Monday, 18 August 2008

A Scrapbook Page and a Candle!

**Edited to include some better photos of my scrapbook page**

Following on from my post of 6th August, I've finished making my mums birthday presents! I'm really fed up with buying presents for the sake of getting something, so this year I decided to make her presents instead. I had a go at candle stamping a while back but it didnt go well! I heated the candle a lilttle too long and it started to melt! I had another go after seeing Kerry's gorgeous set on her blog recently, and thanks to Kerry's helpful advise I was able to make a matching box too. I wanted it to match the papers I'd used on the card so I just scanned them into the computer and recloloured them slightly and printed them directly onto the card I made the box from. For the sentiment on the candle, I used Kerry's tip of printing from the pc directly onto the tissue paper.

For a first attempt, I'm really happy with this. I think my mum will love it! Ive already been out and stocked up on some more candles and will definately be making more of these.

This next set is for my little boy to give to my mum, his Nanny! This was a bit more challenging for me though as I've never done a scrapbook page before. I made the page in the frame first and then came up with the matching card.
My mum always calls Adam, "Nanny's Little Man" and that was the first thing that came to mind when I thought of making the page for her. I've used a making memories paper pack that I bought a long time ago, the spotty one is my favorite! The photo's were taken recently when we went out walking in Salcey Forest, which is in walking distance of our house! its great to have somewhere like that right on your doorstep!

I bought the frame for £6 from Wilkinsons! Its a 12x12 frame and hobbycraft sell the same box frames for £14.99! I know where I'll be getting mine from! The chipboard letters came with a magazine I bought a while ago and I've used my sharpie permanent markers to colour them in. I wanted it to be quite a simple page, and have gone for 3 matching photos which I've mounted and given a scalloped edge. All of the edges have been inked to give them a bit more definition.
They are stuck down with foam pads so they stand out a bit more. The 3 sayings are all things Adam says when he's puddle jumping, "splashy water" "muddy puddles"and "yuk". "yuk" is what he says after he's put his finger in the dirty water and then has a taste of it! I have no idea who taught him to do this!

I have to say I'm really pleased with both of my creations. I'm not sure that I'm ready to become a scrapbooker just yet, but I'd be happy to do the odd one as a gift or if I get inspired by a nice photo. It did take me a couple of attempts with different papers before I decided on this version. I hope my mum likes it!


Sue said...

Zoe, what a wonderful gift set. Your mom will love it.

You've done a fantastic job of your first scrapbook page, it will be such a wonderful memento, kids grow up so fast, and what a good idea to put it into a frame. I love the candle idea too, I think I might have to give that a go myself.x

Anonymous said...

These are gorgeous, sure your mom will be thrilled. Sue

Mel said...

Your gifts as fab and your Mum will love them. I also think handmade gifts are the best and intend to make more in the future

~Emma~ said...

Zoe they are all STUNNING!!! The cards are so sweet, the candle is just amazing and as for the scrapbooking....WOW! Yes you should be pleased as you have done a fantastic job and I am now wanting to do a candle as well! LOL! Hugs Em.

Just call me G said...

Zoe, Im more than sure that your gifts will be bring a tear of joy to your mum..just looking at little un's pics would be enough to melt anyones heart.. but put the knowledge that you spent time creating something just for her... well say no more!!

Both cards and gifts are lovely... xxxj

Cass said...

Zoe you've done a fantastic job of them all and you certainly are a scrapbooker.The page is gorgeous and your mum will adore it.Love the candle,just read a tutorial on doing it and will give it a try sometime when I get a chance.

Cass xxx

Michelle Short said...

Hi Zoe, I thought I had posted a comment on here but can't find it. Is there any chance you could e-mail regarding you winning my blogoversary round three please! Thanks x

pickle said...

Oh Wow Zoe what a beautiful set of gifts and cards.
Love the way your box turned out.
And the scrapbooking is really gorgeous
I'm sure your mum will treasure them forever.
Kerry x

Julie said...

Really beautifully done Zoe, the candle's gorgeous. I've got a little something for you on my blog

*Sally* said...

Absolutely beautiful! Can't wait to try a candle!