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.