Friday, November 18, 2011

Mini Scrapbook

I love, love, love this old pattern! I had forgotten about it until Katie found the one she made several years ago in her scrapbook stuff last weekend. I decided to resurrect the pattern and do it for our scrapbook workshop tomorrow. I had learned how to make this little mini album at the Stampin' Up! convention several years ago and still love it today! I don't know about you, but I take tons of pictures! I usually print some of them in wallet size (two for the price of one!) then can use them to add smaller prints to my layouts, or like I did here, punch them into smaller photos. I used 23 pictures in this little mini scrapbook! That would have been a whole roll of film back in the "old days"! WOW! The mini book can be added to a page as an interactive scrapbook piece, or just carried along with you to show off those cute grand kids! Mine is going to end up on a scrapbook page with all the other pictures that I took!! I do love to take pictures!

Here's a picture of it opened up...
The 12 x 12 sheet is folded in 1/2,  then in half again, then opened up and each section folded toward the middle. You should end up with 4 sections that are 3" x 6", and make a W when you're looking at it from the side with the bottom a closed fold and the top open to slide your cards into. I used my bone folder to make sure I had nice, crisp folds (and straight!).

The tags were cut 5 7/8" x 2 3/4" so that they could slide easily out of the pockets. The pullout at the top of each tag was punched with the Round Tab punch, attached with some of the sticky strip, then a small circle punch and ribbon tied through it.
I added pictures to both sides of the tags too...

A close up of the tear along the left side from the fold of the next section, down about 1/2 way, and the punch with the 1 3/8" circle punch in the top of the second section. I added another matching piece from the Spice Cake DSP to that section too (cut 3" x 6").

The third and fourth sections are cut about 3" down along the fold line between them. The third section folded over and brads attached, the the fourth section folded down, then a small fold toward the top again and torn. I added a little adhesive to that fold to make it stay in place. Open up the whole paper to attach the brads, using the mat pack to keep them straight, then add a piece of sticky strip along both outside edges as close to the edge as possible to keep it all together. (Section 1 and section 4). You don't need to add any adhesive between the other sections as the folds will keep the pullouts in place.

Now you're ready to add as many pictures as you'd like along with stamped images to go with your theme of your pictures. I used the Gently Falling set from the Holiday Mini Catalog. The leaves were stamped with the outline images in Early Espresso, then sponged with different colors and cut out. The letters on the front are Soft Suede and cut with the Big Shot and my Timeless Type Jr Alphabet. All done! It goes together really fast and so impressive when you're done! What a great way to share those holiday memories, or make for someone special on your list. How about like the scrapbook page I did last weekend...10 things I love about you, or Lessons I've Learned from my Dad, or just a time like I did, Fall 2011. There's so many things you can do with this little scrapbook! And you don't even have to be a "scrapbooker" to enjoy doing it!  Don't hesitate to contact me if you need further directions.  Faith and I made this one up in just a couple of hours while we were watching the owl that visited us yesterday in a tree right by the back deck. He stayed all day, and we spent more time watching him than really working! So beautiful and fun to watch! We didn't let our little dog, Riggley out all day without us... just in case the owl wanted a little snack! Ha!

Isn't he beautiful?
Happy Scrappin'!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Monkey Business

A friend sent me this recipe a couple of weeks ago and we loved it so much that I wanted to include it in my recipe book. I'm also in the process of making a couple more books for gifts and will also share this recipe page for our scrapbooking workshop this weekend. So without anymore monkey business, here it is:
Isn't he cute?? I had problems finding any directions for a cute monkey, so copied a monkey picture on Michael's bib. (I'd show you a picture of it, but he got it pretty messy last night...he's started on cereal!). Katie just laughs at me!

Here's a close up of the monkey...

Here's the punches that I used: Face 2 1/2" circle punch, muzzle (I guess that's what you call it??) Extra Large Oval Punch, Black eyes 1/2" circle punch, behind the eyes (don't know what that's called either...sockets??) Full Heart Punch, Ears 1 1/4" circle punch and 1" circle punch, nose is a  trimmed 1/2" circle punch , and his stickin' up hair is hand cut, and finally a bow attached for his bow tie. A very simple and fun recipe page. I love him!! I think he needs a name....hmmm...what should I call him??
Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Ho Ho Ho Top Note Santa

I found this picture in my files from way back in 2005 when Gabe and Lily visited Santa. Gabe was only 2 at the time, and Lily just over a month old! I've always saved it for a special scrapbook page, and finally came up with one worthy of such a cute picture! Another demonstrator had shared the Top Note Santa on a card and I thought it was so cute...and what a great Santa to make for my special picture.
It's one of my favorite pages!! (I think I say after each one that I finish!). I used the VersaMark ink along the bottom for my row of Christmas trees from the Season Of Joy stamp set...
And here's a close up of that great Top Note Santa...

His beard is textured with the Manhattan Flower embossing folder...who would have thought that a rose would make a beard?? The Always Artichoke strip in behind was textured with the new Stripes embossing folder. His moustache is cut with the bird punch, and nose an oval punch and raised with dimensionals, the eyes are a 1/2" circle punch as are the mistletoe berries, and the hat is the Pennant punch with a 1" circle punch for the ball. I used a bowl to cut the curve along the hat and the beard, and added lips with the small oval punch. The leaves for the mistletoe where cut from a rectangle with a circle punch or can be cut from the die in the mini catalog, which I don't have, or just cut by hand if you have a good eye for those things! I backed the picture with the Brushed Gold metallic paper and cut the Ho Ho Ho from the Timeless Type Jr Alphabet set. This will be one of the pages that we will do for the scrapbook workshop this coming Saturday. If you don't have a scrapbook going, I'll also show you how to make him into a card. Oh how fun! I love, love, love it!! What a great page for such cute grandkids!!
Happy Stampin'!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Scrapbook Weekend

Katie and I had a fun, fun scrapbook weekend...something we haven't done for years! She had vacation on Friday for Veteran's Day, so early Friday morning we started pulling out our scrapbooking supplies. You don't realize how much you have till you have the whole table covered! (And that wasn't even everything!) Katie's new favorite toy is her Big Shot that she earned for half price as a qualifying hostess at her workshop. I don't know how many times she told me how much she loves it! I know I couldn't get along without mine!

And some of the essentials to give you inspiration:

Larry and Dickson were so patient with us! We had our stuff scattered for two days. We did clear a spot to let them eat at the table! Katie worked on pages from when Faith was born and I did several from last month and some from 5 years ago! Who says you have to scrapbook in order? I just let the inspiration hit me and then find the pictures that I want to put on the page. I must say that the WalMart here does an awesome job printing pictures! I just sent the ones I wanted for a certain page from my computer, then  picked them up in an hour at the store. The colors on their prints are wonderful! A real must for a scrapbooker! Here's some pictures of the pages that I finished this weekend:
I love this one! Larry didn't think I'd be able to come up with 10 things...I think I could have done lots more. I've been married to my best friend for almost 35 years!
These are done back to back. I used a weaving technique tutorial that I purchased from another demonstrator on how to do several pages using this technique. What's so neat about it is that you're making two pages at the same time. With our DSP being double sided, you see the pattern from the back side of the paper strips that you're weaving with.
Isn't that a neat trick! I couldn't let the backside go to waste, so added the pictures of Faith's Pre-school party to the other side. I love all the little kids hanging off the letters! Just like a bunch of two year olds!
Love the pictures with Katie and Lily at Katie's wedding. This layout just worked so well for lots of pictures and for the Flower Girl title.  I used the reinker spread technique that we've done on cards for the flowers, and then the stamped flowers on the top were colored with the layered marker technique. So beautiful in real life!
And the two of them together...
Hope this gives you a little inspiration for some pages. Get those pictures out...remember, it's not about being caught's about doing it!!
Happy Scrappin'!