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Inspired By My Loves…

 

Every year, I create a mini album all about what I am loving right here, right now about my family. February is the month I do this, as it is the month of love, after all!

So, with the little Chipboard album included in this month’s kit, I set to work crafting up a book all about “My Loves.”

I painted most of the album white, then covered the front and back with that awesome frame paper from the kit. Then, I layered it up with some stenciling using the Molding Paste and the Prima Stencil from the kit, followed with some layered chipboard, thread, and sequins (from my stash).

The interior chipboard pages were covered with personal photographs, layered with chipboard pretties. And, I made sure to leave room for journaling!

Lots of fun fussy cut flowers, and I had to put a bird on it too 🙂

Lovely, indeed!

Maybe this has inspired you to make a mini about what you are loving right now! Happy creating!

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things…

The December kit includes a super fun vintage book card. Or perhaps it should be called a library card or a flash card. Whatever you choose to call it, it is so fun! Mine had the word “like” or “likes” on it and because of it’s oblong size, I just knew I had to make a mini book!

So, what to put in as the pages? Well, the fun black pockets filled with tags were just the thing!

As you can see, I used some patterned paper to create a quick little accordion binding. To do this, all you need is paper that has been folded back and forth, as if to make a fan. You then glue your page, or black pocket in this case, onto one side of each fold. Ta da! Instant book. And, it’s so cool how it folds out!

And here you can see it all stacked up…

I went to town on the cover, stenciling with the Prima stencil, painting, collaging, etc…

One of the gorgeous gold Thickers points to my inspiration word. And what’s that about anyway? Well, I am going to journal on all of those tags inside those black pockets all the things I am loving right now as a 39 year old. Fun, right? Things like favorite tv shows, foods, colors, etc…

The inside got the same messy, painty fun…

See all that yummy stitching? I used some of the ribbon in the kit to reinforce the spine and simply stitched it on. Practical and pretty. YAY!

And as you can see, one of the cool clips included in the kit keeps all the goodness closed up tight.

I made sure to tie some lovely ribbon bits from my stash and from the kit to each of the tags in the black pockets so that the mini has lots of texture. I just love the way this came out and I think it will be so fun to look back on what I was loving at this time in my life.

Thanks for stopping by today! What will you make with some of your vintage kit goodies?

 

Archie Comics Mini Album

Hi everyone, Melissa here with a mini album for Bad Girls Couture!

 

This adorable mini album is part of the December kit,it is filled with lots of bright cheery colors and patterns! What better fit for a comic book theme. To decorate the front I sponged on a little gesso, then glued on some cheesecloth. I added the glittery Thickers, and drew around them with a watercolor pencil. I softened the pencil lines with water on a paintbrush. I wanted the gold glitter and bold colors to really pop.

I made some flowers with plain cardstock and a flower die,the glitter on them is in the kit.The grey pearls are from last month’s collection.

 

I fussy cut pieces from the kit’s Prima paper, and also used the clips included.  I’m going to use this in my kitchen to keep notes and receipts in, so the clips will be useful.

 

I added embossing powder by glueing it on, I heat set it a little. The Bohemian Crystal green bling is from last month’s kit. You can also see micro beads, and sequins.

Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week! I hope you enjoy having your own Archie Comic theme mini around if you get this month’s collection!

Archie Comic Mini Book!

Happy Friday ladies!! Our December Bad Girls Couture kit reveal is TODAY and I just love the 42nd. St. Soda Shoppe kit. I love using bright colors on my layouts/projects. They make me so happy, but what made me even happier this month was receiving the adorable mini album that Wendy made by hand using Archie comic books!! AH, IT IS SO AWESOME. I wanted to hoard mine, but Wendy made me use it. 🙂 I am not sure what she used to glue the pages to the chipboard pieces, but it’s nice and sturdy. Nice job Wendy on making such  a one of a kind piece for this month’s kit.

I decided to use the gold thickers throughout the mini. The gold looks so pretty against the album pages. And I am not a big gold person…but it looks pretty… and masculine. For this album, I decided to focus on the silly, happy photos of my son. He is ALWAYS happy… he’s such a happy kid.

For the inside, I used some cut-apart labels and word stickers from my stash to help tell my story. I wanted to keep this mini simple, focusing on the photos. ;0

I love these crazy pictures of Edward. He asked me to do a photo shoot before his soccer game and I captured his personality PERFECTLY.

That smile…I can’t get enough of it. Yes, there’s pink in this album. Who says you can’t use pink, flowers and butterflies in a boy’s mini book? It’s perfectly OK.

What do you think? Are you ready to try making one of these? I just love how this turned out. This little mini is going into a baggie then into Edward’s baby box.

Fabric Mini Book


Happy Monday! I’ve been anxiously waiting to share this little mini album with you! I just love the October Bad Girls Couture Kit. Have you checked out their kits? They are fabulous! I was inspired by these colors and the kit has a few of these colors in a deeper hue. I added a touch of gold to make these colors pop!

Pinterest Inspiration

I used the packaging from the 7gypsies tins as inserts for the mini book. This mini album is 3″x3″. I love making this size mini because it’s super easy and it works great for those of you who can’t seem to throw your scraps out. Hey, I am not picking on you… I am the same way!

I used gesso to adhere the fabric to the packaging to use as theand back of the mini book. I cut several pieces of patterns from the Prima Paper to use as inserts and photo mats for the mini.

Once the gesso was somewhat dry, I used scissors to cut the excess fabric from the edges.

And because I am always looking for ways to save trees and recycle… I cut the little words from the packaging to use as embellishments for the mini album.

Here are my little pages.

Here are a few close-ups:

I used my Bind-It-All to bind the pages together. I can’t remember the last time I used it. I finally dusted it off and put it to good use.

I used a little piece of transparency… sparingly. I am hording the rest.

The photos are all 2″x2″ (maybe a little smaller).

And here is the cover. Nothing too fancy… I wanted to keep it simple!

Remember, the next time you are about to throw those scraps away… you can maybe make a little mini book instead! They make great gifts.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Fabric Mini Book

Hello Crafters
I have made one more project with an amazing September kit .
This time I tried the new papers from Crate Paper – Carousel collection and created this cute mini album

All the papers I used from the kit are inside the mini, however for my cover I chose to use fabric. I like using fabric for a more soft look.

I stitched the “name ” of my mini to the cover and embellished it with a bow that I amde using glittered cardstock and the fabric flower from the kit
ok, Let’s look inside the mini

I didn’t fill my mini with the busy embellishments , however I made a lot of die cutting to embellish the pages.

I also used the popcorn package for the purpose to keep their the photos, cards or something more in it.

There are some flaps in my mini, I like to make extra pages to save the space for the pictures.

The puffy golden sticker is a perfect match there, it was included in my kit too.

I also wanted add something classy and added the die cut ironwork

 

What I like most of all this time is to use the tickets, they are fun, cute and so easy to add some accent on your album pages.

I wanted my album to be girly, pinky and with a a trendy golden embellishments