Monday, September 9, 2013

Labor Day Weekend *Mini Album*

I am swamped with summer photos, and on Labor Day weekend we had a fantastic fun weekend, and of course I upped my photo count even more!  Then I saw that there was a "Labor Day" challenge on the My Mind's Eye blog, so I decided that I wanted to do a mini album, which I haven't done in a while.

I LOVE doing minis and I love looking at other ones out there, so I spent some time on Pinterest!  :)  But after all that time, I just ended  up doing my own thing anyways....

So I started by digging out my MME stash and picking out some blue, yellow, and coral/red papers. I used a ton of MME lines including Stella & Rose, Indie Chic, Collectable, even Alphabet Soup. As I mentioned in a previous post, blue and yellow have been my go-to summer colors this year!  I used my Cricut to cut some pages out of different sizes, and then for other pages I just cut out some rectangles and punched the edges with border punches or left them plain.

I have a few busy patterns on some of the papers, so I did a gesso white wash over all of the pages, front and back.  I just bought a new set of Gelattos, so I chose a bright yellow and did a few swipes of it on each page and watered it down.

Still a bit too bright, so a stencil and some white paint brought them all together.  Then I splattered some navy mist.  I outlined each page border with a black pen.

After spending what seemed like forever putting the pages in the right order, I took some more papers from my stash and did simple photo mats for each photo and added some other strips of papers here and there.  Then each photo got finished with some washi tape, and I completed the page with enamel dots, brads, sentiment stickers, and a few chipboard pieces here and there.

For the cover, I started with this awesome yellow chevron paper and cut a size that I liked.  Then I cut some chipboard covers and glued the paper to them.  It is hard to tell, but on the yellow part of the paper, I added some gold Gelattos, which gives it a bit of sheen.  I stitched around one of the chevron designs and the outside edge of the covers with blue thread.

I did the same treatment to the covers as I did the pages: stencil with white paint, navy and bright blue mists, enamel dots, chipboard and stickers.

On the outside, I bound the album with plain twine, which I love to use.  I used a group of 3 strands and where it ties, I braided the strands together.  Isn't it convenient that Paper Issues theme this week is twine?  :)  I'm linkin' up!

Here are my pages:

I journaled a bit on each page, but on the inside back cover, I told the story of the weekend.

I just love this little book and I got so many photos scrapped!!!  I feel like doing another mini, so you may see another one soon!

Thanks for stopping by and stay scrappy my friends!


Lisa Rukin Swift said...

Wow, you've blown me away with this, Audrey. I love every little bit of it! Amazing work!

Kate Vickers said...

Very cute! I love the gesso and the doodling around the edges of the pages. I haven't scraped in ages, but this makes me want to!

Jenny Evans said...

I love this, Audrey! Stunning work!!

Diana Waite said...

this is aWESOME--really like all the closeup pictures of texture on this beauty of a mini!

Chelsea said...

This is awesome! I love the paper treatment you did to each of the pages. The whole thing is just great1

Patricia Roebuck said...

AWESOME mini album!!! Love every bit of this! Featuring you tomorrow on PI blog!