Hello! Francine here for day 4 of our Pixels & Co. Mini Madness week. I really loved Marnie's, Laura's and Carey's Albums and got some great ideas!
Karla Dudley's digital kit, The Good Stuff with add-ons are so very versatile, that I was able to use it even though my mini isn't about family life! I recently noticed a trend in my Instagram photos: lots of pics of me looking down at my feet, and I wanted to compile them all into a mini.
I used two 3x4 cards for the background, then added the title and some embellishments.
I decided to use the same page base throughout the entire mini, all I would change would be the photo and embellishments.
I used one patterned paper and one 3x4 card for the background, then added the wooden arrows, photo corner, journaling card and button flair. I chose this button because it has both an arrow, a heart and a geotag all symbols that I love. I'm very much into using symbolism on my pages! As you can see I carried some of the elements from the cover into the pages.
Here are the inside pages (I should say some of them because I thought I only had feet photos dating back to October, but found quite a bunch going back to a year ago!)
I kept my journaling simple, using the captions directly from Instagram.
Sometimes I got my son involved. This was a lot more complicated than it seems. It's hard to get a four year old to stand still long enough for feet photos!
I'm planning to get this mini printed out as a photo book, but I also love Laura's idea of making an album for her phone, so I will also keep a digital version for us to look through on my Kindle.
Thanks to Pixels & Company and Karla Dudley! This is a really great kit!
Welcome not only to March, but also to March mini madness! We are so very excited to usher in our fourth annual Mini Madness month. This whole month we are focused on the mini in all its start-to-finish glory!
To get the party started, we are thrilled to bring you 21 new minis in our new gallery, MiniMadness IV. Please click here to get to the gallery where you can see everything. Or watch for links below the images to get you to the albums!
A Note from Jina For this month gallery I made an easy peasy mini album using some journaling cards and only 1 ring. I mainly used 4x6 and 3x5 cards for this mini and just added some stickers, brads and stitches to finish the album. Especially new lines from Chickaniddy are perfect for baby girl's photos. So cute! and bright. :) I really enjoyed making this simple and easy mini album.
You may see the remainder of Jina's mini beginning here.
2014 Quiz Book | Jennifer Larson
3 x 5 | materials envelopes (Jillibean Soup) + patterned paper (Jillibean Soup) + stickers (Jillibean Soup) + die cuts (Jillibean Soup) + pens (Copic, American Crafts) + metal rings
A Note from Jenny Maybe because this winter was so cold and I spent so much time indoors, too much of it on the computer, but I got sucked into lots of quizzes on Zimbio and Buzzfeed. I took screen shots of my results, sized them to fit these envelopes, and made them into this mini album. You can see the quizzes I took as the title for each page.
March Fun Fact In case you want to know the results of my quizzes, they are, in order, Portland, Oregon, Hermione, the 90s, turtle on a skateboard, Jasmine, King’s Landing, a Hobbit, Brave, Katniss, Crazy Harry, Carson, Scar, Tyrion, and Princess Leia.
You can see the remainder of Jenny's mini beginning here.
A Note from Monika It is a second winter, when there is a lack of snow, and kids are a little bit frustrated. To document this, I used photos taken last year, in the first days of January 2013. I took them with my iPhone and Hipstamatic App, and I used for the album papers in muted colors . Added some stamped phrases, funny chipboards and Dymo stickers. I really like the mood of this album!
March Fun Fact We've got a spring-like weather already, but I'm so afraid of snow in April, just like last year. It was so annoying, hope it won't happen this year.
You can see the remainder of Monika's mini beginning here.
Best Friends | Carey Bridges
4 x 6 | materials digital kit (Mye de Leon's Blush) + epoxy dots (Gennifer Bursett's Elemental: Glitter Epoxy Dots) + digital templates (Deena Rutter's Layered Life Templates volumes 1 and 2) + fonts (1942 Report)
A Note from Carey I created this mini album for my son to take with us on trips. He really misses our dog Copper when we're gone and she can't come along! Looking at pictures of her makes him happy.
March Fun Fact I already have the Disney movie Frozen pre-ordered so I'll get it the day it is released in mid-March. I just love Disney musicals and will sing right along!
You can see the remainder of Carey's mini beginning here.
A Note from Cristina Mini albums is what got me into paper from being just a digi scrapper. I don’t do many mini albums nowadays, since most of the events get documented in my Project Life album, but this fun Amy Tangerine daybook was the perfect avenue for these photos from a vacation we took in the summer of 2012. The photos are all taken with our phones.
March Fun Fact All our friends are obsessed with Downton Abbey, so we’re organizing a Downton Abbey-themed dinner for the beginning of March. That should be fun!
You may see the remainder of Cristina's mini beginning here.
A Note from Lisa I made a little different kind of minibook this time. I am recording our everyday life with Project Life and wanted to be able to incorporate the mini in PL. I used 2 page protectors from Simple Stories with 4 pockets sized 3,4”. I started out doing the journaling. I typed out a list of 35 things about me right now (I turned 35 on the 22nd!) on my typewriter. Then I just trimmed the pattern papers and lists to the right size and slipped everything in the pockets. As you can see I have minimal embellishments and just 2 photos. I love how it turned out and it looks great in my album!
March Fun Fact #7 I love breakfast. Especially breakfast in bed!
You may see the remainder of LisaO's mini beginning here.
Summer 2013 | Aliza Deutsch
4 x 6 | materials cardstock (Bazzill Basics, Jillibean Soup) + patterned paper (Lily Bee Design, Amy Tangerine, Crate Paper ) + wood veneer (Cocoa Daisy, Studio Calico, Lily Bee Design) + thickers (American Crafts) + labels (Evalicious) + stickers (Evalicious, Jillibean Soup, Studio Calico, Theresa Collins)
A Note from Aliza Pardon my less than charming sub-title. I just felt the need to tell it like it is. But making the album really helped me look back with fond memories of this summer. I don’t usually use my handwriting in any of my scrapbook pages or albums, but I was traveling, and so it had to be done.
March Fun Fact My husband does almost all of the cooking and baking in my home.
You may see the remainder of Aliza's mini beginning here.
2013 | Jennie McGarvey
4 x 4 | materials letterpress paper (We R Memory Keepers) + patterned cards (We R Memory Keepers) + enamel dots (We R Memory Keepers) + letterpress ink (We Are Memory Keepers) + letterpress plates (We R Memory Keepers, Studio Calico) + labels (Studio Calico) + pen (Sharpie)
A Note from Jennie This album was meant to be SUPER simple. I wanted to letterpress details to keep it feeling very elegant and interesting, yet not fussy. There are a few embellishment, but the focus is really on my favorite photos of 2013.
March Fun Fact My 12 year old son is now 3 inches taller than me!
You may see the remainder of Jennie's mini beginning here.
Oh Happy Day | Stephanie Bryan
varied sizes: cover is 5 x 6, and the largest page is 5 x 7.5 | materialsall supplies are from the March kit at Gossamer Blue cardstock (American Crafts) + patterned paper (Gossamer Blue, My Mind’s Eye, Webster’s Pages, Chickaniddy, Teresa Collins) + buttons (My Mind’s Eye) + brads (Chickaniddy) + labels (Chickaniddy, My Mind’s Eye) + stickers (Chickaniddy, My Mind’s Eye, Websters Pages, Teresa Collins) + pen (Sharpie)
A Note from Stephanie When I started this mini album, I wanted to have a “messier” book full of various page sizes and photo sizes throughout. I started by using my Silhouette Cameo to cut my title onto the wood veneer paper from the Gossamer Blue March kits. From there, I trimmed down various pieces of patterned papers to fit into my book. Then I started layering and adding my photos onto each piece. Once all of the photos were into place, I grabbed out my embellishments and decorated each page (my favorite part!).
March Fun Fact My daughter turns 5 this month on we have been counting down the days since January. I can’t believe my sweet baby girl will be 5 this month. Time goes by too fast!
You may see the remainder of Stephanie's mini here.
Happy Anniversary | Christine Newman
4 x 6 | materials cardstock (Bazzill) + Love You mini art journal kit (Evalicious) + ledger tags (Jenni Bowlin) + punch (Marvy Uchida) + printer (Canon) + pen (Sakura Micron) + font (Courier New)
A Note from Christine I made this mini album in secret to give to my husband Todd as an anniversary gift. I worked on it sporadically over a month, whenever he wasn't home!
March Fun Fact March is my birthday month! I usually invite my most favorite friends for a birthday dinner to celebrate the occasion.
You may see the remainder of Christine's mini beginning here.
The Guys | Kate Christensen
5 x 6 | materials/digital supplies digital kit (Trailblazer by One Little Bird) + cardstock (Chipper by Robyn Meierotto) + alpha (Sunshine Sticker Alpha by Sahlin Studio) + arrows (Wood Veneer: Arrows by Sahlin Studio) + staples (The Good Stuff Collaboration by Valorie Wibbens & Karla Dudley) + stitching (Amy Martin) + fonts (Traveling Typewriter)
A Note from Kate I wanted all the pages from this father-son fishing trip to be cohesive - same paper, same elements, same font, etc. Perfect opportunity for a mini album!
March Fun Fact We doubled the size of our garden last fall and I can't wait to get outside. We're so close to planting time!
You may see the remainder of Kate's mini beginning here.
I Heart Fridays | Laura O'Donnell
3.5 x 2 | materials digital kit (Paislee Press Is It Friday Yet?) + fonts (Remington)
A Note from Laura This is a digital mini book sized for viewing on my phone. The size of the full screen iPhone5 is 640 x 1136 pixels. I used this as my canvas size to make these layouts, then emailed them to myself and added a new album on my phone's Camera Roll to put them into. Since my phone is always with me I think this will be the most looked at mini book I've ever made!
March Fun Fact My Fun Fact for February was that it was my wedding anniversary. Well, guess what? My husband and I both totally missed it! First time in 17 years this has happened. Oh well.
A Note from Valerie I went pretty small this time with my mini. It's made almost entirely of journal cards from My Mind's Eye new Record It Just Splendid collection. It's the perfect little book to celebrate my son as a big brother.
March Fun Fact I started reading for fun again this year. Number of books read so far this year = nine.
You may see the remainder of Valerie's mini beginning here.
A Note from Francine After several years of Mini Madness here at write. click. scrapbook. I now know that I prefer to make my minis from scratch, rather than using a premade blank mini album. That way I can make it the size and shape that works with my photos. For this mini I used kraft cardstock for the foundation. I then dug into my stash for papers and embellishments to suit my summer theme. Some of them are quite old! I am so happy to finally document summer of 2012 with these Instax photos.
March Fun Fact My reading goal for 2014 is 60 books. Last year I read 52!
You may see the remainder of Francine's mini beginning here.
A Note from Sam I created this mini album a while ago but haven't had a chance to post it up yet. When I know this month theme is going to be Mini Madness, I know I gotta save this mini albums for the gallery. This is by far my favourite album, inspired by the awesome mixed media scrapbooeker Celine Navarro, to use a lot of gesso and mixed media techniques here. Wanted to keep this album simple and airy, hrmm….. This album turned out to be quite bulky and also heavy due to the flowers, the paints and mixed mediums. For those who want to give mixed media technique a try, this is gonna be a fun one!
March Fun Fact March is gonna be a busy month again for me! Okay, it seems I have been saying that every month ;) But March is my baby boy's 1st birthday (no longer a baby) and also my first going for a week's baby-less trip. Let's see how I cope without a baby and also rushing for assignment due dates!
You may see the remainder of Sam's mini beginning here.
Our Trip to New Mexico | Sue Althouse
8 x 9 | materials cardstock (Bazzill) + patterned paper (DCWV) + printables (Ali Edwards) + tab punch (MCGill)
A Note from Sue I made a simple mini-album using this 2-up photo album scrapbook to document our trip to New Mexico. The photos and bits of memorabilia tell the story. I also scrapped some of the photos on 12x12 layouts with more extensive journaling.
March Fun Fact We are only 6 weeks away from welcoming our granddaughter into the world and getting very excited to meet her!
6 x 8 | materials patterned paper (BasicGrey, Kesi' Art, October Afternoon, Pink Paislee, Simple Stories, Teresa Collins, Studio Calico) + flair (A Flair for Buttons) + die cuts (Pink Paislee, Studio Calico) + labels (October Afternoon) + mist (Heidi Swapp) + stickers (October Afternoon) + stamp (Pebbles, Inc.) + ink (Studio Calico) + pen (American Crafts)
A Note from Diane It took me a few months to figure out what I wanted to do with some of the photos I took of our trip to France last June. When I discovered the Waterlogue app inspiration finally took hold and I used it to turn highlight photos of our trip into watercolors. I printed the watercolors on muslin by adhering the fabric to cardstock with a repositionable adhesive and ran it through my printer at home.
March Fun Fact Last month I watched my son compete at the Texas state wrestling tournament! I was one proud mama when I watched him stand on that podium and receive his medal for placing 6th in state!
You may see the remainder of Diane's mini beginning here.
24 Things I Learned from my Mom | Amy Sorensen
5 x 7 | materials album (Pioneer) patterned paper (Pebbles) + alphabet stickers (American Crafts) + label stamp (My Mind's Eye) + grey pen (Zebra Sarasa Clip) + Sinffonia Swash font
A Note from Amy Last year on Mother's Day, I wrote a Facebook post with ten things I learned from my mom. I tagged her, of course, and she does use Facebook...but not very well or very often. It made me a little bit sad that she never saw that post (nor the nice comments left by friends who know her). So I decided to make a little album to give her this Mother's Day.
Since I wanted to include more than just ten photos, I expanded my list to 24 things I learned from my mom. The items are fairly random, and so are the photos. I did a search in my photos directory for pictures with my mom's name in the tag, and then I picked my favorites. I tried to get a wide variety of pictures. Some have me, my kids, my nieces and nephews, my sisters, and just my parents, but they all have my mom in them. The oldest is from 2003 and the newest from December of 2013.
Not all of the pictures were taken as landscape pictures, and I wanted them all to run the same way, so I cropped the vertical ones smaller, so they'd fit in the 5x7 pockets in the album. Then I just used the remaining white space as the place for the text.
To unify all those colors in 24 different pictures, I kept the text very simple and I left a lot of white space. I used two pieces of patterned paper from Pebbles' Garden Party line and cut them into scalloped borders with my Silhouette. I used both sides of each pattern, so I had four repeating patterns that I edged each text space with.
I confess: this is the FOURTH mini I've made in these 5x7 Pioneer album. 5x7 is the perfect size for a mini I think! I'm really excited to give it to my mom on Mother's Day. Plus...I'm feeling proud of myself for being finished with a project so early. Usually I am finishing it up the day I give it!
March Fun Fact My favorite color of running clothes is pink.
You may see the remainder of Amy's mini beginning here.
And that is just the beginning! We have 16 more minis coming your way and 4 amazing giveaways. It's going to be a fabulous month!! Promise you'll stop by each and every day?
Hello everyone! Welcome back to the third day of card week. If you are just now joining us, we've been creating cards in a variety of themes using a single card sketch. You can see the sketch right here. Today we are focusing on Birthday cards! This is one of my favorite types of cards to make and in my opinion you can never have too many in your stash.
This first card was shared by Francine. The soft circle background is gorgeous and perfect for holding those cute little birdies full of Birthday wishes.
Jennie's card features a fun combination of colorful circles and glittery stars and follows the sketch closely.
Sue also followed the sketch closely and created this beautiful butterfly card. The yellow background is perfect for a cheerful greeting.
Valerie, used a trendy color combo of navy, orange and yellow for her Birthday greeting.
Hello and welcome to day 2 of card week. Today we will be looking at "love" themed cards using the same sketch that I posted yesterday. Again, like yesterday, I have several of the other girls from the team that have contributed some amazing cards to inspire you.
While going through the latest gallery I happened upon Diane´s page . First, I am so doing a page like this! Second, I love the grid those squares make. So today let´s talk about a few creative ways to get griddy with your photos!
I browsed Pinterest and found the photo above. They had used a big cardboard box to take each photo and then added everyone together to form this collage. I think it is a very clever and fun way, isn´t it!
But if you are like me and won´t be buying a TV or something else big enough to come in a huge box, here is another way! The different pocket page protectors that comes with a Project Life style makes it easy to do this. Like what Elise Blaha Cripe did here. Just take portrait photos up against a white background, be a little creative with where you look and then when you insert the photos.
I made a different version. I used an app on my iPhone called Pocketbooth to take photobooth photos.
This makes an instant grid. Here is how I used them on my layout!
I love that we are so goofy together! Oh, and that #love card is by our Francine that is making one journaling card each day of February and share them all as downloads on her blog!
I also wanted to share a great blog post from Paislee Press. They shared how you can take photobooth-like photos with your regular camera, and make it cute!
Welcome back for day 2 in our Olympic celebrations! How did you do on your biathlon and sprint layouts? Did you find a lovely starting point for a new layout? We hope that you enjoyed everything and are looking forward to today!
Today we have one event to share. One event, six new layouts, and some sketches. It's going to be a good one!
Our third Scrapolympic event is the Skeleton. Skeleton racing involves plummeting head-first down a steep and treacherous ice track on a tiny sled. It is considered the world's first sliding sport.
Here is the official Olympic history statement.
Men’s skeleton made two early appearances on the Olympic programme at its “ancestral” home of St. Moritz in 1928 and 1948. It was then dropped until it reappeared as a men’s and women’s event at Salt Lake City in 2002. ::source::
The Skeleton was so named as the early frames bore a vague resemblance to a skeleton. We couldn't think of a better way to scrapbook today, than to strip a layout down to its most basic elements and then grow it from there.
SKELETON = LAYOUT - TRIMMINGS + NEW STUFF
Today we have 6 competitors from Writeclickscrapbookland comprising Team BoneyardScraps: Amy Sorenson, Jennie McGarvey, Sue Althouse, Cristina Scrap, Francine Clouden, and Marnie Flores. They each picked a layout from our February gallery, stripped it bare, and built it up into a new and inspirational work of art.
Let's see what they have come up with.
Amy used Sue's layout as the basis for her layout. Once she took it down to its skeleton, she decided to add an extra picture, even though it would mean less visible patterned paper as she knew her story needed all three pictures! Amy also added a little bit extra to the bottom left corner. And, following Sue's example, Amy even handwrote her journaling (which she hardly ever does!).
Jennie used Stephanie's layout as her starting place. Substituting out two photos for one, she left much of the remaining remaining, such as the three layers on the bottom, and the two horizontal tags peeking out from behind the photos. Jennie increased the size of her background patterns and reduced the repeating title to two lines, creating the perfect backdrop for her photos.
Sue chose Jina's layout to strip down. We love what she did to put it back together. She lengthened the left photo which gave the layout a much more symmetrical feel, true to Sue's style. The placement of the tags also helps to create a central square which grounds the entire layout beautifully.
Cristina also looked to Jina's layout for her Skeleton event layout. She added an extra photo and lifted them onto a more even horizontal plane. She chose an amazing color scheme and added the perfect embellishments.
Francine started with Kate's layout for its simplicity and because the white background jumped out at her. To break down the layout she ignored everything but the major elements: photos, title and journaling, and used those to come up with the sketch. Francine worked from the sketch rather than working directly from Kate's layout as she didn't want to be influenced by the other elements in Kate's layout. Francine felt this helped her go from a page about a teenager to a page about my toddler.
Marnie also used Stephanie's layout. She picked Stephanie's as it has so many many layers and she was interested to see if following Stephanie's layout would help her learn to use layers more easily and more beautifully.
Now it's your turn! Pick a layout from our February gallery. Strip it down and make something out of it. Something lovely. We have the sketches from today available for you to download as layered templates as well. Use them if they help. And if you make one of your own that you would like to share, leave us a link. Here are the layered sketches:
I have been sewing on my pages for a while, it's not a new thing in scrapbooking, but it's not something I do all the time. Mainly because of having to get my sewing machine out of the closet and get it set up. So I changed that by reorganising my room so that I have an area dedicated to sewing, and now I stitch on pages a lot more. My machine for paper is actually under the table, but it's easy to get it ready to go.
Sewing adds such great texture to paper, but without a lot of bulk. You can also sticth on embellishments and then add to your page like Amy did here.
That's a great title, and looking at it does make me feel warm!
Stitching can work both as a decorative element, and as a way to adhere things to your page
When stitching over chipboard like I did, I advise going very slowly to make sure you don't break your needle.
Here are two more pages where I machine stitched, but I also used stitched embellishments: the yoyos
They weren't made by me though, it's a pre-made embellishment, but if you want to make your own, here's a great tutorial by Heather Bailey. Laura used some stitched felt trees on her card below that are also pre-made embellishments.
and I used these layered flowers with stitching
So, do you think you'll try stitching on your pages?
Thanks for joining me here this week. I had a blast.
Good morning! I'm very happy to see that some of you have been inspired to start using your other crafts on your pages. There were even a couple aha moments! Since I had crochet planned for today, I spent some time surfing around crochet sites and tutorials. I'm even more inspired now too!
Flowers are a ubiquitous scrapbooking embellishment, and crochet flowers are not only cute, but pretty easy to make. Lisa shared this page with three flowers.
I love those crochet hearts in the photo! Also I was tickled to see that she used a free 3x4 card from my blog. You can get the Yarn Love card here.
I crocheted up a bunch of flowers myself, and used one on this page
You can find the pattern here. They work up really fast! It took me only a couple minutes to make one.
I tried a more involved pattern to make this purple double layer flower that I paired with a crochet heart. These take about five minutes each, but are well worth it.
I also loved how a crochet piece was used as a photo mat on this page.
I would never have thought is that! It's now duly noted in my idea book :)
And now for a giveaway! I'll choose one person from the comments to send a pack of crochet embellishments: a selection of flowers and hearts like the ones I made. You have until Sunday the 9th to enter, and I'll announce the winner in this post.
UPDATE: The winner by random draw is Mai who said
Mai, I sent you an e-mail with instructions for claiming your prize. Congrats!
One final parting thought. I also wanted to focus on using knitting on pages, since I also knit, but crochet seemed to be more poplular. If you knit, do you use knitted pieces on your pages? Care to share any simple tutorials for knitted embellishments?