Friday, 3 July 2020

Year One Before and After

Good morning and happy Friday. I'm really happy to be sharing the second piece that I made for this month's Country View Crafts challenge. I chose 'Do More Of What Makes You Happy' for my theme. Many things make me happy in my crafting, such as bright colours, and stamping, but this has neither of those. I also love to take classes and learn new things, and to make things that I know (hope) the recipients will love. 
This was made after a Clare Charvill online class. It's for my son and his partner. They have been in their 1st home now for a year! It's gone by so quickly, and although their house was ok to move into, they've done wonders with it already.

I made a couple of brag books and a box to put them in.

The box has been made with papers from Studio Light. The key and number 3 are pieces of Tim Holtz hardware that I've had for years, and the fence has been made with a TH Edge die.

 This is the side of the box. The tree is a die-cut from Art By Marlene, and the cat is my furry grandkitty.

 We spent 3 weeks before they moved in,  painting and cleaning, etc. It was hard work but fun and I wouldn't have missed it for the world. I drove everyone mad snapping away on my phone, but I knew that I wanted to make an album of 'before' pictures.

This is the day they got their keys. I'm not showing any more photo's 'cos we don't look our best lol, but you get the idea. The albums are 6x4 so I've just trimmed a little of the edges.

Chris's partner has her own Instagram page with lots of photos of their house which I've 'borrowed' for her album.

So I hope I've inspired you to do what you love, (in a crafty way, not bank robbery or anything like that) and share it with us at Country View Craft.
Take care, have a great week, and thanks so much for looking x


  1. That's a great idea with those little books and the 'house' to put them in. It's good to see kids growing up and settling down, hope they are happy in their first home. Have a great da, hugs, Valerie

  2. Well, I love making little albums and also boxes so this is right up my street. The albums are fabulous and will be so lovely for them to look back on in future years and hold so many memories. I really love that brickwork on the box and the cat in the tree is adorable.

    I think Mini Album Makers has a new challenge starting today, you should consider adding these little beauties. Hugs, Anne xxx

  3. So brilliant, Sue! Our daughter got married in Feb, may just have to steal and add my own specifics -- one day, hopefully before Christmas or 1-year anni. Pinning your post for now so I can credit you! They will surely cherish these! Love your theme choice, too! Hard to get disqualified on this one, heeheehee, I do always worry when I play. Stay well and safe, XOX

  4. Yes these projects are the best, they are keepsakes that keep on giving pleasure. I haven't had the enthusiasm to work on one recently, I must try harder! Brilliant makes Sue.

  5. What a thoughtful and fabulous keepsake. Clearly made with love and I am sure they loved it? x.

  6. This is just great … what a super idea.

    All the best Jan

  7. What a great way to commemorate a year in their home for your son and his partner. The accordion albums are so cool (clever theft of the IG images!), and I love the brick and fence box and album covers. Made with love and I'm sure they'll be treasured.
    Alison x


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