Sunday, September 29, 2013

My Other Creations: Wallet of Possibilities

Well, sadly, here we are at the close of Stamptember!  Hasn't it been wonderful??  If you missed out, not to worry.  You can still always find awesome inspiration and fabulous products at Simon Says Stamp.
To wrap up Stamptember, this week's challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog was to SAY IT with stamps!  I decided to honor my dad, the King of Quotes, by upcycling one of his old wallets, complete with a favorite Tim Holtz quote on the front: It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you are not.  How true!

I love that typewriter image (from Crate Paper's DIY collection) which I transferred onto the fabric background.  And here's a picture of the back of the wallet.  It features another favorite quote of mine from Benjamin Franklin.

One thing that I've always admired about my parents is that they use things until they wear out, as you can see from these pictures of the wallet when I rescued it from the garbage.  I'm a sentimental softie, but I couldn't let it go.  I had too many memories of my dad pulling it out of his pocket to finance family fun nights, school supplies, and that pair of pants that I just HAD to have (love you, mom and dad!)

 I named this project the "Wallet of Possibilities" because it's really a tribute to my parents and their words of encouragement to me over the years.  I even typed the sentiment on the back using a typewriter of my dad's that's at least 50 years old.  Beautiful, in my opinion.

When you open the wallet, it's filled with some favorite ephemera and bits of art that I find inspiring and that emulate that look of "yesteryear" that I am so fond of.

Love my parents for raising me on such great "quote-age," if that's a word, and I look forward to many more years of their wisdom and advice.

What did I use to make this project, you ask?  Behold!  And yes- you can get all of these things from Simon Says Stamp!

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  1. Andrea...your repurposed wallet from your Dad is awesome! I, like you, had wonderful parents and still remember their words of wisdom over the years. This is such a wonderful tribute to your parents. I love the idea of using your dad's wallet. I love what you've done to the exterior and unique. You're crazy talented and creative beyond words! I always love what you bring to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. <3 Candy

  2. Beautiful! I love the thought and sentiment behind your project. The muslin with the soft misted colors is wonderful. The sentiments are fabulous!

  3. Such an evocative piece for me Andrea - it is superb! Oh you brought back memories with your write up about a teenager in a weed filled field - been there, done that - isn't it ironic and amazing how in the end we treasure so many of those moments we rolled eyes at! Wonderful piece! Nicola x

  4. Oh my Andrea, what a fantastic project! Love the pretty colorful covers and awesome sentiments! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Love your "wallet of possibilities" Andrea, such a lovely thoughtful way to honour your dad. The quotes are wonderful that you have added and the vintage typewriter is a perfect image combined with the quotes. I can even imagine them being typed on a typewriter like this. Love your use of fabric too. Tracy x

  6. Oh... Andrea, this is the most beautiful creation and most touching story behind the project. I love your creative way to stamp on the fabric and the use of washii tapes. Love all the elements and details you've added, too. Gorgeous! :)

  7. This is gorgeous, Andrea! Love the family history about it, and what a great project! All the stunning colors and the powerful quote is stunning! Hugs, Sandra

  8. Gorgeous project, and amazing quotes!! I'm loving this project!

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  9. Wonderful idea! love it! barbarayaya

  10. What a fantastic idea Andrea! Love that you altered your dad's wallet, that is so original. The quotes you used are wonderful and I love all the textures and colours. So special!