Monday, July 25, 2011

Vintage Paper Bag Mini Swap

Hello friends and visitors!!
Welcome to my blog.
I have made something so fun..and have it linked up to Simon Says Stamp and Show...anything goes!!
So step by their blog and see all the fabulous DT work...and entries!
This is a paperbag mini album that I am doing for a swap at
Here is the front cover...I think I may have done some earlier posts with this, but it is finished now.
The image is from Gecko Galz and it was our July Bella Muse
at Bella Creations.  That FABULOUS brown Flower was made by my sister Bella...Carla.  Feel free to stop by and grab this image to play with.
Here is the back of my Mini album
This sweet yellow Rose is one of my favorites that I found at the
Graphics Fairy.  The stamping is done using a stamp that I drew, and hand carved.  I used some May Art trim..(green leafy trim) throughout this mini, because it is one of my favorite!!
I wrote a sweet little message to make it more personal for the one receiving it in the swap.
Here are some inside photos
The pink roses are one's I painted in GIMP, and used my Silhouette SD to cut no fussy cutting for me!!
  All stamping is done in vintage photo with stamps I drew and carved myself.
The doily and some of the patterned papers came from the 
Southern Charm Bella Creations kit.  You can find it in the right column on our blog.  It is a FABULOUS kit!!
A journal tag that I created using my Silhouette SD and a Gecko Galz image.  Some more stamping..and as well some doodles with a perfect medium pen..and perfect pearls in perfect copper!  My fav!!
Here is the photo side.
Pattern Paper from the Bella kit.  All flowers (except flat digital ones) came from the Flying Unicorn Store.  Charms I found on Clearance at Michaels a while back :-)
Another Shaped Tag I created using the Gecko Galz image.  PP from the Bella kit..and some more of my stamps.
Here is the journaling side
I finally used the Dress Form that I drew and created into a stamp using the Teresa Collins stamp maker.  It looks awesome on this tag.
Here is a shot of the binding
I used Cardboard to create my cover.  I punched two holes with my Crop a Dile big bite and slid in a Timmy bronze D ring to hold the fabby trims.
Some of the tags that slide into the top of the mini.  The pink rose is one I painted in GIMP.  One side is for a photo..the other side for Journaling.  I added Flower embellishements to these.
Some more tags
I created this tag using the book paper that comes in Alda's flower packages that you FUN!!  Alda owns the Flying Unircorn.  Pansy from Geckogalz...and Rose and leaves on the pansy are from Graphics Fairy.
Some of the inside pages....
Pictures can slide under that brown ribbon :-)
Inside front cover.  New image from Gecko Galz...and fabric and polka dot pp from the Southern Charm Bella Kit.
Inside back album cover.  I love using seed beads as my centers for flowers.
Another pocket to hold photos..tags...etc
Shaped Photo Matt above
flip side...shaped Journaling spot below
Oh...and a sneak peak at what is to come from 
Gecko Galz in August.
This is one of the fabby images ..I used it to create a tag for this album
How can you NOT love this Maniquin???
Here is the flip side
Here are the cards I created earlier this month....
Crafter's Companion Sponsor gave us some fabby fairies to play with..just click the link and it will take you to that post to see the front of the is the insides.
I added them to my mini album.  The person who gets it..can use them to hold a photo and some journaling...or mail them out to a loved one :-)  That large rose is one I painted in GIMP.
Please check out my 
Gimp Tutorial Page.  I promise it is easy peasy..and FREE.
Here is the other card
These images are all from Graphics Fairy.
So glad you stopped by and sorry about the Long post!!
Hope you enjoyed my mini album...and it inspires you to create and share!!


  1. I'm in that swap! If I got this one I would faint from happiness! It's beautiful!!

  2. Heather, this is absolutely fantastic! Lucky is the swap recipient!

  3. Wow Heather you have been sooo busy! Your journal looks awesome! I love all the layers and details, the inside is a gorgeous as the outside!

  4. Thanks for commenting on my blog, it means a lot to me because I love your creativity!

  5. Heather this is just stunning. wow- all the work you've put into it. Amazing girl!

  6. Heather this is so beautiful - whoever receives it is one very lucky person. I love it.
    xxx Hazel.

  7. OH MY GOSH, Lady of Roses!!!!! This is just chalk full of yummy prettiness! Great work!

  8. Very pretty Heather. I was hoping to see some pics of your new baby Frankie. Keep up the good work! Love ya millions! Huggs from your BFF!

  9. Absolutely beautiful--so much work and detail was put into your gorgeous book!

  10. This is so lovely! So much detail!

  11. OMG....what can I say to express how awesome this is? Everything about it is perfection, my dear!

  12. Now we are talking about a work of art and then some! This is fantastic, beautiful and so detailed! Love it and so will your swap partner! What a lucky person!

  13. So very pretty. All the detail, the flowers and ribbons add so much to each beautifully decorated page. Thanks for joining the challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show.

  14. Wow, Heather, this is absolutely stunning!

  15. Can I just say WOWSERS................................I mean really .........WOWSERS...........................

  16. Rock on with your bad self. I love your work!

  17. Wow what a beauty, I bet someone pretty darn special is going to win this mini...OH's me.... Happy Mail, Happy Mail!!!!


Thanks for Visiting my blog today! Hope you found some inspiration...Have a great day! Hugs....Heather