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Welcome! This is the place where I share my artsy and crafty projects. I am an evolving artist these days ... finding myself enjoying less of the cards and mini albums that I have made for years, and turning to art journaling and more artistic endeavors. I have always enjoyed some craft or other, and some of my earliest memories of my mother helping me make paper dolls and other crafts. I am now in my 60's and finding myself more passionately enjoying creating beautiful things and learning new skills and techniques and products.

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Graphic 45 - Olde Curiosity Shoppe Mini Album

Hi There!!!  Do you believe it?  I have time to do a post!   My mama is doing well.  We were able to get her placed in a rehab facility only 8 miles from my home, and she is working on getting her strength back so she can come home with me for a while before she goes back to her home.  Thank you so much for your prayers and good thoughts on her/our behalf!!!

I finished this mini album a couple of weeks ago, but haven't had the time or opportunity to take the pictures or get them posted.  It is another mini album that I made using Graphic 45's 'Olde Curiosity Shoppe' collection.  I have found that I really enjoy designing the structure, or 'bones' of mini albums, and when I had the inspiration for this one, it seemed a good idea at the time, but as work progressed on it, it became more and more of a chore to complete.  But I persevered and am so glad that I did because it turned out really beautiful!

There are a lot of pictures, but I want to show you each page, so let's do them first ...

Front cover

Side View

End View

Inside Front Cover and Page One Closed

Page One Closed.  Flap on right held with hook and loop tape.

Opened pocket with places for photos and journaling.

Pages Two and Three.

Page Two.

Page Three Closed

Page Three Open - The blue photo mat lifts up for space for two more photos.  The tag in the black pocket pulls out for journaling space.

View of flip-up photo mats and tag.

Pages four and five ... Page 5 is corrugated cardboard. 

Close Up of Page Four

Close Up of Page Five - Pocket holds 3 small tags for journaling.

Pages Six and Seven

Page Six Close-Up

Page Seven Close-Up.  This page opens at the flap, but it is an envelope for storing ephemera and treasures.

Pages Eight and Nine

Page Eight Close Up - There is a tag tucked behind the post card pocket.

Tag that fits in behind the pocket made from the post card.

Page Nine Close Up - Closed

Page Nine Opened

Page Ten - Tag in pocket has space for journaling on reverse

View of Page Ten with Tag out of pocket

Inside Back Cover with mat for larger photo

Back Cover

Whew!  That's a bunch of pictures!  Here's all the info ...

  • Base Card Stock (Kraft) - The Paper Studio
  • Patterned Papers, coordinating stickers and chipboard - Graphic 45 'Olde Curiosity Shop'
  • Bling - Prima and Want 2 Scrap
  • Epiphany Crafts Round 25 Bubble Caps
  • Binding Wires - We R Memory Keepers
  • Hook and Loop Tape - Velcro
  • Stamps - Anna Griffin
  • Stickles 'Platinum' and 'Copper'
  • Yellow Ribbon Flower - Maya Road
  • Ribbon, lace, burlap and rick-rack - my stash
  • Vintage Button - my stash
  • Seam Binding - Bluebird Lane Etsy Shoppe
  • Corrugated cardboard - shipping box
  • Brown ink - Stampabilities

  • The Cinch - We R Memory Keepers
  • Cricut Expression and Plantin Schoolbook cartridge
  • Martha Stewart / EK Success paper trimmer
  • Martha Stewart / EK Success scoring board
  • Scissors, ruler, craft knife, 1/4" hole punch
  • EK Success Medium Corner Rounding Punch
  • Fiskars 'Apron Lace' Border Punch
  • Epiphany Crafts Round 25 Shape Studio Tool

As I said before, this wasn't the easiest album I've ever made, but it sure did come out nice, and I love the pages that open up for your layout.  Thanks for visiting today, and I hope to see you back here soon!!!  Becky


Sandy said...

I love this album!

Sandy said...

I love this album!

SherryBee said...

LOVE your album! It turned out AWESOME!!!
I think I will try to re-create it, but, wondering what that inside photo area measures.
Did you use 8 1/2 x 11 or 12 x 12 cardstock, also.
Thanks for sharing!