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Colourful Mini Art Journal

I have been blog-hopping recently… actually it’s more accurate to say that I have been rather addictively browsing Pin-Interest!  Good Grief there is soooooooooo much stuff on there, and most of it is fabulous!  That’s the crafting, sewing, storage side of things… oh and the vintage tea themes too!

Anyway, via that, I came across this website and found a very colourful mini art journal.  I immediately thought I would share it with you.

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Simple 8×8 ‘Doodling’ Scrapbook Page – Nervous

I made this very simple scrapbook page using some freebie paper and journal blocks (that came in a magazine) and home made arrows!  The inspiration was one of the books Honey was reading at the time which was  one of the ‘Tom Gates’ books which is written in half type set and half doodling on every page.

As you can probably tell…. it didn’t take me long, and it’s not my usual style by any means, but it was quite liberating to just throw something together, especially as I don’t particularly like the papers!  But I think it works ok!

Scrapbook Page 8×8 Layout – Meerkat Diaries

Hello all, it’s been a snowy January here in the UK, even over in my ‘bulge’ in the east… East Anglia!

This layout I share today is from the Summer 2012… fed up with the cold weather!  Our little dog Rosie, who will be 2 years old in April -can you believe it?, has a little habit of sitting up like a Meerkat… I think I will video her and send it off to ‘You’ve Been Framed’… for everyone to appreciate how cute and funny it is!

I already have some video of her, but I think I shall take a clearer piece of video… then hopefully it will be shown and she can pay for her own ‘Op’… yeah you know the one I mean!! lol

I recoloured an ordinary doyley here (below) to match in the colours, but there really isn’t too much to this page.

 

 

Butterfly Theme Mini Paper Bag Album – Video Tour

Here’s the first of four videos showing  the paper bag albums I made for relatives for Christmas.  These are videos made from stills which I talk about.  I didn’t have time to film real time videos, as I was ‘up against it’ to get them finished and wrapped!!! Video at the botton of this post.

A Quick Way to Darken Text on a Scrapbook Layout

This is a close up of a hybrid page I made .

It’s to show the word “Deep”. As you will notice, it is shiny!

I thought that in the printed copy of the digital page the black words did not have enough contrast so I used some 3-D Gloss over the top to just lift the letters and give more definition.

I used a thick needle to “paint” the gloss onto the thin image.

It’s a quick and easy way to Darken any printed graphic or text.

Here’s the full page which was the first in my Random Album.

 

7/08

Celebratory Lists – a Different Way to Scrapbook the Last Year

This is the time of year that people start to scrapbook the past year. There are many ways to do this, and a lot of them include lots of photos.

What if don’t have that many photographs available? Then how about making a list… but not any old list… try a Celebratory List!
Write down a list of all the things you achieved last year. No matter how big or how small, if they mean any thing to you then it’s worth listing.

You title could be anything from ’5 Things I achieved in 2012″ to “100 Things I achieved in 2012″!

Or “10 Things I have to be Thankful for in 2012″

Celebrate the Good things that happened in Your Life and don’t mention any not so good things… as you don’t want any more of those do you?!

Here are some ideas for recording the past year…

Try using this phrase  in a search engine… “scrapbooking year in review” for some inspiration.

http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2012/03/our-first-year-instagram-scrapbook.html

http://scrapbooking.about.com/od/layouts/ig/Year-In-Review-Scrapbook-Pages/Year-in-Review-Sketch.htm

http://www.flickr.com/photos/gedepapel/4275392320/

http://www.listgirl.com/2011/01/2010-year-in-review.html

 

 

 

Simple Photo Page for Random Mini Album

Here is a simple ‘double sided’ page I made for my Random Mini Album.

I decided to use bascially the whole of the photo (s) as the page itseld, only adding paper to the left for the holes, and on the right so that I had something to write on.

The page flips over to reveal another photo ‘full size’ on the other side.  Sometimes, the photos say enough without embellishing them to within an inch of their lives!

Just a little bit of ribbon.

And a few buttons to add just a tad of ‘touchy feely’!

Let’s Take Issue – Mini Marvels – 8×8 Scrapbook pages?

I was re-reading an issue of Scrapbook Magazine and came across an article called ‘Mini Marvels’ (Page 50 of issue 66).  The subheading was “Caroline South shows us how to scrap in miniature with her cute 8×8″ page designs”.

Lovely scrapbook pages they are too, one of them shown almost full size on a page.  So why am I wittering on about this?

Well I take a ‘mini’ issue with the reference to 8×8 scrapbook pages being ‘miniature’!  A miniature scrapbook page is one that is 4×4 perhaps or even smaller.  I teach scrapbooking using 8×8 to sgart people off… ALWAYS!  It’s perfect for beginners as it’s no where near as daunting as a 12×12 blank page staring back at you!

 

They are quicker to do as there is less to ‘cover’ and you can get a whole background page from an A4 piece of paper (letter size), and of course, I sell (and give away) printable scrapbook papers on A4 which are perfect for 8×8 pages.  But DON’T BE FOOLED… they may be only two thirds of a full 12 in page, but they can hold just as many pictures.  I have managed 5 good sized photos on one page (shown above) and with the use of a mini book attached to another page, I managed to fit on even more photos.

I have made many 8 inch scrapbook pages and have hand-made albums to keep them in. 

So please if you read that article, or haven’t tried 8×8 pages before… do give them a try,  they are not miniature, or less significant that 12×12 and you will find them surprisingly satisfying!

Scrapbook Page – Waiting

Just picked up a 12×12 storage box with some random stash in and made a layout!

The Round piece of cardstock I used as a background I had already cut out for something else and had decided not to use it in the end, so it was in the box left over from that.  It was very pale cream, so to tone it down I have just inked it around the edges and lightly inked over the face of the cardstock. To give you an idea of size, it’s approximately 8 1/2 inches diameter.

The paper pieces were scraps that I just tore and inked.  The clock was a scrap, a previously unused one I had stamped.  I used white acrylic on the edges of the photograph, instead of sanding them.  It’s a messier technique, but the end result has more impact.

I did use my Craft Robo to cut the title… that wasn’t a scrap!

It’s funny, but I new I was going to scrapbook this picture as I clicked the shutter!… well actually… touched the button on my mobile!

Scrapbook Page – Little Miss Rosie

Doggie Scrapbook Page!  Altogether …. ahhhh.  I know… I always say that!  But Cute she is! Well these pictures were taken last year… Rosie is a little bigger now.

An extravagant page in that there’s only 2 photos on a whole 12×12!  And there’s a little tip here for you using the close up picture below…

I used a Martha Stewart ‘around the page’ punch on a piece of peachy coloured paper and wanted to use it on this layout, but against the background paper (which I believe is from Basic Grey’s Porcelain collection) it was lost. 

“Oh Bugger” I said, so after sitting there staring at it for a while I decided to shove a piece of white paper under it!  Et Voila! enough contrast to highlight the punched edge. Top tip, sometimes the simplest things will be a perfect solution!

The detail picture also shows a piece of ribbon, which has wired edges… thereby it can hold itself in shape (it’s only stuck on at the ends around the back of the page).