Thursday, March 26, 2015

School Days- A Vintage Album

I am really quite excited to share this mini album with you all today.  I only learned about and fell in love with Graphic 45 early last year and by then it was too late to purchase collections that I was seeing and loving on Pinterest and YouTube.  Graphic 45 re-released this collection and naturally, I made a new mini album!

The tag is held to the cover with a brad.

Tim Holtz chain for closure.

This is my third album using the Paper Phenomenon "Max Your Mini" AKA "Witches Brew" album tutorial.  The page size is 8x8 making the album 8 1/2 x 8 1/2.  I think this is the perfect size for a smaller mini.  Big enough for 4x6 photos and small enough to maintain the cuteness factor.

Here we go with page 1.........

Inside the front cover

The back of page 1

Here is Page 2.....

Front of page 2

Back of page 2

Well, you get the idea.  I really enjoyed working with this paper collection and making a cute school oriented mini album.  Here are the fronts of the remaining pages.....

My Album Recipe:

Tutorial: Paper Phenomenon  Max Your Mini from Holiday Kit Club #2
Paper: Graphic 45 ABC Primer Re-release, Bazzill Raven Black and Red
Embellishments: Rare Earth magnets, Tim Holtz chain closure, Michael's brads, EK Success edge punches
Inks: Distress Black Soot

I do hope you give this great album tutorial a try.  No matter what paper collection you use it is going to look great!

Have a happy day!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Paris Anyone? A Foto Folio Scrapbook in Yellow and Black

I think what I love most about making mini scrapbooks is the paper.  It's the way the colors make me feel or how the images twist my emotions.

I was introduced to mini scrapbooks in a class at my local scrapbook store - Scrapbook Central in Courtenay, BC in October 2014, and since then I have become a paperaholic.  I don't think there is cure at this time and even if there was I probably would wait for double blind trials, lol!

I immediately fell in love with this Authentique: Classic Beauty collection the moment I saw it in a sales email from an online store.  I bought it the same moment!

I have turned the simple paper pad and Life Cards into a wonderful Foto Folio following Kathy Orta's second set of folios and style #6.  It is a great tutorial, easy to follow and makes a unique, off center scrapbook with room for lots of photos.  A male friend was visiting and noticed the scrapbook on my table.  He opened up and started to turn the pages.  He kept saying, "this is great", and then "it just keeps on going, doesn't it?"

This is what you see when you remove the magnetized belt closure.
Open the top flap to reveal the the center of the book.

Now let's explore the left side.....

I used an acetate pocket on the left

The yellow pages is actually multiple tags ready for pictures.

Let's explore the right side.....

The left side has stepped pockets and the right side has a series of tag layers.

I used Tim Holtz #10 tags on this layer

On the bottom of all the tag layers is a generous pocket with space for a layout.
After the tag section comes a large acetate pocket for lots of memorabilia.

I kept the left side plain so I can do a layout with photos.
and finally we come to the last page.....

Big "L" pocket at the end!

I hope you have enjoyed looking a this paper as much as I did while making the album!  Here is my recipe:

Project Recipe
Tutorial: Paper Phenomenon  Foto Folio 2, Style #6
Paper: Authentique Classic Beauty paper pad and Life Cards, Bazzill Raven Black and Pale Yellow
Embellishments: Acetate, Fab Scraps charm, Office Depot paper clips, Stampin' Up brad, Rare Earth magnets, Tim Holtz #10 tags from Scrapbook Central
Inks: Distress Black Soot

Have a super scrappy day!


Monday, March 16, 2015

Grandma's 4x6 Brag Book

I have a very cute little mini album to share with you today.  This album is made from Pion papers from Sweden.  The only store in Canada where you can find them is at Treasured Memories Scrapbooking in Duncan, BC.

This little book is 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 and is perfect for the 4x6 photos of a special little person.  I am thinking of this album as a grandma's brag book.

Inside the cover section
The album is filled with acetate pockets, flaps, tags and side pockets, which provide over 40 spots for photos.

I used a Kathy Orta tutorial from Paper Phenomenon.  This one is the January 2015 bonus project known as the Gift Card Folio and Box Set.

On the right is a photo frame with tag insert.

Project Recipe
Tutorial: Paper Phenomenon  Gift Card Folio and Box Set.
Paper: Pion baby paper collection from last year, Bazzill brown
Embellishments: Acetate, Martha Stewart edge punch, EK Success edge punch from Stampin Up

Hope you enjoyed seeing this project as much as I did making it!


Friday, March 6, 2015

New Tangle - Laughmin

Every once in a while inspiration hits you smack between the eyes and I had one of those experiences today.

Elaine Huffman, the inspiration behind Tangle U (a continuing education retreat for Zentangle Teachers) posted on Facebook a picture of a Minion with a definition for Snaughling.  During the ensuing dialogue Jane MacKugler suggested that we might get a new Tangle out of snaughling.

Well, that was a challenge that I could not pass up!  This is what I created:

If you are a Zentangle fan you will recognize this chart as a "step out".  It shows the steps to draw the Tangle and there are just 4 steps to Laughmin.  The name is a take on laughing Minions.  Every time I see a picture of the Minions I have to smile and my Tangle kind of looks like a smile.

Give it a try and let me see what you create!


Friday, February 27, 2015

Playing With New Toys - Sculpey Clay

Hi All!  I am sure my few faithful followers are wondering where I have been.  Well, I have been away at a work related conference and I have been playing with new toys.

I love how Pinterest shows you things they think you would like to see.  Well we all know that can lead to trouble.  I was drawn in by journal covers made with polimer clay.  Naturally, I had to try it for myself.  Here is my first attempt.....

I really didn't know what to start with so I went with something familiar - flowers.  I rolled out a brown clay base and then used an embossing folder to impress the background image. I rolled flat a section of green and hand cut the leaves. I tried adding tiny micro beads into the leaf vein but they wouldn't go where I wanted them - too tiny!

I watched so many YouTube videos and visited a few blogs to get an idea of what to do and what supplies were needed.  Here are the links to a few of my favorites:

There are so many more to check out but you can find the ones you love by google'ng or searching YouTube.

My second attempt was a sea plate.....

This one has little pearl beads and assorted green glass beads, as well as more of the tiny micro beads.  I used a mold to make the shell and starfish shapes.  I am so loving this one and will probably make more of this style to actually put on a journal.

I also tried making flowers from two different cutter shapes....

I added Pearl Ex power to the clay and a bead for the center before baking.

I am really enjoying checking out what to do with polimer clay.  I am sure you will see more here soon.

Have a wonderful crafty day!

Monday, February 16, 2015

A BoBunny My Design Mini

Today's scrapbook has a bunch of new features and twists in design - so let's check it out!

Here are the cover shots ......

I used the BoBunny C'est La Vie paper collection pack along with the Life Journal Dividers and Ephamera Contents and the 6x6 pad.  To the cover I added Petaloo, Prima and Wild Orchid flowers, and Prima bling, a jewelry finding and wood button.  The punched edge around the perimeter of the album is from a Recollections punch.

Here is page 1 ..... (yes, all this is page one!)

The design of this album is from Paper Phenomenon and I combined the My Design Mini with acetate pockets and Kathy's faux post bound cover.  Kathy is currently working through an alternate MDM with this binding and acetate pockets on her Friday show.

Showing all the pictures one-by-one is tougher than just watching a video, so I made a video with my phone to show you how all the pages go together.

Ok, so the twists and turns I wrote about are the pages that are reversed from the original tutorial the addition of acetate pockets and pages, and the faux post binding.

Here are a few more pages .....

Project Recipe
Tutorial: Paper Phenomenon My Design Mini
Paper: BoBunny C'est La Vie paper collection pack, Life Journal Dividers, Ephamera Contents and the 6x6 pad.
Embellishments: Petaloo, Prima and Wild Orchid flowers, and Prima bling, a jewelry finding and wood button.  I also used  Recollections, EK Success and Martha Stewart punches. I used Ranger Gathered Twigs ink for distressing the paper edges.

Hope you enjoyed seeing this project as much as I did making it!