Back in September 2010, with much trepidation and without much fan fare, I entered the Why Did I Buy This Challenge. Drum roll here please - this being my first challenge and harnessing all the beginners luck I could beg, borrow and steal, I won. There’s an adjunct here - only 3 folks entered so it wasn’t much of a victory.
The hostess Runzalot81, AKA Alissa, sent me a RAK. When a package arrived from scrapbook.com I was puzzled because I hadn’t ordered anything. Upon opening the box I seriously felt as if it was Christmas. I was blown away by her generosity. It contained all the goodies from the Basic Grey Ambrosia line including: rub-ons, paper, brads, stamps, chipboard pieces and stickers.
Happy ending here? Not yet folks. The problem was that I didn’t like the papers. Every day they would look at me, begging to be loved. After a while I couldn’t stand their cries of neglect and put them in my scrapbook storage closet in the garage.
One day I happened to be looking for something in my closet and noticed the papers. Funny thing is that I didn’t hate them anymore, didn’t love them either, but like fine wine and cheese they had improved with age. It took another month or so but eventually I actually started to like what I saw. The designs were beautiful, the colors vibrant and the possibilities were endless.
Alissa gave me two gifts – the RAK and the confidence to spread my wings. I also need to thank Karen, who traded a handful of my charms for a huge stack of chipboard albums. I dedicate this butterfly album to two lovely ladies - Alissa and Karen. I just hope I did them proud!
Lots of wrinkled seam binding and a stick pin grace the cover.
Pages 2 & 3. Butterflies on top of butterflies plus room for photos and journaling.
Pages 4 & 5. On the left is a booklet that opens up for more photos.
Pages 6 &7. The Martha Stewart envelope on the left holds 3 photomats.
And on the right, I used the rubber stamps to decorate the tags.
The last two pages. The booklet on the left opens to hold four little photos.
A better look at the tags.
I loved the paper so much that I even decorated the back of the album.
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