Monday, 29 August 2016

Fundamentals Paper Mini Album

When my granddaughter spent two weeks in Iceland on her recent vacation, I decided to make a mini album for her using some of the brand new Fundamentals papers from Close to my Heart. I needed some ideas so I turned to Pinterest for some inspiration. I found just what I needed in several tutorials created by nwlady1949 (wish I knew her real name!). She covered everything from putting the cover together to decorating each page. The album is called a Triple Flip album and I really love it!

I was trying to decide what paper to use for the cover when I discovered that one of the patterns in the Memo Fundamentals from CTMH is a world map! Perfect!! I positioned it so that Iceland was as close to the center as I could get it and then cut our a heart using the new CTMH Heart Thin Cuts dies and then placed the heart around the island to highlight it. I then cut out the title using my Cricut Explore Air. I can't remember which font I used but I thought it was perfect for the cover. The cardstock I used is also from Close to my Heart. I used Desert Sand for the pages and hinge as well as the backing for the cover page title, and Peacock for the title itself.

I added a pocket on the inside front cover created from a 4" X 6" Picture My Life card attached on the bottom and left side. The pennants are ribbon and Teal Shimmer Trim.

The first three pages look like just one page until you pull it out and see that it is a lot bigger than it looks! Here I used some of my stash of older Close to my Heart paper and Desert Sand cardstock to make the waterfall and as the mat on the center page, then added some of the vellum from the Rustic Home Fundamentals paper on the pocket on the left. The tags are all PML cards. Those in the pocket in the left are matted on Desert Sand cardstock. Inside the waterfall are more pockets with tags and lots of places for photos and journaling.

On the other side of the first three pages are more pockets that I cut from the Enchantment Fundamentals paper and a piece of Peacock cardstock. I used the Good Times and Zoe Complements to add some embellishments as well as some Gold Foil Tape and Rustic Home ribbon.

Lots more pockets and tags and more of the Rustic Home ribbon. The tag in the left hand pocket is more of the Enchantment Fundamentals paper matted on a piece of Desert Sand cardstock. I used a mix of Enchantment and Rustic Home Fundamentals for the pockets on the middle page and more Enchantment in the right hand pocket. The ribbon is also from the Rustic Home ribbon set. The cards attached to the pocket on the right are from one of the My Crush sets (Besties). 

 More pockets, more tags. On the right page, I made two more triple fold outs which open in opposite directions, and added the ribbon to keep them closed.

Here is one of the triple folds open showing the photo mats and journaling spot. 

The center page is three pockets cut at 5" X 3" and scored on three sides at 1/2". They are then overlapped half way to make three layered pockets. 

This is the tag in the pocket on the left page. It is four PML cards attached to a piece or Desert Sand cardstock cut at 4" X 12" and scored at 6".

And now here are the last three pages with, again, more pockets and tags. I ran out of ideas on how to embellish the pockets but will think on it.

I hope you like this little mini album and I want to send a HUGE thank you to nwlady1949 for the tutorials!

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Monday, 15 August 2016

These are a Few of my Favourite Things

Welcome to our August Blog Hop featuring Our Favorite New Products from the NEW 2016/2017 Annual Inspirations Idea Book.  To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local Close to my Heart consultant to place an order.

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If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Michelle Stewart. If you came from Brandy's blog then you are in the right place! 

There are so many new items that I absolutely LOVE - the new Fundamentals papers, the new dies, the new embossing folders, the new ribbon - that I decided to highlight a few of my favourite new items. 
One of my several grandsons graduated from high school in June so i decided to use our new Fundamentals Enchantment paper and the Star Thin Cuts dies to make a layout showcasing his achievement

The yellow and blue star at the bottom of the left page is a blue star with the bits from the large yellow one at the top. I also used some of the School 7-12 Complements as well. 

Don't you love the new word Thin Cuts too? At a team function in Red Deer a few weeks ago, I cut out the Thanks sentiment and used the positive on the card with the Enchantment Fundamentals paper and the negative on a second card that I splattered with watercolour paint first. I love how you can use the positive and the negative both! No wasted paper!

Last, I used my heart die to make this card that I really love! I cut the heart from a piece of White Daisy cardstock cut at 4" X 5.25" then cut strips of paper from various sheets of the Whimsy Fundamentals paper and adhered them underneath.

NOTE: I just want to add that I got the idea for this card from a post in Pinterest. Not exactly the same, but not totally my idea...

That's it for this month! Thank you for hopping along with us and I hope you come back next month when our theme will be Back to School. Now head over to Corrina's blog for some more great artwork!