Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Getting ready...

 I promised to show how my latest mini album turned out after I added the photos and embellishments...but it's not quite done, you see. I got sidetracked (my middle name) with this little thing called Thanksgiving. I realized it's this Thursday and I hadn't decorated at all.
When I went to Jo-Ann's and Target last night to pick up some pretty fall decor, there was NONE. NADA.

Well, good thing I have craft supply on hand.

Thanks to the never ending inspiration called Pinterest I made a nice looking banner.

I used the Cricut cartridge called "Mother's Day Bouquet"

 and cut out leaves in different fall colors. I cut them 6 inch and 7 1/2 (I think).
For the letters I used the Songbird cartridge.

 I'm pretty sure I made them 5 inch big.

I inked all the edges and added pop-up dots between the smaller and larger leaves.
I used glue dots to attach the leaves to a ribbon. I'm not sure that was a smart idea...I don't know if it will hold. We will see once I start cooking and the temperature will rise in here...

Oh yeah, behind the leaves with the letters I added smaller leaves in different sizes.

Whatcha think?

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New winner for giveaway

I had to draw a new winner for my latest giveaway. I didn't hear from the last one, which makes me sad. Someone won something and didn't know about it, plus she must not read my blog on regular basis:(

Anyways, someone else will be happy.This winner is not random. I picked her because she is always so sweet and leave comments. So this is my thank you for being a loyal blog reader:)

And the new winner is: Svjetlana.

Congrats to you! Email your address to scrapalittle@gmail.com and I will send this off in the mail:

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Tutorial for mini album made with envelopes

YES! It's happening! A long overdue tutorial is here:) 
I want to share how to make an easy mini album made with envelopes.
Here's the first one I made, where I used old American Crafts paper.

For this one I was lazy and didn't even use the pockets- which is the whole idea with using envelopes.

 Here's another one I made, which turned out a bit more fun:

I used the pockets for pullouts with additional photos and journaling.

This is what you need to make a mini album like this;

  • envelopes
  • patterned paper
  • trimmer
  • adhesive
  • ink(optional)
  • hole puncher
  • metal rings or ribbons to hold the album together
  • embellishments
 Here we go:

Use any size or color envelopes.Whatever you have laying around at home. It's totally up to you how big you want your album to be. Some envelopes has the flaps one the side and some on top. Either one works.

Start with cutting off the flaps.

Some envelopes are really thin so then I will actually glue two of them together for more stability.
When you choose your papers for your mini, don't butcher your latest paper kit you just bought!! Mini albums are perfect to use for all those scraps or at least use some of that old paper you had for years.

Measure your patterned paper to cover the envelopes and make sure when you adhere it that you DON'T glue the part for the opening!

When you have covered all the envelopes front and back, you might need to trim some edges off.
For a more finished look, ink all the sides of the papers.

I use my "Big Bite", but any hole puncher works. I just eyeball where to punch the holes, but there's nothing wrong with measuring;)
Punch the first page and then use that page as a template for the rest.

And this is how it looks now.

What's left is just to add photos and decorate which I'm gonna go and do right now.
I'll be back to show the finished album tomorrow.

Hey, if you like this, you can always pin it...

See you tomorrow!
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Teresa Collins

Last week I had the privilege to go to a class with TERESA COLLINS. Yes, I was a bit starstruck I admit, but she was extremely sweet and down to earth.

Teresa was teaching us how to make a mini album with her Vintage Finds collection. So pretty!

What was interesting was that almost every page in this album had a different size. She alternated between small and bigger pages to give it a visual interest. Wow, I would never have done that! I'm such a square person and I want everything to be the same size. But my album looked sooo good when it was done.


This album has pockets, flaps, pullouts and lots of pop-up pictures. It's awesome! I don't think I ever been so pleased with something I created...but I had professional help:)

If you want to see more of Teresa's fabulous work go to My Craft Channel where she has lots of different tutorials. She also has a blog and her website where you can find all her wonderful products.

I have already started another mini album with Teresa's papers. I think it will be another hit. This is the one I'm working on. Pictures to come later.
I'll be back in a little bit to announce the winner for the latest giveaway...
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Monday, November 12, 2012

Photo editing

I'm wondering if I am the only one that edit 99.99% of all the photos that I print and scrap?
I've been doing that for years now and can't imagine not changing the lighting a bit or just pump up the colors.
I have always used Photoshop Elements and have no complaints about it, besides that it's not free.
I heard about this one website that offers FREE photo editing and I had to try it immediately.
The website is called www.picmonkey.com and not only is it FREE, but also EASY and FUN, FUN, FUN!!!
Here are some collages I made that took me minutes to create. The photos are from Halloween and our Halloween party (or Pinterest party as my son named it).

 Then I made a collage with some of my favorite layouts:

Of course you can do so much more than just collages. There is one tab for example where you can do your Facebook cover.

Check it out at www.picmonkey.com.
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