Happy summer day!! Here I am enjoying my favorite Dr Pepper served in a mini carafe. Although it made me feel like a bit of the addict that I might be, it also served me well--a whole lotta bang in one little container.
Funny thing how a mini can serve up so much goodness.
Two guesses for where this one is headed...
Oh, my smart reader friends, you are right!! Today I am serving up a mini of my own. Hopefully packed with the same punch as that yummy DP carafe.
As I read through Ali's questions, I decided that I wanted to make a layout for each question. But it is summer and we have been traveling, and the kids' schedule is in full swing, and school starts soon, and my lawn is weedy, and my flower beds thirsty, and the deck is peeling, and some things to be spray painted, and i still have to edit some photoshoots, and well, who has time to make 13 layouts?
Not I, said the pig.
Not I, said the duck.
Not I, said the cow.
(Hurry quick - name that book!!)
But I really really really wanted to create layouts around these questions. So I did what needed to be done. I decided to make a mini album using my already completed page as a template. Ooh, this will be faster, and all sorts of fun. So let's get started.
I like to make minis as an assembly line. So I opened the original document and changed all the titles saving each page as I went along. Twere I using paper, I would have created all 13 titles and printed them off at this stage.
Next, I batch processed all my patterned paper into the proper size. Again, were I using paper, I would have trimmed 26 paper strips into the appropriate size. To help make things faster, I chose to coordinating papers from Crystal WIlkerson's new lines. While I mix and match manufacturers and lines when I do pages, with minis, I find that sticking to a particular line isn't just faster, but the book will also look more cohesive and polished.
Now, I dragged all the strips onto the page where I wanted them. This is most definitely the step I miss most when I don't use paper. Moving the papers around to best match their patterns is one of the most delightful things for my scrapping self.
And with that, I am ready to go. All the pages are assembled and ready for photos and journaling. All in one night. (You can see that I left the original photo there--no need to have to delete it quite yet. Remember, the assembly line approach is fastest.)
Lavender's book uses the Crystals' Color Combo No. 1 collection:
And Nigel's uses Color Combo #2:
Hopefully, Crystal will come out with Color Combo No. 3 or Poppy is going to feel left out... (teasing. I will make her one, too!)
Tomorrow I will bribe my children with a trip to our favorite frozen yogurt shop if they will but let me take a few pictures of them, and by Friday, I will have finished an entire mini album or two, in just hours. Can't wait to finish! Please stop back on Saturday so that you can see the big reveal!!