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A while back I learned that introverts tend to get daunted by big projects because they think the whole thing through, and realize what they’re in for, where extroverts just jump into a project without looking.

I’m an introvert. I think things through a bit too much, to the point where even small projects seem like they could be long and arduous.

I needed to make some sort of container for a thank you present for a friend, and I wanted it to be cute. Maybe part of my hesitation for starting was that I knew the finished product would never match up to her kindness, but I had to try, right?

Thing was, it wasn’t that hard!

I decided to make the package look like a purse. It was just a matter of folding and gluing. What was so hard about that? I only needed to measure a few things to make sure the sides were even.

I seamed two pieces of Amy Butler paper together at the bottom of the purse:
Paper Purse Bottom

then accordion folded two smaller pieces, matching the height of the purse, taped them in place with that super-strong double sided tape (the kind that comes with a red backing. I love that stuff.) I added a little folded piece of paper at the bottom to keep the contents of the purse from sliding out.

Inside of paper purse

Added a paper flower to the front flap, clipped the corners with a curvy punch, and added a magnet closure under the flower. Ta-da!

Paper Purse Angle

It was really that easy. No fussing, not a lot of measuring, just about 1/2 an hour’s work. Done. And cute, if I may say so!

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Oh, boy. I have so many pictures I need to share. I’ve actually done a lot of stuff lately! To be completely up front, though, I have to admit I’m not doing very well with my original goal of finishing things I’ve already started. I keep buying stuff. I really need to stop doing that, but it would help a lot if designers would stop coming up with such fabulous stuff. So give me a break, okay designers? Take a holiday, design some ugly stuff … just leave me alone for a while!

One of my favorite dens of temptation is The Scrapbook Shop of St. Paul. I love that store. I walk inside and feel all inspired and invigorated. The owner, Rhonda, came up with a terrific little minibook and I was so enamored by the design I had to take her class. Neat, huh? The book is made from die-cut envelopes – some glued at the sides for storage, and others left unglued for displaying pictures.

Here is what I made at the class, loaded with cat pictures printed in sepiatone.
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I love the envelopes for storing extra pictures and doo-dads. Interactive scrapbooks are more fun – you get to make little discoveries, sort of like finding a secret drawer in your desk.
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At home I made my own version. This one was a gift for my mom, who at this time of year gets lots of graduation pictures. She usually tucks them into the corners of picture frames, but this way she can store them more permanently and add notes, too.
envelope book

Now, the challenge to myself. I’ve got tons of pictures to share and lots of stuff I’ve done lately. I’m daring myself to write a post each day for the next week. That would double the number of posts to this blog, and I’ve lots of good stuff to share, I promise. I hope you like peonies. Mine are in bloom and they’re dreamy.

Now I’m off to watch my kitten sleep.

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