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
Canvas Corp
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

A Country Craft Creations design team share

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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