Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The word of the day is "KISSING"

Did you see it??? Dare I say, it's even prettier than the first Neapolitan pack?!
I was SO inspired by these new "Neapolitan 2" prints that coordinate with the "Floral Frenzy" Kit and papers, I got busy printing out 3 of my faves to create a little coaster tabletop book for a friend who's having a baby girl. Each side of the coaster page will be for a month in the first year where she can easily add a little pic of the baby (which is REALLY important for the new mom, "EASY"!!).
For this project, you need: 7 coasters, (6 for the 12 months, one month on each side, plus a front and back page), Cropodile for making the holes, patterned paper, adhesive, a corner rounder, and these binder rings. Embellishments and ribbon optional (I used the paper flowers and some ribbon from the Floral Frenzy kit, plus a couple other ribbons)

I printed out 3 sheets from the Neapolitan 2 pack, one pattern per each 8 1/2 x 11 piece, the coasters are 4 inches square so you can cut 4- 4" square pieces, plus have some extra for trim , embellishments, whatevah! I 'staggered" my prints so the front and back of each would be a different pattern. Punch each corner with the corner rounder, line them all up back to front with which page you want each the patterns to fall, and mark where you want your two holes to go on the top sheet.

You can punch through all 14 pieces (if you've just used regular printers paper like I did, with the big hole in the Cropodile punch. TIP: Then place your first sheet upside down in the inset of your Scor-Pal if you have one, this is such a great way for getting two things the same size lined up when adhering! Put your adhesive all over the coaster and stick down onto the paper (see pic, I am about to put the coaster on the paer!). Now cover the top side of the coaster with adhesive and press you next piece of DP right side up, onto the coaster. Use the holes already punched in your paper a a guide to punch your holes through the coaster.

Repeat until all coasters are covered. Below are some pics to show a few details I added to the pages. (I may also add the month for each page later, starting with the month the baby is born, or numbering them 1-12 ) The little flowers are such a pretty simple accent to add to the corners to still have room for a photo or through the binder rings holes like I did here...

You can also embellish it with punched out flower images or the circle words from the kit: "happy" , see below....

And here's the end!! (I loved the idea posted on my altered cube day to have the "bottom" or last page be a little "heiney" pic, KWIM? but I'll leave that up to my friend, what to put on the last page, just a suggestion ;)
Isn't this bling 'bet from MFT perfect with these papers?? I didn't even *bling* them up, LOVE the pink showing through, a perfect match with the little dots on the button flowers pattern!!!If you scroll back up to the top you can see I used a paper flower to dot the "i" on the cover(with a page pebble over some of the stamped dotted paper for the flower center, polka dot stamp is in the Floral Frenzy kit, too!), and on the last page I actually stamped my "e" right on to one of the larger flowers! (all stamping was done in Rich Cocoa Memento) Have fun with this alpha, it's so sassy and classy, lots of options!!

So what's up with the "kissing", you might be wondering? The "technique of the week" is KISSING, a fave of mine LOL! ;) I don't have a sample of it TODAY, but you can bet Gina does, in glorious, moving technicolor, so go check out the kissing video now on StampTV and take the kissing challenge! :) You could win free stamps!

Dn't forget to get your free download of this gorgeous digital paper pack, click here!
PS One detail not pictured here, wrap some ribbon arund the page and tie. This works really well, not only as an accent, but to hold a photo in, kind of French bulletin board style, where you just tuck the pic under the ribbon :)
Paer Temptress party tonight 8 PM CST!! More deets to come, hope you can come, there's free paper up for grabs!


  1. What a cool idea for a new parent. I love how you shared a great way to use the digital paper.

  2. This is absolutely adorable Mel! Perfect colors and such an awesome idea and gift!

  3. Great project! Love the colors, embellishments and everything about it! :-)

  4. What a cool project Melanie!! Love it!

  5. I love your book. And the 'in' colors that you used are perfect for a little girl. Thanks for sharing.

  6. This is absolutely gorgeous! Love the colours and the embellishments.

  7. Gorgeous project! My favourite colour combo! xx

  8. I love these colors! How precious and sweet!!!!! :)


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