Sunday, April 13, 2008

For Laura

This is a project I have been working on for a few weeks now, and finally just finished today. Back when I had my "Pay it Forward" challenge, I only had two takers. One was Lea from Oh My #6, and the other was Laura from "Journey to Amanda". I was so glad that Laura decided to take part, because I had been planning on making her something special as a Thank you for taking over both our October Yahoo group, and our secret buddy project. You see, myself and one other person used to be in charge of the Secret Buddy Exchange. After awhile it became too much for me to handle, even though I was sharing the job with another person! Laura graciously stepped up to take over the daunting task all by herself. Did I mention she is a single Mom to two beautiful daughters, and is LID for another one? I am in awe of her. I'm going to have my hands full with one child, and I will have a companion to share in the parenting duties! I don't know how she(or any other of you single moms) do it. Kudos to you guys. Seriously. I am not worthy.

So anyway, Laura, I made this for you, both as a thank you and as the pay it forward gift that I owe you. I totally had to stalk your blog to download all of those pictures. I hope you don't have a site meter! Hee!

The project itself is a standing tabletop triptych collage with pictures of Laura and her family and quotes printed on vellum.
It is meant to be interactive, in that each panel has a pocket with removable tags that you take out to look at the pictures and quotes.
The middle panel has a very cool shelf that has a mini fold out book on it, with tiny little pictures and quotes. I tried to put as many pictures on it as I could. I hope it doesn't look too crowded.
I even left several small tags and one large tag empty so she can add pictures of Amanda to it(some day). I truly enjoyed making this and am quite happy with the way it turned out. Here are some pics:
The whole project

The left side panel closeup:

The middle panel, with "shelf" and mini book:
The right side panel closeup:
Mini book closeup:
The empty tags for pictures of Amanda:

Pull out tags w/pictures and quotes:

I take no credit for the actual design of this projectt. It was offered as a class at the Scrapbook Expo that I took with my sister a couple months ago. All I did was put it together. You can even buy the kit here: Quick Quotes website


Laura said...

I'm speechless and my eyes are welled up with tears! I was just hoping for a scrapbook page or a pretty card. I can't wait to get all of this. Thank you so much!!!!!! And thank you for the kind words, too. My life has become so much richer with all the new friends I've made each time I wait for one of my children.

Brandi said...

What a very nice gift! It turned out great!

OH MY #6 said...

My goodness you are such a thoughtful soul! Michelle, you are lovely. i am so glad I have gotten to know you. You are sure packing on the good karma!


Linda said...

What a great gift!! You do wonderful work...Linda

Gail said...

Wow! I'm so impressed, you are so thoughtful and talented. :)


Perrin said...

Oh my gosh, your paper art is absolutely beautiful. I should trade you handbags for paper scrapbook art. :)

So glad you like the bag! It always means the world to me when someone takes the time to comment after receiving a bag. Your sister seems so sweet...I've been following her blog for a long time now.

Take care,