Sunday, September 21, 2014

Mini Time

Mini albums are not only very cute and very versatile, but also are satisfying little albums of joy.  Sometimes, when you're scrapbooking - especially a large event such as a trip or a wedding, you can get a bit of scrapper's block.  It happens, it is normal.  You get in a rut, you get tired of doing the same event over and over.  When this happens to me, I break out a mini project.  I love the feeling of accomplishment afterwards, not to mention how awesome my project is.

These are a few mini albums I've worked on lately.  One of the best things about mini albums is the versatility of album styles and medians.  Here, I've got mini albums made of paper lunch bags, acrylic, a keepsake box, and chipboard.

Mini albums get those creative juices flowing because you can get quite a bit done in a short amount of time, and the size limit may help you focus.  Grab a collection full of extra fun coordinating stuff like tags, brads, ribbon, buttons, etc. and you're ready - no need to spend a lot of time looking through your stuff to find embellishments, which can be distracting sometimes (especially when you're like me, and you have a problem - with buying scrapbook stuff, so you tend to have a lot of scrapbook stuff, and you spend a lot of time organizing/looking... but I digress.)

The ready-to-decorate style are fun, like the large Making Memories tabbed album pictured here.  I used SEI's "Bridgeport" collection for this album.  I still love this collection, after many years, and snatched up a bunch more of it when SEI had a really awesome internet clearance, something like 75% off!  Some of the paper is embossed, some is metallic, all of it is thick and delicious.  I love paper.  This album was easy and quick to create, I really just randomly added embellishments, made some tags and inked the edges.  I didn't have to over think it.

I usually like to create the cover first to inspire the rest of the album.  I like being able to get chunky with mini albums in a way you can't with traditional scrapbook pages.  Lots of layering with foam tape.  And the themed cover creates a focus for the rest of the album.  Minis allow you to create beyond the page, things can stick up and stick out.

For this album I used a little keepsake box.  Cute right?  The cover says "happy birthday," and the colors are bright and fun.  The pages on the inside are actually one page that has been scored and folded for an accordion effect.  For this album, I used a 6x6 paper pad from American Crafts that was birthday themed.  I purchased it at Tuesday Morning for a whopping $2, but it didn't have coordinating embellishments.  Not a problem, with the fun colorful paper, just about anything I had worked with it.  Random eyelets and ribbon, butterflies, misc. titles and tags.  It all worked!  This album, like all the others, makes a great little homemade gift for the person who has everything. 

Paper bags are one of my favorite mediums for mini albums.  Use the classic kraft color, or hit up the local craft store for the colored ones in the party section.  There are tons of paper bag tutorials on the web, but basically:  get 5 paper bags, fold them in half, punch holes with the Crop-A-Dile and decorate!  I usually fill the pockets of that are created 

when folding the bags with tags that coordinate with the paper.  If you want the covers to have more structure, cut a piece of chipboard from your stock about 1/2 larger than the paper bags.  Punch holes with the Crop-A-Dile.  Use binder rings or ribbon in the punched holes.  I used BasicGrey's "Hipster" collection for this paper bag album, and thought the kraft color was perfect for the collection.  For the pocket pages, I used a small circle punch as a cut out for the tags.

So if you're feeling like you want to create something, but also feel stuck in a rut, try a mini-album!  At the next convention, take a mini-album class.  Even though I've taught tons of classes, I always learn something new when I take a class.  Some of my favorite classes at the CKC are given by The Button Farm or Embellish It!  The instructors are great and the projects are always awesome.

I've got a good size pile of mini albums right now, but they are great to have around for last-minute gifts.  And when my pile gets too big, I will rent a table at a craft show, sell some off and start again!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Productive Day!

Today was a productive one in terms of scrapbooking for me.  I created three different layouts, for three different events!  Hello!  I know people who spend an 8-hour crop on one layout!  No pressure, okay - but that is a bit too long!  No matter what you do, it can only be better than a plain, undocumented photo!  You can't go wrong in scrapbooking is my moto!  So don't obsess, if you aren't having fun why are you scrapbooking?

So yeah, I'm feeling good about doing a few layouts on a lazy Saturday, with an afternoon nap thrown in there to boot.

First, is a layout of my niece and I at Santa Fe Pride.  Unlike the Pride Parades in Washington, DC or Philadelphia, this one was so short I scrambled to get my camera out and didn't get any decent shots!  Too funny, I have to remember I'm not in a big city anymore!  But we still had some nice shots of us hanging around the plaza.  I used a My Mind's Eye collection, "Collectable," along with a chipboard butterfly, a bit of bling, and some random flowers from my stash.  The pictures are arranged in a pinwheel design, simple but cute.  One down!

Next up was a layout style that I don't usually do - the one photo.  The picture of my baby boy, Tyrone, was so cute that I had it printed as a 5x7 and felt it could handle the one photo per layout style.  Who only takes one photo of an event?  I don't like having to choose, that is why multi-photo layouts are my style of choice.  The single style works here, he is so cute right?  For this layout,

I used another My Mind's Eye collection, "Lush," which perfectly describes the elements of the collection.  The paper is thick and creamy, with a beautiful navy velvet design; and velvet rick rack ribbon.  I used some BasicGrey sticker letters from my stash to create the title, and outlined it with a navy glitter pen.  The swirls were cut with my Cricut, using the Art Philosophy cartridge.  That cartridge is the bomb, it is so versatile, I've used it to create accents for so many different layouts.  Two down!

My last layout of the day is a two-page spread, my personal favorite, with lots of photos!  I used BasicGrey's "Indie Bloom" collection for this layout and visited Pinterest for some sketch inspiration, man I love that site.  I found some old school BasicGrey velvet ribbon that I've hard for a long-time!  I love using old stash, but then I panic because I know that I probably won't find anymore of it!  These pics are from my good friend Ashley's graduation.  So proud of her.  This layout was done after my nap, sometimes you need to re-charge your creative batteries!  Third layout is the charm.

So yep, I spent my Saturday scrapping and napping, and I'm pretty excited about it!  Now I am sipping on a cocktail, listening to the PBS special about the Roosevelts, and writing this blog entry.  Cheers!