Pear Portfolio Pad

Another gift I gave recently was this “Pear Portfolio Pad.”  It was a kit over at Connecting Threads and I thought it would be a good birthday present for my mom.  Even with all of the pieces and padding, it only took an afternoon to sew together.  I was pretty pleased with myself because usually I have a hard time sewing projects with multiple linings.  I hope I am getting better at it!

 

 

It is a good time to check in about my fabric stash progress too:

Used over the past few weeks: 10 yards
Used year to Date: 15 yards
Added Recently: 13 yards
Added Year to Date: 15 yards
Destashed Year to Date:  5 yards
Net Out of Stash for 2012: 5 yards

 

Still ahead of the fabric stash, but I did end up buying most of the fabric for recent sewing projects.  Hopefully the rest of the year I can just use the stash!

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More Baby Themed Paper Crafts

Yesterday I went to an all day scrapbooking crop.  I was able to catch up on some of my own scrapbook pages, but the main theme of the day was babies.  First, I put together the 8″ by 8″ album from the baby shower last month.  I included the handwritten notes from the guests and photos from the day.  Just some simple embellishments to highlight the album.  Here is one of the pages as an example:

 

I will take the album with me on my first visit to see the new baby and proud parents.  Still a few weeks out from the due date, so I feel ahead!  Then I created a few cards from the leftover scraps.  Simple stamping and patterned paper made for some cute cards:

 

That second card is actually a long rectangle (4″ by 9″) and ended up being gender neutral.  Now I am set on baby cards for awhile.  Off to go work on some regular cards in my craft room now!