Sunday, November 18, 2012

Prima Rondelle Envelope Mini Album

Well this really is a fat mini!  It will hold 50 photos on just the pages and then additional on all the added tags and mats.  I'll have still photos posted shortly but until then you can see it all on my YouTube video.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Sonia's Wedding Album

My Great-Niece was recently married and I wanted to do an album to commemorate this special occasion in their life.  (I have a lot of Great's in my family so I'm sure there will be many more of these albums to come, and then come babies, oh my I do not see an end! :-)

I found SWOON paper collection from Little Yellow Bicycle at and I knew it would be perfect since their colors were Black and Grey.  I find it really hard to find collections dedicated to just wedding.  

I have difficulty with the outside covers of my books.  I get the inside done and then sit and stare wondering ok what do I do now??  I love the chain closures that I see on so many albums so decided this was the time to try it out and I am happy with the outcome.  But, if you'd been sitting in my seat you'd know it didn't just happen, lol, it took lots and lots of tweeking.  

Each time I step outside my comfort box I see my craft grow a little more so if you find something is a little difficult for you or you shy away from a particular style or design I urge you to reach out and try to conquer the fear, you just may find something new you love to do.

You may either skip to my YouTube of the album or
just glance below at the photos.
Either way enjoy .. and again.. thanks for sharing your time with me.


I used all but 3 pages of the 6x6 pad and probably 10-12 12x12 sheets
so the leftovers were scarce and small.  I managed to find enough pieces
for the tags and mats first and then finished up with the flowers
throughout the book.

I was so happy when the postman brought my seam binding.  I've never had any
but loved seeing how everyone else was using it.  This was Winter White
and I used some home made mists on it to color it this shade of grey.

Don't you just love this strip of bling down the right hand side of the envelope?
That's from Webster's Pages and it's just gorgeous!

Thanks for looking, I hope you'll leave me a comment and let me know what you think
of my newest album.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Origami Gift Boxes

Fast and simple these origami boxes are
made from one sheet of 12x12 double sided paper
folded to make the box base
and pieces of another sheet to make the lid.

I thought they would make great neighbors/friends gifts
with candy treats stuck inside.

Thanks to Bea Original blog for her free
Poinsettia SVG file.  The twigs are
from a Martha Stewart punch.

For the rest of the year...

they would be great as a thank you, happy birthday or just because gift

filled with lovely soaps, a candle, a bag of sachet or of course chocolate!

YouTube's Christiana1716 has a wonderful step-by-step
tutorial on how to make these Gift Boxes.
You can find her video here.  (There are two parts so be sure to see them both)

Old MacDonald Mini Baby Book

If you'd rather watch the YouTube video
of my mini I've included it as well
 I wanted a mini for my new Great-Great Nephew 
wow, does that make me sound old or what?
He's due to arrive in November

I found this 8x8 paper pak, Old MacDonald's Farm and
knew it would be perfect for a little boy album

I had intended to leave the front plain, since I had made
the decorated belly band to hold it together.
But after second thoughts I added some rows of
rub ons and this verse and of course a few
stickles, you gotta have stickles!

The darling little caricatures are cut on my Cricut
from Everyday Paper Dolls, Old West and Create a Critter cartridges. 

I decided since the book was already a little puffy
I'd best add a tie to the side to keep it secure once
the baby's photos were added.

Most of the embelishments are fairly flat but it still takes
up a fair amount of room, especially when you're trying
to get it to fold into itself and become a box.

Loved the fence, made a perfect holder for the mat.
The sheep came from an old Debbie Mumm paper pak,
Noah's Ark and the little hanging sign was in a set of 4
I picked up at Tuesday Morning.

The tractor was too pristine when I cut it so I added
a good coat or two of clear embossing and when
cooled I cracked the embossing to give it that old look.

Yep, I know, his eyes are a little funky, but that's the fun
of making things they can be funky once in a while.

Added Glossy Accents and Stickles and a shot or two
of Lindy's to give it a glittery sheen.

Rub-ons look better with a little Stickles

This was cut on the Cricut and then several layers
of UTEE added, love how it looks like plastic now.

He's my favorite, I'd hung on to this one sheet of 6x6 paper
for eons and sure enough it made just the right texture
for the wool on this little fellow.

The little puffy cloud is from Martha Stewart, it came with the
stars and crescent moons that are on other pages.

Love the kitty, he'll hold the baby's photo real snug.

And doesn't this little puppy just make you smile?

Thanks to the talent of the Peachy Keen designers and their
wonderful face stamps!

And of course the farm had to have a pig...

and a love bug...

and a bee (with Ice Stickle wings!)

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my little boxed mini.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Abbi's Wedding Mini Album

I'm sharing with you today a mini album I just finished for a dear friend of my daughters.
I want to be sure and give a huge shout out to Debbie Hemsworth and her
amazing tutorials showing how she assembled and bound
her Bo Bunny Zoology mini on YouTube.
Without her step-by-steps I would
have never created this

Following these photos there will be a link to my YouTube
where you can see each page in detail showing all
the flips and flaps that are tucked away on each
of the six pages that comprise this album.

I used a combination of Teresa Collin's Noteworthy papers
and Graphic 45's  Le Romantique
(and a smattering of
other papers)

I enjoyed every step of the creation of this album.
From learning how to do this type of binding
to watching each page take on a life of
it's own.  It was truly a joy to make.

I had so few papers left from Graphic 45 but knew as the
album progressed that just a splash of their colors and
style throughout the book would set the tone just as
I wanted.  It's amazing what just a little
can accomplish (so in other words
DO NOT throw away those scraps).

Another shout out goes to Leanne at Luvleescrappin on YouTube
and her Coin Envelope Pocket Book.
I got the inspiration for this tuck-in from her. It's made
from small coin envelopes, which I have a zillion ( I bought
a whole box from Office Maxx one year when I was making something).

Stickles, my own dear friend, added just enough sparkle
scattered across the pages.

I kept the inside embellishments to a  minimum
as the mini tended to 'grow' quickly as each
page took shape.  Once photos and odds and
ends are tucked into the pages it will
grow even more.  So added
flowers and lace and
tons of bling just
weren't needed.

I'm happy with the end result,
I had so much pleasure creating,
and so much pleasure giving.
Isn't this what crafting is all about?
Sharing your passion.

So get going, and share your passion for creating today,
whether it be a card or a mini, the act of making
and giving will surely please your heart and soul.

If you'd like to see each page in it's entirety and more still photos check out
my You Tube video below.