No mini album from me today, but I am sharing three lovely designs from my Write. Click. Scrapbook. friends: Celeste, Aly and Erin. Their creative interpretations are amazing, stunning and inspiring. And I am certain you'll agree.
If you haven't had a chance to visit the Jenni Bowlin Studio blog, you've missed out on some fun mini album projects. Stop by for a visit and let them know how much you've enjoyed seeing their products featured here at Write. Click. Scrapbook.
Now, let's see what my scrappy pals have crafted with their goodies from Jenni Bowlin Studio.
QUOTES by Celeste
Not only does Celeste Smith create wonderful projects for the Write. Click. Scrapbook. team, she is also on the Jenni Bowlin Studio Design Team and gets to play with their fun stuff all. the. time. Lucky gal, isn't she?
When Monika asked me to make a mini, I didn't have a plan. When my Dime Store kit arrived, I thought I'll use that and I had a package of the chipboard banner pieces on my desk. It's a small album so I thought gathering a few of my favorite inspirational quotes would be a fun idea.
First, I printed the quotes out so they were 4 inches wide and no higher than an inch and a half.
Then I adhered patterned paper to the fonts and backs of all the pages of my album. I used an Exacto knife and Mod Podge to put it together.
DESIGN TIP: Using a foam brush, apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the back of the paper and then smooth it out with your fingers. The key is a thin layer.
I added a title. Then I made a book paper flower, by punching out a bunch of flowers, piercing them with a pin, and adding a brad. Then I glue dotted the flower to front of my cover and added a simple title. Ribbon tied through the holes binds the book together.
Last I cut the quotes into little blocks and adhered them to the inside pages of my book. At this point, the book was already bulky so I opted to not embellish further.
I plan on keeping this little album at my desk at work to motivate and inspire me throughout the day!
MY HOME TOWN by Aly
Aly Dosdall was given a March Papercrafting Kit that features the just released, "Be Our Guest. (The same one featured in our giveaway yesterday! Jennifer, look what you could make with your kit!!) She usually starts her mini album process with a story she'd like to tell, and then finds photos or takes some to fulfill her theme.
I'd been meaning to make an album like this since we moved to our new home last year, and Jenni's kit was the perfect product to get it done. Plus the common color scheme and vintage theme of the kit made it so easy to create a cohesive feel to the album.
A few tips:
1) I used the packaging from the chipboard for the back cover. It was 6x6 (after I trimmed off the bar code) so it fit perfectly, and I love stretching my dollar and re-purposing items!
2) I used the rub-ons to create a banner title for the front cover. The rub-ons are some of the best I've ever used! They come off easily and smoothly and are strong enough not to tear.
3) I created a homemade flower embellishment for my front cover from the beautiful floral patterned paper by cutting four flowers out by hand, and then using my craft knife to cut the center out of one of them. Then I spritzed them all with water, crumpled them up in a ball, and gently opened them leaving the edges a bit crumpled for extra dimension. I then punched out a 1 inch circle from a scrap of cardstock and covered it with the pearl flowers from the kit. Once the flowers had dried, I layered them like so: three flowers, the pearl flower circle, the fourth flower with the center cut out. Fluff up the edges to get maximum texture and dimension, and there you go!
I had so much fun putting this mini album project together, it's something I've been meaning to do since we moved here last summer.
FASHION by Erin
Erin Sweeney had the opportunity to work with the Dime Store Kit, as well as this kit, from Jenni Bowlin Studios. The Dime Store Kit features patterned papers, buttons, vintage lace, journaling cards, buttons, rub-ons, labels and more.
The idea always comes first when I'm creating a mini-album. In fact, I have an ever-evolving list of minis I'd like to do on my bulletin board. I'd been wanting to make one highlighting pictures of my daughters and the outfits they come up with. They're turning into quite the fashionistas. This Jenni Bowlin album is perfect.
Once I knew my idea, and my album size, I was album to pick out pictures. I crop all my pictures in Photoshop Elements 7, printing them out on one 8.5x11 sheet of photo paper. Once they were printed and trimmed, it was pretty simple. I first went through the album and laid out the photos, determining where each one fit best. Once that was done I glued them down, adding paper and embellishments along the way. The page behind the window page is actually two sheets of the 4x4 mini papers glued back to back. This is an easy way to add extra pages to the album.
I used the envelope to hold a journaling tag that just lists where I currently shop for them as well as some tags from recent clothing purchases. I think it'll be neat to look back at that as they get older and their tastes change. With the jump rings, I'll be able to add pictures of their outfits this summer, creating an album that tracks their taste in clothing throughout 2011.
And now our BONUS PROJECT
After wrapping Victoria's headband with baker's twine, Monika punched a scallop shape from some Jenni Bowlin Studio packaging, and threaded it, a button and a pearl around the headband using more baker's twine, leaving some loose ends.
Side Note: My hair model exclaimed extreme joy at getting two new hair accessories, jumped around the craft room and then when in search of a mirror to see how cute she was, saying, "I feel just like a Princess!"
Have Fun and Craft On!