Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Another Mini...Really?

Good Morning Everyone
Hope all of you are off to a great start this week. I just wanted to share a project with you that came to me sometime around 'Earth Day', I know I know, what's the hold up? Well truth be told, time is my biggest factor still and energy; but I have finally come up with an idea that I think will be a keeper.
First of all I have to say that I have been really excited for this pattern paper to hit the market, it is probably one of my top 5 favorites and until about a week ago I hadn't even seen it. I first heard about Basic Grey's 'Basics' line from a podcast that I listen to regularly {paperclipping roundtable} and knew that I had to have it. It is all ledger paper, graphs, grids, etc. and it seems to me the more 'officey' it is the more I am drawn to it so this line is like, a one-stop shop for me, and I couldn't be happier with it - it's awesome!
That being said I had to come up with something to use it on, so I looked around my scrap room and found the back of the packaging from a Jenni Bowlin product I had bought. I remembered that I kept it because of it's shape, I love that 'parenthesis' thingy, it's just cool & cute all at once.
I decided since I had two of them that they would make great covers for a mini album {yes another mini album - what can I say they are my favorite} so I covered the inside of both covers with papers from my new line and then used a different paper line that matched, to cover the outsides of the covers. Once I put them together using book rings I realized that the charcoal paper on the outside was a bit darker than what I was going for, so I lightened it up by adding yet another pattern over the top about half way down, then used ribbon to create a break between the two papers.
Once I had the covers done I needed a way to close the book, so I rifled through my box of 'Tim Holtz' trinkets and came up with a hitch, grabbed a '7 gypsies' 6" elastics to slip through the back cover and hold it together by way of the hitch on the front cover. I had another thought to re-enforce the holes that the book rings use but decided that the chipboard really didn't need them, so other than getting some pages in it, it is pretty much complete. I think that I will use 'Bazzill Basics' Vanilla Creme for the inside pages, it has a unique texture that's new to me and that specific color matches all of the pattern paper the best; aside from that it's also just a great cardstock for any scrapbook project, neutral but not boring.
The final result - one darn cool & cute recycled mini album!
As I look @ it closer, I think that this will have to be the first mini for Justice. This album, because of the color scheme I used, has an 'autumn' flair to it and being that she was born in November, I think it's only fitting that it belong to her. I counted up the other night, Liberty has 6 minis devoted entirely to her {not including her 3 birthday books} so it's high time that Justice gets a mini devoted entirely to her too. Now whether or not she'll end up with just as many, remains to be seen - most likely not since she is younger - but then again she is my baby.........
and the last one........
so who knows.....

Well I hope that you like what you see, and if you are ever interested in having an album done or want something totally unique for a gift, please contact me @ my e-mail address posted in the left-hand column at the top of the page. I would be happy to talk with you - Thanks!
Just B.... green!
p.s. here are some links to things I mentioned today, take a look if you are @ all inspired to do so

Monday, May 17, 2010

Hudson's Mini Album

Hello Monday - Hello World

Hope everyone had a great weekend, I sure did. Bill & I invited my mom and her husband over for fresh fish yesterday evening and my younger brother was able to come too; we had a real good time. I think we all ate as fast Bill could fry, and boy it sure was good. I guess that's one of the things I love about where I come from, I don't know a whole lot of people who appreciate fresh fish {bass, crappie, etc.} but growing up a little bit country, man I sure do. Then for desert I baked a short cake and had Bill go get some strawberries & cool whip; topped it off with a bit of coffee to wash it down and if I do say so myself - it made for quite a meal.

Anyways on to the album for today.
This is a baby album I made for my brother & sister-in-law to celebrate the birth of their youngest son, Hudson. This is in fact the 3rd mini baby album I have made for them, I made each of their girls one too when they were both born.

The albums are made the same way and all bound the same way. I started with 2 chipboard pieces cut to the size I wanted, cut 2 more chipboard pieces that I used for the spine, and then covered them all with whatever paper I decide to use. With this particular album I did a whole lot more than I have with the other two {be cool to see them all together - might have to see if I can do that}. On this one, first I stitched the paper, the pattern already had a thin criss-cross line in it, so I used that as my stitch line and used a soft green thread; to me it gave it more texture and an overall quality to it.

Next I layered 2 pieces of ribbon {white & blue} and stitched that down one side of my pattern paper. This was a tad bit tricky because I had to align it the right way on the pattern paper so that when I used the paper to cover the chipboard, it would all fall into the right place for the covers. As you can see in the photo below I think that I did pretty well with it. Once I got both pieces of chipboard covered with the patterned paper, I finished the inside of each cover with a matching piece of card stock, which I think gives the album a tailor-made look.

In each book I think I put 12 pages, and similar to the wedding album that I shared with you last week, this album was the inspiration for that album idea; which is to use this as a place to keep track of stories and funny little mishaps that will inevitably happen throughout his childhood.

As you can see, the final touch I made to the album was to add the charms along the side once I bound the whole album together. My picture didn't turn out so well on the close up of those charms but you can see one says 'star' and the silver heart says 'love', both are fitting I think. I also added the name plate on the front, I printed his name out on my computer and then cut it to size. On the inside back cover is where I put the cute little tag, 'frogs & snails'.

Last but not least I did make a card and yes it matches the album, not sure why I did it that way but it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Hope you liked this album, that's all I have for today. Have a great week and thanks for peeking!

Just B

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A New Mini Wedding Album

Good Morning World!
Today, just real quick I'd like to share with you a wedding album I made a few weeks back for my step-sister. First is the card I made {yes to match the album}, I think it is quite elegant and subtle. I love the Fiskars border punch that I used for the edge of the card, I think that is what gives it it's defining touch.
Here I have a closer shot of the front of the album's detail. I am really enjoying the prima flowers, not only are they beautiful and available in all sorts of colors, they are sturdy enough to dye them whatever color you like; unfortunately the photo doesn't show it, but I sprayed them with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist to give them a shine and it turned out wonderful.

On the inside of the cover I used this over-sized beaded sticker and it is gorgeous. I'm not usually a girly girl, but I saw that @ Archivers and had to get it for this album, and please forgive me because I am not remembering who made it, but I will try to find out and post it later.

On the front cover I also added a strip of lace down the side closest to the spine, and there was no particular reasoning for this just that I like it and thought that it would be a nice addition. I actually machine stitched the lace onto the paper before I ever made the cover, thinking that the thread would hold up longer over time than tape, I did @ least plan a little bit ahead of time for this one : )

Last but I'm sure not least I added a couple of heart charms along the side of the spine, along with an extra long tassel, once reason other than I like it. Anytime I make something like this I ask myself what would I want it to look like and is it too much?...maybe for some, but I tend to be a minimalist when it comes to things that are typically for display, for the simple fact that I would like people to feel comfortable putting them 'on display'.

The final result, a beautiful wedding album that Ross & Candyss can use for years to come. When I gifted this I did give them an idea on how to use it, because it really isn't for photos. The idea of this album, which has 12 blank pages in it, is to document their life together. Now they could choose to do a page a year and have the first 12 years documented or they could document just their first year as a married couple, or they could just add bit & pieces here and there and not worry about a time frame. All this is meant to be is a tool to help them tell their story, and being that their story together has just started, what a great place for them to jot down those wonderful little moments, those memories, those tiny slices of heaven that come every so often to remind us that.......yes.......we are loved.
Hope you enjoyed my moment here, sharing this with you and I hope that you all have a wonderful day! Thanks!
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Sunday, May 9, 2010

A Week in Our Life 2010

Happy Mother's Day!!!
Hello again everyone, I am finally back and getting down to business. I have a lot to share with you so those of you who have been waiting awhile for some new stuff, this is for you!

This is a week in the life - it is a project inspired by Ali Edwards and probably one of my favorites. About 2 weeks ago I spent the whole week taking lots & lots of photos, jotting down notes of bits & pieces that happened throughout our week, and keeping anything & everything that came to me via mail or other means.

I collected everything from receipts, to do lists, grocery lists, couple of e-mails, things from the snail mail; it was quite an under taking and I did a mini version of the album. Maybe next time I do this one, I'll do it bigger, then again, maybe not.

For this album I took a leap of faith and tried a hybrid attempt - final result - one really cool album! The pages that have the pockets full of stuff are traditional scrapbook pages, and the photo collage pages are all done totally digital using Photoshop Elements. I got a bit frustrated when on the second day Photoshop decided it wasn't going to play nice {had to uninstall the program & then reinstall it} but finally I fixed the problem and cruised right through the rest of the pages.

The hardest part of digital comes in the same manner as traditional scrapbooking; which is - figuring out what papers to use, what products will help tell a more complete story {as products is no longer my main concern anymore} and then how to pull it all together on the page - the overall design. I think for me design is still my weakest area, yes I could use a sketch, but to me that kinda takes all the fun out of it {so I save sketches for when I get really frustrated}.

You may notice that each of my days have 4 pages to them all 6x6 in size. Two of the pages have the photo collage or one large photo, then the other two pocket pages is where I have stored all the stuff.

As for 'what' to store? There really wasn't much to think about, if it came in the mail or by other means and applied to our everyday life, then in it went. So above in the pocket page I have an e-mail that I printed right from my desktop, I have a 4T clothing tag {that is what Liberty is wearing right now}, there is the bar code from a 100% recycled package that I had purchased {it went in on Thursday - which was earth day}, then I even put in a handwritten note about Justice.

Somethings I collected were to large for the pockets but I still wanted to work them into the book so I tucked them in between the photo collage pages that were done digitally. The paper that I used to print those photos on {HP Premium Presentation Paper}, is very smooth paper & takes the ink very well giving the photos rich colors, but it is not very heavy so the addition of the other stuff in between actually helps give those pages some stability, solving two problems @ once.

So on the last two pages, for the photo collage, I used the grid in Photoshop so that I could have several photos between the two pages and still have them all spaced right, by no means is it exact but it worked well enough. In this collage I purposely chose photos with no one in them and only used the photos that had places or things. Throughout the week I used several photos that had one or a couple of us in them but still wanted to incorporate other things & places that have meaning to us right now, so that is why I chose to use only those photos for the last day.
For the last page, as of right now it is blank. My plan is to do a page of journaling to recap our whole week and then include it in that spot, but then again I like the idea of just doing one large photo maybe of the girls together. Had I thought about it during that week, I would've used my camera timer and taken a family portrait, but such is life - maybe next time!

Okay well that's all I have for you today, hope you have enjoyed taking a peek into our life. More importantly though I hope you find your own lives full of life & love.

Thanks for letting me share... just B