Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Once upon a time...

...there was a little girl called Mel. She loved to make things. She also loved to take part in classes run by Shimelle.

One day Shimelle sent out a prompt as part of the Something From Almost Nothing class. It was all about interesting ways of using page protectors. It got Mel thinking about a way of using up some spare 6x6" page protectors she'd found tucked away in a box. She'd also remembered an idea for a mini-book that she'd been meaning to create (probably originally inspired by Shimelle's When I Grow Up class which she'd bought a while back but not had the chance to work through yet!) She found some patterned papers from a couple of pads of Little Sizzles (from Sizzix), printed off some photos, found her scissors and some little punches, and set to work.

She sewed three page protectors up the middle to join them together and create six smaller pockets. She then cut six pieces of cardstock to size and decorated the front and back of each to make the covers and ten pages. She realised that what she really wanted to do with the front cover was add some foam letter stickers to spell 'Once upon a time', but as she didn't have any she left that for the time being and just added a background picture for now:


(When she has a chance to go shopping she will get those foam stickers and add them straight onto the front of the book, outside the page protector!)

For the inside pages she wanted to tell the story of all she'd dreamed of being 'when she grew up'.


She'd always wanted to be a teacher.


She'd hoped to find someone special, fall in love, and get married.


And she very much wanted to have children one day.


Mel was very blessed. When she did grow up (relatively speaking...) she found that all her dreams came true!


Wasn't that a happy ending? :-)


There was just one thing that bothered her a little.

How would The Doctor feel about his new body shape and dress sense?! ;-)

30 comments:

Jane said...

This is FANTASTIC!! :) I love it :) So cute :)

Maria Ontiveros said...

Very cute. I started that class, too! Wrote my "children's book/fairy tale" but never did the rest. It's sortof planned out in a book I made. Maybe this summer I"ll return to it.
Rinda

JO SOWERBY said...

the Docotr looks g8 in plaid........very Hawaii 5-0......love the idea and the tongue in cheek story
Jo xxxx

debs14 said...

So cute!
How on earth did you manage to make one Shimelle prompt turn into a whole book?! This is so clever.

Rhona said...

That's very cute! ;o) You'll have to know if The Doctor liked his makeover

Ruth said...

The Doctor is going to LOVE it, because he'll be able to see and feel the love on every little tiny page!
This is absolutely terrific ... and I bet you have to make one for The Girl and, maybe, The Boy.

Sian said...

Very cute indeed! It's lovely to see those four smiling faces :)

Maria Ontiveros said...

Fantastic! I'm so impressed with all of you who sew!
Rinda

Ginny said...

I looove this mini book since I saw it in Shimelles forum... thank you for sharing it with us!

Scrappi Sandi said...

I love this...I did comment in the forum but it deserves another comment here!!

Heather said...

I love happy endings & I'm sure the doctor will be very impressed - he married the girl of his dreams didn't he?

scrappyjacky said...

Very cute....and finally a photo of you!!

scrappyjacky said...

Very cute....and finally a photo of you!!

Nadine said...

really simple and cute! (:

Nadine said...

makes me wish I took the class >.>

Clair said...

Finally. A picture of you! And at least The Doctor isn't in tweed.

Clair said...

Finally. A picture of you! And at least The Doctor isn't in tweed.

Amy said...

LOVE IT!
Particularly like The Boy's bandy bow legs - The Doctor looks like he's been into your chocolate supply ;-)Jo's right, very hawaii 5-0!

Denise said...

Mel,you really are very inspiring. Your numbers layout on the forum is brilliant xxx

Liberty :) said...

Its fab! I love it BUT I have just seen your confession on the forum and you iz a bad geek! 35 decimal places! not sure I want to know YOU any more :P (from someone who names her digital scrap templates after chemical symbols !)

sharyncarlson said...

Wonderful!! I love your album, what an adorable idea!

humel said...

Thanks, everybody :-) It was so much fun to make!

The Doctor's face when he turned the page to find himself - and looking like that - was an absolute picture. Oh, if only I'd had the camera ready! I tried to tell him it was a muscular physique but he wasn't going for it. And he definitely wasn't impressed by the new 'style' of clothing. But he did appreciate the sentiment!!

SarahLP said...

SO CUTE!!! Brilliant idea, Mel, it works perfectly!

Lizzie said...

A wonderful project, Mel! Love it! It's a great way to use the page protectors, but a fabby project anyway.
It's lovely that so many amazing projects are emerging from the prompts Shimelle is giving us.
I've had so little time that I haven't really tried to do much, but I am so enjoying everyone else's achievements - this especially!

Deb said...

I absolutely love this project, Mel. SOOOOOO cute. I want to make something similar now. Thanks for the great inspiration! xo

Rachel B said...

This is so cute Mel, I am still working on mine. I have completed the cover and the first few pages but still have a way to go!

Fiona said...

Great looking book.

Anesha said...

Wonderful idea!!! Anesha

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

That is wonderful! I love the little people!

The Scrappy Tree said...

Aw, super sweet!!