Chalk Art Mini Album

I had lots of fun this week creating a project for a scrapbook retreat I’m helping organize later this month. Chalk art is big this days, and I’ve wanted to try a stamped project using the chalk art look. Chalk Art Mini Album | Angela Fehr http://angelafehr.com

Even if you’re not into scrapbooking your entire life, mini albums can be a lot of fun to make because they are quick and easy to display. I have a stack of minis that I’ve made for different occasions, given as gifts, or made for my kids, and they are looked at over and over again.Chalk Art Mini Album | Angela Fehr http://angelafehr.com

This album uses an assortment of die cut pages. The three holes for binding match but otherwise I have a mix of sizes and it’s cute! The chalkboard look comes from using white pigment ink and distressing black cardstock with a white core. Close to My Heart’s cardstock all (except white & Colonial White) has a white core, and it’s great for effects like this!

Chalk Art Mini Album | Angela Fehr http://angelafehr.com

Chalk Art Mini Album | Angela Fehr http://angelafehr.com

We had a family photo session this summer while visiting my husband’s family in Saskatchewan, and this album turned out to be a great way to show off some of the most gorgeous (and silliest) shots from the evening.

I’ll be making this available as a kit soon, so even if you can’t make the first annual Paper Therapy Scrapbook Retreat, you can make this album. Thanks for looking!

Clementine Mini Album Photos & Class Details

The paper craft projects that get me most excited are always the same: mini albums.

There is just something about a mini album that is special. Focusing on a single person or event is a wonderful way to spend a few hours, and because I usually give my minis away, I get all excited about the reaction of the person who will be receiving the album.

When I saw the Clementine paper kit from Close to My Heart, I knew I’d be using it to make a mini album, and I paired the paper kit with CTMH’s kraft die cut cards to create the album. My album uses four cards and envelopes, but I think three would have been better – I’m not quite finished the back pages and the album is already pretty thick.My oldest daughter is growing up so fast! She’s nine and a half and the tallest nine year old I’ve met. She is a delightful girl and it was so fun to journal and scrap about all the things that make her special.

I used Coptic binding (or a variation thereof – my internet was down so I had to stitch from memory instead of following a tutorial) to bind all the pages of the album together. I like that in using the envelopes as well as the cards, I could make little journalling pages to insert into each envelope – you can see one in the photo above, just waiting for a little love letter from me to her!

I love the way the envelope flaps make a partial page divider – it’s fun to arrange the photos so just a little tantalizer of the next page is peeking out! So much of the fun is in arranging everything just right.

In addition to the adorably pretty Clementine paper, I’ve used the Clementine canvas stickers – so much more texture than just regular paper stickers and I love how they coordinate.

I also added in the Cottage Assortment layered stickers. Theses are so fabulous – stitched fabric with buttons and again, perfectly coordinated. I just love this!

Another pocket/journalling page. Happy sigh.

Here you can see just a peek at the stitching for the binding. I used Waxy Flax to bind the book and it’s holding up really well. I used three different stamp sets for this project, Rugged Dude for one embellishment (see below), the lovely set from the Scroll Album kit (I have two in stock you can buy today!) and the It’s Your Day double set. Keep reading and I’ll let you know how to get this set for only $5!

I just had to try out the wonderful pocket from Rugged Dude, inking it up with Pacifica ink, stamping off to get the denim, and then stamping the stitching with Pacifica “full power”. Can you hear me happy sighing again?

I’ve used ten of my favourite photos and this album is by no means full – even though it’s just over 6 inches square, it packs a punch! I can’t wait to finish it with a few more favourite photos and some heartfelt journalling. My sweet girl deserves this special gift, even though her birthday is months away.

I’m going to do this album as a class at my home studio in Dawson Creek BC – wanna come? Here’s the details: Class takes place on October 2nd from 7-9pm. You will receive lots of product – enough to make one album with lots left over:
Clementine Paper Kit
Clementine Canvas Stickers
Cottage Assortment stickers
Desert Sand Exclusive Inks stamp pad
Bamboo Waxy Flax
Kraft Die Cut Cards & Envelopes
It’s Your Day double stamp set (available with any $35 purchase until September 30, 2012)

For those who would prefer to make something a little different, there is an alternate project for this class; the Clementine banner!  Using a similar design to the banner I made my daughter last Christmas, only with a different colour scheme, the Clementine banner is eight pieces and will make any little girl’s heart thrill with delight!

More photos and details to come soon. Space is limited in this class, so email me if you want to join the class, or to ask about ordering the materials for yourself.

 

Two My Mind’s Eye Challenges and an Altered Record Album

I bought a vintage record at an antique store earlier this year – it’s a beautifully illustrated story of Rapunzel, and I knew as soon as I saw it that I would use the album case and records to make a scrapbook for my seven-year-old daughter. It’s still in the process of being completed, and I want to share the whole thing SO BADLY but for now I’m going to share just two pages that I created using My Mind’s Eye products and their April challenges.

I made this layout, the back page of the album, using the My Mind’s Eye April sketch:

Seeing as it’s only one photo, it’s a rather loose interpretation. I die cut a pretty frame using my Silhouette, and ended up cutting a Stella & Rose die cut into two pieces for the layout title. I have at least three different MME paper lines on this layout!

The next layout is all about shapes – first off, the octagon inspired concept which is another My Mind’s Eye April challenge:

Again I used my Silhouette, this time to die cut a honeycomb mask. Just for fun, I added flowers to a few of the honeycombs. I laid this over my background paper and misted with Glimmer Mist. I added a little spatter using a darker shade of Glimmer Mist – anyone want to give me some tips for mister bottles that have NEVER worked? I’ve rinsed, and shook and poked and nothing helps. Hate that!

Yes, that is a record making up the base of my layout! The album stores the records in kraft paper pockets and so the pockets and the records both became part of my album. I love that the photo peeks out from the hole in the middle of the pocket when the page is stored!

Oh, and in showing this you get a peek at another album page – yes, I am maximizing my album by adding pages on hinges – isn’t that fun?

I am having so much fun making this album, loving my daughter through scrapping her personality, and if all goes well, I’ll be able to show you the full album next week. Mark your calendars! :)

A Little Golden Book Photo Album

Have you ever had a five-year-old son? Perhaps you know what a mix of charm and frustration they can be?

I had two daughter, seventeen months apart, and then not quite two years later, our one and only boy arrived. Knowing he’s our only son, I’ve delighted in his boy-ness, but I’ve also struggled in taming his stubborn spirit. Seems like when I start to focus on the “difficult” behaviour issues, it’s hard not to feel like he’s nothing but trouble, and these are the times when I most need to marvel at and enjoy his strengths and sweetness.

So I made a mini album, just to celebrate this age. Five years old and it really is a great age to be for a boy. And for his mum!

‘Kay, can you tell what genius idea I had for the base of this mini album? Perhaps a look at the back of the album will enlighten you:

It’s a Little Golden Book! Cool, right? First of all, they are dirt cheap at the thrift store, and second, they bring up such nostalgic memories for so many of us – they are a symbol of childhood. It was so fun to repurpose the book as a special keepsake for my boy.

I used paper from October Afternoon, both Rocket Age and Boarding Pass lines. The colours and theme were just perfect for a boy album.

The hardest part for me was that I didn’t want to cover up all the great illustrations. I ended up compromising a little and alternating illustrations and photos, just for fun, trying to make the photos match the theme on each page.

I made sure to include stories about his favourite things, including his favourite colour, orange.

This isn’t the cutest page in the book, but it’s my favourite because it talks about a special aspect of my relationship with my son. He’s always drawn to the kitchen when I’m baking, and I love that he’s never gotten tired of joining me at the counter to help pour and mix and taste!

These two pages both feature “stolen” photos; moments I managed to catch on film and treasure.

I had to do a little editing on the photo above to respect my nephew’s privacy. It’s so special for my boy to have a best friend who is also his cousin! I added a little window slider pop-up detail to this page:

My Wecco boy has paged through this album a dozen times already and I think it’s going to hold together really well – I recommend the Little Golden Book album style!

You can see that sometimes using the existing text from the book worked really well! I did try to keep the pages really flat – the thickest thing I added to the album was chipboard.

Shh! Don’t tell him I showed you this page – he says he hates it! But I had to take a photo of him and his little friend getting “married.” Cute, huh?!

I never want to forget how he was at age five, and I want to enjoy every day of it – at least until he turns six!

Decoration Fun!

Thought you might enjoy some photos of the Christmas ornaments we made for our tree this year. Last week we invited some friends to join us and made a whole bunch!

These are easy – trace around a cookie cutter, then adhere the paper to the back of the cookie cutter and embellish. This one used paper from Authentique’s Wonder collection.

We die cut snowflakes from Grunge Board and painted them white, dipping them in glitter before the paint was dry. Then we layered buttons, twine, mini jingle bells and snowflakes over the centres. Everyone did something different – I can’t find mine which was fairly simple, but my girls had the idea of adding Stickles glitter glue to the branches of the snowflake. They would stickle everything if they could!

In the spirit of making my Christmas less stressful – because I was totally losing it for a while there – I have given myself permission not to do everything perfectly. Sometimes I think we look at Pinterest or blogs and feel like every mom is doing more to make Christmas special than we are. The advent traditions, the Elf on the Shelf, December daily scrapbooks/journals, baking with the kids, you name it. It’s very freeing to back off and just do the things that help me to enjoy the season with my family, rather than doing it for them. Anyhow, this also means that while I love a beautifully decorated house, I didn’t decorate this year! I let the kids have free rein with the Christmas boxes to decorate the house and tree, and it looks fine. Not perfect, but it definitely was easier this way, and fun for them.

One more thing I want to share with you today is this cute little mini album made for my December Paper Therapy group. The chalkboard album is from Cosmo Cricket and the paper from My Mind’s Eye. I’ll add Christmas photos in the New Year.

 

 

Today I am having a wonderful time making gifts for my kids. This year we decided to make gifts rather than buy and Wade is creating an amazing sword and shield for Wecco, while I stitch on doll clothes for the girls. I’m also making each child a paper crafted project. I’ve already showed you the banner I made for Scooter, and Wecco and Sassy are getting boxes. Wecco’s is a mini treasure box which I tried to give a faux leather appearance, and Sassy will be over the moon to get a book that I’ve altered to hold a secret compartment. Reader’s Digest condensed books are great for this type of project. (Of course I read it first! I read everything.) I’ll share photos when I’m done!

 

Handmade Holiday Day 7: Album

I’ve had such fun sharing this week of holiday inspiration with you, together with Meredith! I was inspired by her projects and I know she shared a few ideas I’m definitely going to try.

For our final share of the week, we decided to do a mini album project. I was toying with all kinds of ideas – I do love mini albums – but I decided that it would be fun to make something just for myself, and I pulled out a holiday mini album kit from Little Yellow Bicycle. The little envelopes in the album somehow just called for recipes, rather than photos, so I made myself a Christmas recipe album. It holds all the recipes that have become tradition in my home, with room for more.

It’s bright and Christmassy, just the way a Christmas recipe album should be! I added extra pages between each original page, and the rings are large enough that I can add more if I need to.

Each page is a different size, which adds to the eclectic look. I used lots of stamps for the embellishments, all my new sets from Unity Stamp Co.

No recipe on the little tag shape – but look how cute!

Hey, I made this one big so you can try the recipe! It’s a good one. This postcard stamp from Unity Stamp Co. is just the right size for recipes.

 

 

This is a long narrow envelope that fit a detailed recipe for our twenty-five year tradition of making painted sugar cookies.

My internet provider is giving me fits so this is the last photo I’ll be posting. Rest assured that there are enough calories packed into this little album to ensure that every family member will be packing their own “bowl full of jelly” come January!

Thanks so much for coming along on this week of Christmas ideas. Don’t forget to check out what Meredith has planned for today and my  full list of Handmade Holiday posts can be accessed via the link on the left hand sidebar.

Two Hour Mini Album Video Tutorial

Remember my Mother’s Day mini album post? I made this mini album for Hobbysew Echuca, using Kaisercraft’s Chanteuse line. I love making these two hour mini albums, most of all because they are completely made from scratch – no mini album kits here! – and so they are very customizable.

I’ve made a video tutorial that quickly runs you through the how-to’s, tools and measurements involved so you can make your own two hour album! Take a few minutes and check it out – there’s a slideshow at the end showing a couple of different albums I’ve made using this tutorial. Apologies for the out of sync sound and poor lighting – I take this videos with my Nikon Coolpix and the poor camera is six years old and not really equipped for the task!

As I mentioned on the video, I’d love to see what you make using this tutorial – email me your 2 Hour Mini Album photos and I’ll feature them on my blog!

 

Mother’s Day Mini Album

Head on over to the Hobbysew Echuca blog to see inside my beautiful Mother’s Day tribute album. I was so delighted to be able to work with the loveliest Kaisercraft line, Chanteuse. I call this a two-hour mini album, because I had a friend over one day and we both made one and she swears that’s how long it takes me to assemble it, though I generally spend a little longer with embellishing. All the pages are made from scratch using my die cutting machine, and I’m hoping it’s bright enough today for me to put together a little video tutorial so you can make one too!