Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Baby Boy Scrapbook Mini Album 2015

Here's the latest of my custom made scrapbook mini albums. This one features another blue and green theme. On the cover are many of my own die cut designs and my best version of a baby peeking out from behind a birthday present. A designed a new die cut: a onsie. I made all the shapes on the cover, except for the tag, which is an Accucut Craft die, and the baby bottle, which is a Quickutz die.

On the cupcake page, I really liked how the hearts turned out. They are actually hidden tags - as you can see on the far right, where I pulled it up a big for the picture. They slide behind the cupcakes and the bottom of the hand stamped heart 'clips' them on.

I used a damask embossing folder on this page along the top and bottom border. It's a 5x7 folder, so it was wide enough to cover the near 6.5 inch width of the page mat. I used a pearlescent paper, so it looks really lovely in the light. (You can see it better in the video.)

I devised a ribbon binding technique for this album. It truly helped the pages to lay flat! I will use this technique some more with different ribbons and see how it goes. It did make assembly of the cover a little difficult, but the end result was quite worth it in my book!

You can watch the video of this ** baby boy scrapbook ** on my Vimeo channel.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Baby Boy 1st Birthday Scrapbook Album

I finally finished this mini album! This one is a custom theme. The baby was dressed as a sailor and the party was ocean creature themed. So, I took pen to paper and drew some ocean creatures. Then I scanned them to my computer and created electronic die cuts out of them (.svg files). (Link to video walk-through at end!)

I also used some party themed die cuts like party hats and balloons as well as my hand made wrapped gifts. The balloons on the cover are actually Christmas ornaments turned upside down!

I used a swing tag on this page. The seahorse and the gift move out of the way so that the top flap can open. I also used some 'paper paper clips'. I made the tags so that they could clip on to something. (You can see the rosette one on the page facing the seahorse. That tag slides out.)

My favourite die cuts that I made are the seahorse, the whale and the octopus. Here's the whale:

On the facing page to this whale, you can see the dolphin tag is holding shut two flip-open-sideways photo mats.

I also designed a little onsie die cut for this album. This one I designed directly in Inkscape.

It was very hard to work on. It's the biggest I've done to date with pages 8.5 inches tall and 6.5 inches wide. With the external hinges, I had to assemble the pages first and then work on them. It was tough and I find the pages a little stiff.

To see the album live, hop on over to my Vimeo channel by this link: https://vimeo.com/121417353

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Using Scraps for Paper Piecing

So, I've made great efforts to use up scraps this year. So far, I've done ribbon tails, inlaid embossing, and patchwork cards. Here's one more way to use scraps: Paper Piecing.  Anytime you need just a small area, go to your scraps first!

Paper piecing means stamping an image several times on different papers and then fussy cutting out different parts of the image. Then, you assemble all the cut out pieces on to a full stamped image of the item.

Here's one I did with Froggy Gift by High Hopes Rubber Stamps, which I am entering in their February month long Challenge #152, Anything High Hopes Goes:
For this one, I cut out the boy's hat and overalls from two different green patterned papers. I coloured the rest of the image with my alcohol markers.  For a more masculine feel, I crimped some paper to look like corrugated paper and I added some hemp twine under the sentiment. You might be able to see the details better if you click on the close up picture.

Here's another version of paper piecing that I did with an Annabelle Stamps image:
For the monster, I paper pieced his shirt and the balloon. The rest I coloured with my alcohol markers. The sentiment here came with the stamp set. I tried to make this one more like a polaroid, or a yearbook picture. I think he turned out cute. I like the pattern on his shirt!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Monster Valentine Card 2015

Just a short post today to show you the Valentine's Day card I made for my husband this year. I think it turned out pretty cute. I originally envisioned a big speech bubble on the front. I tried it but I didn't like how it looked. So, I decided to just hand-write, going for a bit of a comic strip type look for the writing.

I like my little peeking monster. It's of my own die cut designs. The inside has another of my own die cut monsters. I made the front monster from pink polka dots (cuz it's me, the girl) and the inside one is grey polka dots (for my hubby).
He thought it was cute. :)