Fun new project

Fun new project

I’m not a big purse person…I mean, I have to carry one like anyone
else. I don’t get how men can get away without one, but I guess they
just have more pockets than we do.

I have a definite preference
in purses. I prefer black leather. It can’t be too big or too small. I
want a shoulder strap, not a handle (though handles AND a shoulder
strap are an ideal combination.) I want a pocket on the outside for my
cell phone. I would rather have a zip down compartment on the side for
my money and credit cards than have to put a wallet inside it. And I
hate anything that looks too loud or messy. I like quiet and
unobtrusive, clean lines, nothing fussy and nothing too modern or
plastic looking.

However, I’m willing to compromise to a certain extent. So I found myself intrigued by all the Z Becky Brown purses I saw on people’s websites and Splitcoaststampers. They are really cute made up…but I had some objections to them:

Square
Hard plastic
No shoulder strap

I thought about it again after seeing Michelle Laycock’s ZBB at convention, I really, really considered doing one after all. It was just spectacular!

But
something’s happened to the supply of Z Becky Brown purses. They seem
to be disappearing; even the Z Becky Brown online store is unavailable
these days. And they are kinda pricey. I’m looking at them on Ebay and
going "hmmmmm…." But it would have to be a fabulous price.

Then I found PURSuE Your Art
through a post on Splitcoast, followed the link and immediately ordered
a purse. I liked that it had a shoulder strap and was not hard plastic.
I only had it for a week before I finally got down to business. And
this is the results:

After
I got it, the decision was should I make it more of an art piece (and
possibly intimidate the heck out of people who saw it) or should I make
it more of a sampler piece that would get people intrigued with
stamping? So I noodled around and decided on the latter. I wanted more
of a showcase of fall ideas using Stampin’ Up! stamps. I’ll change it
once we get closer to Christmas and then I’ll have a Christmas purse
for a while. The inserts are made of museum board…a very heavy
chipboard. You can buy extras, but what I ended up doing was using
Dotto so I could peel the paper off and reuse the originals…at least
until they get old and bent.

The little cards are Artist Trading
Cards or ATC’s. This is a trend that some stampers really like; they
are easily transportable, take less cardstock than a cardfront, and are
fun to trade to get new ideas. I’m not really hooked on them…yet, but
it was fun to make the ones for the purse. After I’m done with these, I
can put them on a card front with a few embelishments and have a real
card. These cards slide into little pockets attached to the inside flap
and the inside of the back, so the tops of the cards aren’t getting
friction like another bag I have that is made for photos.

This
is not the most practicle purse, I have to say. I was able to get the
essentials (Stampin’ Up! Convention wallet, Palm, cell phone, business
card case & pens) inside without making it bulge.

I used
some of the new Four Seasons double sided designer paper for the
inserts and I like it a lot. Just be sure you plan carefully how you
are going to cut BEFORE you do it…I ended up having to make the front
and back different (which I ended up liking a lot) because it didn’t
work out quite right to have them the same. I even ended up patching
one piece when it was short (but I’ll never tell which one! ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Now,
I need to get downstairs and do some more stamping…I’m still working
on samples for the Holiday Mini and hey, Mary, I *need* to get Best
Fiends and Just Between Fiends back!

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