What I Did on my Summer Vacation

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I’ve been interested in scrapbooking for a while now, but never really got into it. There’s so much paper and so many punches and just so much STUFF. Plus, all my pictures are digital, and I wasn’t interested in paying a fortune to get them all printed so that I could start the scrapbooking process. (I do help with the math team scrapbook every year, and I pretty much get my fill of the physical scrapbooking from that.)

So when I started hearing about digital scrapbooking, I was interested in pursuing that. But problems arose there too–I don’t have Photoshop, wasn’t interested in buying it, and don’t know how to use it (I’ve forgotten everything I learned freshman year of college on the newspaper staff). And most of the really creative stuff requires you to have at least Photoshop Elements.

Then I found a Groupon for Mixbook and I thought that might be the answer. I’ve used services like this before–I made our wedding album through Blurb (take a look here), and I enjoyed it. But the nice thing about Mixbook is that you can take all those backgrounds and stickers and things of that nature and upload them and use them in your design, or you can use the prepared layouts.

So that’s what I did! My ultimate goal is to make a big photo album from the four months in which Bryan and I were in Hong Kong in college (I would estimate conservatively that I took at least 1000 pictures during that time), but I wanted to try something small first. I have many, many pictures that I’ve taken in the past two and a half years that we’ve been dog owners, so I made a photobook of my dogs.



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Most of the pages are from pre-made templates. However, I made the Halloween and Christmas pages on my own, using free digital scrapbooking collections that I downloaded. I think it turned out really well, and I’m excited to start working on more of these in the future. The only major issue I had with Mixbook is a small one–for some reason exclamation marks would not show up in anything I typed! I use a LOT of exclamation marks so this is a problem. I’m going to have to send an e-mail and inquire what’s going on. Since they weren’t working in the editor, I didn’t put any in the book–maybe it was just a problem with my browser.

Tell me what you think! I’m very new at this so I appreciate feedback.


Today was the last day of school!!!!!!!!!

Of course, I still have to work for two more days, finishing up grading finals and packing up my classroom. But the students are done today and so it is the official beginning of summer vacation, as far as I’m concerned. Tomorrow is graduation, and I get to wish all my seniors goodbye and good luck as they head off to their various colleges.

That means that today I get to stay up late and sew. I got to go to knitting at my LYS (Wooly Bully in Tallahassee, FL) and now I’m working on getting a swap package together for a swap on Ravelry. Tomorrow is the deadline for mailing… nothing like waiting till the last minute! Since I wanted a little variety in the package, I decided to finally make a little boxy pouch I’ve been meaning to make for a while.

I don’t know what tutorial I started out using, but I’d cut the fabric a couple of weeks ago and started pinning. The outside is Masai Swirl in Citrus (Alexander Henry), and the inside is a fat quarter that I picked up at a local quilt shop (Sew Faire). I ended up using this tutorial by Prudent Baby for the bag, though theirs is much larger than mine. I used my pinking shears to trim the inside because the fraying was terrible.


It’s not bad! Definitely not perfect (the center seam is not perfectly lined up with the zipper, and the zipper could stand to be a bit longer, but I worked with what I had–I need to buy some longer zippers!), but not something I’m ashamed to send as a gift to someone.


However, I did make one major error. I had prepared a handle for this little bag, and I wanted to use it. So I cleverly stitched it in between the lining and the outer fabric, as I was sewing up the sides. I thought it was great, until I turned it right-side in and discovered… DSCN2317

Yup, that’s the handle on the inside of the bag. Oops. Ripped out the seam, pulled out the handle, resewed it without the handle. Maybe next time.

I will definitely make more of these in larger sizes, and also at least one more in this size (it is the perfect size to carry around pens and mechanical pencils, and since I carry about 50 million of those it’ll be nice to have a cute little bag to put them in). Ideally I can make these the perfect size to carry around a knitting project!

Edit: I am linking to Fabric Tuesday on Quiltstory!

Current Projects

Garden Fence Quilt, Alexander Henry June Jubilee and various Kona solids

Supernova Quilt, Connecting Threads Homegrown Collection

Kaleidoscope Quilt, Kona Coal and a variety of pink-patterned and blue-patterned FQs

Sunkissed Squares Quilt, off-white cotton background with a bright jelly roll from Joann's--no idea of the colors, I want more of this!

Sew- and Quilt-Alongs, Link Parties, Swaps

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced BWS tips button Fresh Poppy Design
Swim, Bike, Quilt
Gen X Quilters

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