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

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.

Altered media mini-albums

Hi, folks, I was just browsing my YouTube site and thought I would post some of my altered media mini-albums here, for your interest. The three I have posted below were my first attempts at various types of mini-albums.

It was a really important year for birthdays in our family, which you will see as you read on. And, it was even more challenging, because three important birthdays took place between December 10, 2011 and January 28, 2012–so close together and during the busiest time of the year. I was really proud that I managed to get them all done…and, it was soooo worth it in the end!

Chipboard mini-album for my son, Neil

The first one I made was for my son, Neil’s, 40th birthday. I used chipboard pages, covered in vintage papers. The theme was “You’re a classic,” which, in this mother’s heart he is. It was a real hit and was certainly the most unique birthday card he had ever received. Here is the video…

Toilet tissue tube mini-album for my granddaughter, Lindsay

The next one I made was for my granddaughter, Lindsay’s 21st birthday: This one is made from toilet tissue rolls. It was fun and easy to create, and Lindsay really loved it! I secretly hope she will tuck it away and someday show it to her grandchildren.

Envelope mini-album for my grandson, Austin

The next one was for my grandson, Austin’s, 18th birthday! I made this one from business envelopes I had left over from when I sent out my C.V., way back before e-mail…hmmmm, that brings back memories…but that’s another story.

I hope you like my mini-albums, and more importantly, I hope they inspire you to create some mini-albums of your own. I promise you they will be a hit with the recipients and will likely become treasured keepsakes to show future generations.

Thanks, so much, for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

Gloria

A mini-album birthday card? Yep!

My granddaughter, Lindsay, just celebrated her 21st birthday. I wanted to make her a special card, one that she would keep for a long time, and decided on a mini-album, the kind made from toilet tissues tubes. I have posted a short video to my YouTube channel, Globug2005, if you would like a quick flip-through of the pages.

The mini-album is an altered-media project, meaning that I turned toilet tissue rolls into a little album. I flattened the tubes by running them through my Cuttlebug. I then painted them with some gold acrylic craft paint. Next, I covered each side of the flattened tubes with designer paper. Then, came the fun part–adding the images, flowers and, of course, lots of bling! I coloured all of the images with my Copic markers and made heavy use of my sparkle gel pens to add even more bling. A few fluffy feathers, some special photos and, voila, a hand-crafted-with-love mini-album for my very precious granddaughter, Lindsay!

Here are some photos of each page and the tag inserts. If you like my creation, please leave me a comment. It would truly make my day!

Thanks, so much, for stopping by.

I created my granddaughter's name--Lindsay--on my Silhouette. The key is a symbol of the freedom that comes with being 21.

Page one continues with the freedom theme. Here I show a bird cage with the sentiment, "be free."

 

It’s all about love!

Pretty lady with a looking glass...makes me think of my lovely Lindsay.

A reminder never to lose her inner-child.

Can a woman ever have too many shoes?

Lindsay LOVES perfume, all kinds of perfume! So, it seemed appropriate to include this cute image. The soft white feathers pick up on the feathers in the image.

Lacey and feminine undergarments...ooh, la, la, for sure!

And the last page...before the back cover...and the tags...LOL!

And here are the tags–three of them, one for each tube…

Such a beautiful family. My daughter, Angie (in the middle), with my grandson, Austin, and granddaughter, Lindsay.

"Baking is good for the soul." Lindsay enjoys baking...and, she is a princess!

You can be all grown up and "shake what your momma gave you!" But...

...but, never lose touch with your inner child!

Lindsay is 21? OMG, how time flies! (And in my case, apparently, it flies upside down). Take a close look at the word "time" under the clock...I just noticed that it's upside-down! LOL!

And last, but most important, Grammie will always love you more than chocolate!

And, finally, the back cover!

Two pretty birds...free 21-year-old birds!

You can also connect with Globug Ideas on Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube and my Facebook Fan Page.

Thanks, so much for dropping by! Please leave me a quick comment so I will know you were here.

Have a wonderful day!

 

Pinterest, my newest love!

Lovely in lavender

From my pinboard: "Through my camera's eye."

Pinterest Logo How many times have you come across a beautiful photo, a wonderful recipe or a craft idea that you want to save. The question is, where to save it so  you don’t forget about. The answer is, Pinterest!

Pinterest is a brand new take on an old idea. Exit long lists of bookmarks and scraps of paper that you can never find when you need them. Enter organized pin boards.

Christmas card--image by Just Some Lines. Coloured with Copic markers.

A birthday card, like no other. My unique chipboard birthday card for my son's 40th.

A grunge, chipboard mini-album birthday card I made for my son's 40th birthday.

With Pinterest,

you create boards, similar to the kind of bulletin boards you would hang on a wall. You can create a pin board for each of your interests–recipes, photography, scrapbooking, home decor, crocheting, sewing, gardening, and so on.

Vintage Santa card for my daughter, Angie.

You can pin your own projects onto a pin board, to share with the world! And, you can search on a topic–sewing, for example–and find all sorts of wonderful photos, with links to websites, instructions, and more. You will probably even find new interests, too!

Have a peek at my Pinterest page. Go crazy and click on anything you wish. If you find something you like, repin it to your own Pinterest page. Also, you can like and comment on a pin. Start your own Pinterest page, today, and let me know when you do so I can come by for a visit!