I signed up for a loaded destash bag swap in one of my facebook groups. Basically, you took a lunch bag, decorated it, and filled it with destash items.
Here's what I made:
I just took the cut aparts from the Pink Passport paper pad from Hobby Lobby and added them on the bag. The background is from the Newsworthy paper pad. The 'lovely day' piece at the bottom was from a swap.
I LOVE how this came out. This girl was in the cut aparts for the Pink Passport paper pad. The trim at the bottom is vintage from a yard sale. The butterfly gems are from Dollar Tree. The flower in her hair is from a swap as are the pearl snowflakes on the side.
The second one:
I'll admit, I wasn't sure how to decorate this one. The background paper is from the Fruit Tart paper pad from Hobby Lobby. I trimmed it wrong, so I just added some green striped washi to finish covering the bag and a 'wish' puffy sticker.
I just added some fruity buttons and paper pieces to it.
I had signed up for a Halloween swap in one of my facebook groups, but pulled out due to working so much in August. One of the people in the group saw that and offered to send me one, I told her I could get one back to her, it just might not be that quick.
Here's what I created her:
The stickers are all from Dollar Tree. I bought the sticker packs and thought it would be really cool to make a pocket letter using just those. I love how it turned out.
monster notebooks from Target last year, stickers from Walmart last year, table scatter from Walmart last year, stickers from Dollar Tree this year, a jar hanger thing from a swap, sequins from a swap, stickers from Dollar Tree this year, Tim Holtz Halloween ephemera.
Here's what she sent me:
A new pocket letter swap I signed up for was a scavenger hunt. We were given a list of 12 items to find and create a pocket letter from.
My list was:
1. Red paint chip
2. Green heart
3. Business card from a dentist office
4. Gold penny
5. Live rose petals
6. Your town's official seal
7. Receipt for 30 cents
8. Coupon for $1 off
9. Three seeds
10. Christmas ribbon
11. Blue dot
12. Red boat
I thought I had to find all 12 items and create the pocket letter with them. We actually only needed 9 with one piece on each card.
I found the paint chip at Walmart. The green heart and Christmas ribbon was from my stash. I went to a dentist office for the business card. I spelled out penny with gold alphas (mostly because I didn't want to waste a penny). I went to a local garden for the rose petals. I cut my town's logo out of an ad. I found the coupon on my floor. I found the seeds on my way home from work. I used a paper punch for the blue dot. The boat I just colored red. I couldn't find the receipt for 30 cents, I found a few things that cost 25 cents, but I didn't want to buy them just to get the receipt. I put made two cards that had two of the items on it (I wanted to include as much as possible, and I at first thought I had to include them all). The sixth card has my town's logo and the coupon for $1 off. The ninth card has the three seeds and the red boat.
My partner's has disappeared in the mail. We're not sure if I'll ever get it.
I've really embraced the unicorn/mermaid thing. I feel I've done a lot of mermaid art swaps, but not so many unicorn ones, so I signed up for a unicorn/fairy mini pocket letter. I'm generally not a huge fan of the mini pocket letters because I have to cut apart my pocket sleeves and they're so much smaller (which I get is the appeal), but I like to create a whole page and put a bunch of goodies in them.
I wished for unicorn ephemera on one of my facebook groups, and they sure delivered:
Sadly, I found out I could not find fairy ephemera anywhere. I looked at Walmart, Dollar Tree, and Hobby Lobby (I probably should have checked out JoAnn's). I found one sheet of very large fairy stickers at Dollar Tree and bought them (but ended up not using them).
Here's what I made:
For this one, I just cut out some random papers for the backgrounds, then I added these springy tags I got at Target at the beginning of spring but never used. The two fairy stickers were sent on a card for something else, I peeled them off very carefully and put them on the tags. The unicorn is actually Lisa Frank it's from a sticker book from Dollar Tree. I also added some heart washi and a blingy flower trim to the bottom. I stuck the tags on with foam tape with the idea that my partner could use them if she wanted.
Again, I went with plainer backgrounds. The unicorns are all from that bunch that I was sent, I picked out two taller ones to face each other for the ends. The middle one is supposed to look like she's jumping over the fairy. The fairies on the ends were sent to me in a swap, as well as the middle one. I added some sequin birds to the first card, round sequins with bling in the middle to the second one and some sequin butterflies to the third one.
I already had this sleeve filled with the background paper, so I just added to it. The first card has some stamped fairies that I found in my stamped image bag, they are on mushrooms so I added a mushroom sticker from a swap. Again the unicorns are all from that bunch above, as is the rainbow. The fairy on the second card is also from my stash. I added a felt flower from Hobby Lobby to the last card, and made it look like my unicorn is hiding under it. I saw on a YouTube video that someone had framed their pocket letter in jewels, so I thought I'd try it on this one.
I tried to add a little bling to all of them. I don't have a picture of the goodies, but I tried to add another of the unicorns I used and a copy of the fairies I used. I had also made a few unicorn paper clips from that bunch, and added one to each pocket letter.
Here's what I got from my partners:
I like the paperclips and the washi. I'm not a big fan of the page flags.
I wish people would ask if you use planner stuff.
And my second partner:
I love all the stickers, and the washi and the pictures and even those I'm not a sequin person, I like this little mix.
And my third partner:
Everything fell out in the envelope and she didn't tell me what was supposed to be decorating the pocket letter. I like the die cuts, the sticko stickers and the unicorn paperclip.
I jumped on this pocket letter when I saw the event. It was a what I wanted to be when I grew up long ago when I was kid. I used to collect police officer paper and stickers, so this was a great way to use them up.
I used to want to be a police officer when I was a kid, I got my degree in criminal justice, so I got close, but halfway through college I decided it wasn't really for me. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.
Here's what I made:
I really wanted the background to be the focus of the pocket letter, it's a scene of an officer, leaning on a police car. Of course all police officer scrapbooking stuff is policeman. The officer's uniform, which reminds me more of a military uniform that they colored dark for a police uniform and the shiny handcuffs, the hat above the uniform and the shiny badge are all from the same sticker sheet. The larger hat, the cars, the badge, gun and handcuffs in the upper right corner are all from the same sheet. The words are all from the same sheet. I'm a little stuck on what to put as the goodies, I have put some of the extra stickers in there, I'll probably just fill it up with regular crafting supplies.
Here's what my partner sent me:
She told me she wanted to be a cook, and she is now a chef.
All the goodies:
I haven't really altered anything in awhile, so I signed up to do an altered picture frame swap. I found the frame at Walmart.
It was just a plain wooden frame, I first added some vintage dictionary paper to give it a background:
My partner said she liked black and pink, so that's what I gave her.
The black is a fibery paper thing, I'm not really sure what it is, I picked it up when I used to work at an art store. Sadly it's not as see through as I thought it would be, so I could have just skipped the dictionary paper part. I had this paper with cherry blossoms and I thought they looked better than the other paper I had in mind, so I fussy cut them all out and layered them on the frame.
I covered the side with blue washi and added some black bling to it.
I wanted to make it more dimensional, but I really liked the cherry blossoms and nothing else looked quite right with them.
Sadly, my frame did not come with a back, and I couldn't find anything sturdy that I could cut for a backing, so I hope my partner's not mad about that.
My partner had a little issue, so someone else sent me a frame:
and the goodies:
I am a bit bummed that the picture frame I got back is about 3 or 4 inches square, but it's cute.
I used a piece of paper from the Newsworthy paper pad from Hobby Lobby for the background. I had to include a bow, an envelope and a tag.
First row: I used some paper from a tiny paper pad from JoAnn's for layering. I used these tiny vintage photos for the details. I added the tiny envelope stickers (from Target) to the top of the pockets, I distressed them with some ink and added some vintage buttons.
Second row: I made some tags and added the photos to them. The left and right cards have wooden tags with words layered on them. The middle card just has a saying
Third row: I made the two end tags. I layered the photos on some brown paper on all three cards and added the bows to the top of all the pieces. The middle card has a vellum envelope and some blue paper.
I think it's a bit too early to do Halloween, but that's what my art groups are doing. One of them needed another partner for a Halloween loaded bag, so I thought I'd help out.
Here's what I made, front:
I covered it with some Halloween paper from Hobby Lobby, the word paper is the background, I put some purple paper that had colored spots on the sides. For the pockets I put on some 'found relatives' from Tim Holtz, this one has four boys and their jack-o-lanterns.
I created another pocket for the back with a card back and another of Tim Holtz's 'found relatives' this one is a pumpkin farm.
I put in some notepaper from Target, some stickers from Dollar Tree, the pen is from a garage sale, the pencils are from Dollar Tree, I made the wand with a pin from Dollar Tree, the stickers on the bottom are from JoAnns.
The owls, witch and skeleton plus a bunch more die cuts in the bag are from Tim Holtz, the tag was my copying of some Target tags last year, the notepads are from Target, the stickers are from a swap, the goblets are from Tuesday Morning, the paper clip I made with a sticker from Target, the pins are from Dollar Tree, the 'found relative' pictures are Tim Holtz, the skull paper clip is made with a skull from Walmart, and the house is from a clip art book.
I wrapped it up with purple tissue paper, some orange tulle from a swap and a black felt jack-o-lantern from Target.
I signed up to do a rainbow pocket letter in one of my swaps. Do you all remember this post? And I got this pocket letter back:
Basically it was colored cardstock with goodies on top.
I decorated it and decided to use it for this rainbow swap:
Especially because the instructions were to have each pocket highlighting a different color, we were supposed to try to keep the main color as the focus. Since I had basically already done that I just added the white one in and was done.
I put a round piece on the background (pink - sticker, orange - egg pick, purple and lavender - egg pick, blue-die cut, white-diecut, green-diecut, red-diecut, yellow-cupcake liner), added a butterfly, and then some bling to the middle of their bodies. I added either butterflies (from Walmart) or something round (orange-stickers from Dollar Tree, purple and lavender-rub ons from Target), and then layered two shades of the color banners with a stamped word/quote on it.
I really love how it turned out.
For the goodies, we had to have 6 paper craft related, 1 letter, 1 drink/snack/candy and 1 bling/sequin/shaker material, they needed to reflect the color on the front of the pocket.
So, my note was in the back of the lavender pocket, orange-flower diecuts, pink-washi, green-foam stickers, white-diecuts, blue-flower and square die cut, yellow-Godiva chocolate (which really isn't yellow, but the packaging was), red-bling, purple-buttons.
Here's what my partner sent:
we were supposed to coordinate the goodies on the back with the colors in the front, I'm a little bummed that my partner didn't do that.
This was only a 15 day challenge, so I have a few left to show.
I'm not a big fan of this one. Sunday was a bad day, and it just didn't turn out great, but I got it done. I feel this should just be a the scraps on my desk challenge, because that's all I use. Anywho, again they are all scraps from my desk. The marbled washi was something I picked up at a garage sale.
I really love how this one turned out. The background is a scrap from a loaded bag swap and it fit almost perfectly on the page, I added some holographic looking tape to cover the paper, that I picked up at a garage sale. The banner at the top has been layered on some pink paper (it's from Hobby Lobby). I also added some bling from a swap to it. The 'peachy' is a rub on from Target, it was an afterthought.
This one is ok. It's all just random scraps that I put down. I colored the heart with some dye ink.
I won the Challenge, I'm not sure what that means, but I was to send my email address to the group's hostess.
I'm excited to do the next one. Ever since I started doing it in the notebook, I think it's a little more fun.
I really wanted to do a back to school pocket letter until I got into my stash and realized that beyond background paper, I didn't exactly have a lot of back to school stuff. I did find some images in a free images book I picked up from the library, and found a few other things that worked.
Here's what I made:
The background paper is from a Hobby Lobby, I had a few more candidates (books, school supplies), but I chose this one to sorta go with a few of the images I picked out. The corner pieces and all the black and white images are from those free images books (you're really supposed to photocopy them, but I'm lazy). I could only find 4 images from one book and two images from another book, so I chose a few stickers from my stash that I thought coordinated with the theme.
First row: first card: I found this sticker in my stash and thought it worked great. Second card: image is from that book. Third card: image is from that book, but I added a sticker from Dollar Tree.
Second row, first card: This sticker is from Hobby Lobby (I'm pretty sure kids these days have no idea what a typewriter is, I never used one in school but I did have an electric one at home). Second card: this image is from that book, I added some brown washi to make it look framed. Third card: this is a Hobby Lobby sticker that I added the 'hello' sticker to.
Third row: these three images had chalk boards behind them, but they were blank, so instead of filling them in, I added these stickers that had a college theme from a sticker book from Michaels. I tried to add a little color to the images. For the light bulb in the first one and the milk and banana in the second one, those stickers are from Amazon, they were clear, so I put them on white cardstock and cut them out. I thought the last card was ok with the corner piece.
Our instructions were to add things that you would need to go back to school. I added some of the images I used on the front, paper clips, erasers, sticky notes, washi that was school themed, page flags and some stickers that were office supply themed.
I really like how it turned out.
Here's what my partner sent me:
It's really cute. I don't know about the red flag things on the right side. There was no letter so technically, it was just a piece of art in the mail.