Wednesday, March 27, 2013

23 Mini Album | Inspiration

Hello! It's Michelle here with a mini album to share with you. My birthday is coming up, and I wanted to make a fun mini album using some of my favorite pictures from the past year. I also challenged myself to use some of my new scrapbook supplies that I wanted to hoard. The album is quite short and not really representative of a whole year, but it was so much fun creating with some of my favorite things.

(just to warn you, this post is a little photo-heavy!)

This is the completed mini album from different angles. The pages range from about 4 x 6 inches to 6 x 6 inches and are held together with stitching down the center.

To start, I chose a photo from last May with my pet cockatiel. She's getting older and doesn't fly much anymore, so she always enjoys going for a ride on my shoulder (note: just look at how lovely that stamp looks directly on the photo!)
Some detail shots. The first photo of the whole spread showed off the effect of the stamping a little better than the close-ups. It's a really beautiful effect in the sunlight! I used an Evalicious snipsnip label for the sentiment on the left, and added a stamped image and a"love you lots" journaling card for layers.
Sorry if you don't like feet! This photo was taken back in May/June when my boyfriend came back for the summer. We were both quite busy with work (him) and school/volunteering (me), so it was nice to just relax together.
I'm not the best stamper and I usually stick to stamping on plain cardstock, but I'm glad I ventured out and tried it on patterned paper. I love how that stamp looks on the woodgrain paper! I used some gold ink to stamp directly on the photo again, and layered a journaling card and snipsnip labels from the "love you lots" line.
In July, my boyfriend and I took a weekend trip to a nearby city for our annual visit to the zoo (specifically the gorillas!). I get a little paranoid about being in the sun too long, so I was slathering on sunscreen. I swear, my boyfriend's photography makes me look much better than I do in real life!
I stamped on the vellum and added some stickers and accents. I used some of the "real life" snipsnip labels and another journaling card for layering. To finish, I picked this fun little "getaway" badge as it fit nicely with the theme.
In August, there's a festival that showcases different cultures. There's lots of food and traditional dancing, and it's quite fun except for the fact that we always seem to go on a super sunny, hot day (I don't do too well in the heat). I love this photo because we rarely have photos together that are not self-taken.
Keeping with the theme of having a simple left side of the spread, I used a little vellum envelope and filled it with gold sequins and wood veneer. The circle tag was the perfect finishing touch. On the right side, I used a light grey ink to stamp the Evalicious cloud a few times on a journaling card (like Natalie's tutorial). I like the subtle effect, and how it goes well with the hot air balloon. I also used an Evalicious cloud tag and a snipsnip label as fun accents.

More recently, I did some baking. I received a lovely mixer last year for my birthday, but when I'm busy with school, I'd rather just buy and eat cupcakes rather than deal with the clean-up. I've had a little more time lately, so I made some vanilla cupcakes with lemon-vanilla frosting, yum!
I love these "take note" badges, they are super cute and easy to add because they're neutral.

Evalicious supplies:

Thanks for looking through this long post! I hope you are inspired to take out some of your favorite supplies and put them to use.

There are a few days left for the Evalicious challenge! Post your tutorial-inspired Evalicious creations in our shopEvalicious.com Flickr pool and link them up in the comments here for a chance to win some Evalicious product! The deadline is Saturday, March 30th at midnight. The winner will be announced on March 31st.



7 comments:

Maria said...

Congrats Michelle!!!! this mini album is wonderful!!!! I love it!!!! :)

Gemma Alonso Lerma said...

una preciosidad!!! que trabajo más cuidado. Enhorabuena

Sandra said...

wow this is fabulous and what a lovely keepsake.

Savi said...

OMG, the sequins in the little envelope with the wood veneer!!!!! Yes, yes, I'm buying glassine envelopes!!!

Natalie Elphinstone said...

WoW!!! This is just sooooo pretty Michelle! I love every little bit :-)

Christine Cieri said...

Love this I absolutely love the touches of old throughout. I think I need some gold ink. Excited I have a lot of these products to incorporate into my own mini. Thanks for the inspiration!

antilight said...

Amazing album! Love all the details in it. And the colors are so amazing! Your work get's me in the mood to scrap :)