Sunday, July 17, 2011

mini memories

 Good Morning All!
For today I thought that I would take you all back in time and take a trip down memory lane.  This is a mini I made years ago @ Archivers, they had a make & take over the weekend and this is what I chose to make.  I had forgotten about it until about a year ago when I was visiting my mom, I noticed it sitting on her book case and immediately was taken back to that moment, that is the extra bonus that I love about this hobby.  
 I forgot how simple this little mini is, in fact this would be a perfect Christmas mini that would be doable several times over for in-laws, grandparents, aunts & uncles, etc. - in fact I might have to put that idea down on paper for this year's Christmas gifts.
So what makes this project so easy you ask?  Well the fact that the pages are done with plastic badge holders that you can pick up at any office supply store, which also already has your holes punched and will make the binding easy breezy, just line it up on the front of your chip board  covers and punch them out with your crop-a-dile.
For the inside of the pages, a photo on one side and a journaling spot on the flip side, how easy is that?  The tabs were added on afterwards on the outside of the plastic, and punched out using the McGill tab punch.  Some stamped words in black give just a bit of added interest and viola ....a mini!
Now for sure you could absolutely add a pattern paper in there and stamp your journaling spot on top of it if you like, or you could just measure the space and go get preprinted journaling spots, that's the nice thing about it, it is totally up to you.
As you can see for this one I did my own journaling spot stamped on top of cardstock, I chose to use a black ink throughout the whole of the mini just to keep it cohesive.  The photos I cropped to be more of a close-up shot only because I thought for me that just worked better, those were the moments that I wanted to remember, like above where my daughter was picking up rocks @ the park instead of playing.
As for the covers, anything goes.  I used a pattern paper, but you could just as easily paint them or distress them however you like or do it based on the type of mini it is going to be or maybe depending on who the mini is for...that would be an idea and a great way to personalize the project even further.
So just try one, cut yourself a couple of chipboard covers, grab a couple of badge holders and get!

Thanks for stoppin' in and I hope you have a great day.  In my next post I will be sharing some layouts that I have done for my design team, hope you'll stop in again and take a peek.

just B

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Fairy Graphics

Good Day Everyone!

Thought today that I'd share another Design Team Project.  This mini I did about two months ago I guess and it's been the only project so far that I was able to totally pick & choose myself.  Of course we all know that the purpose of a design team is to promote something so in this mini the idea was to use the chipboard flowers & buttons.  So hopefully you'll like how I incorporated them.  
I've had this lingering idea for awhile to use with this fabulous Graphic 45 paper collection, so that immediately came  to mind to use, as well as Tim Holtz's tissue tape, so this is what I made.
I did the covers from raw chipboard and covered the front side with a coat of metallic gold paint then used one of the fairy postcards from the collection; on the inside cover I used a textured bazzill cardstock in an olive color to match the paper collection, then added another postage piece from the collection.
On the first page I used one of the patterned papers from the collection, cut it length wise to size, folded it in half, used my circle punch on the top, then added some tissue tape around the bottom edge to make it a pocket page.  On the inside of the pocket, I added a little booklet that I made from a cream colored bazzill cardstock and some of the paper embellishments from the paper collection.  For the pull tab I used a couple of the chipboard buttons on each side of the booklet.

For the second page, I used a salmon colored bazzill cardstock, cut it to the length I needed, then at the bottom of it I used my butterfly border punch, folded it up to create a small slip pocket, then folded up the rest of the paper and made it into another pocket page, took my circle punch to the side, and then made another pull out booklet.
Here is a closer look @ the two pages
For the small slip pocket, I used a couple of the paper embellishments from the collection and just tucked them inside, the pull out booklet comes out from the right side
This is the second booklet, I used the flower chipboard as the pull, I did cover the front of the pages with patterned paper, and then did the back pages with the same cream colored bazzill cardstock.  On the front of the booklet I did add one of the paper embellishments from the collection.

Here are the next pages, again I used the patterned paper cut to size, used a circle punch on the top and made it another pocket page
Here is a close up of the one side of the page
Here is a close up of the pocket page, with some of the paper pieces from the collection

Here are the next couple of pages
Here is a close up of the backside of the pocket page with some of the paper embellishments added
And another slip pocket, pocket page.  Again in the slip pocket I added some of the paper pieces from the collection, then from the right side there are a couple of pull outs

Here is another look at a couple more pages
The close up of the right side, the backside of the pocket page
And another pocket page with a pull out from the top, a couple of paper embellishments added to it

And finally the last page the backside of the pocket page with a few finishing touches with the paper pieces added. I tied the book together using a strip of two-toned ribbon, the same one that I used throughout the book, I also used it to make the closure on the front of the book.
Okay well I hope that you like my book that I did, I'm excited about it and hope that you've been inspired to try something new.  For my next post I will be sharing some of the layouts that I have done recently for The Scrapbook Page, be sure to stop by and check them out, until then thanks again for taking a peek.
just B....inspired!