Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Long Lost Christmas Gifts...

I recently realized that I neglected to post two of the gifts I made for people, for Christmas! I always like to wait, so I don't spoil the surprise if the recipient reads my blog, then I sometimes forget. So, this is a REALLY late Christmas post.
The first item is an artist's portfolio I made for my Secret Sister, Annie. She likes to sketch and draw, and I thought this would be nice for her to tuck into her bag and take to work, vacation or lunch breaks! It is made out of a single fabric placemat. I folded the bottom edge up and ironed it to get a good crease. I sewed the edges closed to make 2 pockets. I also sewed up the center, and at intervals along the left pocket to make spaces for different sketch pencils. I finished it off with a wide grosgrain ribbon sewed to the outside, to function as a tie to keep everything closed. I tucked a small sketch pad in the right side pocket!



The second item I made was an altered notebook (aka brain in a book) for my buddy Brenna. (See profile pic)..She is in her last semester of college in the great and ice encrusted state of Kentucky! I thought she could use something like this to keep everything straight. I have one that I use all the time. I put dividers in it and use each section for something different. To-do lists, party or get together plans, wish lists, passwords, etc. It is never far away from me! I used Martha Stewart paper from Walmart-I love the green, blue, and yellow combo. The large chipboard letter is Buzz and Bloom, I covered it with paper and sanded the edges. I then added her name in rub on letter on the chipboard letter. Embellished with some cute ribbons, tabs, and brads, and there we have it! I used the scalloped edge punch from SU!, and the spiral notebook punch from SU!. Both are must haves!


So, there are my last two Christmas creations. They are great gifts that are versatile. The notebook could be made in any color scheme and theme, and the portfolio is good for kiddos and grown ups!
Have a great Tuesday!


tina said...

This is such a cool gift! I really like the fabric too. :)

Lisa Renéa said...

Very cool gifts. I can't get over how nice the portfolio turned out. I bet Annie loves it. Cool notebook too, you always rock those. I love your new give away-I'm a huge fan of all cosmetics! Especially lipsticks! I have dozens!