It's a new day and a new kit and a new mini. I am so very excited for this one. It's almost May which means almost Mother's Day, so I went hunting for a kit I could use to make a mini for my mom from me and the kids. I did a little happy dance when I came across Postscript from One Little Bird Designs.
Following my general strategy of simple is stunning, I put together pages where each of us can write a short love note. Opposite to this page will be a photo of the author. Nothing fancy. But it will be a hit, I am sure. Here is how it came out, minus the photos and the notes themselves.
The ps page is for an extra tidbits. And the final page is the back cover. I am delighted with how it turned out and just know my mom is going to love it, too.
How about you? Any thoughts about Mother's Day albums?
Today we are here with another digital kit. This time it is Just Jaimee's Raine kit. Filled with so many goodies. And such lovely colors. And all sorts of possibilities. One of which might be unexpected.
Last week I was looking back through old mini month galleries and found this awesome mini by Moon Ko. I thought it would make a lovely gift for a friend that I have who is expecting a baby. I loved the cloud papers in Jaimee's kit and thought they would be perfect for this baby book. I love how it turned out. All that I ended up using was the papers and one embellishment.
I also bought a font, Bonjour, that came with a watercolor style sheet. It was a fabulous addition allowing me to having variegated letters and numbers.
I have probably made as many mini's for gifts as I have for myself. Some with photos. Some without. No matter digital or physical, I build minis like this exactly the same way. One element at a time times 12 pages. Here, I first "cut" all the patterned papers. Then I placed the writing on each page. Then I worked to create an order that was logical to me, and then I completed the details of the months. I think that is why I love to create minis with a pattern to them. I love the repetition of it all. And using bits and pieces from only one kit limits my choices making me more effective with my time, and helping me to actually get finished.
This week we are looking at how effective digital kits are to the making of mini albums. One of the greatest things is, of course, how well everything goes together. The other is ease of pattern, and color. And let's not forget, the price--it's usually just cheaper to use a kit. And lastly, might I say out loud that it is easy peasy? Lazy daisy? (There, I've said it. My secret is out. I am lazy. ☺)
I used a digital Project Life kit by Emily Ley, Strawberry. I know it's not new or super fancy, but I sure do love the colors. I coupled the kit with a dozen photos from a road trip breakfast and came up with this.
While I love the random minibooks with big pages and little pages, no matter how hard I try I always seem to end up with symmetrical pages and a book with a pattern. And true to form, I have made another. Each page is 3x8 and includes a 3 inch square photo (all but the last one) and three patterns of paper. I added filler cards but feel like I might switch them out for journaling cards eventually. I do like to tell stories. I would like to tell you it came together quickly, but I might be lying. So let's just say it was fun to make and I can't wait to print and bind it all!
I wonder if you might tell me the kinds of things you like to use for mini albums. I love to learn from you, too!
Ah the mini album! After a long hard winter, I thought I’d make a mini that celebrated spring in all its glory! I am not the world's best photographer so I went on a search for Creative Commons images to use in my mini-album.
Then I gathered some supplies. I started with these templates from Valorie Wibbens. They are 8.5x11, but that quickly translates to 4.25x5.5 when resized. I figured for the following pages, I’d use a similar pack from Val to get a cohesive look.
For supplies, I decided to pick a really large collection that had a spring vibe. When I scrap I like lots of choices, but I don’t like to have to go digging through my stash to find things, by choosing a collection I knew I’d get lots of choices without the work!
I chose the Memory Pockets Monthly over at the Lilypad. I love the spring color palette and knew I'd get a great choice of elements and papers.
Then I selected a whole bunch of the add-ons to the main kit. Lots of choices! Here are just a few of the kits I used. Aren't they lovely?
My cover page came together easily. I used a large print as the base for my title. The small simple photo stood up well to the busy print. A little washi tape and a button and the page was complete.
I love the paper shapes on this next page that let me mix up patterns. The journaling on the photo is fun. The thread is carried from one page to the next as a design element. It adds a lot of continuity and cohesiveness to the album. Repetition is a great design tool when creating a mini album to bring the pages together.
I love the wonky shapes on these templates. This next page really let me play with pattern! I also used my new favorite technique - using styles! For the title here, I took some word art from the kit and applied Mommyish's Essential Styles chipboard style to it. I love how it gives a little dimension to the page.
For my last page, I really wanted to use the tree with the buds on it for my photo. I kept the elements simple here so the large sketched tree would be a central design element.
Signs of Spring Mini-Album 4.25 x 5.5 | materials: kits(Memory Pockets Monthly by the Lilypad, Metamorphosis by Amber LaBau, Hello Pretty & Topography no. 28 by Valorie Wibbens, Growth papers & alphabet by Allison Pennington, Arboretum: Grow by Sara Gleason) + fonts (Manhattan Darling, Underwood Champion)