Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Something XXtra Special

 Good Afternoon Everyone!
Thank you so much for stopping in to see me.  Today I have something extra special to share with all of you.  I was asked by a friend of mine a while back to do another one of my baby twin albums for a really good friend of hers.  So naturally I said YES!  Now if you have been to my blog before you may remember the first twin album I did about a year ago, but for those of you who are new you can find that album here, go check it out.
For the rest of you here is the new album!
With a quick glance the two books appear to be quite a bit different but they aren't; this one does happen to be much louder & a lot bolder, but I kept with the same vintage feel, so apart from the color factor, they are very much alike.
As for the structure of this book I kept it exactly the same as the last one, I did the gate-fold front so that the baby girl's photos could be on one side and the baby boy's photos could be on the opposite side.  My thought in this was that throughout the year you could have the side-by-side comparison, to see how much the twins have changed and/or how much they have remained alike.  I used my bind-it-all because it just works the best and the white rings matched the paper collection better as well.  In fact the paper collection is why these two books are so different, ironic thing is ...I used October Afternoon here for both books, just different collections.  For this book I used the 5 & Dime collection here  in an 8x8 size, with a bit of the Campfire here thrown in for good measure.    
For this type of album I think that the paper collection is a huge decision because naturally it is the main element, so in order for it to work as a baby album the collection has to be the right choice.  So far I am hooked on October Afternoon, they have awesome papers: they are durable, they have a unique line that offers the vintage collections without going overboard, and they have the color quality that other lines just can't seem to get right.  Now there are other Companies that have awesome papers too; I can name several off the top of my head but their collections don't fit this type of album.
Now as you may notice, I have added several ribbons & fibers along with a ball chain to the o-ring binding, that is just something that I think gives it a finishing touch, the charm that hangs from the ball chain has the word dream etched into it.  On the opposite side from the binding I have more ribbon/fiber and a Tim Holtz trinket pin here that says 'Keepsakes' I think.  Also on the cover I created a flash card that I created on the computer, printed it, cut it out, distressed it, then adhered it to the top.  The little girl I cut out from one of the papers, backed her with a dark brown card stock then cut her out again, added pop dots to give her some dimension and then added her too (did the same with the little boy on the opposite cover).  The two phrases came from a 7 Gypsies stamp set that I have had for a while, I can't remember the name of the set though.
Here is a look at the inside pages.  This is where I decided to change things up,  in this book I used my Sizzix envelope pocket die here for almost every page.  In the first book their wasn't an option to add more journaling cards if they had wanted to, throughout the month, only in the very back of the book; so this time by adding the pocket, it gives whomever the choice to add more journaling if they want to.  In fact the only journaling card that I did adhere to a page is the 'monthly checkups', I figured this was a safe way to go because for those of us who have little ones, we know first hand that the 1st year is crazy full of doctor's appointments and that's just for one, I can't even imagine what it'd be for twins.
As for the journaling cards, I did keep with the same idea and just did prompts, that way they could fill it in based on their idea  The two prompts above are:  Our First Ride (that could mean - the ride home from the hospital, first vehicle, first car seat - there are lots of ways to interpret that statement), the second prompt is: Our First Home (now more than likely that will mean quite literally where they first lived, some photos of that house, etc.  but then again it could mean someone whom each of them first felt close to, or a spot they liked the best - who knows but at least they have the choice to decide what it means to them).
Here is a close up of one of the pockets with the journaling cards. By the way that is something else new that I added to this book, behind that 'prompt' card I also added in a blank journaling card and did that several times throughout the book, because maybe they thought of something else to record, be a shame not to have a place to jot it down.
Another close up of a pocket, and with the same journaling prompt so that means it is the same page for both sides - one is the girl's prompt and the other is the boy's prompt.  I think that how a child receives their is very much worthy of documentation so that prompt is a must in all the baby albums that I do.  Their name could be a family name, could be after someone famous, or like my girls - after characters in movie.

Here is a look at the last page, again I kept it exactly like the other baby albums I have done.  Both of these journaling prompts are great ways to tie up the loose ends so to speak, or just a good place to keep all the random things that are important but that don't necessarily have a place to 'go' throughout the rest of the book.  The other thing that I don't have a photo of but always include as well, are mini envelopes that are designated for the first lock of hair, and I do that because I just think that is the sweetest thing.
Okay we're almost done.  Here is one other thing that is new, I added this at the last minute as I was cleaning up my space and getting everything put together.  I had a lot of little 'left-overs' and I don't eat left overs very often, so I threw them in; my thinking is that they can add these bits & pieces as the year unfolds.  They can glue them on to the pictures once they get them in the book or the journaling cards once they've added their thoughts, and what a great fun little hands-on, add on for mom & dad. 
On the opposite side of the 'embellishment pack' I did type up a short little message to the newly, expecting parents to congratulate them and to give them 'permission' to use the book, that is why I made it.  I don't know about any of you but I am guilty of this myself, I'll get something cool, or new, or 'handmade' and love it so much that I don't end up using it because I'm afraid I'll ruin it, or break it, or something else, so this hopefully will prevent that mind set.    
So here we are at the end, the end of a very long year for mom & dad I'm sure and the end of the album.  My idea is that underneath the 'twins' banner maybe @ the end of the first year they will do a family photo and put it right there in the spot where the envelop is (that pack is not attached so it actually won't be there) how cool would that be?  I think that would a perfect ending to a very cute baby twins mini album.
Thank you all for stopping in today, hope you are having a wonderful summer, please stop by again and if you have any questions please leave me a comment.
just B......

Friday, June 17, 2011

Queen for a Day

Good Day Mi Ladies!
 Good Day Gents!
Hope this lovely afternoon finds you all very well.  I have several layouts and cards to share with all of you today.  I was asked by Carolyn several weeks back to do some 'Princess' themed things to celebrate not only the Royal Wedding between William & Kate, but also because of an exhibit here that was taking place locally.  I had to chuckle to myself because even with 2 little girls, I had managed thus far to avoid doing any kind of 'princess' layouts.  As it turned out, Carolyn called me on it.  When she mentioned the assignment (which to me 'this' was mostly certainly an assignment) I cringed, and she noticed and said, "but you have 2 Girls!" ...... yes yes I know, it's pathetic.  What she doesn't know is that up until about 3 years ago, when my oldest daughter decided pink was her favorite color, I couldn't hardly stand it nor any shade of it, so she is very lucky - lucky that I love a good challenge and lucky that I even like pink.  :)

Working with all the different pattern papers proved to be a difficult challenge because although I have since changed my stand on 'pink' - I couldn't help but think that half of these looked like they'd been dipped in Pepto Bismol (case-in-point).

Eventually I got over it and just did whatever it is that I do when I get in the 'groove' and well.... this is what I came up with. 



This one happens to be my favorite of the layouts that I created.    I love the look of the tiara and with the tulle it makes it look like a wedding veil.  That coupled with only a few other embellishments, it makes for a very simple wedding page that could house several favorite photos.
 This is the second page I created, and although the pattern paper isn't my favorite, it works well for a back ground.  I kept the layout simple just because that tends to be my go-to-style when I am not as confident in a particular area.  My favorite element on this page happens to be the ribbon - I love working with ribbon, fiber, trim - you name it and I probably have it in my stash somewhere.
This layout was the first of the 3 and it is right up there in my list of favorite layouts.  I think it is bold and beautiful, yet simple.  
So here I have several cards but I can't remember which one came first so we'll say that this was the first of the bunch.  It's interesting what I have learned just by being a scrapbooker.  Take this white texture paper (for  example) that I rubbed with a silver metallic rub-on, before being a scrapper I would never have given much thought to it's texture but now, I have a well polished love for the texture and it's detail.
This card was an accident in that it ended up looking a lot like a formal purse, with the ribbon (same one from that earlier layout) acting as the handle, and the flower embellishment acting as the closure.  I absolutely love that sparkly, shimmery paper - it totally adds to it's charm and really makes the 'purse' believable.
This card along with the next 2 are all very simple, of course it is possible to add a bit more too the last one if you wanted and you could also add a bit of embellishing to the inside of each card.  I chose not to because I wanted the simple look.


This is the last of what I came up with and it is my favorite, in fact I loved it so much that I will be doing two more of these banners - one for Liberty's room and one for Justice's room.  If anyone is at all up-to-date with scrap booking than this 'banner' is no surprise but for those of you that don't follow scrap booking - then all you need to know is that 'banners' are huge right now.  Needless to say that is mostly why I chose to do one, the fact that it came out so well and that I fell in love with it, is totally a bonus for me.  I used that same shiny shimmery paper from the card earlier and used my scallop circle punch with a deep purple textured paper, then topped it with another shiny shimmery circle punch and the word 'Princess' spelled out using one of Tim Holtz's alpha die.  To string it, I punched holes @ each corner on each side of the pennants, braced each hole   with a gold eyelet, and then used a deep purple floss to hang it with.  My goal is to get a couple more done for my girls and then if I have a good response to them, maybe do a few more as gifts for later in the year, that'd be good don't you think?  
Alright well I think that is all for now, I still have lots to share and to do so I will be sighing off for now, but check back soon and hopefully I will have something new up for you to take a peek at.  Thanks for stopping in and have a wonderful Father's Day weekend!
just B......