Posts under this heading include projects that are made to help organize processes or events in our lives. It will include gift boxes, home decor items, projects for specific holidays or occasion.
It has been a while, so much going on with the family these days, but finally, summer is here! A lit bit slower pace and fewer commitments, hopefully, I can get more crafting done!
I am sharing a frame with a little mini book I made for my local scrapbook store. I was tasked to come up with a project using Photoplay’s “We Bought a Zoo”. My little guy was the inspiration for this one as he likes to have pictures in his room when we do special days like the zoo and aquarium. I am still enamored with interactive projects, so I couldn’t just make a frame with one flip and a picture. What fun is that?
Paper Inspiration came from the plaid paper with the oranges, blues, and greens. I cut two pieces of chipboard one at 6×8 and one at 5.5x 7.5 (plaid paper). Orignal I was going to do the cut apart as a flip and be done…..but, it never works out that way for me. I guess I just don’t know when to stop!
Here is a photo of the front:
This front of the mini book is a 4×6 cut apart found in the collection. The corners sport some little beads from a jar of embellishments I bought years ago. I love when I can use up some old stash!
Opening up the book, I used two tabs from the sticker sheet to create a place to pull the page open. It is magnetically closed.
A photo a little smaller than 4×6 if you want a mat can go on the left. On the right is a belly band that opens to reveal a tag and another spot for a photo.
The printed paper hides a pocket for another tag that can hold two (front and back) 4×4 size photos. In the original design process, this would be it, but something happens when I start putting things together, and I can’t stop adding more… So when you close up the book and open it to the right, you will see these two pages. The frame on the right will hold a 2 x 3 picture. Again the white paper hides a pocket at the top for another square tag. The page on the left contains two ATC size tags and hidden cut-a-part from the collection which has a spot for a picture. That was as far as I could go without it getting too bulky and falling over.
The back has a chipboard stand that I engineered with a collapsible piece inside for stability. As much as I love paper crafting, there is a joy in figuring out the construction process and engineering a fix for these projects.
Below are some detail shots of the tags. I just recently bought the new Graphic 45 steel dies. I have the long one with the ATC tag and the square one. I was itching to use them so it may have influenced me a bit.
The gray ones are the ATC size, and the brown polka dots are the square die. I still have not used them on the actual graphic 45 tags but love the sizing for just a paper tag.
This project lends to any paper you like, I was assigned the Photoplay Collection by the store. If you are interested in doing this project you will need the following:
- A pattern Paper collection you like and hopefully one with 4×6 “cut- a-parts”. Again this was made with Photoplay’s “We Bought a Zoo.”
- For the base color cardstock, I used a full 12×12 and a partial second.
- Matching die cuts or sticker sheets to make life easier
- tags either by die cut or by hand
- ribbon: I used seam binding for the large tags and a zebra or print for the smaller ones.
- Twine for the smaller pieces on the tag.
- two pieces of cardstock or pattern paper for the back and hinge stand.
I have been considering doing videos so if you would be interested in seeing a tutorial on this leave me a comment.
Thanks for stopping by,
Until next time……