Friday, May 18, 2018

Authentique's Accolade Masculine Mini

A Country Craft Creations Design Team Project

Oh I have a fun project to share with you today.  I've spoken often about how much harder it is for me, and many of you, to make masculine projects.  Part of the problem is finding nice masculine type collections to work with.  Well today I've flipped Authentique's Accolade collection from the normal 'A' side designs we usually pick first to work with to the 'B' sides.  This is the side that normally compliments the primary designs.  The flip side of the Authentique Accolade collection is a wonderful collection of brown and beige very masculine looking papers.  I loved them and that's what I've used today for my mini.  

My mini is 8" square with a 3" spine allowing for 7 1/2" square pages, of which there are 5 full pages with the 6th split into 3 smaller flips, which I'll share in just a bit.  I've used 1/2" gussets between the pages which allows the book to lay nicely (see the photo below). 

I opted not to do a full blown tutorial for this mini since the main construction is so similar to many of my other tutorials you can check them out on my YouTube Playlists Page.  You might want to start with the How Do I Do That Playlist and branch out from there.  But as always, with anything I create, I'm always here to answer any questions or help solve any snags you may have in your creative process.  Never hesitate to drop me an email with questions, comments or concerns. And on that same line I love it when you share what you've made tailored after something I've shared!

I supplemented the main collection papers with Authentique Spectrum II and Artisan in Brown and Kraft.  Here's a two page spread with two different closures.  I was hoping to get the look of a belt on the right hand side.

Something I do often and really love the look is to cluster groupings of stickers and cut outs from the paper to create tuck in areas for photos or tags. 

This is where I split the hinge to make 3 small flaps.  This gives lot more movement and interest to your mini's.  I used a 2" circle punch to make the finger pulls for the inside mats.

A smaller pocket left open at the side creates a great slip in for the narrower mats and a huge area for a large mat or photo.  Since the pages measure 7.5" square there is lots of space for photos up to 7" square.  I only allowed for three of the pages to have large side pockets.  Since there is ample room within the page design to save lots of large photos I thought three kept the bulk down.

The keys on the tag shown here are also the keys I used to decorate the spine.  By fussy cutting these two keys and adding the one from the sticker sheet I have a fun element for the outside.  Snipping the top part of the keys and interlacing and gluing them gives the appearance of keys together.  I added a good layer of Glossy Accents.  The hanger is simply a very thin piece of Artisan brown paper twisted in the middle, looped around the keys and tucked under the canvas.  The secret is making sure you securely glue everything down.  I use my trusty Art Glitter glue, available in the store.

The spine is sticky back canvas Glimmermisted in browns.  I haven't used this before so was unsure how strong the sticky back was so chose to add a good layer of Art Glitter glue.

There's lots more to share with you so please pop on over to my video and watch the walk through of each page.  Thanks for joining me and have fun crafty day.  Be sure and check out the Authentique paper collections at Country Craft Creations.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Sweet Baby Girl Accordion Mini with a Box

Hello everyone, there sure isn't anything sweeter than a new baby.  One of my closest friends just became a Great Grandmother for the first time and I wanted something special for the baby to celebrate her entrance into our world.  I opted to use Echo Park's Sweet Baby Girl collection and it is that, just the sweetest bits of pink and teal and everything available to make whatever project you'd want.  I also want to give a big shout out to my crafty friend Cheryl Wells who sent me a Country Craft Creations Gift Card at Christmas time.  Yes, I know, I've been hoarding it, but I was so glad I had so I could purchase this fantastic collection.  If you're ever on the fence about what to get another crafter you can't go wrong with a Gift Card!

 I decided to make an accordion mini, one of the fastest and easiest around.  You simply determine the height of your mini, mine is 6", determine the number of pages you're going to want, I choose 12 and then cut, score, adhere and fold.

My supplies all came from the Country Craft Creations store.  I used white Artisan cardstock for my base.  Since the sheets come 12" square I simply cut them in half creating 2 6"x12" strips and scored each strip in half at the 6" mark.  I made hinges and attached three strips together creating six 6" spots on each side.  Once attached it's just a matter of decorating with your favorite papers and folding the pages back on one another to create the accordion.

I primarily used the 6x6" pad from the collection but I did use the whole cut apart sheet that had the 12 months on them.  These became the magnetized flaps for each folded section and will represent the baby's first year in photos and notes.

Side one shows the first six months and

Side two shows the rest of the year up to baby's first birthday.

Adding the magnetized flaps allows a small photo to be put on the back and numerous photos to be held loose between the magnets.  Please join me on the video as we walk through the whole books process and completion.  As I said this is a super simple idea any one can make for any occasion.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

This video will show you how to construct the basic box to house a 6x6" mini

I've entered my mini into the Crafter's Castle Challenge, I don't normally enter challenges, I used to but have just gotten out of the habit but Janie gave me the head's up and I couldn't resist.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Life Composed in Mini Album form

a Canvas Corp Brands CREW project

I think you're all going to want to pop on over to the Canvas Corp Brands Blog today and see this mini I've created.  Wow, oh wow have I fallen in love with Aga Baraniak's new collection Compose Your Life. This is such a different collection printed on many different weights and textures of papers, some of which is printed heavy mixed media paper.  While some of the coloring has been done for you there's still a large assortment of papers just waiting for your personal coloring touches and techniques.  A great assortment for any crafter. Click here or on the photo for the Canvas Corp Blog Post.

I have a complete video walk through of this mini here 

And as an extra bonus this was created using my Loose Spine Mini tutorial series.  So if you're interested in making a mini with a similar design check out my playlist here


Aga Baraniak Collection 
Tattered Angels
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Supplies from my Stash:Country Craft Creations Artisan Cardstock in White and Red; Core’dinations cardstock in green;  Art Glitter liquid glue; Magnets; brads; Dies – Spellbinders Arched Elegance Pocket, Creative Expressions by Sue Wilson Dorado, Spellbinders Divine Eloquence, Spellbinders Superellipse, Sizzix Framelits Tags, Marianne Designs Envelope,  Spellbinders Pierced Rectangles; Tim Holtz Distress inks in Worn Lipstick and Vintage Photo
Tools: Big Shot, Scan -n- Cut, Martha Stewart Score board, bone folder, scissors, kraft knife, corner punches,

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Authentique's Stitches Leftovers to Cards

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Recently I share a new mini using Authentique's Stitches Collection.  Well as with most projects there are always leftover bits and pieces.  I like to make mine into cards or tags instead of storing the leftovers away.  I know once I have packaged them up and tucked them into a nice little storage nook rarely are they brought back out to be made into something new.  It's better for me to finish up the odds and ends into leftovers while my desk is still covered in the remains of the main project.

So today I'm sharing a few photos here but I have the complete process for all ten cards on the video below.  Granted I am working in high speed but you'll get the jist of what I'm doing and perhaps give you food for thought of ways to incorporate your scraps into cards. (Don't forget with YouTube videos you can click on the cog in the lower right and change the speed if there's some part that you're wanting to see in greater detail.)

Along with cardstock I also incorporated some canvas in several spots.  You can die cut canvas and you can also stamp on it, both of which are shown in the cards I'm sharing.  It's nice to use other textures when you create.

It's always fun to pull in everything in your crafty area that might enhance the bits and pieces of decorative paper you have left.  I have this set of Paper Dolls from Tim Holtz that just crack me up.  I used one on the card above.  Nothing is better than adding a few unclaimed relative's photos to your cards.  Since I have a humongous supply of my own ancestors photos in my photo drawers here I always look at these people in the Tim Holtz packages and can't help but wonder who they were.  Anyway they sure add life to my cards and a fun twist.

I used some older stamp and die sets I had in my stash to embellish the ins and outs of the cards.  I hope what I share today will inspire you to turn your scraps into cards or tags.  Once you do pop them in the mail and share them with a few of your friends, I know it will brighten up their day.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Authentique's Stitches Loose Spine Mini

a Country Crafts Creations Design Team Project

Many of you faithful followers will have already seen a condensed version of this mini if you've been following along on my YouTube video tutorial series Loose Spine Mini.  This series consists of 9 process videos walking you through the complete process, step-by-step, page-by-page, of how to make this mini.  Today I'm here with the blog post and video presentation of the finished Mini Album.

Tammy Merrill of Country Craft Creations sent Authentique's Stitches collection to me to play with and it has been fun and a tad nostalgic along the way.  I'm an oldie that learned to sew on my Momma's Singer Treadle machine, that's right the non-electric version.  It was a fantastic way to learn because you had so much control over the speed.  Of course all the fancy-dancy stitches weren't available.  Forward and reverse, just right for a youngster learning.  The Stitches collections brings forward so many of those old memories.  I hope you'll find some great nostalgia in my book as well.

The construction of the mini is with a loose spine and no gussets between the pages.  Unique, easy and fun to make.  I tended to add a few extra pockets and flaps, something that's so easy to do when you are creating but also can leave an alligator mouth on your mini.  I solved that problem by creating this gorgeous belly band to allow for photos and what nots as the mini expands even further.

The mini is six pages total and uses Country Craft Creations Artisan cardstock for the base, belly band and spine.  I did use three coats of Collage Podge (a Mod Podge) on the spine for extra stability. There are six tuck in top mats that measure 4"x5"

You'll find as with most of my minis that there are a lot of options for photos with with tuck in expandable booklets or flips and flaps.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo on all the edges.  Most of the tag ties and bows are made with colored Seam Binding from the store.

I did have fun designing a decorative envelope and adding a touch of lace gifted from my talented friend Manuela in Switzerland, you may know her as Bunny Bow on YouTube.  Manuela has sent me so many gorgeous lace items shes crafted with her embroidery machine and I hoard them, I know I'm bad but I do I hoard them.  This time I just had to include this little rosette of lace and yes, I promise Manuela I'll be better going forward, but it's so hard, I love them all.  We crafters are such silly ducks!

I went through my stash of dies and used quite a few throughout the book along with a lot of the stickers and cut aparts from the Stitches collection.

The graphics within this collection are so stunning they lend themselves to being left free to enhance the viewers perspective.  Here you can see I simply cut along the papers image line to create a pocket and continued the paper from left to right on both pages.  Simply stunning images.

I hope you'll walk through the finished book on the video with me.  And if you want to create a mini like this for yourself be sure and check out the video tutorial series as well

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Tutorial Series, Loose Spine Mini

Hi everyone, I'm starting a video tutorial series on how to create the spine and framework for the mini I did with Carta Bella's Country Cowboy.  This will be a playlist series on my personal YouTube channel called Loose Spine Mini Tutorial Series.  The first video is the spine construction, the following videos will show ideas to do each page and the final video will be the outer covers and decorations.  I hope I share something new for you to take away and try yourself.  Please subscribe to my YouTube channel so you'll be notified when the next video is live.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Cowboy Country Mini Album for Country Craft Creation

a Country Craft Creations design team project

Hello everyone, I've a fun mini album to share with you straight from the days of my youth.  Steve Duncan has designed this fabulous collection for Cata Bella called Cowboy Country.  This mini would be perfect for any age Cowboy or Cowgirl in your family.  A great mini to house those family photos you have tucked away.  So let's get started and see what you think.

This mini sports six pages accordion pleated and directly glued to the hinges with no gussets (you'll get a great description of this process on the video).  The spine is free to move and be flexible.  I love this look and I love how the mini lies almost flat as you're thumbing through it.

I opted not to have any type of closure on it and even though it looks very open mouthed here it really isn't.  Adding a belly band closure or a knotted tie closure would be super simple if the mini were too grow to wide once the photos were added. 

 I did include six large top slip in tags for some fairly good sized photos.

Throughout the mini I've used a lot of magnets to keep things neat and tidy and each page has some sort of sisal rope on it.  I love that rope/twine, it has that definite country feel to it.  There are lots of pockets and slips to hold an abundance of of mats and tags.

I discovered that if I used my clear Wink of Stella glitter pen on different wordings (like the Yee Haw above) and then once dry went over it with Glossy Accents I had just a hint of sparkle show through and a nice raised effect from the Glossy Accents.  Perfect for a cowboy mini with not too much glitz and glam.

As I said above this mini has six two-page spreads which gives lots of area to showcase this great collection of Western themed papers.

I hope you'll join me on the video for a complete walk through of the mini.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Crafty Storage and it's Red!

a Canvas Corp Brands CREW project

Hello everyone, just a little sneak peek at a project I just completed for the Canvas Corp Brands CREW.  I had this paper mache pitcher and decided it would be the perfect holder for my stencil brushes. I used the luscious DIY and Decor Paint in Scarlet to transform it to fit into my crafty space.  Yep, you guessed it I use white with red accents anytime I can in my space.  Red is my happy color.  I hope you'll pop on over to the Canvas Corp blog to check out the full post and see how I did what.  As always I'll also have a full video of the process and the after photos.  Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget Canvas Corp Brands is based right here in the USA and if you place a minimum $10 order in the USA shipping is free, yep you heard me right free.  So jump on over there and check out the fabulous offerings they have.  Be sure and hit the NEW button since new 2018 items are being added weekly and you sure wouldn't want to miss out on any of the yumminess available for your crafty hands!  You can see the full blog post, video link and how to steps and photos HERE

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Photo Play's Love Notes - Chipboard Mini Album

a Country Craft Creations Design Team

Today I'm sharing a fun collection from Photo Play called Love Notes.  Even though it's primary use is for Valentines I've designed this mini to be used for any special family photos or occasion.  You won't find the word Valentine inside anywhere.  But, you will find lots of opportunities to showcase those special ones you love.

I couldn't resist using the Pigs Flying paper.  OMG they are just so darn cute.  I tried lots of options for the closure of the book including the two metal rings which were included.  I finally opted for two lacings of three of the colored seam binding from the Country Craft Creations store.  I love the scrunchy look (achieved by wetting the seam binding, scrunching it up and allowing to dry)

The book is constructed of 8 premade chipboard album pages measuring 6x6" not including the tabs.  

As is typical in most of my mini's the two adjoining pages match with corresponding paper and elements to provide a good flow from one page to the other.  I've used a lot of Stickles and Glossy Accents throughout the book to give lots of glitter and glitz as you turn the pages.

Because I also had the sticker sheet I incorporated as many as I could here and there throughout the book.  One way to keep the bulk down, which I've used numerous times within, is to ink around the edge with a permanent black marker.  This gives the illusion of another sheet of black without the weight. You can see how nice this looks on the Kisses tab above.

There are belly bands and pockets and frames to add numerous photos and notes within the pages.  Lots of room to capture those wonderful moments for generations to come.  You can see how I trimmed around the hanging hearts to create the cute pocket above.  I backed the top edge of the cut out with heavy packing tape before cutting the decorative edge.  This gives a smooth flow in and out of the pocket and also strengthens that top edge.

Please join me on the video for a complete walk through and lots more photos.  Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a fun crafty day playing in your own crafty space.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Country Kitchen Mini Album

a Country Craft Creations design team project

Carta Bella collection, Country Kitchen, has lent itself wonderfully to my new mini.  Tammy Merrill from Country Craft Creations supplied me with the majority of the goodies to make this album.  I hope you'll take away some inspiration for one of your next minis.

This is an 8" square mini constructed with medium weight chipboard and covered with black Artisan cardstock along with decorative papers and elements from the Carta Bella Country Kitchen collection.

I included two extra sides to this mini so that the pages are completely enclosed when snapped shut (magnets hold the front securely as well as holding different pages and elements shut within the book)  You can easily do this to any mini you're making by adding an additional spine on the right hand side and a skinnier front piece to magnetize all together.  My front strip measures 8"x1 1/4"

This mini includes six hinges with 1/2" gussets between each.  Three sections are made using cut out oval frames from my Cricut and decorative edge elements on the flip page.  

This is the backside.  Once the photos are in place all the edges around the frames can be securely glued to keep the photos snugly in place.  You can see the decorative edge cut on the Farm to Table page, this was also made using my Cricut.

The frame sections are tri-folds, as shown above, this allows for lots of room for photos or if you're showcasing the great cooks of your family, recipes. 

The additional three sections either have pockets, belly bands, flip outs, or tuck ins.  It's a great amount of real estate for those family cookbook favorite photos.  The paper is so darling I think the animals, pigs, cows and chickens just make you smile.

Side pockets lend themselves to tuck in books this one will hold two 5" square photos on the inside.  The little bags are perfect journaling spots for memories you want to pass on for years to come.

Clustering 3-5 elements cut from the collection provides fun pockets for mats and photos.  I always like to remind crafters when you create pockets this way to secure the back side with some wide tape, this provides a nice smooth surface from sliding things in and out of the pocket.  No snaggy edges to catch on.

When using a belly band I always like to include some sort of stopper at the bottom to prevent photos and mats from sliding all over the place.  Here I've used the cute little farmhouse.

There's lot of fun stuff inside these pages so I hope you'll join me on the video for a complete walk through with lots more photos.  Have a great crafty day my friends!

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