Saturday, May 31, 2014

CCL TP Mini Album Challenge

This past month, over at Creating the Crafty Life, they're having a TP mini challenge. A TP mini is an album made of a several empty toilet paper rolls. They're quick, easy, and a lot of fun to make not to mention a great way to recycle.

I've had DCWV's Colorful Life papers in my stash for a while and decided to use it for the project below. This mini will hold some of my favorite art quotes. Enjoy!



Thursday, May 22, 2014

Graphic 45 By the Sea Projects 2014

Last October, our family headed to Mystic Seaport for the long Columbus Day weekend. It was such a great trip and when I saw Graphic 45's beautiful By the Sea collection, I knew exactly what to do with it.

I created three coordinating projects: a mini album, a box to store our memorabilia, and a sextant for the top of the box because I just had to be different! Below are the photos.

 I love the colors for this collection! Perfect for summer
and patriotic holidays! 

For those who don't know,
a sextant is a navigational device used by seaman
It looks something like this:

It took me  a while to figure out how to make one
out of chipboard but I think I got the gist of it. :-)

 The sextant sits on top of the box. I didn't glue it down 
so I could remove it whenever we wanted to look
through our souvenirs in the box. 

 I kept the inside of the box pretty plain partly because
I was exhausted from constructing the sextant and
the mini (haha)!. It's actually an old cigar box
I found at Goodwill for .99 cents.

I made a pocket from some fishing net and attached a 
photo of one of the many ships we saw that 

I owe a great deal of thanks to Gloria Stengel. I absolutely 
love her mini flip book design and have made
several of them using different collections. The one below
is the most complex version I've made yet.
Her original design is approximately 6" x 6". I adjusted
the size and made some modifications to the design, but 
the basic structure is still there. It's a great design 
and easy to put together. And Gloria's tutorial
is excellent!

The whole project took about two months to complete but it was worth. Love how it all came together.