Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Prima "Coffee Break" 6x6 flippity flappity mini album a la Scrapbook Maven

Hello there! Yes, my voice is doing this little dance today because I am sharing another Prima project--and Prima, as you know already, is the absolute love of my life. If you have seen my other projects, (I recommend) you will realize that I am a vintage-loyalist. I do dabble in peppy contemporary themes but vintage is what I come home to--the neutral tones, the distressed edges, the oxidized metal--all that is old-worldly and charming. Most Prima collections lend themselves beautifully to vintage albums. Coffee Break, however, with its peppy yellow, fresh mint, and charming salmon pink has a vivacity that is best brought out by the shabby chic style. Hence, the white cardstock base. :)

My Prima stash should be the subject of another post--suffice it to say that within a couple months of being a scrapper, I picked up five Prima collections--Cartographer, The Archivist, Stationer's Desk, Coffee Break, and ...the one you have seen enough of--Something Blue! (Now what is a paper-fanatic supposed to do when two of her friends announce weddings in quick succession? Two Something Blue collections kits are just what the doctor ordered.) But, I digress.

Why Coffee Break? It had the unfair advantage of combining all my favorite things--eyeglasses, books, typewriters, vintage fonts, cups and saucers, cakes and confections, and coffee! What defense does a bespectacled chatterbox of an editor/proofreader have against such racing of the pulse? So the Coffee Break papers just could not wait!

By the time I started work on this project, in Aug-Sept 2015, I had completed two 6x6 pocket page minis following Ginger's tutorial (linked on the Honey Chai project share page). For this album, I wanted a different page style and opted for Scrapbook Maven's interactive pocket page style. Styles, rather... because she teaches four different ways of building the page--and I have used all four here.

I will stop now... and let the pictures speak!

This album has four page units--each made of a 12x12 inch sheet of cardstock.

For the front cover, I used Prima Coffee Break flowers, paper clips, laces, wood veneer stick pins, cardstock embellishment, cut-aparts, a Prima Archivist wood icon, and flatback bling and a crochet flower from my stash.

On the spine, I used metal charms and glass beads from my stash, a wood icon from the Prima Cartographer collection, and Prima lace.

The front inside cover and the first page unit:

The Eiffel Tower wood icon is from the Prima Archivist collection. (Oh! That collection is such a treasure for those in love with Paris, or the idea of it, like I am.)

I love making envelopes--here is one I made using the cork paper from the collection--it holds cut-aparts from the paper.

The second page unit:

The third page unit:

The edges have been punched using the Fiskars Apron Lace border punch. I love how it adds an English countryside touch.

The fourth page unit:

Sorry about the yellow tint! The sun stopped cooperating for a bit. 

By this time I was running out of sheets so you can see I used up the scraps and leftover cut-aparts. :)

The back inside cover:

On the cover of the tiny book is a crochet icon from the Prima Coffee Break collection. Prima Marketing does go all out with embellishments, doesn't it?

The book, made of one sheet of 12x12 inch cardstock (and two pieces of chipboard for the covers), has 7 pocket pages holding cropped 3x3 inch photo mats.

I will link the tutorial for this tiny book as soon as I can find it on Youtube. Sorry about that!

Update (2 May 2016): Here is the tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQmRiNhhJoQ

Each page unit of the larger album holds a 5.5x5.5 inch photo mat insert--the corners were rounded using the Stub-Deco (Green) Crop-a-dile Corner Chomper. I used the same tool to make the tabs on each insert.

Since each page unit has 5 pages each, I wanted the spine to be wide enough to allow room for expansion once I add the pictures.

Watch the video flip-through of this project because this album is rather difficult to photograph--all the flip outs and flip ups and flip downs--the interactivity--just does not frame well. :D 

Thank you for stopping by. Do leave a comment--it'd mean a lot! :)

More soon!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

"Avec toi" wedding mini album using Prima Something Blue

The first of my Prima Something Blue albums. Created in September 2015, this was the first project to use the Sizzix Big Shot machine which was an advance birthday present from TH :) "Advance" because I wanted to use the Sizzix for this project and just could not wait for November to end. ;)

Prima Something Blue is quite unlike the usual wedding collection with the customary surfeit of roses and cream and satin and gold and glitter. It is, as expected, vintage! Instead of pink and ivory, this is more of peach and faded rose, chalkboard black, and a hint of aqua. It is the perfect collection for a muted wedding album for a bride with a love for the times past. The friend I was making this for fit the description perfectly. <3

The collection has been discontinued by Prima so I was able to lay my hands on only a few elements from the collection--the 12x12 collection kit (2), the 3x4 ATC card pad, a set of stamps (not sure of the number and I have lost the packaging), and a pack of paper clips (which are darling!). I constructed the pages out of American Crafts black textured cardstock and used a few sheets or Fabriano textured white cardstock for matting.

As for the album construction, it is an altered 6x6" pocket page mini following Ginger's (My Sisters Scrapper) Pocket Page Mini Album Tutorial Series.

I increased the page size to measure 6x6 inches and increased the cover size to 6.5x7 inches because I wanted to accommodate as many of the 4x6 cut-aparts from the collection as I could. I also wanted the photo mat inserts to be bigger than the pockets--so I could add a decorative edge. Had to use the Big Shot, you see!

Alright, here are the pictures shot by TH at Cherrapunjee, a dreamy little hill station in India's North East which we visited before heading to the wedding at a city nearby.

Do you see the tiny shoe in the charm dangle? I missed getting a close up of the charms--sorry! :/ Oh! Those are stick pins I made :)

I used the Tim Holtz bracket die for the decorative edges here.

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue...

I used the Sizzix damask embossing folder for the magnetic flap and the vertical waterfall. The magnetic flap was cut using the Sizzix bracket die.

I could not bear to cover up the exquisite vintage peach roses--just created a tuck-spot at the bottom right hand corner.

The flap on the left contains two pockets to hold journaling cards and wallet sized photos. Flaps on both pages open out to reveal 6x6 photo spots underneath

Watch the album flip-through now!

Thank you for stopping by. And now as the sun peers out of the clouds in Laitkynsew village, I should head out on my trek. (Oh! how I wish I was still there.)

More soon!