Chalkboard Mini Album | Love You Because

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Our internet has been ridiculously awful, and I know it's such a first world problem, but internet has become such a huge part of our lives. Without it I wouldn't be able to share this here with all of you, and that's important to me. So the internet is clearly important.

Today I'm sharing this mini album I made using a mini chalkboard from Michaels. The tutorial to make this album comes from one of my faves Wilna Furstenberg, as part of her Love Mini Album Workshop (worth every penny in my opinion). This was my first time making the album, though I've watched the class videos at least a dozen times, and if I had to do it again, I think I'd staple half the pages to the front and the other half to the back, and stagger them a bit so all the pages can flip nicely.

I'm not going to talk too much about this, it's pretty straight forward if you buy the tutorial. In her videos Wilna cuts up new pocket pages, I used scraps left over from other projects. I fused or stitched each pocket closed once I had all the cards, photos, journaling and embellishments where I wanted them. Most of them open on the right or left edge, and I didn't want to worry about things falling out of the pockets. I added in different sized pockets (3x4s in a couple places) and love the varying page sizes. The inside cover is kind of messy, but I really wanted to use that frame on the front, so I embraced the brads sticking through to secure it as much as I wanted.

Okay, now on to the photos.

I used this kit by Heidi Swapp for all of the 3x4 and 4x6 cards. It doesn't seem to be available anywhere anymore, except possibly on Amazon for a ridiculous price, but you could probably find it in the Becky Higgins digital shop, or in the Project Life App if that's how you scrapbook.

I made my niece a mini book back in 2014 as well, documenting our weekly visits at my mom's house and sharing with her some of the photos I have sitting in my computer. This album is along the same lines and I have one more that I want to make for this year, but I have less photos now that she's in school for full days.

Thanks for coming by to see this. I hope it encourages you to turn something possibly unusual into a mini album. Anything is possible.

#31MinutesFor31Days | Week 2

 
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I must say I'm really loving the challenge of the Travelers Notebook. Some pages are really busy and some are incredibly simple. It's a challenge because I have all these pieces I want to include, but the space I have to work with is smaller than I'm used to. It's like going from 12x12 traditional pages to 8.5x11 traditional pages - it takes a little time to get the hang of it. But now that I've wrapped up my first complete Travelers Notebook, I think I've figured out that less is more sometimes.

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This spread is what I like to call "First winter...sort of". We woke up to this snow, and a few hours later it had melted (see photo below).

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Canadian Thanksgiving is in October, and our Thanksgiving was replaced with my brother's wedding. It was so nice to finally get the family together for something happy. They both looked beautiful, the kids were extra adorable being all dressed up, and everyone had a good time.

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I've stuck pretty closely to the pieces I used in my last post about this notebook (added a few more bits from my stash), and you can find it and all the details over (here). I love how this little book has come together. And I've decided that after sticking a flair badge on almost every single page, that none of the interior pages will have a flair badge. I'll use them for something else, but for the purpose of the photos and the pages looking finished, I included them here.

#31MinutesFor31Days | Week 1

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A little late with this post, but I wanted to share the first 7 spreads in my Travelers Notebook for this first week of October. This first week has been a whirlwind, but I still managed to carve out around 31 minutes every day to work on a spread in this notebook. 

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Originally it was going to be only about October, but I've taken it upon myself to just throw in all of my fall photos. Some photos are in different spreads but were taken the same day, but I'm going with the flow. The photos are in chronological order, even the ones from the same day, and that's a flow I can work with. This album will have a TON of flair badges in it, and I imagine it's going to be much bulkier than I thought (none of the flair have been stuck down because they make it too hard to write). At the bottom of this post I'll share where all the products are from.

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I made my own notebooks for this project (there will be two of them) and I chose to use black pages because I love the look of white writing on black and so far this album has not disappointed. Here I used some Kellie Stamps to stamp a quote to start my album, and added a leaf to the top.

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Day 1: Two #fromwhereistand photos from September, a stamped pattern on the left. It's a little busy, but I love how it looks anyways.

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Day 2: To make up for the busyness of yesterday I oversimplified this page, but I love how it came together. All of my photos are 3x3 with a white border.

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Day 3: I found an old Dear Lizzy paper and hand cut all of the little jars out and included one here with some leaves a friend sent me in the mail. When including digital stamps in a project like this, I feel it's easiest to just print it out (I did 9 on an 8.5 x 11 paper) and then cut it into strips and just tuck it behind a photo.

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Day 4: A photo cut in half and stuck across two pages. Finally using some washitape from my stash. Not a perfect match to the "autumn" card on the left, but as close as my supplies could get and I love the simplicity of it. I journaled around the photo.

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Day 5: Rainy, windy, leaves everywhere. Pattern paper from my stash to ground the photos on the right, some white paint splatters and short journaling.

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Day 6: Big title with bronze ink, small cluster on the left. No journaling about being awake to watch the sunrise before going to work much earlier than usual.

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Day 7: A little busier. Photo, phrase stickers, leaf, and a list of things I love about autumn. The same washitape I used a few pages back. Another leaf, more woodgrain paper.

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Supplies:
Flair Badges from this setthis set and this set by The Crafty Pocket
This set of journal cards by The Crafty Pocket
These phrase stickers by Tim Holtz
This set of digital stamps from Kellie Stamps
Some digital pieces included in this month of Wilna's Artventure workshop.
Some old wood veneer from Color Cast Designs (no longer available, but she has new fall products available)
The mint clips are by Heidi Swapp and available at Michaels
Everything else is older and from my stash, and I encourage you to use your stash. It's not that I don't want you to support these creative people, but don't buy it just because I said you have to. Buy it because you'll use it.

Have a wonderful weekend. This weekend is Thanksgiving in Canada, and my brother is getting married tomorrow, so I'll be on busy girl this weekend. I hope that my fellow Canadians have a wonderful long weekend, and that everyone enjoys whatever they have planned.

#littlesummerJOY | Finished Album

Hello! Today I'm so excited to share my finished #littlesummerJOY album.  #littlesummerJOY is a class hosted by Jen & Julie of Little Paper Projects. This class is all about documenting your summer, and finding joy in the season.

This year I was fortunate enough to be a contributor for the first prompt "Celebrate the Little Things" and I had so much fun with it. After that, my album was kept pretty simple because summer was getting busier. I simply documented the memories that fit within each prompt and I'm happy with how it turned out. It's a simple overview of our summer and since I was simultaneously documenting it in Project Life, I love that this is a bunch of little things that might have a longer story documented somewhere else.

Below is a simple gallery of photos of my album. I thought about posting each photo separately, but no one wants to scroll through a 10 foot long post. Just click through and let me know what you think. 

For more information on Little Summer Joy and their other class Love Where You Live, click over to Little Paper Projects and see what they're all about. 

I hope you have a wonderful day. I'll be back here on Friday with another creative project. Probably more Project Life. I swear I'm up to date on documenting my weeks, just a little behind on the sharing portion!

Day in the Life | July 2016

Hello!
Today I'm sharing the minibook I made to hold all of my photos and words for Day in the Life. You can find more information on Day in the Life (here). This is the second time I've done this project and you can find my other minibook from earlier this year (here)

I jumped on the bandwagon that used the kit to make a minibook in this style. When I saw the one that Brandi made (here) I knew I wanted to do something like that, but I made it more ME. I just cut some chipboard to size and punched all the cards. Once the day was over I added the photos and journaling and embellished a little and called it done.

I printed my photos 3" x 2" with a small white border. I put a phrase sticker from the kit on each photo and one of the icon stickers on the journal cards. I love how it came together to tell a simple story of my day. Usually I snap a photo whenever I'm doing something different, but for this one I snapped a photo every hour (or close to the hour) and told the story of that moment.

Friday I'll be sharing another week of Project Life, so I hope you'll come back! Have a great day!