Blessings and Happy Easter to all my friends, family, blog followers, blog readers and crafting buddies!  I will not be doing a blog post tomorrow so I wanted to express my wishes to you today.

Yesterday I shared the outside cover of the Spring Mini Pocket Album I was working on and also stated that I would share the inside of the album today.  After the photos, I will also share a basic supply list for the album as well as a couple of links from where I got the idea.

This is the inside cover:

The photo below shows the  first page with a top tag pulled out.  Each page in the album  has three pockets. And there are a total of 6 pages (twelve counting front &back).  There is one tag on the top of each page and one on the front side and then one on the back side.  Each page is made from a single piece of 12×12 double sided printed paper that is folded to create the page and the pockets.

On the left is the back side of page 1.  The cute paper clips are some I picked up at Walmart, I think, and they are for Smash books.

All the rest of the pages are made the same in regards to the pockets.  I put a “Polaroid” style photo mat on the front side of each page and an die cut oval shape on the back side and added lots of assorted flowers. I loved this idea of the Polaroid mats from Robyn’s blog (link to her video is in the list below).  Since I didn’t have the cutter and cartridge that she used, I just measured and cut my photo mats to look a bit like Polaroids.  Then I made several mini tags that I cut from scraps of paper in my stash to clip to the photo mats with the Smash book paper clips.

This next photo is of the inside of the back cover.

Below is the back and the spine of the album.  I made a “hidden hinge” for the pages and attached that to the covers.  I should have made the spaces a bit wider on the hinge  for the pages so the album could have laid down flatter when closed.  I’m still learning.

And there it is!  My Spring Mini Pocket Album.

Basic Supply List for the Album:

  • Chipboard for the spine, front cover and back cover
  • Six 12×12 double sided printed papers for the pages, I used assorted spring flower prints from my stash, mixed and matched  from  different paper collections 
  • One or Two extra printed papers for the covers & spine, inside and outside
  • Scraps of spring colored prints and solid papers for the tags and photo mats
  • One 12×12 piece of cardstock  and Tyvek material (envelope) for the hidden hinge
  • Assorted flowers, paper and/or silk, for the cover and the inside pages
  • Ribbons, charms, rhinestones and other embellishments such as the digi images I used from My Grafico.
  • Distress Ink (optional)
  • Wet Adhesive (I use Scotch Quick Dry Glue) and Score-Tape
I used many of the ideas from the Pockets and Polaroids Album  and the basic folding/creation of the pages from the following: 
Have a wonderful day!

Blessings and Happy Easter to all my friends, family, blog followers, blog readers and crafting buddies!  I will not be doing a blog post tomorrow so I wanted to express my wishes to you today.

Yesterday I shared the outside cover of the Spring Mini Pocket Album I was working on and also stated that I would share the inside of the album today.  After the photos, I will also share a basic supply list for the album as well as a couple of links from where I got the idea.

This is the inside cover:

The photo below shows the  first page with a top tag pulled out.  Each page in the album  has three pockets. And there are a total of 6 pages (twelve counting front &back).  There is one tag on the top of each page and one on the front side and then one on the back side.  Each page is made from a single piece of 12×12 double sided printed paper that is folded to create the page and the pockets.

On the left is the back side of page 1.  The cute paper clips are some I picked up at Walmart, I think, and they are for Smash books.

All the rest of the pages are made the same in regards to the pockets.  I put a “Polaroid” style photo mat on the front side of each page and an die cut oval shape on the back side and added lots of assorted flowers. I loved this idea of the Polaroid mats from Robyn’s blog (link to her video is in the list below).  Since I didn’t have the cutter and cartridge that she used, I just measured and cut my photo mats to look a bit like Polaroids.  Then I made several mini tags that I cut from scraps of paper in my stash to clip to the photo mats with the Smash book paper clips.

This next photo is of the inside of the back cover.

Below is the back and the spine of the album.  I made a “hidden hinge” for the pages and attached that to the covers.  I should have made the spaces a bit wider on the hinge  for the pages so the album could have laid down flatter when closed.  I’m still learning.

And there it is!  My Spring Mini Pocket Album.

Basic Supply List for the Album:

  • Chipboard for the spine, front cover and back cover
  • Six 12×12 double sided printed papers for the pages, I used assorted spring flower prints from my stash, mixed and matched  from  different paper collections 
  • One or Two extra printed papers for the covers & spine, inside and outside
  • Scraps of spring colored prints and solid papers for the tags and photo mats
  • One 12×12 piece of cardstock  and Tyvek material (envelope) for the hidden hinge
  • Assorted flowers, paper and/or silk, for the cover and the inside pages
  • Ribbons, charms, rhinestones and other embellishments such as the digi images I used from My Grafico.
  • Distress Ink (optional)
  • Wet Adhesive (I use Scotch Quick Dry Glue) and Score-Tape
I used many of the ideas from the Pockets and Polaroids Album  and the basic folding/creation of the pages from the following: 
Have a wonderful day!

Hello everyone and Happy Good  Friday to you!!  Spring officially started on the calendar last week even though some places are still having lots of  cold and snow.  We even had a couple of cold days here in Texas.  Today is Good Friday and Sunday is Easter, so I thought I’d share this Mini Pocket Spring album I’ve been working on.  It is also for the new challenge over on Digi Haven with a theme of “Spring.”  To participate in the challenge you have to use one or more digital stamp images.  I colored up a few of the adorable images from the set the Design Team was asked to use from our sponsor My Grafico.  The mushrooms, snail and dragonfly (on the flowers) were all colored with my Copic Markers and are from a My Grafico  digi stamp set called “Happy Bugs”.
Copic Coloring List:
  • Mushrooms YR21, YR24, YR65, R32
  • Snail R00, R01, R02
  • Dragonfly BG0000, BG000, BG01, R81, R83, R85
And now more details on this fun mini album.  There are SIX pages inside and each page has THREE pockets for pull out tags or photo mats.  And each page is made from a 12×12 printed paper sheet, folded to make the three pockets!  I watched a couple of YouTube videos showing this style and one showing how to fold the pages. I jotted down the measurements for scoring and cutting and took that to my craft room and made the pages–really easy but forgot to bookmark the video links! And I have not had time to try to find them again.  But I’m sure if you do a search, you’ll be able to find them.  The pages are put into the chipboard cover and spine using a couple of hidden hinge techniques using cardstock and score tape.
I cut the tags that you can see peeking out of the top with a Framelits Die.  I decorated the cover with assorted flowers and rhinestone flourishes.  On the edge, I added a piece of Bazzill paper pleats that I inked with Worn Lipstick and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.  Also on the cover edge, I added Stampin’ Up Striped Grosgrain in the Tangerine color (Discontinued) folded it over and added a pink button topped with a big rhinestone.  For the spine, I tied on a pink tulle bow and Hug Snug ribbon in the Forsythia Yellow color that I spritzed and crinkled with Perfect Pearls Mist.  Then I pinned on a Tim Holtz charm holder, key and a pearl and rhinestone charm.  It’s hard to see in the photo but I also added Glossy Accent “dew drops” to the mushrooms and the flowers.
Not sure what I will put in the album or maybe I will use it as a gift.  I usually make cards for challenges but I’m trying to master the “hidden hinge” technique and couldn’t resist making another album.  I need to make a few more photo mats and tags for the inside pages and will share photos of the inside of the album tomorrow (Saturday) so check back for that and I’ll try to find the links to a couple  of the tutorials I watched before creating this album.
Remember, the Digi Haven “Spring” challenge starts today and runs for two weeks.  There is a prize for a random winner from My Grafico.  Just be sure to use a DIGI image on your creation.
Blessings to each of you today and have a Happy Easter weekend!

Whoo Hoo! I got the cover made and ON my Route 66 pages over the weekend!  I’m really, really, really liking the “hidden hinge” technique for making mini albums!  It’s made entirely of chipboard and cardstock!  
This album has a ton of hidden pockets, fold-outs, and slide-outs and yet, with this type hinge and cover lies flat!  It’s a thick album as you can see from the page side view.  I’m not finished yet with the pages.  Have a few more decorative details I want to do.  A couple of places to fix from my goof ups while learning to attach the hidden hinge and cover, but those are just cosmetic fixes–nothing major.  Plus I’ll be making a bunch of tags and photo mats for it and then finally, I will add my Route 66 photos!
This is how the spine looks sitting on a shelf.  I used a Tim Holtz book plate thingy and will probably put the year we went on the trip on that.
I made another mini album yesterday.  Well, I got the outside cover done and the pages on the hidden hinge and attached. Haven’t decorated the pages yet.  I was needing to create a project for the Digi Haven challenge that goes live tomorrow and since I wanted to try the hidden hinge again before I forgot how I did it, I made a mini pocket album.  It will be featured in a blog post on Friday, so check back then.
Well, that’s all I’ve got for this afternoon.  Remember it is Wow! Wednesday over at Cat’s Creations Scrapbooks blog.  Leave a comment here, visit Cat’s blog and leave a comment there and then visit any other blogs that are linked to her Wow! Wednesday post and leave comments for them and all of that will give you a chance to win the blog candy prize for the week.  I read on Cat’s blog that there will be a change to the Wow! Wednesday next week so we’ll have to watch for that.
Have a great afternoon!

But before I share about Bloglovin’ the Blog Reader, I thought I’d share this funky little photo…

I took it with my iPhone Saturday night and then added a vintage, toy camera action to it so it’s way brighter than it really is. (And the colors are off too)  This is a bit of a page that I was waiting to dry that I made for my Route 66 mini scrapbook album.  I put Glossy Accent on the bubble gum machine to make it shiny.  I got to work on my album for a few hours on Saturday morning, a few hours Saturday night and then all of Sunday afternoon and some in the evening too and I’m happy to say that the album is assembled and I’ve even decorated the cover!  I hope to get some photos taken of that and post it on Wednesday. I’m still decorating some of the inside pages and making tags and mini booklets to tuck into all the pockets.  This project has been a lot of fun!

And now on to Bloglovin!.

Yep, I’m lovin’ Bloglovin’!!  Okay, if you’re a blogger, I’m pretty sure that by now you’ve heard that Goggle Reader is going away in July.  And you’ve also heard that bloggers are in a panic by joining Bloglovin’ and getting rid of their Google Friends and Followers thing. And that’s probably true. (The panic part.)  But I didn’t get rid of mine because of panic.  Nope, I didn’t think that Google Reader would include the Friends and Followers and the Blogger Reader (whatever it’s called) but then…it might.  But now, I’m pretty sure it won’t.  But I’d been wanting to NOT  have that Friends and Followers thing on my blog so this was a good time to do it.  Delete it.  Now, I preferred reading blogs that I follow in the Google Reader because I could put them into files or categories which helps a LOT to be able to quickly see what blogs to read (and also comment on).  So in desperation I went looking for a reader to take the place of Google Reader and I found….
And, after over a week of using it–I’m lovin’ it!  It’s so easy to use!  AND I can put the blogs I follow into files!!  Awesome!  It took me a bit to figure out how to do it but once I did it was easy peasy.  You just have to click on the word FOLLOWING above the list of blogs you follow and it takes you to an editing section where you set up a new folder and then click on the name of each blog you are following and assign it to a folder that you’ve set up.   I’ve got folders labelled “A Friend & Family,”  the A in the front is so it’s the first folder in the list of folders as they are arranged alphabetically.   Other folders are:  “Challenges”, Design Team Teamies, Inspiring, Copic Coloring, Quilting, etc.
Now to address the issue of how new people can follow my blog since I don’t have that Friends and Followers thing at the top or on the side bar.  Well, you can follow me by email (the button is on the right) or in RSS subscription which I’m pretty sure you can pick the Google Friends and Follower option or Blog Lovin’ or any reader YOU want to use.  I’ve also put a button on the right side so you can….

Have a wonderful Monday!  I hope have to work on and finish up some cards  for a few design team obligations tonight because several are due… {gasp} this week!