Hello, CASE-ing the Catty-ers!! I am very pleased to welcome you here on your next stop in this week’s CTC Crew Blog Hop, hopefully arriving here from the delightful Shannon and her fab project this week. As always we have lots of inspiration to share with you as we showcase projects inspired by this year’s Sale-A-Bration release from Stampin’ Up!
Now I am of course a total sucker for free stuff. And free stamps and paper? COUNT ME IN! This time of the year if I’m not pouring over the new catties you can probably find me with a spreadsheet out, working out how to maximise my SAB earnings and twisting my own rubbery arm to buy something else so that I can earn some more free product. And don’t look at me like that. I know I’m not the only one!!
This week is the first of our two weeks CASEing the SAB catalogue. The project can be a CASE of one of the gorgeous examples in this little gem of a catty, or using a SAB product, or otherwise inspired by the examples shown (colour, layout, etc). This week I have busted out the oh-so-beautiful Golden Honey Specialty DSP and taken my inspiration from the pocket at the bottom of this image on p10.
To kickstart my resolution to this year be less hopeless about my memory keeping than I was last year, I am doing a sort of January Daily project where I make a page/spread for each day in January (I do my memory keeping in my 6×8 planner which is my daily diary/notebook as well). I’m also trying to branch out into more creative ways of doing this rather than just the pocket journaling I have always done in the past. Last weekend we had a fabulous four day trip to our favourite South-West holiday destination, Busselton, so I had quite a lot of memory keeping ready material that I wanted to include in my planner.
On our trip, we stumbled across a newly opened bee/honey farm/restaurant/tourist attraction. We love bees and honey (we have a beehive in our little orchard) and as this was a real little highlight of our weekend and I wanted to do something special with this DSP as it just fits so perfectly. I loved that little pocket in the catty, so was searching for ideas for a pocket or pull out tag when I found this great tutorial for a pocket page by Noreen Doll on The Crafty Journal. It’s made with a single 12×12″ sheet of paper and is super simple and super cute. Just perfect for what I wanted!
The three pockets mean that I have room to include all of this neatly into my pocket.
The pocket is made of this stuning black and gold honeycomb sheet of the DSP. I have layered another DSP panel on top, made a little tab (using an ancient tab die I have from a Project Life die set I have had forever) using more of the DSP, a Stitched Label in Whisper White, and this cute as can bee (hahaha) bee die cut I have in my stash.
I left the back of the pocket unadorned to show off that gorgeous gold-foiled DSP and so you can see the fold of the pocket better.
In the top pocket, I have cut down the flyer from the place (I really don’t know what to call it – can someone please suggest something better than just “the bee place”?) and threaded some Daffodil Delight ribbon through a hole punched in the top. I usually return from holidays with a bunch of flyers and brochures from places we have visited and never quite know what to do with them, so I like this idea of including it in a pocket in my memory planner like this.
I also cut the strip of images from the flyer and folded them in half to make a tap for the back insert. The inside cards are 5 1/4″ by 4 7/8″, my photos and journaling sized a little smaller to fit.
I included some photos of my family checking out the information display about the bees and the beehive sections they have on display. They have these fantastic windows that are full of bees busily doing their thing and it is just so cool to see these little wonders at work.
In one pocket I was able to put three photos, a good-sized journaling card, and the flyer, all in one cute little pocket that sits neatly in my planner.
I was so pleased with how it turned out I think I will include a few more of these throughout the year. It is such a great way to use and show off some gorgeous DSP as well.
Although maybe not too many, as my poor planner is already looking a bit…bloated 😛 I usually do two planners a year but I think I’m going to need at least three or four albums this year. Totally worth it, though – I am loving this project already, loving getting back to actively memory keeping, and of course looking back on these pages is always a joy.
If you are lucky enough to be in the beautiful South-West of WA then I encourage you to check out The Colony Concept in Metricup (just down the road from the Chocolate Factory!). We will certainly be back.
We are all loving the new catalogues and products and obviously you all are, too, as we have had lots of fabulous entries the last few weeks. Don’t forget each challenge now runs for two weeks so make something inspired by the SAB catalogue/products and upload it to our Facebook wall.
Next up is the super talented Michelle who also has some little garden friends to share with us.
Thanks for stopping by,