Thursday, June 25, 2015

Camping Memories

I have been holding off showing this mini album because I wanted to put some of my family camping pictures in it first. But alas, time flies by and it has been a few weeks since I last posted a project.

This mini is from Kathy Orta's new Minutes to Memories tutorial.  It is a very fast project using a sewn in binding and pocket pages combined with large envelopes.  I was able to construct the base album in one evening.

I used Simple Stories "Take a Hike" paper collection and Snap Pages.  The large envelopes are from the BoBunny MiscMe collection.  The cover looks pretty plain at this point because I will be adding a large picture of the family around the camp fire and probably some twigs and other woodsie embellishments.  Yes, that is burlap on the spine.

The inside front cover has a very nice angle pocket for extra tags or memorabilia.

 I never realized how quick a pocket page (or project life) style was put together.  Just cut the pretty paper and pictures to size and slip them in the pockets - no glueing!

As I add pictures I will remove some of the decorative papers from the pockets.  I will also add lots of stickers and surface embellishments to complement the photo subject.

In Kathy's original tutorial she uses a "signature" binding, making one signature to hold the pages.  I decided I wanted more pages so I made three signatures and sewed them directly to the spine.

This is such a great, easy scrapbook to make using just pocket pages and large envelopes. I can't wait to get my photos organized and into this book!

Have a wonderful scrappy day!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

It's a Cute Purse, No Wait A Mini Album!

I have been a member of Kathy Orta's kit club for a little over a year and am enjoying the great, inventive, and interesting mini album projects.  The amount of paper and supplies we get is amazing and very generous. My project today is from Kit Club #11 - The Convertible Album and it looks like a ladies handbag.

I think the reason it is called the convertible album is because you can choose to make it into the purse shape or leave off the closure and handle and just make the wonderful album.  The project also uses a chipboard speciality album with the pieces inserted throughout with a special hinge that Kathy's shows us how to make.

Enough talk.....  here is my decorating take on the Convertible Mini......
I decorated some like Kathy and some like me.

Close up of the front

Here is the back
Just a note about the pages.  The 100 Days of Summer album came out before I started this one and I used the stacked pockets idea in my convertible album.

Inside first cover and first page

Here is where you can see the stacked pockets I added to the design of the mini. It just gives more space for tags and that means we can add more pictures.

 On this page I cut out the round slides "thingy" and attached it to the pocket so that it made another pocket.
I made a fancy tag for this page that opens up and has pockets.
More stacked pockets here. You can also see the added page
with Kathy's special new hinge

I love adding elements to pockets that make more pockets.

This is a really big album because there are 6 pages on both sides of the handle clasp. This is the start of the second section.

More stacked pockets and lots of tags.

Finally the last page!
I really liked this project for a number of reasons; super interesting design and clasp, really two albums in one - 12 pages in all, and the new "add any element" hinge.  Thanks Kathy!

Project Recipe

Tutorial: Paper Phenomenon Convertible Mini Album
Paper: Kathy's kit included BoBunny Mordern Miss, Paper Accents black, cream, red and Navy
Embellishments: Rare Earth Magnets, Trinket charms from Kathy's shop, BoBunny ephemera and a bunch of other goodies from the collection, paper clips from my stash, amazing purse clasp from the kit
Inks: Ranger Distress Black Soot

Hope you enjoyed my project!  Have a super scrappy day!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Gate Fold BoBunny Mini Album

Feathers anyone? 

My mini album today features a BoBunny collection and a wonderful kit and tutorial Kathy Orta called Life in Retrospect.  The color combination is fun and youthful making this an album that could be used for almost any age or occasion.

I made the cover a little different than the tutorial with just one picture frame and place for a title or another picture.  And since the paper line sports wonderful feathers I decided to add a few with beads to dangle from the cover.

The frame on the cover is made so that you can easily slip a 3x5 picture in and even switch it out occasionally. This is a gate fold style that comes together in the center, secured with magnets.

I love this design!  It has so many tags and places for photos that I counted 24 spaces on each page and there are six pages, which means 144 photos to tell a story of an event or a person.  

Here are the pictures of the first page. The left side is a flap that has a folded tag slipped into a belly band and on the back side of the flap is another belly band that hold two folded tags.  Right away that is room for at least 8-10 photos.

Under the flap is the base page with a pocket flap folding from the right side. In front of the pocket is a little pocket that holds more tags and memorabilia.  The flap itself is a pocket which means you can add more tags.  That is just tagalicious!

The backside of the page is made of Kathy's signature stacked pockets making room for much larger tags to hold more photos and journaling.

You can't really see in this picture but the left side is the back of page one with the stacked pockets.  To top it all off, the page mechanism itself forms a pocket where I slipped a very large folded and pocketed tag. 

These pictures represent the general construction of each of the six pages. Here are the rest of the pictures....

Inside page 2

Back of page 2 and start of page 3

Inside page 3

Back of page 3 and start of page 4

Inside page 4

Back of page 4 and front of page 5

Inside page 5

Back of page 5 and start of page 6
Back of page 6 and the inside back cover with tag
 There is so much room in this album that Kathy showed how how to make a tag booklet secured to the inside front cover with magnets.  It has several layers and room for over 10 photos!

Well, I think this is going to be one of my favorite albums and you will be seeing it again here with different papers in the future.

Project Recipe

Tutorial: Paper Phenomenon Life in Retrospect
Paper: Kathy's kit included BoBunny Star Crossed and Authentique Crush
Embellishments: Feathers from Michael's, beads from my stash, Rare Earth Magnets, crate Papre Kiss Kiss Stickers, dies cuts journal cards from the paper lines, papers clips from my stash
Inks: Prima Chalk edgers from Scrapadabadoo

Hope you enjoyed my project!  Have a super scrappy day!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Clay Journal Covers

If you have been visiting my blog for some time then you know I like to try new things and this time it is working with polymer clay.  I have been scouting Pinterest and YouTube for months now to learn how to work with clay to make all kinds of interesting things such as journal covers. I first blogged about this back in February and if you look back you can see how far I have come since then.

I like to draw using the Zentangle method and I am always looking for cool paper to make into a Zentangle journal.  When I saw the journal covers by The Mandarin Duck  and The Mandarin Moon, I knew I had to give it a try.

Well here goes, my first two journal covers.....

On this first one, I used black Sculpey III rolled out to 4 x 6 1/4.  I sectioned off an area for sand and an area for sea.  I used PanPastels to colour both areas and then began adding my gems, charms and shells.  I finished off with a little Perfect Pearls for shine and more colour in some areas.

 This second attempt is coloured with Perfect Pearls.  I used a mould for a couple of the shells you see on both covers.

I still have to seal them and glue down to the journals.  I am going to keep one for myself but the others will be available to my Zentangle students for purchase. Let me know if you want one too.

I'll be back when I have more clay journals to share.