Honeymoon Album 2.0

Happy National Bikini Day!

Bikini Day is the anniversary of the invention of the bikini in 1946 by a Parisian fashion designer, Louis Reard. It’s also just a regular old Wednesday for most of us, i.e. me.

…but in keeping with the bikini theme, I have ANOTHER honeymoon mini album to share with you.

See the first one here.

As soon as I saw the Crate Paper Oasis collection in person I knew it would be perfect for our Mexico trip. Plus, you can never have too many mini albums documenting the best 2 weeks of your life!

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This mini album is basic; I kept embellishments to a minimum in order to let the photos shine.

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The base of the album is simple. It’s a few pieces of 6×12 white cardstock scored then sewn together down the middle. I also added a large glassine bag & a piece of striped acetate into the stack before sewing it all together. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you could bind it by hand with embroidery thread or just use 6×6 cardstock then hole punch it.

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There’s tons of sewing in this little album - I really put my little blue 1950’s sewing machine to work.

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The picture on the left was taken at the ruins beside our resort - in the middle of a sudden downpour.

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Since the acetate is see-through, I made sure to cover both sides to cover my adhesive.

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I made the vellum pocket by simply folding a long piece of leftover vellum then sewing all around the edges. I love that it makes room to hold extra little photos of us on Isla Mujeres. We met up with my aunt and uncle in Cancun for the day and loved exploring the little island in our golf cart.

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How do you glue your sequins down? I use mini glue dots; they seem to be the easiest & best for me.

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The center flap is the closed end of the glassine bag I sewed into the album, and I used it just like any other page.

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See? Bikini paper on National Bikini Day!

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My parents joined us for the second week of our honeymoon - I know, I know, we’re weird.

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Those little white alphas are Kaisercraft - available in 5 colours once the store re-opens. If you haven’t heard about the HUGE, awesome changes happening at LIITD, read Lori’s post here.
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For the other half of the glassine bag I added a strip of pineapple washi tape (cute!!) to keep my extra photos in.

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There are tons of gold accents in the Oasis collection - right up my alley.

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And pineapples - which are all the rage right now.

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The picture on the left is us exploring at X’elha waterpark - one of our favourite things we did while we were in Playa del Carmen.

brooke gorrell scrapbooking mini album crate paper oasis for love is in the details design team

Did you know you can sew through wood veneer?? Yup. Just make sure you adjust the settings on your machine first. I set my tension really low & increase my stitch length.

brooke gorrell scrapbooking mini album crate paper oasis for love is in the details design team

The vellum SUN tag is a piece from the Oasis specialty paper - gold foiled vellum. One of my favourite Crate Paper specialty papers EVER. It’s like a whole 12×12 sheet of embellishments for less than $3…how can you go wrong?

brooke gorrell scrapbooking mini album crate paper oasis for love is in the details design team

And of course, a little extra embellishment on the back of the album.

A surprisingly sturdy mini album made with just cardstock. Neat, right? I’ve really been feeling mini albums lately - so expect to see a few more in the near future.

Any questions about this little book? Ask me in the comments!

Have a great regular ol’ Wednesday - and if you’re lucky enough to be celebrating National Bikini day, enjoy that too!

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Chasing Dreams…

Hello all, I have a layout to share with you today, using a BUNCH of the newly-arrived-in-store-Chasing Dreams line from Crate Paper!  I love this line so much, I can’t even.

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So first of all, the name of the line inspired me.  I have a few photos of my daughter hard at work, but I only needed the one to tell this story today.

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I especially love the one sheet of paper with the tropics spread all over it!  (Have you heard - tropical is the new black this year?  You heard it here first.)

So I fussy cut around one piece of tropical greenery and vintage floral.  Because it’s like fine Belgian chocolate truffles.  A little goes a long way.  And this way, there’s more for another layout or two.  Economy AND beauty.  Win. Win.

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And then the line has a sticker package that doesn’t end.  With a pink camera?  Come ON now.  Yes, cameras have been around awhile, as an embellishment piece, because what else, after all, is scrapbooking, but documenting what the camera captures?  But even so, using them on a page, every page, often felt … a little forced, somehow.  But hello?  On a layout of my daughter who is striving to become a full-time, professional photographer?  Oh, I think so!

I also added a Silhouette - cut leaf bunch.  Because my poor Cameo was feeling neglected and it knows I might be developing feelings for another machine.  But I’ll let you know about that if and when it comes to pass.

chasedream2And then there are the Crate Paper, Oasis alphabet stamps!!  I will be using these a LOT.  They are the perfect shape and size and with a decent selection of markers or paint, will match any and EVERY layout or card you will ever make.  On this layout I went for the color varied, messily colored look.

As well, I got to play with some new Nuvo Dots.  I only got two colors in this shipment, but more are on their way and I couldn’t be more excited!  You guys.  The Crystal drops are transparent!  SO gorgeous!!

I’m predicting this line won’t last long, so get over to the store and getcha some, or let Lori know you will be needing a pizza box stat!

Have a great rest of your day!

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