Tuesday, September 4

First Love Mini

I was catching up on blogs and saw Practical Scrappers was looking for mini album submissions and it just so happens that a few nights ago my nephew's girlfriend asked me if I could make a little album to put some of her favorite pictures of them together from the past 3 1/2 years all in one place.  Always one to rise to a challenge, I jumped in head first.  I even busted out the Cinch hubby bought me for Christmas finally.  I'd been too scared to give it a whirl, but this was JUST the project.  I gotta tell you, this tool is pretty much the most fun I've had in a while...and I own more than my fair share of scrappy toys.  :)

The paper is almost all Cherry Arte Vanilla Vintage line.  There are a few scraps I dug out of my pile of leftovers from other projects that matched well enough to get thrown in too.  The flowers are mostly Prima and Recollections.  I used misc gems, tags and stickers and letters from my stash.  The binding is done with my We R Memory Keepers Cinch tool.

I really had fun with the inside pages.  I tried several new things that I'd never even considered.  On the first page I embossed a piece of acetate with a Tim Holtz folder and cut out the clock to stash in the cluster (I embossed a few tags with it too just to have good flow).  I had so much fun with this that I absolutely went around cutting up random packages for the acetate just to emboss HAHA!  The 4th page is actually an envelope that I added so she could stash more pics or even memorabilia.  A few pics down (the 10th/11th page) you'll notice I went all embossy on the acetate again and made a clear page to display 2 tiny instagram pics.  The back page has a fold out accordian mini inside a mini that she can either stick down wallet sized photos or even jot down notes.  I also left just a few spots open so she can add even more photos down the road.  The verdict is in and she is in love with this so SUCCESS!!!!!


  1. This is sooooooooooo sweet! I love love love the photos and loveeeeeeee the colors!!! Beautiful!!

  2. Oh my gosh this is sooooooooooooooooo cute!! I should make one for my son, who has a new girlfriend every time I turn around and title it "To all the girls I've loved before" LOL. Yes I AM mean TYVM!! Such a sweet idea tho Christine and it turned out so well!!!

  3. This is beautiful. It's been so long since I've done a mini book, it's really put me in the mood...now I just need the time :)

  4. This is so Beautiful!!I have not done a mini before..a little scared,maybe.lol..Looks Fabulous!
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving me bloggie love!new Follower!

  5. Mini albums are such a great way to capture an event.

  6. Wow! Awesome job. Looks like it may to be on display at the Puyallup Fair? Dont know when thier cut off date is thou.

  7. what a super mini album! it looks just wonderful!

    thanks for stopping by my blog today and taking the time to write such a kind comment! thanks again- mp

  8. A really beautiful mini album, lovely papers and embellishments, I bet she was very pleased with it! A x


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