Mini Album – Snippets of Us (without journalling)

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I recently found some old writing paper. It was a very good quality white paper but it was not ruled! So I thought I would make a mini book out of it. My approach to this was minimalistic, I based the entire book around some journalling cards from Echo Park. And with a few other bits and pieces, of course, the book was complete. The binding is simply a piece of book tape (double sided tape and a page from a book!) to join each pair of pages together. I closed it with a bit of twine knotted across the front. Don’t you just adore that glitter heart?!

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I made a bit of a mistake on the second page! I miscalculated where the binding was going to be and placed my elements very near it! Oh well.

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But don’t you just love the confetti pocket!

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Lots of distressing and layering on that page!

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Don’t you just love the cut heart?

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Thanks for looking! Hope you liked it! ­čÖé

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My Five Year Journal

I recently discovered the fabulous five year journal, and I have started to make my own. I love altered art so I decided to make mine in a book. I’m doing this project with a friend and incidentally, I am also making a ‘journal’ for her. Hers is going to be a box/card system with typewritten questions and maybe some artwork on the back.

To find out more about the five year journal, you can click this link. All the questions are available there and it’s up to you, what system of journalling you use. There are so many methods out there!

Here are some of my favourites from Tami’s box.

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Usually people begin on the first of a January to start this but I was too excited, so I’m starting mid year ie. June. Here are a few samples from what I’ve done in my book so far.

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This is the book I’m using. I love the cover but the story is just .. bleh. So I’m painting the inside white with acrylic so I can write on it. Here are the few pages I have done so far:

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I’m up to July, I just have to finish the rest of the year before I actually start doing it in June! Look out for a whole slew of card blog posts in a few days; I have a couple of orders I need to get done!

Have a nice day.

Share Your Story: Stephanie Bryan

Back from exams and we have a new series: Share Your Story. Joining us today will be Stephanie Bryan from stephaniemakes who will be sharing her crafty story with us.

What was your very first project? My very first memory keeping project was actally a Project Life album for my daughter. I stumbled across Becky Higgin’s Project Life system one afternoon and was immediately sold! It was a pretty simple album – just pictures and words, but it is so priceless to have those memories captured! Now I’m on my third year of PL and I still love as much as I did in the beginning!

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To date, what is your favourite project? Or the one you are most proud of? Hmmmm.. that’s a tough one! I think every project, layout and mini album is my favourite after I finish it! I love being able to stand back and see a completed project. But I think the projects that include some kind of mixed media are my favourite. I really enjoy just playing around and creating!

This is a layout I created for some of the NSD challenges at Two Peas in a Bucket. The challenge was ‘focus on photos’ – I went a little crazy with black and white photos, as you can see, but I love the way it turned out! I actually think I’m going to hang it up in my son’s room!

That is a gorgeous and unique layout, Stephanie! I think my favourite project of yours is the Love Letters mini album!

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Who/what is your inspiration? I think my inspiration comes from all over the place.  Sometimes ideas just come to me after I look over some paper or embellishments, or sometimes I turn to design magazine and decor magazines for inspiration!  And obviously Pinterest!!  Tons of inspiration on there for sure!!

What are your top five favourite products? Let’s see… ANY embellishment, 6×6 paper pads, watercolours, mists and my sewing machine!

What is that one technique/product you have not tried yet but want to? Using molding paste on a background is next on my to-do list!

Who do you look up to, as your scrapbooking idol? Wilna Fustenberg is probably my biggest inspiration. I always drool over her lovely work. I love how her layouts and projects are so dreamy and beautiful. But what I think I love most about her is that she is so creative and ‘isn’t scared’ to step out of her comfort zone. I recently just finished up her amazing art class at Two Peas in a Bucket. I highly recommend this class for anyone interested in learning new and creative ways to make your projects little ‘pieces of art’.

What is the newest product you have your eye on? I’m really loving ‘The Pier’ collection from Crate Paper! It looks so beautiful and summer-y!

You are on the Colour Combos Galore DT; what colour schemes do you like to use? Is there any specific colour/scheme that usually finds it way into your projects? I love being on the Colour Combos DT! Its so fun to just grab some colours and ideas and start playing around! And I love that the really are no restrictions when it somes to product! It’s just great o let your mind go crazy and create! These are some of my favourites from the CCG challenges…

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As for colours, right now I am loving everything pink! I think I have probably created about 15 pink layouts in the past few weeks. There is just something about that soft colour that makes everything seem beautiful and dreamy!

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What do you like to do, besides scrapbooking? I am a home-body so I love being at home with my family! We spend lots of time in our backyard just goofing around, which is fun on any day! Other than that, I love to cook, take pictures, read and run!

What would a typical day in your life be like? Crazy! Can I say that? I have a four year old and a two year old and they keep me pretty busy! I feel like I spend most of my ‘weekdays’ in my car driving my two kiddos around to all the different places and activities they are involved in! If we are at home, you can usually find me in the kitchen, in my craft room or on the floor with my kids!

Thank you for sharing your story with us, Stephanie; your work is absolutely amazing! We hope you will join us again sometime in the future!

Layering – A Picture Tutorial

Have been wanting to share this with you for ages! A layering tutorial.

Let’s start then!

ONE: Grab your mist. I used Stamps Away Rich Coffee.

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TWO: Decide where your picture/focal point is and spray where some of it will be seen. (I love it when it peeks out from behind your layers) I planned on a picture on the right, so I sprayed in the middle.

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THREE: Grab your supplies. In my photo, I’m wearing red and the rest of the photo is pretty dark so I chose reds to bring out the dress.

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FOUR: Start layering! I started with a red handmade paper.

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A book page next! See that cut corner? I’ll cover that with my photo. Just remember: you can use scraps.

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Another pink handmade paper.

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Then this beautiful vintage paper. The distressing on the edges is done with my scissors.

 

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FIVE: Photo time! (I misted a bit more because most of it was hidden!)

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SIX: Embellish!

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Sorry for the wonky photo quality; I took it in the evening!

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Hope you liked the tutorial! Leave your comments!

Nuzhat

How It All Started ..

In my country, you have an abundance of flea markets that are treasure troves in their own ways. There is an entire market called Sunday Bazaar which opens only on Sundays but gives you a wide variety of basically everything. Undoubtedly, my favourite stalls are the one which sell books/magazines!

It was at one of these that I found my very first copy of Quick Cards Made Easy. Three years later, I found two more copies of QCME at another bazaar and that’s when I fell in love. This was back in 2008. I wrote to the magazine and they published my letter. It was a magical moment. Following that, for a year at least, I began to get wonderful little parcels at my doorstep – presents from the kind readers who had read my letter. In Pakistan, you don’t have any craft shops. These kind people helped me a lot; they sent me loads of goodies and for that, I am very grateful. You are the ones, really, who helped me become what I am now.

Th person whom I would like to thank the most is the person who gave me a free one year subscription to the magazine. Whoever you are, I thank you.

So, I began cardmaking and scrapbooking almost four years ago. At the moment, I own a company called kitscard where I make and sell handmade cards and presents on order. I am absolutely loving my job, and I hope that in the future I can expand this further and maybe sell online too.

My dream job is, obviously, being a design team member or creating my own line of scrapbook goodies. I hope that, someday, I can achieve these things.

Nuzhat.