Camilla and I just finished another arts and crafts swap! This swap was for embellishments to be used in our various crafts. The only real rules were that we had to make them ourselves and swap a minimum of 50 pieces. Other than that, we were allowed to make whatever we wanted. Here are some of the embellies I made for Camilla.
I also made her some charms, Christmas “postage stamps” and layered paper flowers. For some reason, however, I forgot to take pictures of those embellishments.
Here is what Camilla presented me with!
Once again Camilla and I made each other some of the same type of items, however, they are still all unique in their own way. Each of us made other embellishments that were altogether different.
I am so glad I have a partner to swap crafts with because it gives me an opportunity to try new things and learn new techniques. I am super excited to have all these amazing embellishments and can’t wait to incorporate them into my crafts.
Thank you Camilla for a wonderful time at lunch and for leaving me with a box full of little inspirations!
Okay, I’m finally getting around to showing you the awesome junk journal my friend Camilla gave me for our swap. To see the journal I gave her, read my blog post titled “Junk Journal Part 1”. If you read my post about our junk journal swap you already know what the rules were. For those of you who don’t know the rules, they were fairly simple.
1. Nothing could be purchased for the journals from the day we agreed to do the swap. We wanted to use up some of the stuff we already had on hand and, of course, junk mail.
2. The finished journal had to be at least 1″ thick. I think we both met that criteria pretty well. The problem with junk journals is that they are so fun to make, it’s hard to stop!
Camilla laid out my journal in specific sections such as my gym workouts, recipes and kitchen notes, fashion and style, family photographs, travel, art and vintage pictures. She did such an awesome job packing it with goodies. Enough with the talk, here are the pictures. Enjoy!
I’m so thrilled with this awesome journal and I’m glad we finally got to do the swap. I have a pile of stuff to go in it already. Guess what I’ll be doing tonight!
Just for fun my friend Camilla and I decided to do some arts and crafts swaps with each other. Our first swap consisted of mini Christmas albums. You can see my posts from December 12 & 29, 2013 to see those.
This time we opted for something a little more fun and relaxed so we decided to exchange junk journals. The rules we had to follow were simple. First, they had to be at least 1″ thick and second, we were not allowed to buy anything new to use in the journals. The idea made us use up stuff we already owned and to collect other junk papers as fillers. It’s amazing how every piece of paper takes on a new life when you are making junk journals. You turn every box, bag, envelope and scrap of paper over and over in your hands wondering how to incorporate it into your journal.
I changed my mind a ridiculous amount of times as to the theme for Camilla’s journal. The more I looked at Pinterest and YouTube the more overwhelmed with themes I came. Finally I decided on an “elegant” junk journal. I called it “A Ladies Junque”. I actually made it so thick I think Camilla will have to take some pages out as she adds her stuff! To spare you from having to look at every page, I only photographed a couple random pages. Enjoy!
I hope Camilla enjoys this album and has lots of fun filling it up. I will show you the journal she gave me, probably as my next post. If you would like to get yourself a junk journal to fill (here comes the shameless advertisement) I have several in my Etsy shop right now. The address is: http://www.etsy.com/shop/MossyCottage. I also can make themed junk journals on request.
Several people who have seen the mini-album I made for the swap with my friend Camilla said they would like to see the one she gave me too. I love the album so much that this is an easy post to do! If you read my last post about the album I made for her you will remember there were very few rules we went by. First the album had to be a Christmas themed album. It had to be a mini-album versus a regular sized album and it could only have 6 pages. Pretty simple right? Well, Camilla and I have very similar tastes when it comes to artsy things and we are constantly re-pinning each others pins on Pinterest so it is amazing how different our albums were. But at the same time, there were similarities too! So without any further to-do, here are pictures from the album I received.
There is no way I can do this wonderful album justice with just my photos and words. I could not take pictures of all the pages or all the details as it would have taken forever! Every page is so special and there is no rhyme nor reason to the pages I picked to show you as I just picked them randomly. Camilla really out did herself with this album and I will cherish it forever. I made sure to take lots of pictures this Christmas season so I can fill it up. As I mentioned in my last post, Camilla and I are doing a junk journal swap next. This album has really set the bar high for me but I already have some great junk saved up!
This is not a post about Bing Crosby or Burl Ives because it’s not about that kind of Christmas album. Sorry! This is just a shorty little post to show you a Christmas mini-album I made for my friend Camilla. We decided some months ago to do a Christmas mini-album swap with each other. The only real rules were that the album could only have six pages and it had to be a mini versus regular sized album. I think both of us did our best to cram as much photo real estate as we could in the six pages.
Last Friday we got together for tea at Pinkadilly and exchanged albums. The one she gave me is awesome. I cannot wait to take pictures and make notes to put in it.
Here are pictures of the album I made for her. Almost every page has two pictures, one with the page in tact and the second with the flaps open and tags and such pulled out. I hope Camilla will enjoy filling this album up this season!
Camilla and I decided our next swap will be junk journals! They will certainly be less formal but fun none-the-less!
Have you ever had one of those days (or weeks) when you feel like you are so terribly busy and yet you don’t feel like you have accomplished anything? Well I felt that way earlier this week so I decided to stop and take stock of what I had actually done. Now, I’m not talking about laundry, cleaning, cooking or any of that boring stuff. I’m talking about “making” and “creating” because, well, that stuff is more fun. So even though I felt like I hadn’t done anything, this is what was made.
Oh, and there is a Christmas Mini Album I am working on for a swap, however, I cannot show you that because I know the intended recipient (yes, you Camilla) reads this blog. So I guess besides laundry, cleaning and cooking, the fun stuff is getting done too. The next time you are feeling unproductive, just grab everything you have been working on, put it on a table and revel in the fact that you too are actually”doing”!