I’m not sure why I got this paper range. I think it was because I saw a couple of layouts done using it and was blown away by the funky look of them. So not my style and yet so wanting to do one just like theirs. So just in case I ever did, I bought some from Tracy when she had a paper sale. Thankfully – I hadn’t done anything with them when week 4 of the comp came around. We needed to make a mini album and I sooooo suck at doing OTP.
My problem with scrapping is that I only do what I can justify doing. No pages on the contents of my handbag (aside from the difficulties of having to find it – since I tend not to use one if I can get away with it) – I mean that bores me let alone anyone else looking at my layout of it; no scrapping my love of coffee (or not as the case may be since I don’t drink that either) and no pages of me taking photos of me taking photos… And this also tends to mean OTP in a big way. Don’t get me wrong – I sincerely admire and adore the wonderful creations that some people make. I am gobsmacked at their creativity – but my first thought is often “and where the hell are you going to put that?”, closely followed by “hmmm – not dusting that every week.” Ok – there is also a little “you spent how much in stash making that?” in there as well too.
Mini albums have become my one exception – and only because I got hooked on the lovelies I found on youtube. Sigh – have you ever seen what they do on there? To die for some of them. Anyway – wanting to “do one just like theirs” – I have managed to do the odd one here and there. But I need a theme for it – I can’t just do one for the sake of doing one (ok – I have to guiltily admit that this resolve is in serious threat of going under – some of what I have seen lately is soooo suited to a mini that you almost have to do one just to do the papers justice.) Sigh.
The last mini I did (the Harry Potter one) took a week of solid work – and there are still pages to put in there since the buggar has found more of his collection for me to do). For the competition we needed 10 pages (cover front and back and 4 two-sided pages inside) as a minimum. As luck would have it I had just taken some photos of DS1 to play with in Photoshop and had used a new free action I found to create some very funky, grungy teen photos – and they were just perfect to use with the Ad Lib range.
So for the comp – and for Tracy – and for DS1 – here is my mini.
The challenge requirements specified that the mini had to be made from scratch – no pre-mades at all. Mine has a thin cardboard as a base and over that I put the patterned papers. The red base of the covers comes from the reverse side of Improv (oos) and the grid pattern you see there is actually the Die Cut – trimmed down, cut in half and popped up on pot dots. The cute little punched border at the bottom is from a piece of Vertigo.
The chipboard frame I used under the title is the Retro Circle frame from Scrapping Outback (oos at the moment) and this was a pain in the butt to do. It has been painted (a challenge requirement) with 5 different colours – a painstaking and loooooong process (not sure how many episodes of Lie to Me I got through whilst doing it – but there were several). It looks way cool when finished though and I am very pleased I did it that way now. Under the chipboard frame is a circular section from the Cut Outs (oos) paper. It was an awesome match for the circle frame. The chipboard Journal title is also from Scrapping Outback, but the ‘L I F E’ letters are from my2angels and are Prima Linen Textured White alphas (oos) that I coloured with the paints used on the frame.
I made a little tag to go on the rings holding the album together. One side has a rubon ‘This is ME’ and a punched out flower from one of the Ad Lib papers and the side you see has the word ‘life’ cut out from the Verbiage paper over one of the small blocks from the This N That paper. It’s held to the jump ring with a Ball and Chain I got from my2angels. I need to find the green and brown version of the ribbons on the rings – I love these ones – they are sparkly and shimmery and very bright colours.
The inside front cover has the face side of the Improv paper and I think I cleaned poor Tracy out of them – I needed 4 of them to do the covers. I’ve used one of the word stickers from the 12 x 12 Combo Stickers sheet (oos) and also punched out a few flowers using my Retro Flower Punch. Although it is fine how it is I think – the plan is for DS1 to write something to be put here later (when I manage to torture it out of him).
The smaller pages have been included to separate out the pages with photos and to add additional space for journalling or other thought-provoking, subtle parental advice/comments for teens. This one uses the blue reverse side of Wild Thing with a section from the Cut Outs paper (oos). Using some Orange and White Baker’s Twine wrapped around the page, I attached a Silver Guitar charm to the tag. All of the twine and charms in the album come from Tracy at my2angels.
Here is a close up of the smaller page.
The reverse side of the tag has more stickers and punched flowers over the Improv paper – I tried to make each side of the smaller pages match in with the larger pages they were next to – so the embellishments on this one match the inside cover.
This page uses the pale blue reverse side of the Stripe paper (oos). The pattern on many of the reverse sides is a coloured ledger paper – very handy to use. Embellishing the page is a combination of stickers from the 12 x 12 Combo Stickers sheet (oos); strips from the Cut Outs paper (oos) and a bit of the This N That paper. Some are flat on the page and others are up on pop dots for dimension.
I’ve matted all the photos on black cardstock for uniformity. In mini albums I like to keep some things constant and presentation of the photos is one of them. They’ve all been done with the same Photoshop actions to keep the ‘style’ of the photos constant too.
The Imagine chipboard word is also from Scrapping Outback. It has just been inked with Versamagic Jumbo Java ink – as has the banner chippy, the pennants of which are scraps of the reverse side of Improv (oos) with a white Gel Pen border and a coat of Dimensional Magic.
I actually bought this chippy word for Madame and a layout I want to do for her and her love of the Katy Perry song of the same title. Still – it fitted here and Scrapping Outback had more of them – so I used it. The embellishments for this page came from tracing the starburst pattern from various Ad Lib papers and then stitching the design onto the orange reverse of the This N That paper used as a base for this page. At the ends of the starbursts (which look just like fireworks) I popped some Kaiser Rhinestones in appropriate colours.
The chippy was inked (can’t remember the colour but I suspect Jumbo Java) and then given a heavy coat of Kindyglitz and heat gunned within an inch of its life. This turns the Kindyglitz into a frosty rainbow of sparkles – which sadly, is hard to pick up in the photos. I added some additional Kindyglitz to the stars afterwards to keep them super sparkly.
On this little mini page I put some of the words from the song – printed out onto a transparency sheet – and then glued to another spare bit of the gorgeous Improv paper.
This side is the red reverse side of the Improv paper (oos) with one of the word bubbles from the Ad Lib paper. There is a huge variety of useful word bubbles and they make great little tags like this one. I’ve just popped it up onto a pop dot over a bit of reverse side of the Stripe paper.
I’ve embellished it with another Retro punch flower and a spare button from my stash. Tied to the button with more Baker’s Twine (yellow and white this time) is a silver Camera Charm.
Opposite this page, you can see a mini page I made out of one of the Cut Outs (oos) panels. It was perfect as it was – nothing needed to be added.
This is the other side of the mini page with another Cut Outs (oos) panel with space for more journalling.
This page has the Stripe paper for a base and again has an assortment of stickers (12 x 12 Combo Stickers (oos) and Life’s Good Stickers) and bits and pieces cut out from the Cut Outs paper; Improv paper (oos); Pebbles paper and This N That paper. The only additional embellishments are a Black Resin Flower from my2angels and a small Retro punch flower.
The base for this page is the Vertigo paper (oos), with yet again a random selection of – mostly – stickers (12 x 12 Combo Stickers (oos) and Life’s Good Stickers) and a bit cut from the This N That paper. Tied through one of the stickers with more Baker’s Twine (blue and white this time) is a silver LOVE Charm and there are a couple more Retro punched flowers I had a lot of fun with my Retro Flower punch – I remember it on odd occasions and use it. When I started scrapping, many years ago now, it was very much the ‘hot’ embellishment.
This mini page uses a sticker from the Life’s Good Stickers as the main feature, over more of the Improv paper. The small phrase sticker above it is from the 12 x 12 Combo Stickers sheet (oos). I used my Fiskars Threading Water Punch just the once for an interesting look and wove some Orange and White Baker’s Twine through the holes. The stitched ric rac at the bottom will bring back memories for Tracy – who used to attend classes with me at the scrapping store we both used to buy it from. The round embellishment over the ric rac is punched out from the This N That paper.
This is intended as another journalling page. I’ve used a bit of the Improv paper as the journalling space. It’s over a bit of the green reverse side of the Hoopla paper. The two phrase stickers are again from the 12 x 12 Combo Stickers sheet (oos). The twine holds one of the silver Made with Love Heart charms on.
I love the bright yellow of this paper – it’s the reverse of Pebbles – so bright and cheerful. I desperately wanted to use the wording on the Cut Outs panel (oos) – but the only way to do this was to make the photo smaller than all the others. So this is the only photo in the album that is not the same size as the others – it bugs me – but not enough to make me change the page design.
The two phrase stickers are again from the 12 x 12 Combo Stickers sheet (oos) but the square panel is from the Life’s Good Stickers sheet. The rubon is a Kaiser one – one of the black theme sets. Off the top of my head I can’t remember which one – but I love them. The quotes are very good at a little back-handed parental encouragement. DS1 knows exactly what I mean by this quote and why I would include it here. Lol – poor boy – nothing like a little public kick-up-the-backside from Mum.
A few more punched out flowers, twine and a Silver Bee charm from my2angels completes the page.
This page uses the the green reverse side of the Hoopla paper again as the base paper. There is also another Kaiser rubon quote. For embellishment I punched a section of the Vertigo (oos) paper using my Fiskars Bracket Punch. It looks funky because I mis-aligned the punch pattern between the top and bottom edges. It takes a bit of looking to work out what is different – and I really like the funky effect it gives. A sticker strip from the 12 x 12 Combo Stickers sheet (oos) provides some interest in the middle of the punched strip – with some circle blocks from the Cut Outs paper (oos) and a flower from the This N That paper ending off the embellishment cluster.
With 4 sheets of the Improv paper (oos), I had a lot of ‘leftover bits’ to use. This is another journalling mini page. Using a combination of stickers from the 12 x 12 Combo Stickers sheet (oos) and the Life’s Good Stickers sheet, I am asking DS1 to journal “happiness is when” for one instance in his life this year. The flowers have been cut out of the Wild Thing paper and put up on pop dots.
On the other side, the green base paper comes from the reverse side of the Verbiage paper. The main statement is yet another sticker from the 12 x 12 Combo Stickers sheet (oos) finished off with a bit of punched out Vertigo Paper (oos). As you can see, I have again tried to make the embellishments on this page match the larger photo page it sits over. More stickers from the 12 x 12 Combo Stickers sheet (oos) are mixed with circle bits from the Cut Outs sheet (oos) and flowers from the This N That paper . I’ve wound another bit of twine in and around the embellishments just for something different and added in one final Kaiser rubon quote.
The inside back cover is another piece of the face side of the Improv paper (oos) with space for journalling.
The back cover of the album is a mirror of the front cover. Rather than anything fancy on it – I like to keep my back covers flat – I’ve just popped on a couple more stickers from the the 12 x 12 Combo Stickers sheet (oos) and the Life’s Good Stickers sheet. The monthly date strips are part of the Cut Outs sheet (oos).
So finally – other than journalling from said son – the album is finished. Oh – and my missing couple of ribbons. A labour of love – but I am sooo happy with the end product – as is DS1 (other than having to produce journalling for it lol).
I do laugh at people who tell me that it is so much easier to do mini’s – the pages are so small it therefore takes less time. Sadly for me I have to treat them like a 12 x 12 and design the whole page – often the fact they are small means I have to try creative ways to get all I want on the page. I am loving the ones I do though, despite the week of my life at a time that they take. 🙂
There were some lovely and amazing mini’s done for the competition. Obviously I was not the only one spending all my days and nights working on one. I was surprised and humbled then, to make 2nd place for this one – thanks ladies for the votes.
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