August 26, 2017

Getaway Mini Album

This summer was definitely the "summer of the mini album" for me. I made several of them - the Christmas ornament mini and the vacation mini that I've already posted, and today I have another one to share.

This one is based on the Summer Bucket List Mini class taught by Stephanie Bryan for Big Picture Classes. I thought its petite size would be a perfect way to document a little getaway that my husband and I took in early July.

I started by selecting photos that I thought best represented what we did while we were away. Before printing the photos, I added a digital stamp to each one (my sources were Ali Edwards and Kellie Stamps). 

I also gathered a few pieces of memorabilia that I collected on our trip so I could include them in the book.

Since Big Picture Classes is a membership site, I can't give too many details about how I made the album. It's an accordion book consisting of pocket pages - you can construct it in dimensions and with the number of pages that best suit your project.

To keep things easy for myself, I grabbed my Felicity Jane leftovers. The products coordinate very well and offered me a good selection of embellishments too.  I didn't want a bulky album so I focused on using labels, tags, tabs, die-cuts, washi and stamps.

Here's a look at the completed pages:

I used 3x4 pocket cards to hold my stories and just added them to the pockets along with the photos.

My final page is a glassine bag that was packaging from a scrappy purchase.  I tucked memorabilia and some extra photos inside.

This was a fun project that really didn't take much time to put together.  It was a nice alternative to regular layouts - sometimes a change to the way I document memories rejuvenates my creativity.

How do you feel about mini albums? Are they a regular part of your memory-keeping projects?

August 22, 2017

Layouts Lately - Color Challenge

Two people that I follow on Instagram, Jamie Leija (@jamie_makes) and Tracey Fox (@scrappylikeafox) collaborated on a fun color series on that social media this summer and I played along with two of the challenges. 

The first challenge I completed was the black + white + one color challenge.  

I selected the green color on the frozen yogurt packaging as the shade to combine with black and white.  Everything on this page came from various Felicity Jane kits.  The kits always include plenty of black and white papers and embellishments and I was easily able to find the green color among my FJ kit leftovers as well.

The second challenge I completed was the rainbow challenge.  I LOVE making these types of pages - how can you not be happy looking at a page with every color of the rainbow on it?! 

I started with a stamp set from Kellie Stamps that included a paint brush swatch.  That particular stamp is no longer available but you can easily replicate the look by actually painting a swatch in several colors directly on your page.

I then stamped my page title in black, overlapping the paint swatches and then stamped a few phrases and hearts under that.  I made two collage photos that I took at one of the places we visited on our vacation and placed them under my journaling - they were certainly perfect for this rainbow theme!

I love participating in challenges like this - they jump-start my creativity, spark some new ideas and give me a different starting point for my pages.  How about you - have you participated in any challenges lately?

August 18, 2017

Revisiting my May CKC Kit

Except for my forgery and my challenge page, I totally forgot to share the projects I made with my May Counterfeit Kit Challenge Kit, "Ocean Drive".  I'm happy to report that I used up almost all of the kit, making an additional three pages and a few pocket cards.

The first page was inspired by a little journal I have which lists the same five senses prompts on each page.  I've been completing the prompts on a very random basis over the past seven or so years.  I decided to make a page using my answers for May 5, 2017.  First, the actual journal entry:

And now the page:

I selected the diagonal stripe paper and then kept the design on the diagonal as well.  One of the Thicker packs I included in my kit gave me my title, and with a little modification, my top embellishment:

I used my forgery as part of my title on my next page:

I fussy-cut some little houses from one of the patterned papers to use as embellishments but had a little trouble deciding exactly where I should put them.  Here's where I started:

I wasn't very happy with this but after a bit more fiddling around, I found a much better arrangement as you can see in the first photo.

I wrote the journaling first and then added the clear journaling spot on top of it.  The spot's surface is very glossy and the only slick-writing pen I have was a little too thick for this purpose.  To help guide my writing, I placed the sticker (still on its backing) beneath my page, held it up to a brightly-lit window and lightly traced the lines onto my page.  After I wrote my story, I erased the lines and placed the sticker on top.

Here's the final page:

I pulled all the white, blue and green phrase stickers from the pack I included in my kit and then arranged them on the left side of the page.

The title came from the other Thicker pack and I bent it just slightly to add something with a little curve to my page.

I didn't have many large pieces left at this point but I loved what I did have so I decided to make some pocket cards and a stitched circle banner (one of my favorite homemade embellishments):

Definitely a successful and productive kit!

August 15, 2017

Feed Your Craft / Catch Your Breath

It's release day in the Feed Your Craft shop and I have a Creative Team project to share with you today.  The latest kit is called "Catch Your Breath" and is designed by Brandi Kincaid.  It has flowers and books and lovely quotes - the only thing that would make it better would be if it came with a little chocolate!!

I was captivated by the tiny floral border in the stamp set and knew that I wanted to work with it for my first page. I used it, along with the little daisy stamp, to make an embossed, fussy-cut frame for my photo.  I wanted to keep the frame delicate and light, so I used a white pearlized embossing powder over white cardstock.  

Here's a close-up of the frame:

I adhered it slightly off-center and and then framed the frame with one of the 4x6 cards in the kit - I cut it in two unequal pieces and turned them vertically.  I wanted to add just a little more color without taking away from the frame or the photo.

I then used a circle punch to cut out the quote on one of the 3x4 cards in the kit and that serves as my title.  I tucked the journaling on a tag that I slipped behind the photo.  I trimmed about 1/4 inch off all four sides of the page and then stitched it onto another piece of 8-1/2 x 11 piece of white cardstock.  My final touch was to rough up the edges of the inside piece of cardstock just to add one more detail to the page.

Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing three more projects that I made with this kit.  And you'll definitely be seeing that floral stamp in use again on one of them!  Thanks for stopping by - hope you head over to the shop to pick up the "Catch Your Breath" mini kit!

August 11, 2017

Vacation Mini Album - Part 3

Today I'm back with the final pages of my Canada vacation mini album and a few more thoughts about the process. You can find my previous posts here: Part 1 and Part 2.

I am always picking up maps when we're on a trip and then when we get back home, I never do anything with them.  Instead of just holding on to them or tossing them, I decided to use them as page backgrounds in the album and I love the result!  Here's how they look:

We'd actually used some of these maps to navigate (since we didn't have roaming data on the trip) and so some of our pen marks are visible on the pages.

These pages are spread throughout the album and I like the pop of color they add.  On the following spread, I made the map page wider and then folded it in to give me a little more space to hold photos and journaling.

I will definitely be using maps again in my vacation scrapbooking!

I added an envelope as the final page and it holds some memorabilia from our trip, including postcards, notes, extra photos and a list of what/where we ate.  

A few of my photos prompted longer stories that I will include on traditional scrapbook pages but overall, this mini album does exactly what I intended - it gives a great overview of our trip.  I'm very pleased with the planner page format and I have plenty of pages left for another project.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my album!  If you have any questions about what I used or want any more details, please leave me a comment and I'll be happy to answer!

August 10, 2017

Vacation Mini Album - Part 2

I'm back today with more about my Canada vacation mini album.

I did do some prep work before I started putting the album together.  In addition to selecting and printing photos, I jotted down the major destinations and activities from our trip and tried to estimate how much "real estate" each one would take.  This gave me a blueprint to follow as I worked.

I scrapped in chronological order - it was easier for me to follow along day by day, using some notes I'd taken while we were actually on vacation.  Those notes are pretty basic - I tried each night to list what we did, where we were, what we ate and anything else of interest.  I didn't write polished journaling at the time; it really is just a messy list but it's so helpful to have this information after the trip is over.

I tried not to get too caught up in making sure I had the "perfect" embellishments for each page.  I limited myself to the supplies I originally selected and when it came time to add something to a page, I went with my first inclination.  Sometimes I can spend too much time trying out options and I really wanted to keep moving forward on this project.

Stamps were great to fill in little spots on the pages and I even stamped on some of my photos.  

I didn't use any bulky embellishments and kept everything contained on the pages.  When I used the smaller planner pages, I did add a tab to the sides for ease in turning the page.  And as you have probably guessed, my pages were generally heavy on the journaling!

I'll be back with one last installment to share the last part of my mini-album.  See you soon!