Friday, October 12, 2012

One Page Mini Album Wonder!

Mini Album Wonder

Sometimes there's a little project that comes along and it's fun, simple and yet you can do so much with it. This little mini album is just that. I absolutely love making these and with holidays soon approaching, what a great idea for a little stocking stuffer? 

I'm talking about what I call the one page mini album wonder! Yes, one 12 x 12 sheet of scrapbooking paper, a few simple folds, add tags, embellish it and make it yours! Don't have scrapbooking paper that is printed on both sides? No problem, I chose two coordinating scrapbooking paper and glued them together. 

 Finished size of this mini album is 3 inches X 4 1/2 inches. Perfect size! It fits just nicely into any purse!! Brag-Book for all proud parents, that could sit on a desk and not take up a lot of room, but still show off our pride and joy - loved ones.

Back of Mini Album
Back of mini.
Inside of mini with two side pull tabs extended and one center pocket pull tab partially pulled out.

Look at the room this little mini has to add our photos, journaling...just packs a big punch for such a simple, fun project.

Materials you will need for this project:

12 x 12 inch scrapbook paper, printed on both sides or two 12 x 12 coordinating sheets of scrapbooking paper.

Cardstock in coordinating colors for tags

Coordinating paper to embellish tags

Paper clips - your choice of design



Markers to make faux stitching and shading

Imagination ;)

Here is the video that I found and followed. Simple and easy! Thank you to stampingholly! Enjoy.

Happy Crafting...

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Mini Desk Calendar

Mixing it up with our love of camping and my husband's up-coming retirement. All along my husband has been saying that the office in which he works in would get air-conditioning and the renovations done probably only after he would be retired, but surprise! The school renovated the main office and low and behold not only did they put in new floors, ceiling, the much needed air conditioning but also new, larger desks! At least Norm gets to enjoy the new office until the end of this school year.

At first I was going to make a count down the days until retirement desk calendar, but after finding out that everyone and their uncle are doing this for him, I chose to go a little more subtle and came up with this desk calendar for him.
I had so much fun making this little desk calendar/organizer. Mixing up a camping, fall and retirement theme. A sticker that reads 'Take Time To Explore' along with the 'Time Piece' and on the other side of that tag is a key - signifying the key to relaxation!
The material I used are from days long gone by and I sure can't remember where I purchased them and some where obviously from a package.
The embellishments are from the dollar store! Yes, those twirly paper clips and the stickers do come from our local dollar store!
The pattern I used came from Score, Fold, Create. Absolutely love this book. Since I have it, all I want to do is try out all the fun designs.
The base, I used a piece of foam board, and yes, that too came from our local Dollar store.
I was lucky enough to find a website for the perfect size monthly calendars.
Visit for printable calendar.
Here is what the back of the project looks like.

This is the book that I have made my project out of ...
Love, love, love this book. I use it with my Crafter's Companion as I do not have the Score-Pal.
So far I have had no problems ;)
Hope you having a scrap-happy Thanks Giving!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Mini Album

Nanny Donna's Mini Album

Here is a mini album that came to be during one of my not so creative moments. Sometimes creativity takes a break and leaves the mind...blank?
Other times it's hard to turn the darn thing off!! as everything gives us ideas...
Somewhere in between those moments, this is what I came up with.
A mini album made from Black Currant printed cardstock, my trusty little cricut and Story Book cartridge...a trip to the dollar store for the paper clips, good ol' Walmart for the black and white flowers and ribbons...and Le Voila
Mini album!

Materials used for this project:
Story Book Cartridge
Black Currant printed cardstock
Paper Clips from Dollar Store
Flowers from WalMart crafting department
Small stapler
Aleene's Tacky Glue
Glue runner
Small/medium circle punch
Scalloped edge punch
Sizzix Embossing Boutique and small polka-dot embossing folder.

Determine how many sleeves you want for your mini album.
I chose 10.
10 cardstock cut 9 inches x 5 1/2 inches
To make sleeve: fold cardstock in half to make finished sleeve 4 1/2 inches x 5 1/2 inches long.
Glue or use score tape to close along bottom to make pocket.
Using small or medium circle punch, punch out half circle to make room for your pull tabs.
Score 1/2 inch at bottom of pocket of each pocket.
Embellish both sides of pockets to your liking.
I used the pockets for my cover and back cover.
Cut 8 inch x 4 1/2 inch cardstock for spine of mini album.
Cut cardstock 4 1/2 inches x 5 1/2 inches to glue pockets to, evenly spacing each pocket...glue pockets (evenly placed) on the bottom fold to cardstock.
Score spine 1inch and 6 inches to wrap around your front and back of album, glue together with pocket and first spine to make a stronger spine for album.
Cut 2 1/2 inch x 4 1/2 inch coordinating cardstock for corners. Score in center to make fold for corners and attach.
Add your personal touches.

For Tabs:
Cut 10 pull tabs - finished size 5 1/2 inches x 4 inches.
Using scalloped edge punch, punch either both ends of pull tab, or just the front (the end showing once it's placed inside the sleeve.)
Place ribbon on either the left hand side of pull out tab or right hand side, whichever you like.
Make a ribbon pull tab and staple to pull out tab.
Glue white 'rose buds' to embellish.
And you are all set to add your pictures, captions to your mini album.

I used a several of the Story Book cuts to make little tags, double and sometimes tripled the layers to add dimension once they are glued together. If you wish to write on these tags, I'd suggestion doing it before you emboss!

Hope this made sense, and happy scrapping....