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With Reckless Abandon


My usual creative style is to have every little element thought out ….inked, stamped, layered, and then it’s ready to assemble. Yesterday I had an afternoon of less structured crafting. I glued without planning, inked without analyzing, trimmed with enthusiasm, and stamped with reckless abandon. It’s a sweet little album…or is it a journal??? Not quite sure yet.

 IMG_1341I used some very large old flash cards for my base. They were covered with Sesame Street patterns…not quite vintage yet. The inspiration was a beautiful tag from Ephemera’s Vintage Garden.  There are several in the book. Some of them I Stickled…some of them I trimmed out of larger images. I think they are very shabby chic. I also Stickled the large stamped frames.

IMG_1334Inside the book is a mish mash of different pages….and tag flaps. I embellished with butterflies, and words. The beautiful yummy ribbon is cream seam binding from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I’m so glad I created the vintage image organizer from last weeks post….finding all the right images was a snap.

IMG_1335This will be a nice place to add a picture or memento.

IMG_1336As you can see…I’ve used Tissue Tape to attach the pages. I wasn’t confident that it would hold up to lot’s of handling…so I peeled it up and added a layer of Scor-Tape. Can’t even see it. Now this little book will be extra sturdy. 

IMG_1337This set of pages has a craft paper envelope to be filled with loads of paperie goodies or pictures.


So that’s what I get for a day of free form creating. I kinda love how it turned out : ) It will look even better filled with pics and journaling. Maybe I’m on a roll? We’ll see when I get to the shop. I should mention that the workspace in the shop is a complete disaster : / Is that normal for reckless crafting???

I hope you all enjoy a happy and productive and reckless day and find some time to be creative : ) G

Vintage Image Organizer Tutorial


So it all started with me not being able to find an image that I had printed and wanted to use in my project. So I printed a duplicate. Then found the original…that I had stashed away somewhere I should have never put it in the first place. But that is soooo like me to squirrel stuff away..thinking I’ll remember where. So I created this book to organize all my printed images, and keep them from getting damaged. Here’s a look at the finished project:

IMG_1297IMG_1302This book started out as an inexpensive photo album picked up at the local dollar store. It’s meant to hold 36 ( 4 x 6 ) pics. Here is a super easy tutorial to show you how to make 1 ( 0r 2 or 3 ) of your own.


Now you’ll want to finish you cover with your favorite papers and embellishments. I covered mine with Middy Bags, then layered on lot’s of paperie goodies gifted to me by my dear friend Lisa W. She lives up North and I don’t get to see her very often. Every time I use this book…I’ll think of her : )

I chose to top my clips with Olive Wrinkle Ribbon, Lace, and Moss Gingham. From Really Reasonable Ribbon of course! I think the greens go with the nature inspired embellishments. You’ll want to choose trims that coordinate with your finished cover.


My book is filled with my favorite images from Ephemera’s Vintage Garden…you should hop over and check em out.

I think this book would be a great way to organize die cuts too. Or recipe cards you want to be able to take and see the back of. I think it would also be very sweet as a wedding or baby shower gift…..simply use the gift wrap from the gifts as your pages in the pocket and a little note from the gift giver….maybe some words of advice for the Bride or Mom to be : ) There are soooo many ways to use this book! And starting at only $1 each…you can make lot’s of them for very little. Even less if you use scraps.  

Okay…that’s a long post…we all need to get up and stretch our legs lol.

I hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative : ) G

Graphic 45 Design Team 2013 Audition


Yay…it’s that time to audition for the Graphic 45 Design Team.  What a terrific opportunity to play with the beautiful paper patterns and create unique projects with my own personal style.  G45 only picks the best of the best so I brought my A game. There’s a whole lot of pics here…so I’ll keep the words to a minimum. I hope you enjoy my projects as much as I enjoyed creating them.

Project 1: Secret Garden Card

IMG_1239IMG_1242IMG_1247Project 2: Vivre Album

IMG_1210IMG_1216IMG_1218IMG_1220IMG_1221IMG_1222IMG_1224IMG_1228IMG_1229IMG_1235Project 3: Asian Inspired Layout


IMG_1198IMG_1200Project 4: Halloween Hutch


Project 5: Layout in Lavender



Project 6: Tag Booklet

IMG_1289IMG_1292IMG_1293I did warn ya….lot’s of pics lol. So everybody wish me luck. It would be such an incredible opportunity to work with such a talented group of designers and beautiful papers.

I hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative : ) G

Graphic 45 Vivre Album


Hello all!! I’m so excited to share this very special project I created this week.  There’s lot’s of pictures….so grab a cup of tea and settle in.  As you all know I’ve taken delivery of 2 huge boxes of super beautiful G45 papers for the shop and I’m having myself a good ol time playing with them.


So the back story of this Vivre Album is that it began life as an antique law book. I removed all the insides and painted it black to enhance the warm paper patterns.

IMG_1212I added a braided chain to the key and hung a lovely metal heart fob. All the black roses were hand painted and glittered. All the yellow flowers were cut from G45 scrap paper and inked and layered.  Behind the flowers I’ve added beautiful black netting for texture.

IMG_1216I’ve incorporated the Medium Tag Book which you’ll see gives me pockets on the inside….and on the outside it’s beautiful tabs.

IMG_1218The inside cover has a lovely harlequin pattern and a tag from the French Country line. I’ve finished the tag off with Natural Burlap trim with black accent and black seam binding. You can see how the pockets work now…..with tags for additional for journaling  and mementos.

IMG_1220IMG_1221I used the pages from the original law book to create really chunky thick pages with a lovely tattered edge. The inside pages are finished off with coordinating paper patterns and trimmed butterflies.

IMG_1222IMG_1224There’s a second pocket page with additional tags.

IMG_1228IMG_1229Here’s a better view of the pockets. I adhered them to a coordinating paper pattern to ensure they stay extra sturdy.

IMG_1225IMG_1226IMG_1227IMG_1235Keeping the tattered edges on the book papers helps to give this album an amazing fullness and texture.

So that’s my very special Vivre Album.  I hope you love it as much as I do : )

All papers for this album are from Graphic 45. They are all available in the shop. All trims are from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

I hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative.  : )  G

RRR March Bog Hop with Peachy Keen Stamps


It’s time again for another fun blog hop with the Really Reasonable Ribbon Design Team YAY!!!!

rrr-blog-hopWe’re working with the fabulous March Ribbon Club Assortment:


And for a little extra fun…we are also using stamps from Peachy Keen.

Okay…let’s get hopping. You should be coming to Polly’s from the lovely and talented Misty. If you’re just starting here…..you need to click here to start at the beginning…then follow all the links to see the very inspiring projects created by the design team. Don’t forget to leave a little love for the fabulous projects!

So here is another layout for the shop with a super sweet picture of my Niece Olivia : )


It was so great that the pics had a light  background so I could add lot’s of color.

IMG_1197I trimmed all these paper pieces out and gave them a nice accent with Stickles and Glossy Accent.  I anchored the bottom corner of this arrangement with hand painted flowers and leaves created with the green trim from the Ribbon Club assortment. The little fan was cut from coordinating pieces and got a little stickling and glossing. I added a bit of the extra paper to layer between the background and the cut out portion for extra detail.

IMG_1195After base coating the chipboard frames….and inking them with chocolate brown…I used my new lattice Peachy Keen Stamp to add the pattern. After it dried…I gave it a coat off gloss. I think it looks like an Asian lacquered frame. I did have to add many spacers to keep all of these chunky elements level. 

IMG_1199There’s a pretty little layer of the white lace to border the center arrangement. I clipped additional lanterns out and detailed them and layered them extra flowers. I have no idea if that Asian writing is upside down or sideways…so sorry about that : /

IMG_1198Cute little birdie in the nest of hand painted flowers. I actually had a customer in the shop this week who told me I was crazy to hand paint all my flowers…I’m not mentioning any names…you know who you are : ) Also I think you might be right lol.

IMG_1200I’m sure she will come in next time and tell me I’m crazy to cut out all the lanterns and birds too lol. But I just love how they turned out!!!

I may have to add some reinforces to the layout display…this one is heavy. Thanks so much Crystal for the picture donation : ) Love ya!!!

Okay so that’s it for my project for this months hop. Now all I need is someone to bring me a ladder to the shop so I can get them hung up.

Your next stop in the hop is Gloria. She has a super fabulous creation to share. Don’t forget to leave her a little love for her project : )

Thanks to everyone for joining us in the hop. Hope you all have a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative : ) G

Vintage mini in blue….


Here’s another blue color schemed inspired Christmas project I created last week. I really love a mini album for holidays since it’s easy to fill with holiday pics and memories, and you can display them year after year as part of your Christmas decor.

IMG_0258I knew I was going to add a lot of layers…so I started this mini with a hard cover craft brown base….then piled on all the goodies. The blue and brown create a very vintage feel and coordinated well with the die cuts. I anchored the bottom corner of the book with a lovely bow created with trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I also added 2 generous strips of Natural Burlap with Teal accent. I just love how it pulls the eye to the center of the book and helps to make the die cuts look more grand.

IMG_0259Layering is the trick for vintage inspired projects…and I’ve done that here by adding the die cuts to a craft piece that I crimped and inked the centered over a glittery snowflake and doily. This also adds a wonderful texture. I added a tiny charm and tag to the corner with a Tim Holtz clip for a little sparkle. I choose to use large chipboard letters for the sentiment.

IMG_0262IMG_0261IMG_0260I left the inside of the book relatively simple to allow for larger pictures and journaling. 

The rings also unclip to add holiday memorabilia like play bills, church programs, and anything you picked up during the season that involved your family and friends and important Christmas traditions.

I hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative. G

Vintage Halloween Book Giveaway


Are you getting your little ghost and ghouls ready for  trick or treating? What a great time of year when our little ones get to live their imagination and be what ever they want to be. My little ones are not so little anymore. We haven’t trick or treated for years now. But we haven’t given up on the holiday…we just changed our tradition. We plan our yearly family trip to Cedar Point. For all of you not from this area…Cedar Point is a totally fabulous theme park filled with awesome roller coasters and rides…and for Halloween they go all out and decorate every square inch with skeletons and hearses and anything spooky. The also have quite a few haunted houses and a straw maze. It’s not for the weak though…as it usually starts out nice…but gets chillier as the day goes on. This however keeps the line short at the rides…and everyone in my little family are coaster junkies.

I decided it would be a great time to have a fun giveaway. I enjoyed making this vintage Halloween book….and some lucky winner will enjoy filling it with pics of their little spookable and mementos of their holiday celebration.

Ready to get your name entered for a chance to win this awesome little Halloween Mini? Just follow these simple easy peasy steps. 1. comment on this post and share with me your favorite family tradition for Halloween. 2. Please enter only once per IP address…this makes for a more fun and fair giveaway so no entries for imaginary friends, pets, or long passed relatives. 3. You must be a pollyspaper.wordpress.com follower to be eligible to win. Already a facebook follower??? That’s awesome…thanks!!! You still need to be a blog follower to be entered. Just click the button that says “sign me up” it’s right above the blog hits section on the right side of the screen. Sorry those who are only comment followers will not be entered. 4. you can start entering as soon as this post goes live and you’ll have until midnight on Halloween to get your name entered. 5. I’ll draw the name of the lucky winner and announce it in a special post November 1st. Good luck to all who enter. I can’t wait to read your comments!

I used My Mind’s Eye Papers and trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon to create this awesome Halloween mini.

Butterfly Art Journal Smash Book


Another request came in this week to create an art journal smash book with a vintage butterfly card I had made recently on the cover. Could I turn no an offer to make an art journal???? Nope : ) She intends to use it to store favorite greeting cards so I gave her some extra large metal rings for the cover so she’ll have plenty of room as her collection grows. I also added some tabbed divider to keep the cards organized. Loads of little pockets and room for pictures and journaling.

These pages have pockets for mementos and pictures that have writing on the back. I stitched them up to be extra sturdy. I think it also gives it a nice texture.

I added a few of my favorite trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I went ahead and stitched these on too…since I had the machine out.

This page has a corner pocket dressed with chipboard and vintage buttons.

This picture is a little blurry : ( The page is made from an envelope…so there’s another pocket to put goodies in. I added typography here as requested. I love how the smaller pages look when you can see the larger pages behind.

I added 6 of these  tabbed topped dividers…they will be a great place to add pic’s and journaling….as well as keep the cards organized.

Vintage Halloween Mini Ablbum Class Take 2 Tuesday Oct 16th


We had such a great time at our class last night : ) We created an awesome Vintage Halloween mini Album!!! We have one more seating for this class so there’s time to get in on the fun….and just in time to create a great mini to hold your Halloween pic’s and memories : )

                                                                                 This 6 x 6 album is super chunky with layers and layers of My Mind’s Eye papers, loads of chipboard stickers and of course some great Halloween trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I’ve added a fun bingo card, inked doily’s and black buttons. Each set of pages has another layout similar to the cover….so there’s lot’s of detail. Plenty of room for pictures and journaling too. This book is very similar to one I’ve posted recently for a Design Team Project. This mini has 8 pages inside…and front and back cover.

Class is October 16th and runs from 6 to 9 pm. All materials and adhesives are included…as well as a tasty snack and beverage during break. We’ll be using Polly’s tools also…so no need to bring a thing…unless you have a favorite pair of scissors you can’t live without : ) I’ve got the shop all decked out in my best spookable decorations and we’ll be enjoying some fabulous Halloweeny music too so come join us for a night of fun and create this great holiday keepsake as a gift for someone special…or to use as part of your holiday decor to enjoy year after year. 

Cost for the class is $30.  Stop on in to the store to check out the rest of this book ad leave your deposit so we can hold your seat. Deposit is 1/2 the cost of the class. Want to call in your reservation? No problem…just reach me at 734-268-1109 during regular business hours. (please do not leave any deposit info in a message.) First come first serve. There is only 2 seats left available for this class.

School Rocks A 2 Z Mini Album Kit


While I was creating this great school themed hard cover mini album I was thinking how great it would be to have as a gift for a teacher for the holidays filled with great pictures and sentiments of your child’s favorite school memories.

As you can see I’ve filled this kit with loads of paper layers from the Elementary line from Simple Stories, buttons, tabbed dividers, glassine bags,die cuts, and tags. There’s also some perfectly coordinated trim from Really Reasonable Ribbon. There’s 10 inside pages with front and back cover. 2 tabbed divider pages, and 3 large glassine bags with tags for lot’s of extra room for your pics and journaling. Everything will be precut and ready to assemble…all you’ll have to add is your own adhesive.

For an extra special sentimental gift…you put in the pics and let your child add the journaling. Much more personal than another mug !! This would also be a great gift for yourself….or a grandparent!

These kits are available in the Etsy shop. Stop on over and pick one up so you’ll be ready for the holidays.