I’ve been on the hunt for all different sorts of mini albums, trying to figure out what’s going to work best for capturing memories for an upcoming dream vacation to Italy. After my Miami Girls’ Trip mini book, A few weeks ago, I saw this lovely blog post and super easy video tutorial on Heidi Swapp’s blog on how to create my own mini album. The blog called this binding method Back-to-Back and I love how it turned out. (Now if only I knew how to take nicer pictures!)
The spine of the mini album was about .5 inches. I used some 12×12 paper from my Maggie Holmes’ paper pad. I have a tendency to hoard my 12×12 papers – it always seem so wasteful to cut them up for Project life or greeting cards so it was nice to use them in something productive!
Although I buy a lot of supplies with an ivory undertone, for the most part, my projects definitely veer more white than ivory. After some fits and starts trying to figure out what would match, I decided to “shop” my supplies and pull together anything that matched the same colors and tones found in the papers. I really like using this method to establish a color palette for my project. My favorite part was misting the doily with the Mister Huey’s Mint Julep, which looked awesome. Of course – doltish me – I don’t have any pictures from the final product because I made the mini album at a bridal shower. I had all the guests write little notes for the bride-to-be and then printed pictures using my Pogo Polaroid printer. It was fun and cute. I wish I had taken a picture of the cover!
I had a lot of fun playing with the Studio Calico Kal Barteski cut files. First, I used it as a mask for some misting. Then I embossed on top with a background stamp.
Some more detail.
Originally I was playing on throwing away the misted mask but it so cool that I decided to use a Heidi Swapp mist on it to add some sheen and put it on top of another card. I love the mega dot gold washi and the contrast between the embossed white and lively patterned paper.
Another version of the card with different patterns and proportions.
I’m sad I couldn’t make it to my friend’s wedding in Japan – especially since it turned out to be a mini-reunion! I was a little perplexed trying to get them a personal and thoughtful gift not being at the wedding and having never met the groom.
Once I saw the pictures though, I was inspired to create some pages to jump start an album for them. The photos – especially the ones from my friend’s camera – were so lovely I knew this would be a perfect gift from me to them. So floaty and pretty.
From the memory-keeping side, I have noticed a few things.
The In-My-Head Process
After focusing on cards for so many years, the story-telling aspect of scrapbooking really trips me up. When I’m at an event, it is challenging for me to distill the essence of a story into one or a few photos. Making these pages was a breeze compared to how I’ve been agonizing over every aspect of my sister’s album. Not being at my friend’s wedding helped me to tell a much more cohesive visual story because I had no actual story to align it to! Don’t know if it’s a good thing, but I’m going to try harder with my sister’s book to focus on a theme (maybe good times, then and now, quirky things I love about her, funny memory) rather than capturing every moment of the event.
I’ve spent the last few months obsessively learning every technique including watercoloring, drawing patters, stamping (when to stamp and how, particular on solid images), copics, stickles, embossing, ribbon, misting, splotching (I don’t know if that’s a word but it feels suitable for describing dotting the page with inky dots, and washi tape (there are DEFINITELY techniques associated with using washi – see here)*. These pages represent the first time all that learning came together naturally for me – I wasn’t making a page because of the technique (except for maybe the “A Toast” page) – but other than that, it all felt like I’d mastered enough of the techniques to focus on the story or thought I wanted to visually communicate rather than worrying about the technique.
Products/lines that helped ease me into scrapbooking:
Studio Calico products and the member gallery have been awesome in helping me incorporate the embellishments that really add the most oomph to a page. I spent the first two months of my subscription very overwhelmed looking at everyone’s pictures. I want to develop my own aesthetic and I’m more confident now doing my own thing. The members of this community are amazingly gifted.
Misting and splotching with Mister Huey’s add something very subtle and special to each page. I found this video on youtube by CardofMyEye that demonstrates the basic techniques really well.
Hero Arts Shadow inks are so beautiful – they create a floaty image on washed out color schemes and fill in solid stamps so beautifully. From the reviews I’ve seen on Youtube, I’m super excited to add StampinUp’s new ink pads to the mix for my more crisp and graphic pieces.
Paper by Basic Grey. So versatile and atmospheric – ’nuff said!
* Scarletbird’s posts and my friend who got me a million amazing washi for Xmas are responsible for my etsy washi tape shopping spree. I’m afraid this spree will double my collection in about a week. I was stocking up for the year. Yep, that’s my story.