Hello everyone! I am thrilled to have you visit with me and I hope you enjoy your stay. I absolutely love company, sharing, and making new friends so I hope you find something here that inspires, motivates, or just pleases you in some way.

Of course, I love to visit and be inspired also. So if I don't already drop in on you, please let me know where I can find you and I'll hop on over to see what you're doing or to just say "hi".

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In the meantime, relax and make yourselves at home... you're family here!!!

I'll be seeing you!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Hello, everyone!!!  I hope it's a beautiful day where you are!  We've had a few terrible storms the past late evening, but it actually turned into a gorgeous and fabulously cool day today; although more storms are expected.

As I've mentioned, we have a family reunion this weekend -- beginning with the "Meet and Greet" on Friday, so I probably won't be around here as much as I'd like because I've still several things to do in preparation.  One of those things is completing a gatefold album I've been working on for a relative coming to Chicago for the reunion.  Because I probably won't get it finished to have back here in time to show the completed version, I'm going to share with you peeks into the album now.  Of course the album pages will be left blank so that my relative can add whatever she likes inside.  I have left room in this album for photos, journaling, notes, etc.  It will hold anything from wallet-size photos to 4"x6", anything in between, and pockets for something slightly larger (or folded items):

Album Front

When you open the album, the frame insert on the back cover (on the left side) will hold a 4"x 6" photo or can be used for journaling:

Here are more of the inside pages:

The left page (shown below) holds a pad which opens into pages for photos, journaling, etc. and

... an envelope with a blank tag is on the right page to be used as preferred.

The insert on the first left side page of these pages holds a personal card.

The gatefold page in the middle holds a blank book which opens into pages for photos, notes, etc. and includes a built-in envelope holding a tag.

Here's a page with an envelope larege enough to hold many things.

And, the envelope opens into an additional 2 pages to hold photos.

There are more pockets and tags throughout the album for additional storage.

When I started this album it was only a few pages but, as I've been working on it, it's grown.  I just love how the gatefold pages open up to all the little nooks and crannies!!!  I actually had to take the original wires off to put larger ones on...lol!  Anyway, while it was in it's "work-in-process"stages, I did manage to get a picture of it standing, so you can at least get an idea how that'll look:

I hope you like what you've seen of it!  I wish I could've had it all completed in time for you to see a finished project but I'm pushed for time as it is, so I don't think that'll happen.  Anyway, at least, as crafters you can use your imagination!  Right?!!!

With so many families coming in (already arriving) I probably won't get back here much until after weekend; therefore, if you don't hear from me have a wonderful and joyful weekend, and I will see you after the reunion!  (I will, however, try to sneak in a few visits though when I can... lol!!)

Oops!  Before I leave I've just got to acknowledge another blog award I've just received from my friend Girlia.  It's the "Stinkin' Cute" Blog Award and it really is stinkin' cute:

Thank you so much, Girlia; this is such a cute award and I appreciate your passing it on to me!

Now I'd like to pass it on to the following bloggers:

Georgianna, Carson's Cricut Creations
Angi, Cokie Pop Paper
Bobby and Jill, Cricut Coule
Lisa, Lisa's Craft Room
Deborah, Love My Paper
Stacy, Love My Bug
Rhonda, Scrap Happens

and because, as I understand, there are no rules for this award other than passing it on...  why not just all of you -- EVERYONE -- grab it from me and pass it on to more deserving bloggers!!!  How fun!!!

Thanks for always for thinking of me and stopping by to visit, I appreciate that.



girlia said...

Congratulations Everyone

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Well first congrats on your new award.. and it such a cute award.. you deserve them all my friend, I don't think there is anyone like you... you are always there FOR everyone, leaving so many comments and they are all from your heart... AND the album is GORGEOUS, I would love to know how you made it.. maybe you will give a tutorial when all the family reunions are done.. ???? You are amazing my friend... have a wonderful time this week end.. love Sandy

Samantha J Designs (Wife2TJ) said...

Your album is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog lately and leaving such sweet comments-Sam :-)

Curt in Carmel said...

OMGosh this is amazing! The detail is fantastic and the work you have put into this is astounding. The name of this project should be changed to "treasure chest", because that is what it is. A treasure chest of beautiful memories and keepsakes. You always do such amazing work. I've so missed coming to visit. I hope you have a wonderful reunion. I know if I was a family member, I couldn't wait to see you! Best, Curt

Besthobbyeva said...

Wow, wow, wow! This Audrey, is just gorgeous! I am simply elegant! I really love, love it!!!! I am in awe of it!! Fabulous job!!!

Have a wonderful time at your reunion! I love family reunions, catching up and seeing every is so great!! Enjoy my friend!!


Love That Bug said...

WOW! I love your album. I absolutely love the colors you have used.
Congrats on your award sweetie and thanks for thinking of me.

Sherrie K. said...

Wow, your album is absolutely gorgeous!!! I LOVE all the details~Fantastic job:) Congrats on the cute award too:)
Sherrie K

Susan said...

Oh, Audrey! Your album is absolutely delightful! I, too, love all of the nooks and crannies - so much fun to explore. I hope that your reunion far exceeds your expectations. Thank you for your sweet visits to my world. I will keep you updated. You are such a blessing in my life.

Jean said...

Congrats on the award and love the album!

lovemypaper said...

Congrats on your new award.Thanks you for thinking about me. Your album is so very pretty.tfs

Beatriz Farquhar-Guzman said...

Beautiful album, Audrey! The detail is fantastic! I can't wait to see it when it's done. When my husband binds my albums he always uses the biggest wire I have. I tell him that it's too big but he tells me that the the book will grow into it. It always does. Congratulations on your award!

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Look at this beautiful album! Wow it is so unusual too. I just love the detail in it!
Congratulations on the award and Sandy is right you are a sweetie and always there with a word of encouragement. Thanks.

Staying Crafty said...

That looks super cool! Thanks for the view from the top to show us how it functions :) Congrats on that stinkin' cute award too. Enjoy your reunion.

Cricut Couple said...

OMG! This album is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! Thanks so much for the award too! I hope to pass it along next week. This week is SO crazy. Hee! Hee! That's so "Stinkin' Sweet" of you!!!

ScrapCrazyyyy! said...

Audrey, I hope you have a wonderful time at your family reunion. Can't wait to see what you come up with next week! I am hoping to get in some scrappy time this weekend, wish me luck!


craftaholic said...

Thanks for sharing an awesome Album, You are so very Talented and Inspire me so much!! Thanks also for the award..It is so stinkin Cute...And I have an award for you over on my blog and I will be adding more candy to my already huge giveaway...It has turned into my Blogaversary!! Could you help me spread the word? TIA!!


Kate said...

This is phenomenal, Audrey!! Wow! Your relative will be over the moon thrilled with this album you've so lovingly created!!
Have a fabulous time at the reunion - and congratulations on your award!

Doris P. said...

so loving the album... new follower. found ya via a blog award that they passed onto you. would love it if you got e-mail - would love to see more.

JustYolie said...

OH your gatefold mini is absolutely gorgeous!
In the beginning of the month I posted a Pay It Forward post. You were one of the five to leave a comment. I need your mailing address to send your gift. Please email me at yoliejustcreate at gmail dot com. I also have a giveaway on my blog if you want to stop by. :)

- - Sheryl - - said...

wonderful - very very wonderful creation

Sandy Ang said...

Beautiful ! I love the softness of the feathers and artfully distresssed musical note page

Angi @ CokiePop said...

You've been busy while I've been on vacation. Beautiful album. And thank you so much for the blog award. You are so super sweet. Hugs to ya!

scrappin sista said...

Hi Audrey!!!! I can leave a post again, for the longest time i could not leave a post!! Just wanted to pop over and say "Hi" love the album, very vintage, very chic!! Hope your having a great day!!

Celeste said...

your book is absolutley beautiful. Congratulations on your award.

Brenda said...

love your mini album....soooo beautiful!!!!
I am sooo hooked on doing the minis lately!

Susan said...

Hi Audrey!

What a beautiful album! I too love how you created all those cool nooks and the colors you used, wow! If you ever run out of family and friends to make such neat things for do me a favor and keep me in mind, okay? LOL...wait, I'm suppose to be crafty and do it myself! LOL!

Congrats on your Stinkin award! (Oh, that's sounds funny)...You certainly do deserve all the wonderful awards you get, I love following your blog and I know I'm not the only one!


Mary said...

Oh MY you have taken my breath away. This is one of the prettiest albums I have seen. Your talent continues to amaze me. I hope you had fun at the reunion. Hugs, Mary

silvia haynes said...

Gorgeous album!!
Congrats on your award!!


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So beautiful album and congratulations for this award.

Johnnie said...

This album is beautiful! So meaningful and gorgeous. Great job. I know you put a ton of work into this. Blessings...