Hi, there! Yesterday I had an itch to create this mini-album I discovered by Janet Hopkins on Etsy. It came as PDF instructions only, and luckily I had most of the supplies, which were by Paislee Press’s Daily Junque line. I love this line and it’s vintage feel. I didn’t have the chipboard journal from 7Gypsies (from their Savannah collection), but I did have plain chipboard that I cut into the size and shapes according to the instructions. I also ad-libbed a little when I didn’t have all of the papers in the instruction photos, but I’m not one that has to have everything perfect. My papers worked just fine, and if you do decide to make an album like this, I wouldn’t fret if you need to substitute your own papers as well. The nicest part about this: it was easy! The instructions came from the original hands-on class taught a while back somewhere far from where I live, but Janet was nice enough to make these PDF instructions available for others like me who also want to make an album.
Janet no longer has this particular album on her Etsy site, but she has another one similar to this, and others that are also really neat. I can’t wait to fill this one with photos and journaling! Any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thanks for stopping by!
Last night I finished filling up my ‘Summer Twenty-Eleven’ mini-book. I purchased this book from Elise Joy Blaha on her Etsy shop. It’s a 4×6″ size, and I left it on my work desk to add to, little by little. And as you can see, I added a lot, and it got big! But that was half the fun of it. The empty book came with so many cool papers in pretty colors and designs, and it’s not a book you fill all at once; rather it’s a journal that you fill as you go along with your life. I found it so much easier to do this kind of project instead of having dozens of photos in front of me, an empty book, and not enough time. It really is a journal in the sense that it’s all about the everyday happenings in your life in which you are encouraged to add photos and some cute stuff here and there. You don’t even have to be a scrapbooker to enjoy filling a book like this, because there is nothing you shouldn’t do with it, and it comes as a blank canvas with only your imagination as the guide to give it life. Since mine has so many pages, I didn’t want to tackle the daunting task of photographing it, so I thought I would try something different and [gasp!] make a video to show what I did. I like looking at other scrapper’s videos of how they create things, and especially the final, completed project.
I discovered two really great mini-albums from two different sources. I couldn’t resist either, so I got both. They’re both DIY, and lots of fun for me to put together. But two? I decided to make one primarily about my summer, and this one I’m going to show is all about my daughter’s summer. This album kit came from Scrapbook Circle, and included all kinds of cute papers and alpha stickers from Studio Calico, Sassafras and Crate Paper, with journaling tags from Elle’s Studio. I finished my daughter’s album today (I’m more limited with photos of her since she’s spent so much of the summer away) and wanted to show it off:
Gosh, looking at this, I’d say my little girl had a pretty awesome summer! Good for her! I know that some day, looking back, she will come to cherish this. These are moments you never want to forget! I’m still working on my summer album (which is by Elise Blaha), and when it’s finished, I’ll post it here, but it’ll probably have to be a video, or something like that, because it’s huge!
Enjoy these last remaining summer days; they’re swiftly coming to a close!
Going through my supplies in the studio, I recently found some older photos thrown into an envelope. Oh, shame on me, I thought to myself! Every once in a while I will have an extra photo that just didn’t make it into a layout, but I can’t bear to toss them. Some, I have to admit are old originals that have been scanned into my computer, and I didn’t have a good place to keep them. I gathered some up, and decided that today is the day to do something with them. They need a home, and I just happened to have a Cindy Ruijgrok scrapbook kit purchased on Etsy a while back. Now, I have a cute new mini album, with fewer disorganized photos, and my library tray is a little fuller, as well.
I have only just begun to start filling the tray, but I know right now that it is going to be very enjoyable. Anything goes, and everything will! The index cards have patterned papers covering both sides with the tabs left alone; I will be adding more embellies to these, and to the many photos that will be going inside. I will show more photos as this progresses.
Also: I received an email from Big Picture Classes about a new self-paced class by a new instructor named Amy Tangerine. I haven’t heard of her before, but I quickly signed up for the class since it is discounted for a short period of time, since the synopsis sounded so good. I’ll be making more mini scrap journals; I watched some videos provided in the class and Amy has lots of tips and tricks for making them truly unique. It should be exciting! Here is the link: http://www.bigpictureclasses.com/creativejuice.php Check it out! Happy crafting!