java, took our first picture as we first walked up to the free Adams Avenue Roots Festival.
And I have something fun planned for the page below, which highlight the work my electrician husband put into the home. There's a sketch with plans for our xeriscape (low water), CA native plants habit from when we converted the front lawn. Good times.
His birthday and Valentine's are three days apart so I'm going to roll them into one big extravaganza this year. Can't wait for the fun!
SUPPLIES:stamps - PTI Boards & Beams*, Places Please*, Holiday Treats (house image), Fresh Alphabet, Simple Alphabet, Mini-Scrapbook Series: Tabs*, Library Card*, Tea for Two Additions*, Fancy Flourishes
paper - PTI fine linen, Library Ledger*, Green Tea Leaves, Bitty Dots 2009, kraft envelopes; cream vellum, recycled Ranger beer box
ink - PTI simply chartreuse, dark chocolate, orangerie, pure poppy, true black; Versamark
accents - PTI simply chartreuse grosgrain ribbon, dark chocolate twill ribbon; antique copper mini brads, chocolate brown embossing powder
tools- PTI dies (Tea Cup*, Place Card*, Mini Tab*, Library Pocket*), impression plates (Woodgrain, Linen)