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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Not-so-mini Book ;)

Happy Thursday!  I promised that I was going to post this other graduation gift I have been working on and off for my niece who is graduating 8th grade at the end of this week.  I must warn you though....picture heavy!  

I started out with this cake platter because I couldn't find any cardboard to serve as the cover for a mini scrapbook I planned on making for my niece Julia.  Hard as I tried (and I tried a lot, even with a deep blade!) I couldn't cut them with my Expressions without getting a heart attack because of the horrible noise that was coming out of it while cutting unsuccessfully (I think my Expressions was calling out for help hahaha!). 

So I just went ahead and cut  two with a ruller and my utility knife to get straight edges.  I then covered the shiny sides with cardstock and punched the holes with my new Cinch (I love this tool!).  I bound all the pages together before decorating them.
I couldn't find an exact scalloped image in all of my 140+ carts to match this cake platter so I just went ahead and used a circle from George and Basics Shapes cart at 10.5 inches and offset it in my mat on the Gypsy so it doesn't cut the whole circle.  I ended up with 34 pages - not by design, but because I ran out of the particular cardstock stack I was using ;)

So here goes.  I am not going to bore you guys with all the details of how I designed each page, but will post on the bottom the carts and supplies I used.  I  made it easy for this 13 year old to just drop pictures in this not-so-mini album using the designated mats.  I even used journaling stamps so she could jot down whatever she wants to remember pictures with.   

Carts and supplies used
* my trusted Gypsy
* Expressions
* various sentiment and journaling stamps
* various MS punchers for the picture mats
* Peachy Keen stamps
* irock gems
* stickles
* some Prima flowers
* various Cuttlebug embossing folders
* some twines, ribbons and glass beads
* George and Basics Shapes
* Bags, Tags, Boxes and More
* Lyrical Letters
* Straight From the Nest
* Disney- Princesses Dreams Come True
* Stretch Your Imagination
* Create a Critter
* Gypsy Font
* Paper Lace
* Gypsy Wanderings
* Celebrate With Flourish
* Once Upon A Princess
* MS Elegant Cake Art
* Rock Princess
* Forever Young
* Boys Will Be Boys
* Dude!
* Blackletter
* Smiley Cards
* Wild Card
* Quarter Note
* Life is a Beach
* Everyday Paper Dolls
* Locker Talk 
* Home Decor and More
* A Child's Year
* Elegant Cakes

This is by far the most extensive project I have ever made and I enjoyed every minute of it, especially the look on my niece's face when I handed it to her!  Thanks for looking! 


Nadia said...

What a labor of love!!! I bet she loved it. Very clever using the cake platters for the cover!!!

Teresa said...

Wow! A lot of work and TLC put into this album! Hope your neice apreciates all your hard work, it's wonderful!!!!!

Brenda said...

Great album! I love how you put that together, and how creative to use the cake boards. She's going to love it! I'm a new follower!

girlia said...

Wow! You have been super busy. I love the shape of this mini. It is just an awesome mini

Colleen said...

This book is amazing!

Tina said...

Wow! Amazing project! Thanks for sharing!