Monday, July 21, 2008

Scrapbook For My Sister

My youngest sister Cosplays as Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter books. She goes to conferences and is in a Harry Potter Fan Club. She will be the first to admit she's weird, but to each his own right?! She has met some great friends and made lots of memories so I wanted to make her a scrapbook of all her Umbridge costumes. She is getting ready to go to Terminus, a Harry Potter conference so I tried getting it all completed so she can take it with her. I have to mail it by tomorrow since we are going on vacation and she leaves August 5th. It takes forever to mail stuff across the country! :) I love her costumes and one day hope to go to one of these things with her just to soak it all in! She is a fantastic sister and I hope she likes it!!

So here are all the pages I have done. WARNING! Very Picture Heavy! I still have about 12 pictures but I'm at a loss what to do with them. If something sparks at any point I'll just mail them to her seperately to add as I make them. This book was probably one of the hardest I've ever done for the simple fact that it was a theme album unlike any themes I do for my kids! It was something that I couldn't just slap together because it had to be grown-up yet kiddish and couldn't be all lightening bolts. I'm really happy with how it turned out!
Oh, also, not everything photographed well, so the colors might look a little off. Trust IRL that everything matches, lol. Everything is in order how they are in the book. I left a few places for her to add journaling.

The book I got for her. It's an 8x8 album, my first ever, and I stamped the name on front.

For this first page I wanted something that really brought all of Umbridge together, along with the photoshop Shae did on this picture. She really does love this character! I wanted to incorporate the love of cats Umbridge has and had been thinking of fur and a cat collar with charms...lucky me found them!


CS: Pretty in Pink, Black

DSP: Rock Star 'Silver Foil'

Other: Start cut-outs and #1 Teacher from Makin' the Grade Cricut cartridge, charm bracelet, fur and charms from Wal-Mart craft section.

Shae has different costumes for each day of her conferences. This is her version of the Book Dolores -cardigan and skirt.


CS: Pretty in Pink, Black

Ink: Black around edges (mimics feathers)

Other: Jasmine Cricut cartridge, black feathers, pink beads of varying shape and style

This was a picture with another fan at a conference dressesed as Rita Skeeter.


CS: Pretty in Pink

DSP: Paper Patch (Out of Business supplier)

Other: Corner Rounder, Pretty in Pink and White Grograin, 'D' is part of a buckle kit found at Wal-Mart, chunky letters from a ChatterBox gift bag

Another costume, this is what Dolores would wear to a Garden Party!


CS: Black, Pretty in Pink, White

Ink: Black for embossed images and edges detail

Other: Jasmine Cricut Cartridge, Pink Brads from Chatterbox bag, Pink Organdy, Stylized Flowers Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (ran through on each end to get whole sheet)

See above!

Another shot of Garden Party Umbridge with Shae's HP Fan Club friends. Murietta Edgecombe (SNEAK written on her face) and Prof. McGonagall.


DSP: Colorbok Embellishment Pack (and plain pink)

Other: Jolee's pack 'Air Mail' (or something like that...)

This is everyone's favorite costume! When Umbridge was attacked by the centaurs! She uses brown paint to make the dirt on her face and even made hoof prints on parts of the dress like she was trampled. The two flanking her are Fred (note the halo!) and George (note the missing ear!).


CS: Garden Green, Chocolate Chip

Other: Makin' the Grade Cricut Cartridge, Flowers and leaves from craft section at Wal-Mart

Signing an Educational Decree at a conference. Lol, I googled 'Educational Decree' and this pic came up on someone's flickr, and it wasn't my sisters! She is actually very popular in her Wizarding Community! :) The background I am especially proud of! I scanned in the decrees from the book and then placed them in a Word document, set it to 8x8 and printed it off.


CS: White (with a little help!), Black

Other: Prima flowers from local SS, Centers from same pack of flowers at Wal-Mart, bright pink grograin, hardware (ribbon slider, frame and brads) from Stampin Up Hodgepodge Hardware Pewter

Umbridge poses with the other EVIL/Villanious characters at a conference. Slytherins, Snape, and Pettigrew were just some of the lot. Same paper as above, my first one that I didn't like as well, but it worked here since it got mostly covered. Instead of Devil Wears Prada...Evil Wears PINK!


CS: White, Black, Pink Passion

Other: Tag Punches (small and large), Feather, Jasmine and George Cricut Cartridges, Black/White Striped Ribbon, Paper Studio Gemstones, SU Hodgepodge Hardware Brass (clips)

I couldn't resist! Perfect photo opportunity and my chance to do a funny page. Paper printed with I must not tell lies in a scratchy font in bright pink.


CS: White (with help!), Black

Other: Jasmine Cricut Cartridge, Feather, Flower (same as above)

If you've read the book you know Umbridge loathes Trelawny. I had a mini clip board and made that into Umbridge's very own, with a quill held in place, too. For the bottom paper about the pink I folded it accordian like and secured the ends with rhinestone brads. Her To Do list reads:

1. Detentions for Potter 2. Form Inquisitorial Squad 3. Letter to Cornelius 4. Sack Trelawny 5. Become Headmaster!


CS: Black, Pink Passion

DSP: Rock Star 'Silver Foil'

Ink: Black and Pink Passion for the edges of her list

Other: Bright Pink Grograin, Feather, Provo Craft Mini Clip Board, Rhinestone Brads

This was her very first costume! It was based on one of Umbridge's outfits in the movie. With her catch phrase, too!


CS: Rose Red, Chocolate Chip

DSP: SU Rebecca

Ink: Rose REd

Stamp: Just Journaling II with Circle template - Stampin Up

Other: Pink Ribbon, George Cricut Cartridge, Corner Rounder

Same as above, circles from George Cartridge as well.

For one of the conferences they had a Masquerade Ball. Umbridge is always referred to as looking like a toad so Shae used that idea for her costume. Of course the dress had to be bright pink to be Umbridge, but every accessory from the lily pad bracelet to the fly clip in her wig she nailed it all. Her friends all tease, "Oh my God, you look like a frog!" lol.

Same materials for all 3 pages following.


CS: Green Galore, White

DSP: Paper Patch

Other: Provo Craft Sticker Letters Kids' Green, George Cricut Cartridge for flowers, Scallop Punch, White Buttons, Silver Cord, Green and Bright Pink Gingham, Pink Staples, Frog Charm

And the last page! Until I add more and then I'll tell her where to place them! This was an evening at the conference and Shae took her PJ's to the Umbridge level, too! Her tee shirt says Hem Hem, and she has a pink pillow case with a kitty on it. So...I used that kitty again in my inspiration and made this cat page. Oh, and this page is actually really, really bright pink, one that didn't photo well for sure!


CS: Pixie Pink

DSP: Shabby Princess

Ink: Black (to make whisker like on the page)

Other: Doodle Charms Cricut Cartridge for the Cat, Decorative Squares #3 Cuttlebug Folder for bases, misc. ribbon from the dollar store

Sunday, July 6, 2008


Well it took all day yesterday, but I finally got all my stamp sets cataloged. I cut white cardstock into 4x6 cards, stamped all my sets on the cards and then put them into one of those 4x6 flip photo albums. So all said and done I have 83 stamp sets (and my wrist and thumb are killing me from all the stamping and cleaning them after). I had no clue I had that many, but after 3 years of hosting parties, getting free stuff, and attending them, I was bound to get a good collection going. Surprisingly, I only have 2 baby sets! I still have about 50+ individual sets to stamp, mainly ones I've picked up at Michael’s and about 40 wheels to add to my book. That can definitely wait though, my wrist is on fire. What's sad, and I've known this all along, is that there are sets I've never even used, or images in a stamp set that I haven't used. Most of those are my free sets though so I guess it's not that bad. Just don't let my husband know! Anyways, here are some of the cards that went into my book! I scanned them in so kept the cards butted together, so just imagine individual cards.

1. The top image (All Natural) was a set that retired well over a year ago, and this is the first time I have ever used it. When it retired I knew I had to have it because it was so cute. I got it at a discount from my demonstrator because she was selling anything that retired since she couldn't demonstrate it anymore.

The bottom image (Priceless) is a new set I got in March. I have been using it a lot lately, probably because its so new. I also have the wheel that matches it and I love, love, love this set.

2. The top image is a free hostess only set (Cause for Celebration) I got in March. This is a set that will be handy to have cataloged because it has so many things in it. Since getting it, I've used the "t" that has thanks on the inside and the wedding cake one for a gift card for my cousins wedding. There are a ton of cute images in here, but I don't know when I'll ever use them. Again a good reason to catalog because I might be inspired by it one day.

The bottom image is another favorite set of mine (Bugs & Kisses). I got this maybe a year, year and a half ago. I haven't ever used the dragonfly or the snail, but everything else I've used to make birthday cards and I used the worm to make candy holders full of gummy worms. I've also used it on a scrapbook page for Brady.

3. The top image has two words sets, combining them because of size and they are the same type of set. The first one (Lots of Thoughts) was a free Sell-A-Bration set I got in March. Never used it, but I know eventually I will. The second one (Tiny Talk) was one of my first stamp sets in 2005. I used it a ton for a couple years and kind of forgot I even had it. It has so many cute sayings so I'm glad I won't forget about this one now!

The bottom image is another combined card. These both were also sets I bought my first year 2005, and I hardly ever use them. Its a pain to use a little teeny stamp to make a whole background. Maybe I just need to be more creative in how I use them. But they are both so stinkin cute I love them. (Itty Bitty Backgrounds) is the first one and (Beyond the Basics) is the second one.

4. The top image (and I've left room in case of a set small enough and that is similar in type comes along) was another free SAB set from 2007. I've only ever used the lollipop stamp and that was actually last month when I was making swap cards. I love every single image, but because they are so small I think I get stumped on how to incorporate them into a larger card. *mental note to look for cute ideas*

The bottom image was another set I got in my first year. It's actually two stamp sets, the base one has the jar, lid, baggie, fish, frog, stem and flower (All Wrapped Up and AWU Acc.). The other little ones were in the accessory set. But you can't have one without the other. I always have to match my sets (like if a set has a matching wheel I must own it or its incomplete) and this is no exception. I've played around with this set a lot, but I think I've only made two cards with it. One with the frog in the jar, and one with the fish in the bag and I used this crystal effects to make it shiny like water.

So I'm really glad its done and I think it will help me really see what sets I have and what I want to use to make cards!