A Scraphappy Southernbelle

Sunday, November 15, 2009

I am so excited and thankful to say....and a new challenge from The Cuttlebug Spot

How exciting!!! I am the blog of the week!!! That just makes me so happy! Thank you to Jami and everyone at Scrapbooking.com Magazine!!

Now, we have to celebrate!!!!! So, to celebrate I am going to host a RAK (random act of kindness)!!!! The scrappy community gives me so much and I want to give back!!! Lookie what I snagged up at Michael's the other day!!! It's one of the new Martha Stewart holiday border punches!!! Yall know how much I adore punches!!!

So you wanna WIN it???!!! All you have to do is become a follower of this blog and leave me a comment. Be sure to include your blog address or somewhere that I can get in touch with you. That way, if you are the lucky winner....I can contact you to get your mailing addy. I will use the list randomizer at random.org to randomly select one winner on Saturday, Nov. 21st. So be sure to check back on my blog on that day to see if it's you!!! Whoo hoo!!

Now, as always, we have a fun new challenge for ya at The Cuttlebug Spot! If you are not familiar with The Cuttlebug Spot, we focus on using the Cuttlebug machine and embossing folders in our projects. It is one of my favorite blogs! There is always so much inspiration on there!!! If you would like to join us for this week's challenge, go here....


This week we are creating Thanksgiving projects. For my DT project, I created a Thanksgiving board book. I have been working on this book for months and am so glad I can finally share it with you. I designed it myself using Inkscape. I used SCAL 2 (Sure Cuts A Lot 2) and my Cricut Expression to cut it. I will be offering the SVG files for this complete project for free on my SVG blog. If you would like those, here is the link for you....


I used the following Cuttlebug embossing folders on this project:
1. Swiss Dots
2. Script
3. D'Vine Swirl
4. Mosaic Texture
5. Pumpkins
6. Autumn Type

I used Stickles glitter glue for some bling. I used the Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page combo set of punches in 'rings' for the borders around my photo mats. Here is the picture of what the board book I designed looks like in Inkscape....

Now, for the real thing. I just am in love with this book. It is my favorite board book I've done so far. I only wish yall could see it in person. I wanted the book to almost tell a story of Thanksgiving. The book opens with the word 'Thanks.' Then I added the Mayflower, Pilgrims, Native Americans, and a turkey. I used my Bind It All to bind the book. I added a combo of brown tulle and brown ribbon on the rings. Also, if you are curious, I cut the book out at 5" tall.

****NOTE: If you are having trouble seeing these images, if you will click on them, it will bring them up larger. Then just hit the 'back' button to come back to the post. :)

'Page 1'
I used some chipboard for the word 'give.' I embossed with Swiss Dots and used the aforementioned punch.

'Back of Page 1 and Front of Page 2'
I used some alphabet stickers from Making Memories for back of page one. Now, page 2 is my personal favorite in the book!!! I just love how the Mayflower came together. Of course, I had to add the rock to symbolize the pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock. I used D'Vine Swirl on the clouds and rock. Now, if you are going to undertake this project, this Mayflower will take some patience when piecing, but it's not too hard. It is just time consuming. I spent over 2 hours on it.

'Back of Page 2 and Front of Page 3'
Aren't those pilgrims so fun? I just giggled the whole time I was making this book.

I used the 'Mosaic Texture' embossing folder on these photo mats. I cut the word 'feast' out using my SCAL 2. This font is called 'Lauren Script'.

Up close of the pilgrims. These did take a bit of patience to piece, but not too bad. I think it took me about an hour and a half to piece them and add Stickles.

'Back of Page 3 and Front of Page 4'

I used the 'Script' embossing folder on these photo mats. The word 'family' was also cut with SCAL 2.

Up close of the Native Americans....now I will be honest, these were a bit harder to piece. I spent about 2 hours on them.

'Back of Page 4 and Front of Page 5'

I used the 'Pumpkin' embossing folder on these pages.

Up close of the turkey. The turkey was very easy to piece. I spent about 30 minutes on him.

Back of book...

I used the 'Autumn Type' embossing folder on these photo mats.

Whoo, I think that is all. Lots of pix today, huh?! LOL. But I wanted to share this one with yall. I hope you will like it. I sure enjoyed creating it. If you decide to give it a go, I hope you will have lots of fun with it! I'm here if you have any questions along the way!!! Feel free to drop me a line anytime!

As always, thanks for stopping by my blog! Don't forget to sign up for the RAK!!!!! Yall have a beautiful day and Happy Scrappin'!!!!!
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Liz said...

You might have to call 911 I'm gonna have a heart attack this thing is so dang cute

~JulieH~ said...

Wow Aymee this is absolutely brilliant! So much hard work but so worth it! Wonderful detail I love it!
Congrats on being blog of the week, so well deserved, yur work is so inspiring to us all!

michele said...

by far, one of the prettiest projects you've made...just love all the detail. I see you got your little hands on one of the new punches that you used in the book. Loving it!

Penny D. said...

Congrats on being blog of the week! Very exciting!!!


Lovin' Life said...

Wow, awesome board book! Congrats on the reward!!! AND I already follow faithfully OH and I love punches too! *giggle*

KarenB said...

Girl, you know I lurve you right? But I have to tell you I think you have totally outdone yourself this time! That book is freaking amazing!!! I still haven't figured out all the Inkscape stuff but must sit down and do it - I am so wanting to create the stuff in my head! I think I need you to come visit me and teach me ***wink wink***!!! LOL As always my dear - just amazing!!!!

KarenB said...

PS - I was sure I'd already started following your blog but obviously I either did it under another login ( I can't keep them straight some days...LOL) or I just thought I was following you already since you were on my blog roll!!! Either way I'm following you now and you are still in my blog roll!!!

Dayna said...

Congrats on being the blog of the week!! And great wordbook...it's so beautiful. Those little pilgrims are too cute.

Just wondering how long did your wordbook end up being?

Thanks for the inspiration and for the RAK!!


DonnaMundinger said...

My goodness Aymee, what a spectacular project! Your little couples are ADORABLE!!! Certainly well worth the time and effort! xxD

Tanya said...

Your Thanksgiving book turned out sooo cute!! Thanks for sharing!!

Thanks for the RAK too!

*The_Fisher_Family* said...

Aymee the board book is amazing! I love it! I became a follower today :) YAY!!! The punch is adorable!

michelled said...

I love this book! It is so stinkin' cute! I think I might have to find time to create one of these. Thanks for sharing!


Pinky said...

OK woman.....You better include me with this one! I LOVE THAT PUNCH! I am a follower because you rock anyways LOL

Karen AKA Soccerboyzmom said...

This is so dang cute. It is
G-O-R-G-O-U-S! You did a fantastic job on it.

JuliesAddiction said...

aymee...you are on fire girl!!!

scrappin_mom3 said...

A girl, that book is just absolutely amazing!! You totally rocked it gf!! You sure do rock with that SCAL!! Congrats on the blog of the week-- that is amazing and well deserved!!

And of course you know I follow you gf-- been there since your start up-- that punch is super cute, I so need a m's closer to me...well, maybe not...then I definitely would be farther in debt!



Mary Jo said...

Just found your blog from Scrapbook.com. Love your work!

Precious Memories Scrapbooking & More said...

Aymee Amazing as usual! You are so right about it being worth the time to put all those little pieces together, it came out absolutely adorable!!! I am already a faithful follower, I check on ya every day! Staci
PS: congrats on the blog of the week, you deffiently deserve it, you do beautiful work & I love your svg blog too!

Amanda Winchester said...

Aymee, that mini is just the cutest ever! I love it! I'm already following...follow you anywhere, baby, heehee :) Congrats on blog of the week!

Georgina said...

this came out beautiful!!! OMGosh!! you totally ROCK!!! =)

connie said...

Amyee this book is GORGEOUS! I am a follower of your blog. Congrats on the award. You deserve it! Since I won your last RAK please don't include me in this one. Sorry it took me so long to reply to you.

AlyCat Scraps said...

I love these punches! My mom just got like three of them and I really want to win this one for her, so please enter me! By the way your blog is so cute and you have great ideas!My blog address is alycatscraps.blogspot.com

Steph said...

Congrats on blog of the week! You so deserve it! Your book is Awesome! You need to make a video on how to make a book! I Love, Love, Love your blog! I look at it daily! You are such an inspiration!
Steph from Texas


cal8007 said...

Oh Aymee! Your book is awesome!! I don't have the patience, but I know who does and I will send her here to see your marvelous creation. Please include me for the give-away. I went to Ms today and drooled over all the punches -didn't buy anything, but my buddy got the last EK success snowflakes!

Thanks for sharing and the inspiration.


Nikki Love said...

Found ya blog from Treasured Scrapbooking. LOOOOOVE your Thanksgiving Album!!!!! So creative. Would love to get my hands on that punch. My Michael's sells out of the holiday border punches too quick. I never could get the Valentine heart one either. Will keep coming back ;)

Kray said...

Love it love it love it!!!!

Also congrats on the blog of the week!!!!

JulieChats said...

What a beautiful album! I found you on scrapbooking.com mag's blog of the week. I had the honor a few weeks ago & it was a great way to meet other scrappers! I'm heading back to follow you! Can't wait to see what you create next! And I'd love to win your punch!

Stop by & visit sometime! http://juliechats.blogspot.com

litlbecca said...

i love it love it love it, goona go home and cut some of it out. i am having a problem importing the layers they are over lapping the shadow and i cant seperate..can u help me. my email is litlbecca29@aol.com

Jen425 said...

What a beautiful book! Thank you so much, and congrats on being blog of the week. Well deserved!!

Steph said...

My gosh, this is awesome! I love it Aymee! Great job!

theneon said...

Where do I begin to count all of the amazing things you have done with this project? It just goes on and on and I could go on and on -- thanks so much for all the great photos so we can see it all! You've done it all! Congratulations on a wonderful project.

theneon said...

Ahhh, one more thing -- your MS punch would be a fantastic thing to have -- but I'm delighted to become a follower without any enticement! Congratulations on your Blog of the Week!

vipcarrie said...

I have followed your blog for some time and I've always admired your work! Carrie

Lillie May said...

Wow! I love your blog! I found out about it through scrapbook.com's email. I really like what you have done with this project. That is just about the most adorable thing I've seen!

I am gonna sign up to follow! Thanks for the chance to win a punch! That is so nice of you!

Lillie May

Caryl P said...

Wow Aymee, beautiful work with these. You always leave me awestruck! Congrats on blog of the week, you deserve it!

Kathlene said...

What an incredibly adorable little album. All the time and love you spent were so worth it, because it's a masterpiece! TFS!