Mini Books

My LSNED 2012 Album – Template and Tutorial Included!

The 1st of September is creeping up very quickly, but I’ve managed to prep my Learn Something New Everyday Album just in time! If you don’t know what LSNED is all about, it’s an annual class by Shimelle Laine, and you can see more details on her blog here.
I’ve taken part in the class for the last two years, and I love both my albums, for the little details of life that are recorded in them. You can see my art-journal album from 2010 here, and my smash-style album from 2011 here. This year I decided to take inspiration from a previous project of my own – my Mini File-Folders Album from my Organisation Celebration weekend. I like the size and fun of it, and I’m hoping it will work well to record this month’s lessons! 
This time I didn’t have an empty soup box ready though, so instead I decided to make a box out of a sheet of cardstock. And just in case you’d like to make an album this style for yourself, I have a template and tutorial for you!

I’m using the Echo Park Every Day Eclectic Collection Pack, with a few other bits and pieces thrown in! 
To start making a similar album of your own, you’ll need a bit of 12×12 cardstock, the sturdier the better. I’ve used a piece of Bazzill Basics textured cardstock in an aqua colour.
You can download the template here – it needs to be printed onto an A3 piece of paper. Sorry if you don’t have access to an A3 printer, but I have included the measurements on the template, so you could draw it onto your cardstock by hand.
Cut the template out, and draw around the outline – I used a ruler to help me keep the paper still, and make sure the lines were straight:
Fold along the dashed lines, and draw them onto the carstock too – make sure you draw them dashed so you remember not to cut along them:
Cut out your box, then score and fold along the dashed lines:
Flip the box over, and apply ultra-strong double sided tape to the tabs which will stick the box together:
Peel off the tape backing and carefully stick your box together:
Decorate the front of your box with papers, letters, stickers, and jewels! I used Foam tape and dots to help some of the details stand out more:
To make the pages, cut a selection of papers down to 4″ x 5½”. Decide on the order you want the pages to appear, and then cut tabs along the top, by measuring half inch square tabs, and cutting off the excess at the top of the paper:

You can leave the tabs like this, or decorate them if you wish. For my previous file-folder album I used a variety of chipboards and other bits for the tabs, but as this is an album with daily entries, I used some Maya Road Numbers to ‘date’ the pages:
I love how they look peeping out of the top of the album – I’ve used kraft in some way or another on each LSNED album so far, a tradition I hope to continue!:
There we go, all ready to fill throughout September. I hope to share some pages from the album every few days. Are you joining in? If so, I hope to see you on the forum! 
I should be back tomorrow with my Month in Numbers! x
Scrapbook Layouts

Us ~ Crate Paper Layout

Here’s another layout using a photo from My 30th Birthday Party. I used lots of Crate Paper for this page – bits from all different collections, including brads from the Little Bo Peep collection:

I was inspired to layer up the punched circles by this layout of Lisa-Jane’s, though mine aren’t scalloped! 
The central pale section (a sheet of ‘Peppermint’ paper) is all mounted on 3D foam tape, so that the negative cut title, and the hearts (all cut using the Basic Shapes Design Card with a Slice Design Cutter) show up really well. The heart spaces also have a smaller heart inside them, with gold thread stitched down the centre, so they stand out from the page:

And of course the page includes my usual scattering of small bits and pieces!

It’s nice to have made a page featuring just me and my hubby, there aren’t enough photos of just the two of us.
I’m liking using gold thread on my pages at the moment. The gold trend is one I’m certainly embracing, which surprises me, as I’m usually a silver girl! x

About Me

The Height of Summer…

… The lovely Julie Kirk has asked a question of the general blogosphere… how tall are we? 
It’s been interesting to see other people’s blog posts pop up – and learning how we all measure up against each other! To see more info on what inspired Julie’s question, check out her original post here, where you can also see how to join in. But you’ll have to be quick, as on Thursday Julie will be posting a height chart featuring us all!
I’ve been pondering on how to join in, but time has run out for any clever statistics or stories, and I haven’t even got any full length shots of all of us. I wanted to include the whole family’s heights, to record this summer, before the kids grow more (and hopefully long before me and hubby start to shrink?!). I noticed that I’d recently taken separate photos on different occasions of me, my daughter, and my son, with us looking away from the camera, and the sky behind us. I had to go back a few years to find a similar shot of hubby, as he always notices when I try to take this kind of shot of him, and pulls a face into the camera! I found one at last though.
Here’s our current heights:
Me ~ 5ft 4″ (though perhaps this hat makes me a little bit taller?):

Hubby ~ 6ft 4″ (I remember telling a friend I’d never date someone more than a few inches taller than me. Then I fell in love with a man a foot taller – I just about reach his shoulder. It was worth breaking my oath though!):
Little Miss ~ 3ft 5″ (I know her height because we measured her before we went to Disneyland Paris, and she was the exact height to be allowed on the Thunder Mountain roller coaster. She went on it – but she didn’t like it!):
Cheeky Boy ~ 2ft 7″ (I just measured him in his sleep – this is as accurate as I was able to get with a squirmy 1 year old!):
So that’s how we all stack up. Are you tall, short, or in-between? I think my height is about average, and I’ve never worried about it too much – though this might change if my children eventually surpass me. I’m sure I’ll get used to it though…
It doesn’t matter how tall you are – you can still reach to the sky! 
P.S. I’ll be back tomorrow or Thursday with a layout! x

Cardmaking, Mini Books

Little Bo Peep Sneaks

My latest DT projects went live today on the SJ Crafts Blog, here. They were made using the very pretty Little Bo Peep collection by Crate Paper. I absolutely love this collection, the colours are so rich, yet so soft at the same time! You can see all my projects on the shop blog, but here’s a couple of sneaks to tempt you over there:

A Tag Mini-Book:

A New Baby Card:

Please go and check the rest out – there’s a layout over there too!
I hope you’re having a sweet day, x
Get Crafting

SJ Crafts Challenge #8

It’s time for a new challenge at the SJ Crafts blog, and the theme is ‘Summer time’. Interpret this how you like – what does Summer mean to you?

The first thing I think of when I hear the words ‘summer time’, is the beach! I decided to use the beach as my inspiration for the layout, but not using beach photos, though the photos have a lose connection because of the mermaid / captain costumes (another layout for my 30th birthday album, yay!):

Supplies: Crate Paper Little Bo Peep ‘Alice’ Paper, Bo Peep Border Stickers, Crate Portrait Alphas, American Crafts Thickers, Gold Thread, Red Ric-Rac, Pumice Texture Gel, White Gesso, Anita’s Glitterations Stickers, White Crepe Paper, Staples, A Black Gel Pen, A Blue Drawing Pen, and a variety of Gems and Pearls.
I used beachy colours of yellow and blue, layered blue border stickers and crepe paper under the main photo like waves, plus I used hints of gold for the glinting sun, and blue gems and pearls to look like water droplets. I also added some pumice texture gel to gesso for some sandy dots, which I doodled around with a blue pen to make them stand out more:

Have you ever tried to use a location as inspiration for your projects – but when the project is not about that actual place? I might try this again – perhaps a city/building inspired layout next!

Don’t forget to join in with the SJ Crafts challenge – it would be great to see more scrapbook entries over there! You could win a pack of mixed embellishments, and the closing date is the 19th of September at 1pm. Good luck!

Mini Books

Away We Go To The Beach – Mini-Album

Regular readers will know I take a lot of beach photos. I had some printed out that I’d decided not to use on 12×12 layouts, but I still wanted to scrapbook them. So, as I was in a summery scrapping mood,  I’ve made a mini album to display them:
I made the pages by cutting 5 pieces of Echo Park Everyday Eclectic paper down to 5″ wide – then rounded off the top edges of the papers using a bowl as a template:
And I cut the height of the pages down so that they increase in size – the front cover is 6″ tall, the first page is 7″, the second page is 8⅛”, the third 9¼“, the last page is 10⅜” tall:

And then I decorated the album with more Everyday Eclectic bits, a little machine stitching using white and gold thread, a Papermania Brad Making Kit, buttons and gems from my stash, plus some of these epoxies which have been sitting in my stash for too long:
They went well with the theme:
The photos were various sizes and orientations, but I managed to cut them all down to 4×4″ square to give continuity to the album:

I love making mini albums at the moment – I have them all on display in a basket in my dining room, for visitors to peruse!
Have you got any photos printed out and lurking in storage that you could use in a mini-album? Don’t forget you can link up mini-albums to my Scrapbooking Soiree, as well as layouts!

Anniversary Card

Hello! I have a quick post today, to show you the Anniversary card I made for my friend and her hubby, who just celebrated their first year of marriage. I used some strips of the Studio Calico Hey Day 6×6 paper pad on a kraft card base for the background, layered the sentiment on top, and then finished the card off with some co-ordinating butterflies from my glass full of butterflies:
A nice, fluttery, summery card! I haven’t seen many butterflies this year, I guess the horrible weather we’ve had made it difficult for them. Have you seen many butterflies lately where you are?