Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Altered Album Swap

I hosted a Altered Album Swap on Two Peas in a Bucket this winter. I worked on this Vintage Christmas album for my partner Pam in CA. I started with on of my son's old children' board books. This book had a great shape with each page being a different shape on the left side. Note the hanging orniments I did. I got the idea for ornaments from Tim Holtz 12 days of Christmas tags on his blog. I also did many tags for inside the book. I used a few recycled things in the book. Tool from my poinsettia wrapping, some ribbon, some Canadian stamps.
I used mostly Graphic 45 Christmas Past line of paper.

Here is the back cover. I spent days and days trying out different paint options to get the old crackle paint that I wanted. I tried red on top of cream and about three different brands of paint and three crackle mediums. When I got the look I wanted, I then tried out the different ink options too. I used ink on all edges inside and out side the book. I think Pam was pleased with her book. I got a great vintage book - try to post soon.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Saying good bye to winter

Good bye winter. Spring is in the air. We still have some snow. Very busy winter.
We got to see the Olympic flame go through our town. How proud I am to be Canadian. It was great fun to watch it all on TV.
I found all the flame carries practicing in front of one of the schools. I stopped and got a great group photo of all of them. One of the kids goes to my older son's school. I understand the school council brought the touch for him to keep. The flame went past many school in Leduc and if it did not go by a school they bussed the kids to a place on the flame path. It was quick and fast but it made us feel apart of the spirit.
This is my parents sitting together in our horse sleigh. It was bought over 90 years ago by my grandfather for his mother when they moved to Alberta. I first saw it in my uncle's barn loft when I was about 8 years old. Two years ago my dad sent it to be refurbished and this is the day it came back home. One trouble - we do not have a harness horse to pull it. Maybe when I start having trouble getting on my horse I should get a harness horse. My family would laugh at this statement - my horse is tall and I already have trouble getting on without a big step. At least my horse stands still nicely for me.