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mini albums

I had a terrific opportunity to create some great mini albums with 2 scrapping industry pros – Debby Schuh and Donna Downey! What a FUN couple of days! It started Friday night with an 8×8 fabric scrapbook using Donna’s newest collection from Prima. Wow, talk about a blast! I’ll be sure to post my pages when I’m done, but it was pure heaven! Here’s a sneak of one page from Donna’s book:

Donna Downey

And then Saturday came Debby’s class that is a super cool mini album:

Debby Schuh

 And then Donna Downey again with a mixed media sensation “Bloom”:

Donna Downey-bloom

I’ll be sure to post better pictures of these when I get my versions done. 🙂

Of course I had some celebrity shots too! Here is Cindy and I with Donna in our NEW t-shirts!!

Cindy, Donna, me

and Debby and I:

Debby and I

Thank you Donna and Debby for a great weekend!

I’m just not talking about bling and rhinestones, but the actual paper from Glitz Designs. 🙂  I’ve put together this chipboard mini book kit that is currently available at Scrapbook Central. GREAT for stocking stuffers, brag books and gifts for that special relative that lives far away. Using Fancy Pants Chipboard, Glitz Paper, Maya Road ribbon and Kaiser gemstones, this album is a quick couple hour project. All the instructions are included with color photos for just $21! Get a couple today for those holiday gifts.

A Year of Memories Mini Book

A Year of Memories Mini Book

A Year of Memories Mini Book

A Year of Memories Mini Book

A Year of Memories Mini Book

A Year of Memories Mini Book

So, you might have thought that I was holding out on you, but no, I wasn’t. 🙂 Just busy is the answer. 😉

Here is the Milk Chocolate Eclectic album from BasicGrey with the Cloud 9 Finley’s Estate Collection. Every page in this album is milk chocolate colored chipboard in a different shape. I didn’t paint or ink the edges, they are au naturale or have paper on them. Take a look into the Tim Holtz weekend we had at the store at the end of May – lots of fun!

BasicGrey Eclectic-1

BasicGrey Eclectic-2-3

BasicGrey Eclectic-4-5

BasicGrey Eclectic-6-7

BasicGrey Eclectic-8-9

BasicGrey Eclectic-10-11

BasicGrey Eclectic-12-13

BasicGrey Eclectic-14-15

Another great product from Tinkering Ink! Their Peekaboo Butterfly shaped album which combines chipboard covers with inner acrylic pages. The album is rather petite, 5″ x 3″, and is very cute for remembering small occasions or themes. I used it to document some of my recent favorite pictures, following Ali Edwards’ idea in a recent CK, “see”. I heat embossed the covers for some texture and color. The inner pages have Heidi Swapp masks that are alcohol inked so that when the mask is removed, the pattern is clear. The alcohol inks offer color and transparency in one layer, love it! Visit ScrapFriends for the full review.

Tinkering Ink Butterfly Album, cover

Tinkering Ink Butterfly Album, close-up

Tinkering Ink Butterfly Album, p2-3

Tinkering Ink Butterfly Album, p4-5

Tinkering Ink Butterfly Album, p6-7

Tinkering Ink Butterfly Album, p8-9

Tinkering Ink Butterfly Album, p10-11

Tinkering Ink Butterfly Album, p12

Highly anticipated because we would be working with Prima’s Paintable Transparencies, acetate covers and Zutter’s Bind-It-All, Words & Windows was super fun and a great way to start Sunday off. Did you know that you could paint with alcohol inks? Part of the class included custom paint palettes of dried alcohol inks that could be used with a water brush filled with Blending Solution for painting – quite remarkable and oh so fun! This project is my most incomplete one since it needs some love by adding pictures and alpha rub-ons. The front cover will say “love” and the internal pages will say “me”, “you”, “two” and “friends”. I especially loved the jazz music Tim put on while everyone was painting, awesome touch and made me feel right at home with Sunday Morning Jazz Brunch from Watercolors on XM channel 71.

Words & Windows, pic 1

 Words & Windows, pic 2

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this class – canvas covers and a hand-sewn binding – but I LOVED IT! Talk about getting in the groove sewing with waxed linen thread, ohhhhh baby! The canvas covers were a blast to make using paint dabbers and some collaging with wax. I really liked this color combo of Cool Peri and Citrus. I can’t wait to add some Ideology goodies to the front for more embellishing!

Nostalgic Memoirs, pic 1

Nostalgic Memoirs, pic 2

 Nostalgic Memoirs, pic 3

I just love new products and especially ones that are so fun! Enter Peek-a-boo albums by Tinkering Ink. They are 7 page albums consisting of 4 chipboard pages with windows and 3 solid acrylic pages. Way cool and currently available in 2 sizes: 6 1/2″ x 4″ and 6 1/2″ square.

For my projects in the ScrapFriends review, I mixed the 2 album types up so that I had 2 album with some pages of each size. It makes for an interesting read for sure! On the Flowers and Quotes book, I made a shaker box out of the window in the last page. There is also one on the front page of the Beach book. These albums are perfect for that feature!





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