Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Scrapbook Envelope Mini Album 2014

I'm still experimenting with mini albums: page designs, binding, construction, etc. Like my previously posted Sweet Christmas Mini Album, this album is also ribbon-bound. The single signature consists of three envelopes.

This time, I made the envelopes from Kraft coloured cardstock with my new A6 die. The base pages ends up at 6.5 x 4.5 inches, so they can still hold 4 x 6 photos, however, the envelope is small enough to cut from 8.5 x 11 paper (unlike my A7, 5 x 7 envelope).

Since the envelopes were darker, I went with a darker set of papers, but still from the same collection as the Sweet Christmas album. I think these colours are a touch more traditional. Plus too, I made this one with a gentleman in mind. I'm conspiring with his daughter to get this book filled with pictures of his grandchildren at Christmas.

I decided to go with a twine closure. I prefer the fiber wrap type of closure because everyone wanted to slide the ribbon off the Sweet Christmas one. To prevent it from getting lost, I adhered the ribbon on the back, so I lived in fear that someone was going to tear it right off! I like fiber type closures because they are expandable (as opposed to magnets or closed, slip-off style belly bands). If the album fattens up once you get pictures in it, you will still be able to close it.

With the pages being made from cardstock, I didn't have to double mat them (cardstock first and then patterned paper).  In fact, I had intended not to! That way, more of the paper would show behind the pictures. But, I do like that solid border, so I did mat them anyway.

I've posted a video walk-through of this album on  my Vimeo channel. It's listed as:

You can click the link to be taken there to watch!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Silver Snowman

This week's challenge over at High Hopes Rubber Stamps is Anything Christmas! Since I freshly got the Frosty Snowman stamp in the mail, I had to try him out.

It is a breeze to colour!  I used Copic alcohol markers and one of my Pro-Marker alcohol markers.
I just love that little look of mischief on his face! I used a holly embossing folder on silver metallic cardstock behind him. I cut Frosty out and put him on foam tape. The sentiment is from a Stampendous greeting set. I stamped the inside too and added Frosty at the bottom of the card as just a grey outline for interest.

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I coloured the brim of his hat with white glue and then poured Ranger's Rock Candy glitter over it. This card has a simple design, but I think it makes Frosty stand out really well. He's the star of the show for sure! This stamp works for masculine cards too - which I always find are harder to come up with than girly cards.
If only I had a die cut window.... I could put him in there! Wouldn't that be cute? He could be peeking over the top of a present too. That would even work for winter birthdays, since snow people represent winter and not necessarily the holidays. I'm very pleased with Frosty. I think I will make more cards like these for myself to use next year.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Pet Christmas Angel

This was the first stamp I ever bought from High Hopes Rubber Stamps. They have a whole collection of named angels and this one is Delia Angel. The challenge this week is to add silver to your card. I added my silver by using a silver glitter cardstock to mat this angelic image.

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 I also used a silver metallic pen on the flecks of Delia's dress.

I've been on a Christmas mini album making binge of late, so I had all these holiday scraps. I layered some strips up to mat one side of this card and I embossed the other side with a CTMH Quarterfoil embossing folder.
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I have to admit, this stamp image is quite large and there are a lot of things to colour, so I haven't used it as much as I thought I would.  Enter: Watercolouring!  I actually found it much faster to watercolour this image than to use my alchohol markers.  The key was to first emboss the image. Once I embossed it, I didn't have to wait for sections to dry and the raised embossing acted like a little fence for the water. Fantastic! I used my Tombow Dual Brush tip water colour markers. I also used a larger card: 4.5 x 6 inches.

Some of my other favourite High Hopes Stamps angels include Kathy Quilting Angel and Charity Winter Angel but they have several more.

I hope you'll join in the challenges over at the High Hopes Stamps blog!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Sweet Christmas Envelope Scrapbook Album

I wanted to make an envelope scrapbook album in portrait orientation. All the ones I've made in the past have been landscape orientation. I know that most people take pictures in landscape orientation, but albums look more book-like when they are in portrait orientation. So, I went ahead and did it and I love how it tuned out!  I tried a new style of binding too: ribbon!

This is my "Triple Envelope,
Single Signature, Ribbon bound
Christmas Scrapbook Mini Album!

I really enjoyed making this album. [Spoiler: I have two more like it on the go and one with a 1/4 inch guttered spine.]

I used all sweets related pages from a Recollections paper stack to make this album. My Accucut Craft gingerbread man die cut makes three appearances in the album! This cover cluster is my first cluster-style embellishment attempt. I love the look of them but find them hard to accomplish given my clean and streamlined style. Therefore, my version of a cluster embellishment is of the flat variety, as opposed to the bulky, three dimensional style. I popped up a single gift on foam tape.

I did a video walk-through of this album so you can see all the pages and interactive bits. I even included instructions on how to tie a bow at the end! You can see my Sweet Christmas Envelope Mini Album on my Vimeo channel. I love the thinness of this album (clean and streamlined!). Despite being made from only three envelopes, it holds a surprisingly decent number of photos! Something like 15 full-sized 4 x 6 inch photos and 20 or so wallet sized ones (the mini 2.5 by 3.5 inch ones). (That's the count if you do zero journalling in the album though.)

Hope you enjoy the video!