Friday, September 5, 2008

Fireman Andy

We are sad to see Joan's final day as guest blogger. It has been a great week filled with lots of creativity and Joan has impressed us all. Thanks to everyone for leaving her lots of comments and encouragement throughout the week. Thank you Joan and we wish you much luck and success on your design team endeavors.

Today is my final day as guest blogger for JustRite Stamps. A huge thanks to Denise for extending this invitation to me. I still haven’t made any monogrammed cards because I’ve had too much fun using the Small Letter Stamps. However, I see lots of sets of cards coming for Christmas gifts. In the meantime, please enjoy looking at my “baby!”


Like all Moms, I have a million pictures of my son, but they are boxed and out of sight. I have always loved this picture of my son, Andy (come on, is he cute or what!!??). I decided to show off this picture by decorating a frame and embellishing it with the JustRite stamper. Andy was 3 when I took this picture on Halloween. I remember that he and his Dad went to a grand total of ONE house, when Andy got scared, started crying and came home. ONE stinkin’ candy bar!

As I write this post, Andy is 17 and sitting next to me on his computer laughing at some Manga comics. What a privilege to be a Mom. Ok, before I start crying and telling you every single thing about my kid, let’s move on to the frame and the JustRite Stamps!

I used a “Create-A-Frame” from Savage Paper and covered the both mats with papers from the Hallowhimsy line from Imaginisce. I’ve never covered a frame before, and of course you have to cut out a hole for the picture — in this case 4x6. Here’s my first tip: Cut the paper with your dreaded Exacto Knife BEFORE you glue it to the mat. I know this is stating the obvious, but I didn’t know this about 2 hours ago! Second tip: buy extra papers (enough said on that subject...). Third tip: this is the kind of frame where you put the picture inside and then glue back on. Once the picture is in, it is in. I decided that my original photo was not JustRite Blog worthy, so I ripped the frame apart (while holding my breath) and put in the better photo. Don’t do that!

The rest is self-explanatory. OH OH OH, I almost forgot. Notice how the photo is black and white with a shadowy background? Photoshop. Debbie Olson posted about “visual noise” the other day and the color picture of Andy fought the patterned paper. Click of the mouse and I put a stop to that racket.


Now doesn’t the JustRite embellishment make this whole frame rock? Personalization baby!!! If I had the time, I swear I’d take orders and make these and make a bundle (assuming I master the Exacto knife.....). Think wedding, engagements, babies, school pictures, etc. LOVE that Small Letter set.

Thanks for sticking with me this week. I can’t wait to see what the next JustRite blogger has created.

Keep us in mind....."When it needs to be JustRite".


Supplies not already mentioned: Stampin Up! Black Cardstock and Marker, Chipboard, Jersey Ribbons, and brads. Spellbinders Nestability Circle and Scallop Circle dies; Paper Shaper Photo Corner Punch, and EK Success 1 and 1/4” circle punch.

15 comments:

Kelly said...

Another awesome project!! And here's my tip I learned the hard way.. Dont take orders.. You will still have time for your own stuff if you have a "this-is-how-ya-use-the-product" get together with a computer handy to let them order their own stuff to make their own 20 million projects...hahaha :)
You were a great guest blogger and gave me so many ideas! Thank you for doing it!

chelemom said...

I have so enjoyed all of Joan's projects this week!!! AWESOMe, AWESOME, AWESOME!!! This frame is just the cutest!!!

Colleen said...

Love this one (& all of the others), Joan!!

Erin K said...

Fantastic project Joan! I love it. What a cute pic too.

"Kirby" (KrB) said...

This is a great project. Thanks for all the time-saving tips. I can see me navigating the hard way. The Just-Rite stamp caps it off, doesn't it! Yes, that's a great picture of your son. Dress him up this year and do another picture. :) It's only 14 years later, right?!

Susie said...

Fabulously awesome, Joan. What a sweet photo and memory of Andy. You've done some wonderful projects this week - this is my fav. Hugs.

zukesgirl said...

This is AWESOME! What a wonderful way to use the stamp. You are truly one creative lady!
Tracy

Barb said...

Adorable project! The whole week has really been a joy to see (& read... Joan, you are a hoot!).

The Country Rose said...

Awwww! Your son is too cute :D ! Great frame and great projects- thanks for sharing!

rachelsigmak said...

Great Project! I love them all. Great Job!

Debra said...

Love your projects this week Joan! Especially those medallions... they are just the thing to mark birthdays and special occasions. Nice job!

Ann C. said...

What a cute picture of your son and a really clever frame!

Here's my experience taking orders - all my spare time spent on someone's else's scrapbooks 2 years ago....no scrapbooks for me since then. Hmmm...that must have earned me about $1.15 per hour, if that. lol

You have your own style Joan, classic and simple! Great job this week!

chinamomxtwo said...

Great job! Great project! Great Picture! Great week.
TY for sharing Joan!
Jeanne

Carolyn King said...

WAYYYY too cute! i love how you did this! Great job this week, Joan! Your projects were rockin!

Conniecrafter said...

Oh he is a cutie, the story behind the picture is too funny, love the papers and especially the journaling for the picture, Great project!