Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hey Y'all!

It has been a while since I posted.  Busy, busy summer and lots going on here.  I have been working on a little project and can't believe I am going to post it before it is even finished!!  My very talented and sweet friend Cathy Lynn knows how much I love paper bag cards and albums.  A good while back, she told me about vertical paper bag albums and sent me the site for the instructions.  I have been working on one for my daughter as a keepsake. 


 The cover of the album and the album standing on it's side.  Picture number three is the first page of the album.  In the flap on the inside cover is a picture of Stacy.  Turn it over and you have a picture of Stacy and me when she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel HIll.






That picture of me is over 20 years old!  Gasp! Gasp!




The page with the flowers on it is a flap that you open up and once open you will see --




These are pictures of my daughter when she was very young with her paternal grandmother and her paternal great grandmother.  I was so thin then!  When you turn the page over, there is a pocket with a picture of Stacy and her dad.




This is one of my favorite pages - open it up and you will find ---





On the left side of the flap is Stacy and her brother when they were wee ones.  One the right hand side is Stacy and her brother Scott and Scott's first born son Aaron.





The picture of the lady on the right is actually a drawing that my husband's grandfather drew many, many years ago.  It is a real keepsake.


Open the flap and you will find a montage of starting from the bottom up - Stacy at five when she gave herself a haircut.  Caroline, Stacy's second daughter, thinks it is so funny.  Nicole, Stacy's first daughter, with her hair (what hair) rolled up and Stacy when she was three and getting ready for her first dance recital.  On the right hand side is Stacy on her wedding day with her Maid of Honor Ginny, pinning in her vail.
Now there is a tag that you barely see on the left hand side of the book - let's take it out and see what is on the back!





That's Joe Jr. when when was around five I think.  Joe has always liked pretty girls.  When he was still in a high chair and a pretty girl would go by ( usually the waitress) he would turn  all the way around in  his chair to see her!  I think he really appreciates the pictures of his Mom and sisters!





This is another one of my favorite pages.  A tribute to Stacy when she was in the Peace Corp.  Stacy lived in Poland for two years some twenty years ago.  In the flap on the left is a postcard from Ulanow.  The village where Stacy lived.  On the back of the post card is a picture of Stacy's two best friends who also were in the Peace Corp and lived in other parts of Poland.   I give you Kirk, Stacy, and JP!





Open the right flap and you will see  a picture from the newspaper and Stacy when she was quite young at one of her dance recitals.




I am not going to show you every single page but I do have one more -----




Last and final page - Joe proposing to Stacy and in the flap on the back cover is .......




is a picture of Stacy and Joe the day before the wedding.  Turn this picture over and skip a few years and you will see .......




The Arch kids - Sarah, Nicole, Caroline and Joe!!!!!








The back cover.

This is made of 6 paper bags and I have not finished.  I have more pictures to go in some flaps and then there are the 6 bags to make tags for.

So as you see I have not been completely idle!!!

Thanks for your visit and your time!!!!!!!!!
Sandy

















45 comments:

sally said...

What a really cool project & how lucky your daughter is to be receiving this treasure!

Sally

cathylynn said...

Oh my goodness I'm in total AWE!!!I'm so happy that you've been working on such a fantastic project that your daughter will cherish. So much thought, love and details are involved and I truly adore your album. Your pictures are fabulous too! Great job sweet friend!!!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Darnell J Knauss said...

Sandy, what an absolute family treasure this will be for generations to come! You have put SO much love, creativity, and care into making every single element of this stunning creation! No wonder you've been too busy to blog! Thank you so much for taking the time to share what you've done so far. It is wonderful to see you and this magnificent work of art!! Hugs, Darnell

MaryH said...

Samdy, this is truly a magnificent treasure from the heart. Your daughter & her children are going to so love this. Loved looking at the generations pictures..what sweet memories. Loved the way you've used all the memorabilia pictures with the more modern embellishments to create this beautiful work of art. Very special from a Mother to a Daughter. I can see that it will be taking plenty of hands time, right along with 'mind time' to think about the precious memories you want to share in this book. TFS with blogland. Hugs

Sue from Oregon said...

Wow, this is a lot of work Sandy! I have always wanted to make a paperback album-they look like so much fun!

Redanne said...

Oh my dear Sandy, I am almost stuck for words. I love your paper bag album (I adore and treasure the mini one you made for me) and your Daughter is going to be so thrilled and very moved to receive this gorgeous album. It really has been a labour of love and worth every single minute of the time you have put into it. Stunning, stunning work! Hugs, Anne xx

Myrna said...

What a wonderful keepsake to treasure from her mom!! I'm sure you are having fun reliving the wonderful memories as you put the pictures in your special book.
You have been busy Sandy. A lot of work and love has gone into your book.
Good to see you again!

Kelly Neis said...

You sitting idle? Never! I was hoping for something and here is the most stunning book from a paper bag that I have ever seen! Wow your daughter is going to cry over this, gorgeous and so many memories to cherish!! I love how you decorated each page and pockets, wow Sandy you are so talented beyond words with this!. I love what you did, just adore it!
Looking forward to more artwork from you.
Love Kelly

Valerie-Jael said...

Sandy, this is FANTASTIC - no wonder you have been busy. What a wonderful treasure, I am speeeeechless! Just stunning Sweetie! Hugs, Valerie

Astrid Maclean said...

Wow, wow, wow Sandy, - what an amazing project and such a stunning keepsake for your daughter! Each page is a total delight, just wonderful and I bet she will completely adore it!!

Marjie Kemper said...

Sandy, this album is a treasure! No wonder you've been so busy creating... she will just love every single page. So many loving details!

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Sandy
Oh how much you have been missed!
What a beautiful project you have been working on. Your daughter must be beyond thrilled with this. Absolutely wonderful.
Come back soon.
Best wishes.
Ang x

Annette G said...

wowee Sandy, this is such a fabulous keepsake......I have enlarged every photo to get a better look and I love every page. Was getting worried that you were poorly, thank goodness you are OK.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful album. Hugs Annette xx

Christina C. said...

OMG, Sandy, what a beautiful keepsake this is for your daughter....something she will always treasure!!!!! It is absolutely exquisite..a labor of love!

EnblogSail said...

This is a beautiful and meaningful album to treasure for your daughter!
Caryl

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

Ooooh Sandy this is so beautiful it really brought goosebumps to me as I looked through. What a treasure, she will love it! Susan x

cuilliesocks said...

Hello my dear Sandy, lovely to see you back here with the most amazing project, I love what you've done here and what a wonderful keepsake for Stacey and her family., loved looking at the photos and at your fabulous layouts on the pages.
Hope you are well Sandy, take it easy, hugs Kate x

SARN said...

WOW WOW and, er WOWWW! Your album is AMAZING Sandy. A real treasure that will be a family keepsake. Such a lot of work and love has gone into it.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Sandra said...

Wow o wow, Sandy! Glad to have you back in blogland sharing your amazing work! Like this gorgeous keepsake! Love all the pictures and the stunning pages! SO much details and I'm sure Stacey is gonna treasure it! Hugs, Sandra

Paula said...

Oh my GOSH! Oh my GOSH!!! I am completely blown away with this!! I love this!! I can't even imagine all the time and effort that went into this but it is priceless!!! Oh my gosh, this is amazing!!!! I love it!! You go girl!

coldwaters2 said...

Hiya Sandy it is great to see you back on blogland and what a return you have made with this out standing project, my jaw has dropped to the floor, wowwwwww, the detail is amazing and all out of paper bags, wow, awesome project.
hugs
lorraine x

Cat's sCrap said...

Wouaw ! What a great project ! Fabulous work ! Congratulations !

Hugs from France.
Catherine.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A fantastic project, great album for all these photos.

Becky said...

wow! This is simply stunning!

Patricia St Martin said...

It sure has been awhile, I have even though about you a couple time wondering how you where doing. So glad you stopped by. I had to resign up for follow by email. This has been a bad summer for me also. Your project is really amazing, so it is made with paper bags, love the flowers and all these wonderful family pictures. Love these added pockets, does she know about the journey? What a lovely gift this is going to be. All these extra elements are going to mean so much to her. You should share the tutorial. Thank you for sharing this with us.
Hugs, Pat

Pat said...

Oh my goodness Sandy this is absolutely stunning, so much work, such beautiful photo's and what a keepsake. You certainly have been busy making something awesome....totally wonderful.

Pat xx

Buttons said...

Oh wow that's so special Sandy! Jenny x

Crafting Queen said...

Wonderful project.

Lori said...

Sandy, this is FABULOUS! What an awesome treat for your daughter. Such love and loveliness!

butterfly said...

Oh, yay! How lovely to see you back… and what a wonderful keepsake you've created for your daughter. I love the delicate florals, and all those delicious pockets and tags and flaps and folds - so interactive. Wonderful stuff!
Alison xx

butterfly said...

Do you happen to know what's going on with Cathy Lynn's blog - it seems to have disappeared…
Axx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Wow you've created a gorgeous album, what a wonderful treasure! Take good care, Shirleyx

Mrs.B said...

Hi Sandy - Lovely to see you back posting again and what a return - this album is fabulous. Love all the pages and flaps with those beautiful keepsake photos beautifully displayed. This will be a wonderful treasured item for your Daughter.
Hugs, Avril xx

Stamping With Bibiana said...

OH my god this is fabulous, what a treasure to have! lots of work and so well done. you must feel proud! very nice and fun to see those oldies!
hugs bibiana

Charlene said...

Goodness gracious I didn't see you back....shame on me! I'm so glad you popped in to share this fabulous keepsake album, WOW is it ever gorgeous!! She will love it!!!

Bonnie said...

This is AMAZING, Sandy! What a lot of love and care in this album! It's a treasure!

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Sandy just popped back to have another viewing of this awesome project and to thank you for visiting me and leaving me a comment it is much appreciated
hugs
lorraine x

Marilyn said...

Now how in the heck did I miss this? I've been waiting and waiting for a new post and then I must have nodded off because I didn't even see this!
That a gorgeous keepsake this is Sandy... it's beautiful the way it is and will be even more so once finished. I love mini albums and this is very inspriing!

Cat's sCrap said...

Absolutely fabulous ! Magnificent creation ! What a work ! Congratulations !

Hugs from France.
Catherine.

May said...

WOW... Sandy... this is AMAZING, your daughter will treasure this... it's so Beautiful... Love the pics & fabulous papers....Hugs May x x

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Sandy popped over to say a big thank you for visiting my blog and leaving me such a lovely comment, I have spent a little time here having another look at your awesome projects.
hugs
lorraine x

Pam Sparks said...

oh wow Sandy! This is awesome! What a book to treasure and so fun to read through about each photo! Had to chuckle that you had a photo of the haircut! Great memories! TFS!

Brenda B said...

Hello Miss Sandy! Lovely to have you back and sorry to take so long to get here and say hi! I love your book for Stacy and there are some prize photos in there for sure! I have to say that Princess Di has a lot to answer for re your wardrobe and hair styles in some of the pics, lol!! Hope you had a wonderful Summer, there are snow showers on and off here all day and it's cold too!

Hugs
Brenda

Basslady said...

my goodness, this is such a masterpiece!

hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi xoxo

Annie said...

Why do I feel like I'm seeing your blog for the first time? That can't possibly be. Wow, what a cool memory album. Sometimes I think I can see the bags and most times not. I will have to look up how these are made just to get a feel for how you've done this. You know, this memory book has given me an idea for something I might want to do. Yeah put that at the bottom of the long, long list of want-to-dos! haha