You guys, it’s a Christmas miracle. I actually scrapbooked. And not only that, but I finished the project. Yay! I had so much fun putting this mini album together for my Lolaberry. I still love creating. Everything about the process, the supplies, the colors and textures… It’s crazy how much time I spend on something like this. But it is priceless and I know Lola will cherish it. Spending time in my studio is something I really miss. I’ve made countless mini albums over the years and I put together some tips for creating a mini album.
- All About That Base
Find a theme for the pages. I start a mini album by gathering something interesting to use for the pages. In this case, I found a stash of old Dear Lizzy white ruffle paper and I wanted to incorporate it. So when I am organizing the album I think of a theme for the pages. What I mean by that is, I use a handful of papers and then rotate them through out the album. For this one: polka dot vellum with confetti, ruffle paper with phrase thickers, clear acetate with circles, and white cardstock with embellishments. That is the base of the album that I repeat a 3-4 times. Then I add in a few different pages to keep it interesting. I included a page of Lola’s coloring, a piece of fabric sewed on cardstock and a pocket page just for fun.
- Rinse and Repeat
Next, it can be overwhelming to think of scrapbooking each page of a mini album. To streamline the process, but still have fun and be creative, I choose a couple techniques and repeat them. For this one I chose watercolor, sewing and simple stamping. For the cardstock pages I first watercolored on each one. Then added stamping, ink splatter as well as flags and stickers. Repeated on all the pages with white cardstock. It was so fun and since I stuck with that I finished the project faster instead of having to think of something different for each one. I also added sewing to a few pages.
- Filler-up With Photos
For me, so much of scrapbooking is about the photos. I think that full page photos are eye-catching and… fill up mini albums faster so that I get the project done. Which is my main goal these days. Instagram photo books are so easy. I mean, with Chatbooks they are put together and sent to my door automatically. (If you haven’t tried Chapbooks use my code Lizzy to get your first book free! 🙂 Since I still love creating, having full page photos gives it the feel of modern photo book but by designing a mini album it gives me the freedom to get creative and add a homemade touch to the keepsake. Something with a deeper meaning, handwritten love notes to treasure and tangible details.
It is not a secret that I LOVE to make mini albums of my little adventures around the world, or even about the little things in life. But, lately, I realized that not only I enjoy to look back at the photos, or to rediscover the story through the album, but also to bring back all the memories with gathered memorabilia along the way.
The bright transparency from the new Happy Place line, gave me the idea to make a little cute envelope out of it. This is perfect to keep some tickets, business cards or even extra photos from my last summer vacation. It was super easy to make and I love the fun look of it. Let’s take a look on the steps to make this:
1. Pick the width of the envelope and trim the paper down. I find that 4×6 or 4×5 it is a good size for most minis and it is normally big enough to fit the usual memorabilia. So, I cut the 12×12 transparency into a 12×4 stripe. You can use an envelope template to serve you as a guide as well.
2. Fold the paper to create the pocket of the length you desire, and stitch the sides. Remember to leave a couple of inches on top in order to create a folded lid.
3. Now you have the basic structure completed. The tricky part is to choose how you want to close the envelope. In my case, I punched a couple of tiny holes to add two eyelets (one on the lid and one on the pocket) with a one-inch circle paper around. Then, I used a gold string that came with the Dear Lizzy tassels to tie the envelope shut.
4. As I final touch, I attached a couple of fun tassels from the Happy Place collection.
And done! Now go and grab some memorabilia and add this to your planner, a layout, a mini album, or even to your project life album (you can always punch two holes on a side or at the bottom to add it to a ring album). Let’s bring those memories alive! 🙂 –Olatz
Here is the Design Team Announcement!
So excited to work with all these talented ladies!! I apologize it took a bit longer to announce. The fun part is that a couple of them don’t know that their submission was chosen yet. So, surprise!!
Say hello to them and check out their sites listed below their photos. Such a fun mix of talent. I will be sharing more about them and of course some of their incredible work!
Also thanks to everyone who submitted. I will be sharing lots (if not all of your) work on a Feature Friday blog post so that will be fun! XOXO
Emma W (From Australia)
This is the first-ever Dear Lizzy design team call and I am so excited to get to see your amazing work and find some up-and-coming talent! I am looking for a variety of styles of designers ranging from paper crafting, home decor, creative packaging, Project Life, cards, scrapbooking, party decor and art journals. Internationals welcome.
In this paid position you will be required to create 3 projects a month including well lit photos of projects and a simple how-to. Supplies will be sent to you.
Don’t be nervous to submit! Dear Lizzy started after applying for the Scrapbooker of the Year contest with Creating Keepsakes magazine in 2007. I had never been published before and was really scared about submitting my work and designs. Think how that one step has changed so much of my story and how different my life had been if my fear had gotten in the way. So just do it!
I can’t wait to see your designs and also get to work with a couple of you in a creative, fun way!
Here’s how to submit:
1. Email Lizzy@AmericanCrafts.com with 5 recent projects attached in the email.
(Projects can range from paper crafting, home decor, creative packaging, Project Life or Messy Book, cards, scrapbooking, party decor and art journals.) You don’t need to send an example of each of those. Stick with what you’re good at! Send all cards or pages, if that’s what you’re good at! You do not have to use Dear Lizzy products in your submissions.
2. Answer the following questions so we can get to know you a little better:
-Why do you want to be on the Dear Lizzy team?
-Where do you find inspiration?
-What is your area of expertise in crafting?
-Top 3 favorite movies?
-If you could eat dinner with anyone dead or alive?
-A little more about you…
3. Please include links to any of your social media profiles:
4. Deadline: September 8th, 2015
I am obsessed with my Cameo die cutting machine. Obsessed. I have made everything from home accents to wedding decor to crafting projects…all with the Cameo and paper. So when I stumbled upon this 3D camera– I knew I had to try it out on some of my favorite Dear Lizzy patterns!
Begin by cutting out the shape with the Cameo.
Once you have all the components cut out on a few different papers, begin assembling and gluing them.
To make the camera more true to my style, I swapped out some of the die cut shapes for gold rimmed tags, candy dots, washi tape, and gold glitter paper.
How cool is this camera! I had the best time putting it together and could see myself making a bunch of these as party decor! –AnnMarieLoves
This is such a fun project for summer I spotted at Martu Alterada using all Dear Lizzy papers from the Serendipity collection!
You can display it during summer and then when you are ready to take it down pop some ring in it and you will have a book to still display all the memories of summer!
When I sat down to work on this project, I, honestly didn’t know what to do. It was the first time since I can’t remember that I was going to make a mini album just for me. Not a commisioned work, not a gift, not a mini for a workshop.
How exciting… and how paralyzing! 😀
These were last summer photos but I wanted something else in common. So finally, I looked for texture. Each pages has a different one (except two with paper embossed) : raffia, cotton fabric, tulle and feather.
All these papers are from Dear Lizzy last collection: Serendipity. This collection made me instant fan of marble! I can’t get enough of thes marble popsicles (!!!)
This garland album idea stroke me one imsommiac night. I decided I was going to took advantage of this time thinking about the mini I wanted to make. So after a while, I got with this idea that pleased me and I fell asleep.
At the end of the post, you can see two close ups of the album on the wall. This part of the flat is really bright and I love it. Now, I have to work on the other walls. They are almost empty but I kind of like it like that.
You see this is the only Christmas home decor that I made… and it is not chrismassy at all. 😀
Have a beautiful day! –Marta from Barcelona
Piles of prize ribbons and a bathtub full of beach balls. Sometimes my days highlighted with such random cuteness.
Prize ribbon die is included in the bow die set so you get two in one!! It’s my favorite new product. There’s also a HOORAY banner that layers on the prize ribbons.
Loving all the new colors that Tim Holtz has come out with so I had to add them to my rainbow forest of bottle brush trees.