Thursday, June 3, 2010

pretty pockets swap for rachel

Rachel at Alice and Elsie was my partner for my Pretty Pockets Swap.

Rachel is an incredibly talented paper artist. A few months ago, I had asked my husband stop by a craft store on his way home from work and pick up the latest issue of Somerset Life for me. He called me, and asked if Sew Somerset would be okay because they didn't have any more copies of Somerset Life.
I reluctantly agreed as I am more of a Somerset Life kinda girl (I'm still scared of my sewing machine), but I oohed and aahed over that issue. One of the articles featured a beautiful paper bag album made by Rachel herself. (It's here and here on her blog). At the end of the article, Rachel's blog URL was listed, and I've been hooked ever since. I went and introduced myself, and we quickly became friends. We share many of the same interests; I also have an affinity for paper bag albums, you see.
Sew Somerset has recently published another of Rachel's articles. Here's a link to see that.

I made Rachel this pocket organizer:
The floral fabric reminded me of the fabric Rachel used in her 18 birthdays paper bag album.
I stamped "Rachel" on the muslin fabric using some of my Close to My Heart alphabet stamps. (It's the Large Chocolate).
I also used my Close to My Heart stamps on tags labeling each of Rachel's items. (I used the coordinating Small Chocolate and the Classmate font alphabet stamps).
I filled Rachel's pockets with themed packets including:

religious ephemera:

owl ephemera:bird ephemera:French ephemera (speaking of which, did you happen to see Heather's latest petite inspiration swap?):
"sweet" ephemera:
black and white photos, acrylic stamps, vintage postcards, and ledgers: Rachel also blogged about what I sent her on her blog here.
See other pocket organizers I've made here.
See more artistic kits here.


  1. Jessica, you make the loveliest things! All the items you've given to Rachel are so wonderful - what a lucky girl! :) Theresa

  2. you are soooo clever, its gorgeous...and all the treasures!!!

  3. Jessica, everything is so lovely! thank you for hosting such a wonderful swap.

  4. what a great swaper you are! I've never seen anyone put so much into a swap as you do. Rachel is one lucky lady!

  5. Beautiful! I'm in awe of your incredible creations. I think you put together the most beautiful swap packages I've ever seen!

  6. I've added my pretty pockets to the flicker group. Vanessa has it now...

  7. I heart you Jessica...I'm the luckiest person to not only be on the receiving end of this fabulous swap but to also be your friend!

  8. GIRL YOU ROCK!! I so want to be you when I grow up! LOL You inspire me so much Jessica!! You give with your heart and it shows!! Thank you for being you!! XOXO Fran.

  9. Hi Jessica. These are absolutely gorgeous. How generous you are with your swap partner. She must have been out of this world when she received it! Please let me know when you have another swap. I'd love to be apart of it. This one was so creative and the pockets are over the top but my goodness look at all those goodies you included. I know I'm gushing now.

    Hugs...Tracy :)

  10. Hi Jessica,

    Rachel must have been soooo happy.
    I love all the beautiful gifts you gave her.
    You are so talented.

    Have a happy weekend

  11. jessica, this is just amazing you are one talented gal. i thought the ctmh stamps were brilliant, i was staring at the name trying to figure out how you got her name on it, i didnt even think of stamps!! that is the most perfect font, might have to look into it!

  12. I was gasping and oh, ah and wow was everything coming out of my mouth. Totally in love with this bag but also with her stuff. Girl you inspired me to make a pretty pocket thing too but it won't propably be as great as yours.

  13. Your pockets are stunning as are all of the contents - no wonder Rachel is pleased.

  14. Beautiful creation Jessica! Love the fabric you chose :~)

  15. WOW Jessica!
    This is sooooo beautiful and you totally spoiled Rachel with all those FABULOUS goodies!
    I love love LOVE the colors and the made it so pretty!
    (can't you tell I'm excited with all of my !!!!!)
    You are the bestest swap hostess in the whole wide world Jessica...and what an extra special treat for Rachel to be your partner :)

    Thank you for your time and effort in this wonderful swap. I had so much fun creating for Leslie. USPS delivery confirmation says that she received hers yesterday so I went ahead and posted about it today. Now I'm off to add more photos to our Flickr group!!!! yay!!!!

    I just can't wait to get mine :)))

    Thank you!!!!!!!

  16. Wow.. you put together such a lovely swap.. I would love to be your partner.. do you have an etsy shop ? You made everything so special. So many wonderful treasures.. I loved looking.. Thank you for sharing.. Have a lovely weekend. Love your blog.. :)

  17. You are "HANDS DOWN" the best swap partner EVER! Everything is wonderful and Rachel will swoon over all of it! I've never bought the sew magazing. Might have to give it a try.

  18. Jessica....sure enjoyed all the great pictures of everything....
    You are just WOW!!! debbie

  19. Lucky, lucky, Rachel! This is the most amazing assortment of stunningly presented swap items I have ever seen! Wow! Wow! Wow!

  20. Oh my goodness!! She is soo lucky!
    Can I please have your address for the millionth time? I want to send you supplies if you'd like to have some :)

  21. The things you give and get in your swaps are so very intimidating, These are cute kits I would pay $$ for (if I had the $$ or if I could no longer resist temptation)I would love to participate someday, (I am sure I have enough stuff to swap with) but I don't think I could ever put together anything so lovely

  22. Oh my gosh, this is sooooo pretty! Love it!