Monday, August 22, 2016

"Cherish" ring binder mini album feat. Papericious papers

Hi there, folks!
Hope you are having a brilliant start to the work week! I have a quick project share for you on a Monday morning :)

I have been planning a chipboard mini album for a while now--the kinds with chipboard pages, usually on a binder ring, or held together with ribbons. I happened to be unboxing craft supplies from ItsyBitsy when I noticed how sturdy the box was--I cut squares out of the box, and then, on a whim, peeled the smooth brown paper lining away. Here's what I landed with:

I painted the squares with gesso.

I LOVE how quaint the white corrugated board looked! It absolutely HAD to be a floral themed album--most of my albums are floral I needed an excuse. I opted for The Flora Season by Papericious, and used a couple sheets from the Wooden Collection as filler paper. will admit these papers were the right choice for this album when you see the cover!

On the cover, I started with layering the woodgrain and rose papers, added a chipboard shape (which I had painted copper), and layered laces, flowers, crystals from a crystal spray which I cut up, and pearl beads. I went over the cover with a coat of liquid pearls for a light glittered look. The sentiment is a chipboard word from Dusty Attic.

The album manages to stand upright!

It has six pages, including front and back covers.

The best part about making these minis is that you do not spend much time on the base pages--you have all the time (and cardstock) to create interactive features! Which is what I did! Each spread has a photo mat on the left and an interactive fold-out or pocket on the right.

Page 1

Pages 2-3

Pages 4-5

Inside pages of the booklet

Each page has a pocket on the side.

Pages 6-7

Pages 8-9

I left the back plain.

There we last look!

I hope you liked my project share! Please leave me a comment if you did :) 
I am sending this shabby little mess of a mini album over to the Papericious blog as my entry to their Aug 2016 monthly challenge. The theme this month is "Anything Goes." 
If you have not checked out the awesome entries yet, hop right over... and participate too!

More soon!



Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Kaisercraft Lake House itty bitty mini|GDT project for Artsomecraft

Hello there, crafter friends!
Here is my third (and rather late) Guest Design Team project for Remember the absolutely gorgeous Kaisercraft papers Ashmita had sent over? Well, I made judicious use of them and got two albums out of the Lake House paper pack! This first is a large 6x8 inch vertical album (search for Amore on this blog) and the second this itty bitty mini--all of 4.25 inches square on the cover!

For the page style, I followed Ginger's Baby Mini Album Page Tutorial. Ginger teaches this page style in two sizes--this being the smaller one.

Yes, I am in an "itty bitty" phase right now--can think of little else but itty bitty minis (typically, 4x4 inch or thereabouts). These are quick, fun-to-make, do not exhaust your supplies and inspiration, and can be great presents even for non-crafters who can quickly fill these will wallet sized pictures :)

This is the first time I used pattern paper to wrap the outer chipboard cover--I love how it turned out! What do you think? (Oh, those polka dots! <3)

I wrapped pieces of chipboard with pattern paper and used them to add depth to the cover. Layered stickers, flowers, mdf words, a resin frame, etc. I wanted to keep the spine bare--to show off the dots. Hung a tiny key charm and some faux pearls on the front cover itself.

And now for the inside:

On the inside front cover, I added an acetate pocket (yes, I am kinda hooked on clear pockets, shaker windows, etc.) which holds a mini accordion fold album. (You can see it in the video demo.)

The pages are built and embellished the same way--just as with my previous GDT projects here, I wanted the papers to be in focus. I created these flowers using the Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Florals die set. The leaves are from a Sizzix flower and leaf die.

Each double-sided page holds three tags (two in the side-loading pockets, and a large tag/photomat insert in the top loading pocket).

Pages 2~8

I used Ranger's Antique Linen to ink around the edges. I like how it works with the light colored base.
The back inside cover has a couple flip-up photo mats with a skinny pocket for tags on the front.

A final look!

So that was my itty bitty mini album using the Kaisercraft Lake House collection. Thank you for stopping by! Do leave a comment :)

Also, hop over to for fabulous craft supplies! Their blog (linked on the store) houses amazing project shares by Ashmita herself--it's a treasure trove of inspiration!