Thursday, December 11, 2014

Not a Christmas mini...but so cute!

I'm so darned hooked on making little "one sheet pocket mini albums". I love them so much and they are so fun to make... and a quick result for those of you who like instant gratification!

This is my newest little pocket album... just love the bright colors. I'm trying to get a bunch of these done for my Etsy shop... this one went in the other day. It's here in my MyPinkPaperCottage shop if you want to go take a look.

These little minis have 5 double pages, with a whopping 10 pockets.... 2 are on top so longer tags can slide in on the top.

I used some older Close to My Heart scrapbook papers. I always have loved that orange and cream "giraffe spots" paper. Of course it's retired now, but I just thought I'd try something with bright colors, as I usually use more muted colors or vintage papers. 

See that "cherish yesterday, live today, dream tomorrow" little tag above? (top left)..... I made that a few years ago, by taking a brown paper grocery bag, cutting out the best area, wadding it up, smoothing it out, and then stamping that  sentiment all over it. Then I inked the wrinkles with a brown ink. Took a picture of it and put the picture on my computer, and then used the picture to make some little tags I could print out.  I tell you, I use this image over and over and over again! This one has a pinkish tinge because I was printing out some tags last year on my old printer, and everything I printed had a pink tinge! I liked the effect, so printed a whole bunch of them and I think I've used every one now.

Here are some of the little tags in the album. I think I put 16 little tags in this album. These are all tags that I printed out myself (again, see the ones with the pink tinge??!!!).... and inked the edges with black ink. The little "treasure" tag was a free printable, probably one I got from Sweetly Scrapped.  She always has free printables and I love her site.

More tags inside - some can be used to mount little photos on.

Above - a couple of close-ups. The little paper flower on the top photo is one I made using little circles of paper, spritzed with water, wadded up, and then use a brad to hold them together, then spread it out to make a flower. Once it dries, it's really stiff and solid. These are my little "shabby flowers" in my Etsy shop. I have a few there of different colors.

I got the sparkly buttons at our local discount store! Love these.. of course I love any kind of buttons.

Oh... I almost forgot. I did make a typed out tutorial for making this little pocket album.  Here is a photo of the cover:

I think it's 3 or 4 pages and in Word format. If anyone wants one, I'll be glad to send it to you. I think the instructions are pretty detailed and clear and I also direct you to the YouTube video that I watched to make this. There are several videos out there, but this one was the easiest and most clear to follow.

And don't forget to hop on over to my Etsy shop to see one other tag album I have for sale, and tons of Christmas paper rosettes.  I'll also be posting (here and in my Etsy shop) another of my mini pocket albums using Graphic45 papers. Oh so yummy!

Thank you for visiting.

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