Friday, March 8, 2013

Project Series: Mini Album

Project Series

Mini Album

Demonstrating Techniques Using CTMH Products and Stamps

The purpose of this post is to show you a project I created and at the same time use it to teach various techniques and highlight Close To My Heart products.

This is part 1 of a 6 part series:
  • Part 1: Front and Back Cover
  • Part 2: Pages 2 & 3
  • Part 3: Pages 4 & 5
  • Part 4: Pages 6 & 7
  • Part 5: Pages 8 & 9
  • Part 6: Pages 10 & 11

This is a mini-album I made for my son Wyatt. He is 23 months old, but he is already a world traveler. My husband and I love to travel and we want to pass on that love to our children. Wyatt has already gone on one trip to North Carolina at 13 months old and another trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, when he was 18 months. So my concept for this mini-album is a travel log. I will detail the dates and the location of the trips along with his favorite things about the vacations.  It is not meant to be a photo album, but more of a journal of all the places we have been. Some day he can look back at a lifetime of memories in one single album. It can also serve as something for Show and Tell at school one day.

This mini-album is a chipboard album from Close To My Heart (CTMH). It is called the All-Sorts album (discontinued) because each page, except the front and back cover, are all different designs. Since this is a travel log, I wanted to use the postage stamp design as my front cover. Remember this is your album, so rearrange the pages as you see fit! Our Artiste Cricut cartridge can cut out album pages.

Front Cover

For this album I used the CTMH paper pack Typeset (discontinued). On the front cover I attached the lined paper from the pack using our glue pen and then inked around the edges with a sponge and the Cocoa ink pad. Next I planned the title (my son’s initials are WOW) and I used the Token Alphabet stamp set to stamp out his initials using the coordinating color Indian Corn Blue. I used his first passport photo and framed it with another sticker frame. Then I finished embellishing my page by drawing lines around the paper framing the postage stamp design. 

** Trick: Keep the holes that you punch out of the albums pages and ink them with a coordinating color. I used two that I inked in blue for a simple embellishment to my page.

Back Cover
I wanted a more simple design on the back cover, plus I thought this would be a great place to write a personal note to my son when the album is complete. I used a border element from the paper packet along the top edge and used left over coordinating paper to cover the page. I inked all the edges of the paper to give each piece more depth. Next, I used a “handmade by” stamp in the bottom corner and stamped MOM using our typeset stamp set.

Please check out the rest of the blogs about this mini-album series for more awesome techniques to use on your next project!

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  1. What a wonderful project idea! I love how you structured it into parts so that it's easy to follow :)

  2. What a wonderful project idea! I love how you structured it into parts so that it's easy to follow :)

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