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The most adorable handmade brag book you’ll ever make!

March 28, 2013

I work in a scrapbook store.  I’ve worked there since I was barely out of college.  That’s a really long time!!  While I’m there, I look for ways to use supplies in different ways.  Scrapbooking is AWESOME, I just want to do other stuff sometimes.  You understand, I’m sure.  A couple weeks ago we got these cute bags:

and I immediately made this little spring brag book:

I was going to make a couple to give to the grandmas for Easter since I took some really cute pictures of the girls in their dresses – and they probably won’t wear their dresses for Easter because it’s 40 DEGREES OUTSIDE, CONNECTICUT.

I posted these photos on the store’s Facebook page and got a handful of questions about how I made it, so I’ll show you here.  It’s just 2 bags.  They’re lined up with openings on opposite ends.

Fold them together in half down the center, then punch 2 holes away from the edges in the fold line

Tie some string or ribbon through the holes to hold the booklet together

Then embellish as your heart desires!

Using 2 little bags, you have space for a front and back cover and 6 pictures inside.  Then if you have extra pictures or notes you can tuck them in the little open sides.  I printed these pictures as wallet size at a place that rhymes with Fal-mart and put just a tiny edge of a matte on them.  They fit perfectly.

It’s a wonderful little brag book to show off a trip to “Elmo’s House”!

(Pictures are from Sesame Place, Breakfast with Elmo and Friends Summer, 2012)


Friendly Neighbors There, That’s Where We Meet.

February 5, 2013

And now for something completely different, I went to Sesame Workshop in NYC today to listen to a panel discussion on Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce.

Divorce is one of the most common major transitions in children’s lives, with 40 percent of all children experiencing the divorce of their parents. With Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce, Sesame Street has created much-needed resources for families with young children (ages 2-8) as they encounter the tough transitions that come with divorce.

The website above has all kinds of information, for parents, for kids, for anyone dealing with children during the time their parents divorce.  There are clips, tips, songs, even a phone app for when questions come up at times that aren’t quite as convenient as others.  The book: “Two-hug day” helps with the transition time from one parent’s care to the next.  The kit for families coping with divorce is available at 


Are you old enough to remember when Mr. Hooper died?  Sesame Street was such a core part of my life that I felt the news like Big Bird did, I was confused and so sad.  I identified with Big Bird’s feelings of loss and not understanding why Mr. Hooper wouldn’t be back.  Heartbreaking, but the people on Sesame Street helped me through.  Sesame Street has dealt with all kinds of difficult lessons through the years, and now divorce.  Why now?  Even with the percentage of children dealing with divorce, “we don’t hear the child’s point of view.” according to Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, Senior VP of Outreach and Educational Practices at Sesame Workshop.  Abby Cadabby’s mommy and daddy live in different houses.  This storyline plays out online, not in tv broadcast because of the sensitive nature that everyone’s situation is different.  But Abby’s story might be some other child’s story, too.

I attended the panel today with moms and dads and one of Sesame Street’s own actors who spoke frankly and candidly about their own divorce situations.  Some are years-divorced and others are still working through the process.  Their children vary in age, and each parent stressed that  as Dr. Betancourt put it, adults have grown up problems, but separate that from the children.  “Nothing could’ve prepared me for the road I’ve taken,” Alison Bartlett, “Dr. Gina” on Sesame Street said.  I think Sesame Street’s addressing this topic and offering tools for parents and kids can definitely help.

I’m thankful to @themoms for coordinating this panel and to April for hooking me up!

sunday night…

November 14, 2010

and somehow it’s almost 10:45p.m…  i wound myself up today thinking about my upcoming craftshows,

worrying about if i have enough (i totally do) and what happens if i run out of things (i won’t.  i have enough for 40 shows.)

but i did finish these little babies:

and now i feel like i want to make 100 more! 


while surveying the disaster i have left in my wake today, i pondered balance…  it’s hard to maintain balance.

i’ve got so many projects in various states of completion, and now they’re crowding my bookshelf top, which doubles as my product photography studio.  so i had to finish these things and take their pictures and start to get them up on etsy.  can’t sell if not listed, can’t list if not finished… i guess i need to slow down the production phase this week and get to the marketing.  *ugh* blah, blah.   look at that, i bored myself to sleep.  guess i’ll get a snooze and pick up where i left off tomorrow… starting with finding the slat surface of my bookshelf again.

a little more accomplished…

November 13, 2010

… on saturday night…

some holiday clothespins:

and i started a few little notepads – this is the skeleton, i’ll decorate them tomorrow hopefully:

sweet Eileen came in tonight to scrapbook and brought the frame she had (made by me!) to show us the pics she decided to put inside:


her phtotos look great in it!

last night Peg must’ve known i needed a little something, and brought by a very special extra blingie cakeball for me.  it was SCRUMPTIOUS! 

i’m feeling a little better about my productivity tonight, we’ll see what happens tomorrow!

wild friday night…

November 12, 2010

i work friday nights in a scrapbook store.  yes, it is as awesome as it sounds.  tonight we have 22-ish ladies in our workshop working on scrapbook pages and paper crafty things.  i stand at the counter and point and boss and act like i know what i’m doing.  i ring people out, i help coordinate papers, i tell people where the christmas stuff is.  i get a little time to work on my own things, too – it’s helpful to give the customers ideas of how to use different products and show them what fun stuff we have.

some nights i crank out all kinds of things, but there are nights like tonight where i will take it all out and not work on any of it.  i’ve been actually relatively busy giving pointers and shooting the breeze with the nice ladies. (one is pictured above!)

christy made this CUTE tic tac holder:

we are imagining the possibilities… and i am trying to talk her in to making a video tutorial.  stay tuned for more details! =D

can’t stop, i’ve got mod to podge.

November 18, 2009

holy frick.  busy. craft show tomorrow. among other things. today i made clothespins:

and some more clothespins:

and a few more clothespins:




i imagine i am going to be this busy until mid-december, maybe i’ll actually blog some WORDS some time around new years.

work it, girl…

November 8, 2009



we had a visitor tonight while we were playing at work – this sweet girl is 9 months old now, and this is her 2nd appearance on my blog.  the first time was here when she was just days old…  she is so sweet and smile-y, just like her mama!  but we wonder – her parents have what some of us consider to be fairly heavy accents from a land far away… will she speak with a brogue when she starts to talk, if that is what she hears the most??

she sure knows how to turn on the charm when the camera comes out! =D