“Measure -up” Mini Album

July 16, 2017

Good Morning,

Today I have a mini album I made from scraps while working on my “mason Jar conversion” mini. I had cut several “measuring cups” thinking I would make a formal mini album but in the end just went a with ring for the conversion charts.  To see that project you can click here: Handy Kitchen Mason Jar conversion charts

I loved these measuring cups so I decided to challenge myself to make a less formal quick mini album using the cuts as well as scraps. Here is how my challenge turned out:

The pages are made up of a cut file that is a measuring cup card, that I modified a bit by flipping it and cutting on the connector in some cases. It does come with a base cut as well as top layer.

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The cover page has a separte cut file for the title that had the small measuring cup icon as well.

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Using the cut apart sheets (not all 3×4) I created some flaps and journaling places. The second page has a little bradturning the “Family” tag into a swing tab.

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Once the tag is moved it open to a little flap in which the backside could be for journaling and a 4×4 photo mat. You can see my quick hinge to keep the pages together made from white cardstock. Again super simple mini album meant to be fun and quick.

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The page on the left was a little tricky as I wanted to create a double photo mat opportunity. I layered two papers and added ribbon to cover the seam. The little jewel works as way help the flap open.measuring cup-5

Here is the open flap giving two more places for photos. The photo mat on the measuring cup base is a 4×4, perfect for those cell phone photos.

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The next page I used a 3×4 card trying to pull in some of the yellows and oranges of the previous page top layer. I created a small pocket and put a small tag of extra dot paper for journaling or a picture.

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To keep my color theme going I went with this super cute 3×4 card with the salt and pepper. Then another 4×4 photo mat. I like the slanted orientation of the flap, for me it adds to the whismical nature of this album.measuring cup-8

When I do a mini album I like to incorporate many layers, so I tried my best to sneak that concept in as much as possible. Since I find it so easy to snap a bunch of photos on my phone, these extra little spaces for detail food pictures as well my son are needed. This page has a 3×4 card perfect for a quick title or date. it then opens up to……measuring cup-9

The cute paper with the writing. I like the dark contrast as well. The next page is my “firwork finale” page…

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I was enjoying all the different shapes and colors on the cut apart page, in particular I liked how this small dark piece worked with the colorful 3×4 behind it. The dark color helped pull together the dark colors from the other page.  The top flap opens….

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…to a waterfall of three 3×4 cut aparts with cute sayings and space on the back for pictures. The colorful utensils was first then this green one then…..

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this lemon which is perfect since this son is the lemonade king in our house! Then……measuring cup-13

a little flap to add a little interest and give a journaling spot on the back before opening up to a final 4×4 picture.

I have to say I had so much fun putting this type of album together as I didn’t have to be concerned about precise measurments. I have never done a project “on the fly” like this without a ton of planning, it was so freeing.  I hope you enjoyed it too!

Here is my supply list:

  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Lori Whitlock Designs: measuring cup shaped card cut file in the Silhouette Design Store
  • Megan Hardy Designs: “Measure Up”  used as the title found in the Silhouette store
  • Echo Park “made from Scratch” paper collection
  • white cardstock for hinges, the cover base and title
  • Bo bunny Double Dot cardstock
  • Corner rounder punch
  • Dry adhesive: ATG

Hope to see you soon,

Valentine’s DIY Frame

February 2, 2017

Good Morning,

Today I have a DIY  frame to share made from scraps of chipboard and Graphic 45 Mon Amour.  The idea was to make something simple I can quickly put out as a little Valentine’s Day decoration but not so intricate it is hard to put it away after the fact. What I really like is there isn’t any glass to be broken by a dog and three boys.

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The Base

I started with chipboard just shy of 2 mm thick

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and cut to 7 1/16 x 5 9/16 then covered it with the “True Love” sheet (black with writing) from the 8×8 pad.  I then layered it with another piece of chipboard cut to 4 3/16 by 6 3/16 and covered with the flowers paper.

 

I had a perfect piece of chipboard that had already been scored with a 1/4 inch gusset and enough width to make the frame stand firm. I could have done a hinge but having the extra gusset gives the angle I am looking for and added stability.

 

The Back and Stand

 

I am putting this on a sofa table, so it was important to cover the back as it will be seen from all directions.

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The striped stand with the gusseted top for stability.

I used just a basic black cardstock for the backside of the larger chipboard. Then  I was able to use a scrap from yesterday’s treat box. On the backside of the Bella Blvd. hearts is this black and white stripe design. I thought it was the perfect addition to the blank frame back.

 

 

 

Trim

I have had this beautiful cream 1 1/2 inch wide satin ribbon sitting in my stash forever that was perfect for this project.

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Leftover charms from making a mini album. Love the hearts and the key.

I wrapped it around, tied the bow then glued the tails down for a cleaner look. Going through my embellishments, I found these heart and key charms that seem to go nicely with the overall look of the frame. They are attached by using a light cream colored floss by Graphic 45. I gave them a little room to move but still be front and center. To add just a touch of bling I used the Kaiser Craft Rhinestone strip (approx. 12 inches) to go around the edge of the inner chipboard frame.

 

 

Finishing and Other Idea Options

I finished the project with a black and white photo of my youngest. I was thinking another option would be to not use a photo but really go town with tags, flowers and maybe a stamped sentiment. Another thought, instead of using a stamped sentiment maybe cut out Happy Valentine’s Day in one of the popular fun handwriting fonts.

 

Hope this gave you some ideas for your scraps of projects past, I would love to hear about them.

Until next time….

 

 

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