In this month's Main "Oliver" kit you get a couple 6x4 chipboard pieces and o-rings so that you can use to create a mini-album! Up on the CTK blog today there have been a few more amazing sneaks by some of the DT but I thought I'd pop here and share my album in full.
I really love these little books - every time I finish one I tell myself that I need to make them more often. To be honest, the only reason I don't make them more often is that I tend to turn my room into a disaster zone every time I do create one. And the mess stresses me out. But I always love how these when I'm finished so I'll just have to deal with the chaos :)
Here's a quick looky at how it ended up. I don't know about you but I will judge a successful mini by how chunky it looks side on lol. The more bits and pieces hanging out the better too! Weird I know.
I used fabric to cover my chipboard pieces. I'm on a bit of "buy-random-cute-fabric" fad at the moment; buying 1m sections for no reason at all other than I think they're cute. So having an excuse to finally use some of it makes me happy!
I used one of the kids glue-sticks to adhere it to the chipboard. May not be the best idea in the long run but it seems to be holding OK! I did machine stitched around the edges just incase it decides to peel up though. On the insides (to cover the pieces of fabric that fold over) I adhered extra fabric using double-sided fabric tape that I picked up from the supermarket. Again I'm not sure how well it's going to last long-term (the tape to the chipboard part) but it's doing it's job at the moment.
And I totally know that the patterns don't match up perfectly....I did actually try to get it to match but because I'd stretched it, it got way too hard so I just stuck it down. Who looks that closely at the inside page anyway? (Don't answer that, hah).
The actual format of this album is super easy - each year (except one) is separated by a tab, which is fixed onto the side of a divider page for each year. I used vellum from my stash for the tabs and called on my trusty tab-punch to punch out the tab shapes. I stitched the vellum together (because I'm all out of vellum adhesive..) and popped one of the gold foam thickets on top. And can I just say I just LOOOOOOVE that they are pink with gold on top! Yes, yes, yes! So cute.
I really love albums at 6x4 - I can use standard 6x4 photo's and they look "big" because you album is only that size too.
I've not included a whole heap of journaling in this album and what I have typed up is hidden in pockets/envelopes because the point of this album is the photo's. The journaling I have included is mostly journal entries I'd written up on each of those days - some include little snippets of his stories after the first day of school. But to be honest the stories are not the point of this album for me - I wanted a little book that shows me how (much!) he's changed each year.
(Click on photo's below to see them at a bigger size).
Because Zack is only in Grade 4 I've also included tabs for the next couple years as well. My plan is to do this throughout his school years - so there will be one book for primary and another for secondary. Assuming he'll continue to let me take his photo each year :) And I plan on having him hold up that print out each year too - it's a fun little prop to include on the first day. Although I totally forgot it for his first day this year....got pictures with him holding it on his 2nd day, hence the uniform change (sports day..) - the inconsistency drives me a little bonkers..but...........let it go...let it go....
It really was a super easy album to put together because I didn't have to worry (read, stress) about the journaling so much in this album, I managed to get this one put together over a few nights. First night was editing/printing photo's and getting the general layout sorted out and the next couple nights was just stitching/adding the extra bits and pieces (the FUN stuff!!).
And I'm really happy how it turned out too. ;)
Here's a quick flip through of the full album.
I know some of you like to take a closer look at the individual images too, so here they all are - just click on the little thumbnail images below.
I'm really looking forward to seeing how everyone else uses the chipboard covers this month! Hoping to see lots of mini-albums being created (and linked up in the Facebook Fanpage!)
Thank you so much for stopping by today; I really appreciate it! Take care, Em xo
Hi again! Stopping by quickly to share that I'm up on the CTK blog with this weekends 3-To-Inspire post! I looooove the 3-To-Inspire challenges; my favourite :) Here's a litle sneak peak (click to go straight to the CTK blog!).
Hi beautiful people! I'm kinda in shock I've managed to blog somewhat consistently this week. Who knows how long it will last but I'll take it ;)
Just wanted to stop by and share my next page using the CTK February kits. This one has a little from them all! I used one of the 2x3 cards from the Pocket Life kit for my journaling which I love and I need to do more often. I print directly to it on my printer (I just stick it to a 6x4 card and pop it into the upper tray of my printer).
I hand-cut the stars using my trusty scissors, I'm all about wonky so I don't mind that they are all different. I layered a couple on the page then I ran over them with my sewing machine to keep them in place and popped a few fun embellishment on top. Easy peasy!
Did you see the new leatherette stickers in the Pocket Life kit?!!! THEY ARE AWESOME! I hope we get more of them in future kits ;) *nudge nudge wink wink Trina*
And there you go, layout #3 shared! WOHOOOOOO! Still more to come! ;)
Thanks so much for stopping by again, I really appreciate it! Take care, Em xo
PS - Have a wonderful weekend!!