Make someone smile: send them a card!

The late Dorothy Parker once said, “I hate writing, I love having written.”

I, on the other hand, love crafting and love having crafted!

I am a papercrafter, through and through. I love making cards, tags, mini-albums and scrapbooks.

I love my designer paper, card stock, Copic markers, Prismacolor pencils, sparkles, pretty images and ribbon. I love my stamps, ink pads, embossing powders, glitter glue, pop dots, snail tape, embossing folders, die cutting machine, glue gun, paper-cutters, chip board, baker’s twine, buttons, bows, gel pens, scissors, brads, heat gun…well, I think you probably get the idea.

Every card, mini-album or scrapbook I make really is a work of love. Every letter, every flower, every bit of trim has to be just right.  I work feverishly on every project–housework and cooking just have to wait! And then, when the last embellishment is glued on and my “Hand-crafted by Gloria Sauve” seal is put on the back, I get to experience a that wonderful sense of elation that only comes with creating a “work of art.” So this is how Michaelangelo, Debussy and Shakespeare must have felt! (Okay, maybe I’m not quite a s famous as these guys, but I am a legend in my own little mind).

But, all kidding aside, the real joy comes from seeing the look of pleasure on the recipient’s face or getting an e-mail of thanks. If I can do something that makes someone smile and have a great time doing, then I am blessed!

There’s an old adage that says, “A busy person is a happy person.” It is definitely true!

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you haven’t crafted something lately, give it a try. Knit, crochet, sew, build something out of wood, make some play dough, or just slap a coat of Mod  Podge on a flower pot and shake some sparkles on it. It’s fun! It’s satisfying! It will make you feel like a kid, again! And, I promise, you WILL forget all about work!

Mini-album for the bride and groom

If ever there was a “forever couple,” it’s my nephew, Eric

and his new bride, AnnMarie!

In my opinion, they did everything “right.” They both have good careers; they have a gorgeous home; and, most important of all,  they both have the same goals and dreams for the future. Great start, don’t you think?

I decided to make them a mini-album to include with the wedding gift. I found tons of great “couple” shots on their Facebook page. Thank you, modern technology!

To complement the photos, I found several awesome quotes about love and marriage. Add a few charms, ribbons and bit of bling and, voila, Bob’s your uncle…well, actually, Bob’s my brother…but, as I always say, THAT is another story! ;o)

Here is the mini-album, beginning with the front cover and some randomly selected pages (there are simply too many too post…and still have you interested). I hope it inspires you to create one for someone you love. Enjoy!

Click on the images to enlarge them.


As I write this post, AnnMarie and Eric are on their honeymoon. They are spending three weeks in Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand. Yesterday, they spent the day learning how to care for elephants–they even rode them through the jungle to the water for a big ole’ elephant bath. No westernized resorts for these two, they’re right in there, living in the little towns, learning the culture and doing like the locals. Last week they drank Cobra Venom Wine and at roasted crickets. Hmmm…give me a Diet Coke, any day!! I wish this beautiful young couple a life of love, happiness, good health and continued adventure!

Mini-albums–vignettes of your life

This is me at 17 (1965). It was taken by a photographer at the ballet school where I studied (and taught on Saturdays to pay for my own classes).

When I was a kid, back in the 1950s-60s, my parents took a few photos–but only on important occasions, like Christmas, summer vacation, First Communion and Confirmation. Eventually, my mom would get them developed, show them to us once and then hide them away in a deep, dark closet. Oh, how that frustrated me. I mean, come on, photos are for looking at and enjoying!!

I’m now 64 years old, and just three years ago I managed to get those photos from her (she was actually glad to get them out of her closet). What a treasure box of memories.  The idea of making a huge scrapbook sometimes feels like an onerous task, but mini-albums, or vignettes of your life, as I like to call them, are (in my opinion) easier and more fun to create. Also, I like the idea of focusing on one topic at a time.

I’ve never made a scrapbook about myself, but I’m thinking that it might be nice to leave one behind for my kids to enjoy after I’m gone…which won’t be for a very long time, I hope!

Over the past year, I have made several mini-albums for my family. (They serve as both a card and a gift!) For my grandson’s 18th birthday, I made The book of Austin, an envelope mini-album that focused on his many talents. Click on the photo to see a video of the album in its entirety. 

 When my granddaughter, Lindsay, turned 21, I made one that was sweet and pink and girly, just like she is. I made this one from toilet tissue tubes. It was my first one, and I really had fun with it! Click on the photo to see a video of the album in its entirety. 

The next one was for my granddaughter, Ashleigh, who also celebrated her 18th birthday this year.  Ashleigh’s album was a flashback of her life from birth to 18. It was so much fun looking through her photos! I had to enlarge this photo of the cover and, in doing so, I lost some of the photo quality.

 Click on the photo to see a video of the album in its entirety. 

By the way, I have thousands and thousands of photos, both printed and digital. I keep the printed ones in photo boxes, filed by each person’s name. So, for example, when I want a photo of my mom, I just got to the “MOM” tab and  there they all are. I also keep a tab for group shots. This filing system makes selecting photos for a project so easy.

As for the digital photos, I create digital file folder for each year and file the photos as follows; BIRTHDAY-Angie 45th; BIRTHDAY–Ashleigh 18th; BIRTHDAY–Mom–82nd; VACATION 2012…and so on.

My latest mini-album is of my nephew, Eric and his new bride, AnnMarie. I’m going to post it, shortly!

Make one soon for someone you love–why not for Christmas! It doesn’t have to be huge, just six or more pages. I promise you  it will be a treasured gift and a lot of fun to make and give.

P.S. In the making of my mini-albums, in addition to photos of each person, I also included inspirational thoughts and messages, digital art that I coloured with my Copic markers, metal charms, ribbon, shiny beads and other bling, as appropriate.

Envelope Mini-album

Oh, My Goodness, Ashleigh’s Eighteen!

My granddaughter, Ashleigh, celebrated her 18th birthday last week. I wanted to give her something special to mark the occasion, so I made this envelope mini-album, filled with photos and special messages from me (Grammie) to her.

To see my video, which shows each and every page and tag, please visit my YouTube channel, Globug2005. Following below, are some photos with brief descriptions.

I hope this mini-album inspires you to create one for someone you love. Sometimes it’s hard to get started, but once you do, I promise you will enjoy every minute you spend creating your special gift.

Just as a note, all of the flowers were created with my Silhouette Cameo. I coloured them by rubbing ink pads right over them (I also coloured my thumb in a variety of pastel shades 🙂 On a few of the leaves, I used my Cuttlebug to add texture and then ran the ink pad over the surface to add colour.

PHOTOS:

Here is the cover. All of the paper embellishments on the cover were made on my Silhouette Cameo–doilies, roses, branches and vines. I also created her name with the Cameo. I added some matching ribbon for an even more feminine look.

Here is a close-up showing some of the Silhouette Cameo die-cuts and roses. I added a pearl in the centre of each one and a pretty butterfly from my stash.

The photos below show the inside cover and page one, which opens up to reveal two secret pages. The ribbon, which serves as a handle to pull open the page, is attached to a pink tag that fits into the pocket. The tag is a little money holder.




Ashleigh at her Army Cadet end-of-year ceremonies. That’s me with Ashleigh. I was a very proud Grammie!

Envelope mini-album

Hi, folks! Tonight’s post is all about an envelope mini-album that I made for my grandson, Austin’s, 18th birthday in January. I posted a video on my YouTube channel, so you might want to have a look there, too. What follows below are photos of each step, along with a few words of explanation.

I was glad to finally find a use for a stack of business envelopes that I’ve had since the pre-e-mail days.

I started by folding them in half, to create the pages and pockets that will be formed when I glued the edges together.

Next, I covered the two halves of the front side of the envelope with black card stock. I chose black because it worked well with my theme. You may choose whatever paper suits your theme. I continued this way until I had a total of five envelopes. These would be the pages of my mini-album.

 

 

This photo shows the binding for my mini-album. It is simply a strip of cardstock, scored at one-inch intervals. I then folded the cardstock accordion-style on the scored lines.

 

Next, I put strips of heavy-duty tape on the peaks of each fold (one strip on each side of the peak, as seen in the photo). This is what holds the pages solidly in the mini-album. By taping just at the peaks, it allows the binding to expand so that the pages can open fully.

 

In this photo, I have added a strip of tape to the top and bottom ends of each “page.” I inserted the first envelop into the first accordion fold, making sure that the top and bottom were even with the edges of the accordion. Next, I inserted the second envelope into the second accordion fold and pressed firmly it to the first envelope to make a pocket.This red tape is incredibly sticky and will hold the edges of each pocket securely. The pockets that are formed are used to hold tags with photos and special messages. (Please see my YouTube video for a better look at the finished pages)

 

For the cover, I used a piece of heavier cardstock–just a piece I had saved from a 12″x12″ stack of designer paper. I never throw anything away that might come in handy for albums and other paper crafts. I cut the card stock to fit the size of my folded envelopes, being sure to add enough for the spine. It is important to make the spine fairly wide–mine is about two inches–because once you add all the embellishments to your pages, you will need plenty of room for expansion.

Covering the outside and the inside of your book cover is fun, because this is where the creative part begins.

I lined the inside of my cover with this playing card paper because my grandson is a talented magician. However, after I got the book assembled, I decided I wanted a different look. If you watch my video you will see the final look.

I covered the outside of my mini-album with a masculine brown patterned designer paper, which you can sort of see in this photo.

Unfortunately, got so involved with the project, that I kept forgetting to take photos at every point along the way.  I was able to do screen-grabs of the cover and the first page from my YouTube video. You will see them much better in my YouTube video.

To the left is the front cover. It’s a play on words…Austin’s working name is Auzztino the Great (he works at birthday parties, parades, grand openings and other special events as a clown. He rides a unicycle, juggles, balances everything from chairs to 10-ladders on his chin, makes the best balloon animals and does amazing magic tricks!) Anyway, I called the mini-album “Austin the Great…est.” And he is!

Here is the first page. I used a film/theatre theme because he is also an avid film-maker. He writes the scripts, makes professional-looking props, directs, acts, does unbelievable special effects make-up, films, edits, lays the sound tracks and…well, you get the idea! I’m just a wee bit proud of this amazing young man. Okay, so here is that first page I mentioned all so long ago!

 

In case you’re wondering what it says on the first page…

 

“The Book of Austin. Created with loving joyfulness and unmitigated disregard for chronology.”

So written because I couldn’t decide in which order to put the pages!

I didn’t take photos of each individual page (darn it!). But, again, they can be seen in detail in my YouTube video. Envelope mini-album for Austin’s 18th birthday

Although this post is not very detailed in describing the steps I took to create my mini-album, I hope that it helps you a little and inspires you a lot!

Please come back and share your  mini-album with us.