Friday, May 22, 2015

6X8 Ring Bound Mini Album: Featuring DCWV's My Sunshine Stack

As I was creating the mini albums gifts for the caregivers at my MOPS group, it occurred to me that I should make one with a more masculine theme.  I know two of the ladies have daughters but not as sure about the other two.  I think one other could sort of be gender neutral as it's got a lot of primary colors but two are for sure all out feminine.  For this one I used My Sunshine Stack by DCWV, that I picked up half off at Joann's awhile ago, and it was perfect.

I also used some journaling cards both 3X4 & 4X6 from the Heritage Core Kit.  They were quick "tags" in this front cover pocket.

One of the papers in the stack was half lined with these hand drawn like lines that was perfect for using on the tags.  Now there's a place to write.

The cream photo mat on the right side is what was on the other half of the lined paper and will provide a nice neutral spot to add a picture.  Only a tiny bit should be visible after adding the image.

The next page I added interest using the stub side of my WRMK's corner chomper on the photo mat and a Fiskars border punch on a scrap of paper.  I think the red is a nice pop of color.

This is what's on the left side of the spread shown above.  It's hidden a bit by the journaling card, but I added a red photo corner to tie in with the punched border on the left side.  The kraft circle has paper attached on the top half of the back so the photo can be slipped underneath.

The next spread has a pocket page and attached with a paper clip is a photo mat, two journaling cards, and a little tag from my stash.

I think this is the only book I remembered to take pictures of the tag inside the pocket page.  Above are both sides.  As you can see, I layered scrap to embellish.

This is one of the more basic pages.  No photo mats, so that the recipient can decide if the photo should be vertical or horizontal.

The last page has an embellished photo mat, I like using my brads and eyelets leftover from when I first started scrapbooking, to give a little dimension to handmade albums.  A little half diagonal pocket, mainly because that's the size scrap I had of that color, and more tags on the left.

I've got one more mini album to share!  Hope you've been enjoying the three I've posted so far.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

6X8 Ring Bound Mini Album: Featuring MAMBI Sunny Summer Days & Doodle Friends

I haven't been in a Tuesday Morning for the longest time, but found two really cute paper pads there while looking for supplies for my Brownie troop's end of the year memory books.  We used Sunny Summer Days and Doodle Friends, both by MAMBI for the Girl Scout craft and then I turned the left overs, and some other things from stash, into one of the four mini albums I made for my MOPS group's caregivers.

The front and back covers are both made out of paper covered chipboard.  I layered scraps, washi tape, labels, wood veneer, and die cuts to decorate it.  The "Polaroid" has the middle black portion cut out and the outer frame is lifted up on foam.  The recipient can drop their own picture into the frame.

I made a pocket on the inside front cover and added three handmade tags.  On the other page is a photo mat with just a few embellishments.  The flowers on the corners are pre-printed onto the paper with an embossed like texture, very pretty!

The "friends forever" and doodles are also pre-printed.  They add a lot of interest so I just added a bit of washi, punched half circle, and sticker up at the top.

Inside this, and each of the other four mini albums I made this time, I added two 4X6 Project Life cards through out the album.  I added a little bit to this one.  To the left is another photo mat, punched tab, and ribbon.

Besides the Project Life cards, I also added a small pocket to each of the albums.  This one I messed up on and punched the folded side.  Whoops!  I just sealed the open side with washi.  No one need ever know that was a oops☺  The purple dotted paper beneath the pocket was left plain.

Each of the four book in this set has a pocket page as well.  To make it, I used my 2-inch circle punch to make a half circle notch on one side.  Then I attached the two sheets of paper together along the top and bottom ONLY.  The rings keep the insert from falling out.  I forgot to take a picture of the one inside this pocket.

The cards and little tag are held in place with a paperclip so more photos can be added either on the actual cards or beneath them.

Here are the last page, Project Life card, and back inside cover.  I made another pocket back here to add a few more tags.

This one was my eight year old daughter's favorite out of the bunch and she really wanted to keep it!  If I'd had enough time to make another one to replace it, I might have let her.  But, this was the fourth out of four completed and just the day before I had to turn them in!

I'm glad she liked it, since I know some of the ladies who volunteer their time also have daughters the same as or close to, her age.  It should be a hit, with whoever gets it.  Our MOPS leader promised to help match the books with the caregiver who would most likely enjoy it the most.


Monday, May 18, 2015

6X8 Ring Bound Mini Album: Featuring Craft Smith

My daughter picked out a Tea Party paper pad by Craft Smith when they were offered as a Hot Buy at Micheal's, just $5 for 48 sheets of paper!  The patterns and colors inside are so soft and feminine, really lovely combinations of two of my favorite colors - pink & aqua!

This is my first Craft Smith purchase and I'm pretty impressed with the brand so far!  The paper is nice and thick, excellent quality for constructing mini books, when you want a little extra bulk so that the pages stand up repeated handling.  This paper pad came with 12 pages with gold foiling, two of which are cut apart pages.

I used one of the foiled cut apart pieces to add a tuck spot on the inside cover.  The "Friends" tag is only attached along the left edge.

The pocket for this album is at the front.  I just added a strip of paper to the tag.

The pages in this mini album, and all of the others in this series - besides the Martha Stewart Crafts design, are made by attaching the 6X8 sheets back to back.  I use a tape runner around the four sides.  It's a pretty adhesive intensive project, but since the binding method is so inexpensive I think it all kind of balances out.

Here is one side of the tag inside the pocket page in this album.  The other side is the tea cup paper.

Unfortunately while photographing this album, I noticed it's one page shorter than the rest.  I think the flowers I added to both of the Project Life grid cards are one reason I didn't notice the lack of a page.  They made the album as chunky as the others.

To make up for this, I quickly added another page, made up of a 12X8 sheet of paper folded in half and glued together.  It has gold foil dots on a teal background so it looks very fancy without extra embellishment.  Since these are all being given to the caregivers for my MOPS group, right after photographing them, I didn't have time to photograph the last minute page.

For the last page, I added a double layered photo mat, ribbon, and punched tab.  I really like using up leftover scraps from cutting down the 12X12 sheets into two 6X8 pieces, by punching out tabs and labels!  Then I have perfectly matching embellishments and layering pieces.

I did a diagonal pocket again on the inside back cover.  The ampersand on the You & Me tag is foiled, so pretty!

I think is my favorite out of the four made, my daughter already asked me to make another one so she'd have one too. Thank you for coming by to see the second out of four gift albums I made for end of the year gifts.

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