I've grown to be a collector at heart. I like to think that I collect practical and useful things. My most valuable collection is in a binder that contains research materials and findings related to my family history. I have a collection of some Belsnickels that I adore year round. It makes me happy to use my colorful fiesta ware at every meal. I've enjoyed the hunt for antique furniture and other treasures from the past. Now I collect scrapbooking tools and other paper crafting products . . .
I've developed a fascination for collecting Magnolia stamps. I've admired these images for years. I find the idea that they're images of "angels that speak from their hearts" quite endearing. (That's why images from Magnolia stamps don't have mouths; they don't need them as they speak from their hearts.)
Filling these images with the wonderful colors of Copics makes them even more lovely to me.
I've thought of different ways that I might enjoy my Magnolia images more and serve as a reminder to use them in paper crafting projects. I finally settled on creating a Magnolia Stamps Sampler Mini Book.
I've used the Sizzix Clear Scallop Square to die cut medium weight chipboard. I think that each 4 1/2" square will allow ample room for displaying most Magnolia images. I can easily die cut coordinating papers to adhere to the chipboard.
Here's the front cover:
I've filled the Spring Tilda from the Chasing Butterflies Collection 2009 using Copic colors that coordinate with the Junkitz Fanci-ful Be You double-sided patterned paper covers. I've found that the X-Press It paper continues to be unfriendly with my attempts at 3-Tone Smooth Blending.
My mini book is held together using 1 1/2" rings so I should be able to add additional pages at my leisure. Here's how it all looks so far . . .
Using the new Tim Holtz Vagabond die cutting machine makes die cutting the chipboard and coordinating papers a breeze. I expect to add a page to this mini book regularly and spend some time enjoying my filled Magnolia images again and again. This will also be a great way to share my collection with others.
Now doesn't that sound "practical and useful?" LOL!!!
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