Monday, May 2, 2011

Designer Craft Connection
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“The Big Day Book”

Welcome back to the next installment of the Designer Craft Connection Blog Hop!
This month our theme was Mother’s Day/Father’s Day/Birthdays. I chose to focus on birthdays. As before, simply click on the Designer Craft Connection button on the right side of my blog and “hop” to the other 50+ professional designer’s blog for tons of ideas and inspiration. Have fun and please enjoy my project, “The Big Day Book” that I have included below.

 I don’t know about you, but I have found that the older I get the more forgetful I become. There was a time in my life where I didn’t need to write down the dates of my family and friend’s birthdays. I kept all of the information inside my head. Well, let me tell you, those days are long over. At this point I feel like I’m having a great day if I can remember what I had for breakfast!

 When my brain began fading, I thought the answer was to write everything down on sticky notes. Each time a family member’s birthday would be coming up I would write it down on a sticky note. What a great idea that was. I thought I would never miss another birthday. Everything would go back to normal and none of my family members would hate me ever again. Sounds wonderful doesn’t it? It really was a great idea until I started forgetting where I put my sticky notes! The special day would come and go and I’d find the note under an unfinished project in my studio about a week later. Yikes! I once again found myself hurting someone’s feelings because my brain seemed to function only half of the time. This was the reason behind the creating of this project.

 This book is easy to create by using your scrapbook supplies and a Photobook Creator Machine by Unibind.  The machine makes it easy to create the page and bind it into one of their hard cover albums. The machine melts the spine of the album, so when it’s finished the page is securely glued in the album just like the pages of a book. Of course if you don’t have a Photobook Creator Machine, you can just as easily create this project by placing your page in a three-ring binder or any scrapbook album, although if you can purchase one these machines, I say do it! You won’t be disappointed. This is a great machine and I love using it.
 Here’s what you need to do to create this project. Using your scrapbook supplies (I listed what I used below) create a pocket page. Make a list of all the birthdays and anniversaries and adhere it to the front of the pocket page. Next, create a card for each of your family members and friend’s birthdays and anniversaries and place them in the pocket page. You can create your cards as easy or as difficult as you want. Once you book is finished, all you need to do is pull the card out of the pocket page, place it in an envelope and mail the card to your loved one.

The Big Day Book
©Lisa Rojas, Stampin’ Queen Creations 2011
 Another variation of this would be to create one pocket page for every month of the year, so you would have twelve pocket pages instead of one. This variation is a lot more time consuming, but if you have the time, it’s worth it.
 This project allows you to keep all of your cards together with a list of all of your important dates, all in one place. This means no more heartbreak for forgetting your mom’s birthday and no more headaches looking for those sticky notes.

Now, if I can just remember where I put MY “Big Day Book.”

Crafty Hugs,

Stampin’ Queen Creations

The Big Day Book- Card Front
©Lisa Rojas, Stampin’ Queen Creations 2011

The Big Day Book- Pocket Page
©Lisa Rojas, Stampin’ Queen Creations 2011

Photobook Creator Machine by Unibind
8”x 8” white album by Unibind
Cricut Personal Cutting Machine by Provo Craft
“Beyond Birthdays” cartridge by Provo Craft
Cardstock- White, Red, Lime Green, Great Lakes, Evening Surf, Love Potion by Bazzill
Birthday themed pattern paper- Hats GP287, Balloons GP286 by Best Creations
Birthday themed stickers by K & Company
Vivid! Dye-based inkpads-Black & Purple by Clearsnap
Prismacolor color pencils by Sanford
Gamsol solution & Blending stump by Inky Antics
Mini blue brads
¼” Hole punch
Zip Dry Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives
Ultimate Trimmer Paper Cutter by Purple Cows
Birthday cupcake rubber stamp #97628 by Inkadinkado


Cindy Rippe said...

Nice project Lisa! Even for those that aren't forgetful (that wouldn't be me btw) it's nice just to have the cards organized in a pretty place.

Terre said...

Nicely done Lisa, love the card organizer very helpful especially for those on the go. Love the colors bright and cheerful

Julie McGuffee said...

Great project Lisa! Hope you're feeling better.

Terry said...

Love it! My family would be so surprised if I actually remembered their birthdays on time!

beadphoria said...

What a great idea, Lisa!

Sending you lots of positive thoughts and prayers your way for a speedy recovery!

Wishing You Creativity,
Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Ken Oliver said...

Lisa, I hope you are feeling better. OMG I love your BIG BOOK are inspired. I'll post it over to our sites if that's OK ;) Thank you for sharing your Unibind project.