life has been super busy here in the krueger household. we've finally got in little man's crib and can't wait to set it up! i'm sure eventually i'll be scrapping about it & updating my pregnancy journal to fill ya'll in on all the fun & juicy details. there are several other crafty projects i'm working on for the nursery (of course) + i'm in the middle of no less than 8 mini books - seriously if there wasn't so many fabulous products out there i wouldn't have to keep starting new books/projects without finishing the last!! oh yeah i'm not taking the blame for this one.. its all those amazing manufacture's fault! you know who you are!! *wink
my cravings have changed quite a bit! thank the lord too cause i think my raisins lightly tossed in ranch dressing was starting to freak everyone out! :) now its all about cereal (any kind) in cold milk, chicken salad sandwich or wrap, & donuts i mean um... almonds (insert HUGE innocently given smile here!) no seriously this afternoon i had a cake doughnut with a massive glass of organic (of course) whole milk and my eyes where rolling around in my head! it was amazing! however, i really did want the chocolate doughnut.. but look this is how it is... my tummy is now up to 40" gosh did i just admit that?! Eek! so i'm trying to keep as healthy and stay as weight conscious as possible after all in about 3 months i'm going to have to lose these wonderful doughnut hips.. and that's not what i'm looking forward to! *sad face
well, enough talking let's get to another reveal don't ya think! this book is finally finished and i'm so excited to show it off!
a Teresa Collins inspired bebe book which i hope to fill with pictures of our little guy once he arrives. yay for planning ahead!
the binding was a big issue with this book. i really couldn't decide for the life of me what color of rings i wanted to use however i knew i did want to use the bind-it-all. the choices where black, white & antique brass.
obviously i ended up using white although the other two looked really good as well from the cover stand point but the white went best with the whole book the inner pages + the cover.. so i made a special order, from my local scrap store, of the correct size & had to wait till it came in before i could finish the book and reveal it! hence the long wait
the fabric flowers are hand cut & rolled (by yours truly)
the burlap one took a ton a glue - but turned out pretty well & i think will hold up on the cover
i've mentioned a couple times now (in previous posts) that i'm super huge into tabs right now & this book is no different i really mixed up my metals in this one & added silver tabs
as you can see here the different metals actually work together really interestingly - well, i thought so anyway. the silver brad + antiqued brass + painted blue hold down thingy (sorry i honestly have no idea what they are called :)
this blue chipboard piece on the left side (shown above) was originally white & i painted it then used a crackle finish around the edges & ends. my idea for this was to add his name maybe with some thickers or more chipboard letters
the above pocket is repeated throughout the book several times. thought it would be great to hold any type of sentimental note or memorabilia. all i did was cut a piece of double sided paper double the width than i wanted the pocket, then on the right side of the pocket using a 2" hole punch i cut out a half circle made a fold crease in the middle, added glue to the top & bottom only of one side and there ya have it a pocket made out of the paper in wanted!
"the best things in life aren't things"
this in one of my favorite new techniques! i embossed this b then inked around it - to help show the texture of the paper - & the ink doesn't hold to the embossing.. ♥
although this denim heart lends itself a little girlie i couldn't resist - just thought it was too cute in this book
seeing cutouts used a lot these days & why not.. they're great!
a tool i can't get enough of... the Tim Holtz tiny attacher! i've used mine so many times - it broke.. but its still useable - haha maybe one day i'll break down & get another
i was very tempted to add pops of red while making this book & i have to admit i'm so glad i stuck to my original design of just black white blue & grey.. i normally don't go so monochromatic but for some reason a monochromatic color scheme lends itself in such a masculine way.
really looking forward to seeing all the pictures in this one. my thought is black & white photos to really go with the color scheme.
our child is a boy. born a blessing. i smile when i think what a joy he is. i love him already & can't wait to hear his giggle. him growing in the family makes us all a little more perfect. - *what i wrote in the pocket to go with these words.
inside back cover (might be my favorite page.. even more so than the cover!) tons of layers of papers & fabric i just couldn't stop adding to this one!
the boy chipboard i covered with the blk & white polka dot paper & stamped - not sure you can see very well in these pictures..
so that's my first of many Bebe boy books. my goal is to have quite a few ready for pictures cause i'm not sure just how much time i'm going to have for minis once mini man comes along! might have to start getting in to layouts more...
thanks for checking it out ~ R