My BFF Karen is in for a week for my daughter's graduation and brought Flat Stanley with her. Karen's nephew is in first grade and sent Flat Stanley to her before she left California to come here. When Karen told me about the project I told her we could fix up something nice. Karen's idea was to write a letter and put some pictures in a plastic brag book type thing. Of course that just was NOT going to work for me! *okie wonders if maybe Karen had a lapse of temporary insanity with even thinking that would work at okie's house*. Especially after she said her nephew was talking about how a little girl in his class had a really nice project from her grandma!!
We sent the pictures to Walmart for development and of course I had idea's running through my head. Evidently my idea of nice and Karen's idea of nice are most assuredly not the same. I did tone things down a bit, but not by my choosing! *okie is still cringing because none of the pages are inked*.
Here are the pictures of Flat Stanley's cross country trip in his own mini-scrapbook. You can click the pictures of you would like to see more detail
The little album is 6x6, which does fit in a flat rate priority envelope in case anyone is wondering! HA HA HA
For the cover I used 50 States, Locker Talk and Everyday Paperdolls. I did manage to get in a little doodling when Karen wasn't looking. I cut the United States in red, white and blue and then cut the white into stripes and cut the corner for the blue. The starts are iron on studs.
I used a black marker to dash the flight pattern across the United States.
I wanted to to cut Massachusetts again but with silver thinking it might show up better.....Karen wouldn't let me!
Karen found a post card for the first page to represent that Stanley made it to California. She wrote the story out and then I placed the pictures in order through the book. After she got it typed up I measured what size was left for journaling and then used MS Word to get the size right.
The starfish at the corner of the journaling is a die cut I got on clearance years ago.
Karen is a travel nurse and was able to take Stanley to work with her and get a few snapshots. Everyday Paperdolls was used for the Ambulance and the stethoscope. I cut the ambulance in black and white and then cut the tires off the white. I glued a small piece of red behind the cross and then glued the white on top of the black. Brads were used for the hubcaps. The stethoscope was cut in blue and I used a silver gel pen for the end and ear pieces. I added a surfboard brad for some decoration.
So I had problems with these two pages. Karen didn't want to cover up the paper and kept telling me I couldn't use it. I figured it was my paper and I could dam well use it if I wanted too! I thought she was going to have a heart attack when she realized I cut the word flip flop in half *okie grins a bit evilly* and she felt that was like a mortal sin since she loves anything flip flop!
I used die cuts for all the embellishments on these two pages, except for the word sand, it is fuzzy sticker letters. I love how Karen had Flat Stanley in all the pictures! I don't know if I would have thought of doing it or taken the time!! *okie does have to admit that Karen is an awesome Auntie*
I had a hard time deciding what to do for the Old Town clock and decided to use the "wish you were here" from Going Places. I did make it longer using Design Studio so it took up more room. I colored in the arrow with silver gel pen.
The fish is cut from Pagoda and I used orange Mica cardstock to give it a more glitzy look and then added a little doodling with a silver gel pen.
The sailboat is a die cut from the same package as all the beach die cuts used. I cut the waves from Everyday paper dolls. The shark is a rubon, as is the word "CHOMP!". They came in a package of Sea World rubons and worked great for that page.
Karen even had a friend of hers in California in on the project, that is the hand you see saving Flat Stanley from getting eaten from the shark. *okie certainly hopes the first graders in Massachusetts don't get nightmares from this image*
I so cracked up when I saw the picture of Flat Stanley buckled up in the car for the ride to the airport!! I would really like to say that Karen was teaching the kids safety but after being BFF's for 23 years I have to admit she was likely being a smart a**! *okie falls out of chair laughing*. I used Going Places for the suitcase and the airplane embellishments. On the suitcase I used a Stampin Up marker to color the corners, handle and around the name tag. And yes boys and girls, inside that tiny name tag it indeed says "Flat Stanley". Karen thinks I go overboard sometimes *okie blinks innocently* and I have no idea why she thinks that!
We really couldn't think of how to decorate these pages and decided the ones with the clouds were fine as they were. We came up with peanuts but I didn't have any peanut brads *okie knew she should have ordered some* so off to the internet I went searching. I found a picture of some Delta Airline peanuts and a can of Coke. I sized the images to what I needed and printed...WALAH! instant embellishments!
Stanley finally arrived in Oklahoma!! Oh yeah, and Karen made it also *okie snickers*. I found a post card at Walmart that we used for the one page. I also resized a picture of the Cheyenne Arapaho tribal flag to use. For the statue picture I just used a sticker I had left over from a layout I did years ago *okie hears the gasps when she mentions stickers*, OH GET OVER IT! You guys know you have used them before also! *okie cracks up laughin*
I printed a picture of a Sonic cup to add to the page here. The lime and cherry brads are some I recently ordered from Eyelet Outlet. Karen mentioned something about her nephew should feel special that I used some of my nice brads on him *and okie whole-heartedly agrees*. The other page didn't seem to need much embellishing. We did add a picture of my daughter since her graduation was the whole reason for Karen and Stanley's trip to Oklahoma.
Finally on the back page we added Stanley decked out with his new sunglasses and surfboard. The sunglasses are a die cut and the surfboard is from a picture Karen had left over.
So that is the little scrapbook of Flat Stanley. It could have been better, but it could have been a lot worse to be sure! Overall I am quite happy with the project....oh and that little girl from Karen's nephews class.......She can tell her grandma to EAT IT BECAUSE WE ROCK!! *okie composes herself*.
Hope you guys enjoyed the Flat Stanley project!! *okie smiles sweetly and waves bye-bye*
I've seen many flat stanley projects over the years but this one is adorable!!!ReplyDelete
You rock Okie!! (but you already knew that....)
Okie....You are too....FUNNY!!!!ReplyDelete
ROTFLOL!!! I love Flat Stanley and his travels book!!!
Awesome job. I wish I had thought of doing a mini album for my Son's Flat Stanley.His was in kindergarten in 2000.His Aunt took Stanley from Calif. to Conneticut.ReplyDelete
OMGosh Okie! This totally rocks! :) If I had to take it to my 1st grade class... I would be sooo proud! You truly are a great friend to help deck out this cute little paper character! Boy what an adventure this Flat Stanley was on! He is one lucky dude! :)ReplyDelete
What an awesome project ... and your story is just hilarious! Thanks for making me laugh!! I hope Karen and Flat Stanley both have safe trips home.ReplyDelete
Love it! When my grand daughter had to do her Flat Stanley project, we sent him to my son in Iraq. Jason took lots of pictures of Stanley in his truck going on missions with him. It was so cute!ReplyDelete
i didn't know what a flat stanley was til i read this post! what a fun idea and okie you know how to kick ***, i meant kick it up a notch with all your clever ways of embellishing!!! thanks for the laughs!ReplyDelete
Okie...what a great idea! My son graduates this year also, and I remember when he did Flat Stanly! I remember ours went thru a fax machine for experience! This is fantastic, girl! I love each page and I can feel the love that went into it. TFSReplyDelete
You are too funny! I love this project and love to read your blog!ReplyDelete
OMG.........YOU GUY'S THAT IS SO AWESOME! Karen you're Nephew is going to love itReplyDelete
That is incredible! Karen's nephew is going to be the star of the class! So cute!ReplyDelete
Love your flat stanley book!! You did a great job and will put the others to shame heheheheReplyDelete
Adorable!! Shari (cricutrookie)ReplyDelete
This is way too good.....it's beyond a A+. Man, did he have a nice travel.ReplyDelete
Adorable Okie, just Adorable!!!!ReplyDelete
Okie.. you just crack me up!!! Karen sounds like my BFF, who sometimes manages to have a lapse in memory and forget that I'm a crafter... shudder indeed! lol... GREAT project. FANTASTIC. (i would have snuck in the inking while Karen went to the loo... ROTFLOL!)ReplyDelete
You had me rolling with all your *okie* excerpts! What a wonderful Flat Stanley book though :)ReplyDelete
Just darling. Boy, I wish you would have thought to ink at least some of the pages! (Snarfff!) Love ya, girl!ReplyDelete
Okie, thank you for continuing to share your creations! You are so inspiring and creative! I have given you an award! You may pick it up on my blog! http://ginathorntonstamping.blogspot.com/ReplyDelete
Awesome Flat Stanley album! Everyone in his class will want one!! :)ReplyDelete
Great little album. I recently helped my daughter put together 3 8X8 albums that documented her and her husband's journey the past 10 years. I cut all the Cricut titles and embellishments but made the album very quick and simple. It was a struggle not to make them to our usual standard. We shared them at her husband's graduation ceremony for his masters in religion. People were still impressed.ReplyDelete
This is without a doubt the best Flat Stanley project that I have ever seen. What a lucky little guy to have such a great Aunt and an Aunt's great BFF Okie! Wonderful job!ReplyDelete
Besides being concerned about your sanity... I think the scrapbook of "Flat Stanley" really, really rocks!!!!!!!!!ReplyDelete
You are just toooooo funny. I'm sure I would probably do something like this with Flat Stanley too. Gotta give a kid the best we can, right?! I wish someone would send me a Flat Stanley. :^( Maybe someday one of my great nieces or nephews will. One can only hope.ReplyDelete
That's awesome. I just spent a week with a flat stanley myself. Although I only did a scrap page in the book. Your project is super special and will be the coolest in the class. Great work!ReplyDelete
So cute love this book.l What a great idea.ReplyDelete
Wow, I feel like such a lame-o because we just sent Flat Stanly to Cleveland, Oh and he went to the Cleveland Cavs basketball playoff games and only wrote a normal paragraph on PLAIN white paper. If only I had seen this sooner...:)ReplyDelete
Okie, I LOVE to read your blog and this project is the cutest thing! Your Embellishments make the Flat Stanley mini-album RoCK!ReplyDelete
Great job Okie, you will surly beat out the grandma (lol)ReplyDelete
That's hilarious! What a great idea! have a great weekend!ReplyDelete
I have never heard of flat Stanley before. Now I know all about him. This is the cutest darn thing I have ever seen. You did an amazing job Okie....you get an A without a doubt. Yep that Grandma can bite it..heheheh. TFS!ReplyDelete