Thursday, October 13, 2011

Family Quizzes Mini Album

Hi everybody! Hope you're all having a great day! It's sunny and warm here in Branson, MO, as I sit and type this! We have been traveling together as a family because my husband's job takes him all over the place! I've been able to take some craft stuff with me - (but not nearly enough!) :-) Since I have limited supplies with me, I have to be even more resourceful in making projects!  I brought several Club Ruby kits with me to make things easier.  When papers and embellishments are coordinated like they are in these awesome kits, projects come together like a breeze!

I am a guest designer over at Sheila's blog: She's a Sassy Lady today so this project is featured there too! So many great tutorials over there so check it out if you haven't already! I'm also using this project as my entry in the Cricut Circle Blogaversary challenge. This is the sketch we had to work from so I modified it for my mini album cover.

Today's project was inspired by Heidi Swapp's video over on My Craft Channel .  This site is brand new and full of great project videos and special shopping deals! You all must know by now how much I enjoy making mini books so after watching Heidi's VIDEO <--------- link here, I just knew this would be my next mini!  I chose to make one patterned after the third one she demonstrated.

Here is my finished book:

Start with a 12"x7.5" piece of card stock, (or chipboard if you prefer). Score at 4" and 4.25" from the left and 2.25" and 2.5" from the right.

All of the papers and embellishments are from the April 2011 Club Ruby Designers kit which has elements from the My Mind's Eye Fine & Dandy line. If you are not familiar with Club Ruby click HERE to check it out! They have awesome monthly kits and tons of inspiration!

Now to start making the inside pages just choose your papers and keep in mind how they will be folded so that any patterns will be seen properly when folded. For my book, the pages need to be no wider than 5" and no longer than 14.5" - (since they get folded over). I varied the length of my pages like Heidi did in hers because I think it really adds interest! Here is a pic of the pages adhered inside the cover. I used the back to back book binding technique that Heidi demonstrated on her video. So simple and easy!

Now comes the fun part - EMBELLISHING! I used some of my scraps from this kit to decorate the cover.  The card stock stickers and other alpha stickers are also from this kit. Told ya' these kits are awesome!! :-)
The cover before embellishing.
.......and after! The ribbon slides over to keep it closed.

The edges on some of the pages were cut from the Elegant Edges cricut cartridge. How fitting! :-) I used the border feature and unlinked the height and width and made them 5" wide and stretched the height to what I wanted. I love this feature on my Gypsy! I cut 2 of each border so that I could also use another cool feature and flip that second cut so that when I glued them together on the border of the pages, they would match up perfectly! 

I did the same with the labels that I made for a few pages to write the titles in. I unlinked the height and width so that I could stretch them to be the size I needed. (Sorry this pic isn't rotated! It was on my computer but not on blogger!)

The cuts from Elegant Edges:

The quizzes that I use in my book are from a special issue of Simple Scrapbooks. I really miss that magazine but I use my back issues frequently!

Following are lots of pics of the completed pages. The ones that don't have quizzes on them will, most likely, have pictures on them.
Inside the front cover

Cover open - pages all closed

ALL DONE! I can't wait to write all of our answers in! This will be a great coffee table book!

Thanks for stopping by today and here are the links from above all in one place:


Sheila aka SassyLady said...

I just love you little mini with all the wonderful colors and the different size of the inside pages. But I really like the content.... how fun this is. Thanks for sharing it with us at She's A Sassy Lady.

Ohhh Snap said...

What a great project! I totally agree with you about the Club Ruby Designer's kits, they are soo chock full of wonderful things. I miss Simple Scrapbooks too. Thanks for sharing!

Nadia (With Glittering Eyes blog) said...

This is the coolest project! I love the concept and the way you finished it! Such a great project!