Last Friday I decided to have a go at doing my Finish it Friday series of blog posts again and get some of my UNFINISHED projects done.  I picked up a little mini album that I started on last year and decided it definitely was time to get it done. I’d waited too long to buy the same papers that I started out with so I had to pull in a different collection.  I think I did okay.  I worked on it Friday night and also over the weekend and I’m happy to say that I did get it done and sharing it here today for my Finish it Friday post!

I started the album using  the “Family Reunion” by Echo Park paper collection but quickly ran out and didn’t buy more. So to finish it, I pulled out “Summer Lovin” by Carta Bella and added those to the papers already in the album.  This changed it from a “Family Reunion” theme to a “Family Reunion/Summer Vacation” theme.  I think it works and I do love those Summer Lovin’ papers and colors.  In the photo above you are seeing one of my favorite layouts–a waterfall page  and below are more of the pages in the album.

The little campers are cut from the paper collection and attached to the strip of paper so that they slide and can be moved across the page.  Each camper has Glossy Accent added to them to make them look like thick embellishments.

 

 

And the finished cover that I shared last week…

I know I said that I would decide on my next Finish Friday project and announce it in this post but, well….I haven’t decided yet and now I’m out of town for my family reunion.  We’ll be at the lake camping all weekend and it will be very hot but it will be so much fun spending time with friends and family!  Next week I’m also cutting and prepping class kits for my June 24th class at Flossie Scrapper.  I’m teaching a class on my French Country Mini Album. There are still some spots left but you do need to register in advance and the last day to do so is next Thursday the 22nd.  Contact the store to sign up at 817-295-7100.  Here’s what we will be making in class:

I’ve also got my class dates set for July & August!  These classes will also be at Flossie Scrapper in Joshua, Texas.

July 22 – Nature Sketchbook Mini Album to go inside the Treasure Box we made at the May class.  If you did not take the box class, you can still take the album class and finish it at home with any paper collection you choose.  The class fee to create a black blank album is $55.  If you took the Nature Sketchbook Treasure Box class and want your album to match your box, you can add on the decorative paper kit for an extra $20.

August 12 & 13 – Master Detective Curio Cabinet with Folio Album. I don’t have this one made yet but the design is planned and once it’s done I’ll have a price for you.  This is a two day class so we can make the Curio Cabinet on Saturday and the Folio Album that fits inside of the cabinet on Sunday.  Mark your Calendar!

Have a great weekend and Happy Crafting!

 

 

I did it! I finished this album!! Not on Friday night as planned though I did work on it that night but over the course of the weekend I got it done including three other Design projects.  Now I’m editing a bunch of photos and videos to get it all finished for future blogs and deadlines.  So….what did I do about not having enough paper of the original collection?  Well, I pulled out a really fun Summer pack from last year? the year before?  And changed the album from a “family reunion” album to a “family reunion, summer vacation” album.  Love, love, love it.  Here’s one more sneak peek of another double page spread in it.

I will share more in my Finish it Friday post this coming Friday, June 16th plus I’ll pick another “Finish it Friday project.”

Psst…. family members…if you like this album, it just may be in the family auction or in a raffle this weekend.  Just in case you might be interested.

Happy Crafting!

 

Last year (I think it was last year), I purchased this really cute paper pack called “Family Reunion” by Echo Park at Flossie Scrappers.  It was a Mini Theme set and only came with 6 each 12×12 papers and an 6×12 sticker sheet.  Now, I’m not sure WHY I only bought one with it being such a small pack.  But I did.  I proceeded to make a mini Family album out of chipboard that measures 9 1/4″ wide x 8″ tall.  It has 10 cardstock base pages and they measure 8 1/2″ wide x 7 1/2″ tall.  I was adding in flips, flaps and pockets and patterning it as I went.  Then I ran out of patterned paper.  Yep.  I needed more so I set it aside with the intent of buying more and forgot.  So here it is a year later and the album is still unfinished.  As with most paper lines a year later is way to long to even think of finding it again.  I’ll just have to match it up to some other collection or use similar solid colors.  It’s appropriate that I pulled this album out of my unfinished basket as next weekend is my annual family reunion.  We’ll be camping at Mineral Wells State Park here in Texas.  I hope it doesn’t rain!

Here’s what I had done so far on the album:

As you can see, I didn’t get far.  I now need more paper in similar prints and colors to finish this album.

With this album I am re-starting my “Finish it Friday” series.  I have several projects that I need to finish and this will be the first one.  I  hope to work on it tonight and maybe get it done by next Friday.  If I do, I will share the finished album and then announce my next project to be finished.

I’m also having a bit of problems with my photo uploading on my blog.  I think it’s a WordPress plug-in issue.  When I deactivate all my plug-ins, I can upload a photo to my blog.  When I activate them all in groups of 6, I can still upload BUT after a bit I can no longer upload. Very frustrating!  So I’ll be working on that too. Otherwise, it’s been a great Friday.

Happy Crafting!

Before we know it, June will be here and Father’s Day. Maybe you have a hard time thinking of a gift and would like to make something.  Perhaps this Father’s Day Mini Album I designed for Graphic 45 will be just what you need!  As a designer for Graphic 45, the month of May was my turn to create a Simply G45 project for the newsletter.  That means the project needs to be simple, using mostly Graphic 45 products and easily completed in 60 minutes or less.  This is what I designed and yes, it can be completed in less than an hour as I made two to time myself.  It only uses ONE sheet of 12×12 cardstock and one large Graphic 45 tag for the base of the album  and then you can use scraps of your chosen paper collection to finish it up.

Check it out on the Graphic 45 newsletter and if you don’t get the newsletter in your inbox (email), make sure you sign up on their mailing list as they do send out a newsletter several times a month with a challenge and fabulous projects/tutorials.

Just click on the highlighted link to read it in your browser >  May 18, 2017 Simply G45 Project Newsletter

I have a Snapguide tutorial with step by step photos for this mini album so you can easily create your own.

Snapguide Father’s Day Mini Album

Here’s what it looks like opened up:

This really will make a great gift!

Happy Crafting!

I love, love, love Graphic 45’s Secret Garden collection! And I love creating mini albums out of paper bags!  Now, who would have thought that this Secret Garden mini album once was the paper bags for the silverware at the Chili’s restaurant?  Well, they are.  Yep, I grabbed four of the bags off our table one evening when we dined there.  I knew in an instant that folded up they’d make an incredible album!  It’s really easy to do and I’ve done a Tutorial Video for you that is showcased today on the Graphic 45 blog.

Just click >HERE< to go to the blog post on Graphic 45.

And here’s a plug for a place that I’ve been ordering flowers from–if you like small roses and flowers for your projects in an assortment of colors, then you should go to Etsy and shop at 32 Degrees North by 32 North Supplies.  I got these wonderful roses from them and also ordered some little sunflowers that I can’t wait to use on a project!

Don’t forget to go check out the Graphic 45 blog post today for my video tutorial on this paper bag mini!

Happy Crafting!