Thursday, 2 August 2012

Little Darlings Mini Album

Heidi ho! It rained here last night and has been raining on and off all day, plus the Boy and Hubby are both away so it was just me and the Dogger today. Perfect for a cuppa tea and... of course... crafting!!

Digging through my stash, I came across four different sheets from Graphic 45's Little Darlings collection.
Combined with only a little Ranger ink and some Xyron adhesive, this 6x8" (15x20 cm) mini album was a very low-cost project and uber-quick too! That made me think - this is a great idea for a future class. Remember, I don't add photos to potential class projects so you'll see empty matting inside the album. Here's the cover of what I whipped up:

I kept the cover very simple but added a little more detail inside. Even so, these papers are so darn gorgeous that I like to let them shine without too much distraction. Let's face it, I had a hard time even cutting this paper. Here are the inside pages:

Each page has a pocket with torn edges. The matting was inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Salty Ocean (one of the summer 2012 limited edition colours). Love the nameplate!

Instead of traditional matting tucked into the nest pocket, I used three bookmarks. Perfect for adding photos both front and back, with one special one showcasing this beautiful paper.

Can you hear the pitter-patter of all those little feet dancing across the bottom of this page? Too cute! The "Little Darlings" header was cut around the scrolled ribbon but torn around the rest - a nice juxtaposition of hard and soft edges, me thinks. Also note the layering of double pockets on the right... adds just he right amount of 'fussiness' for me.

And finally the back cover! Hero Arts stamps provided the perfect postage cancellation marks for this 'Special Delivery'. Adirondack ink in Latte ensured the cancellation marks were as soft as the bottoms of these sweet little ones.

I was inspired by the photos of my nephew getting his first haircut a few months ago. He was as good as gold as his little blonde ringlets fell to the floor.

So what do you think? Is this appropriate class material? It's not a large project, techniques are very simple (cutting, tearing, inking, gluing), and the binding instructions would be included. Material included (BYO adhesive), this would be about a $16 class. I'd love to hear what you think.

Still raining on and off so me thinks it's time to put the kettle on... again. Ta-ta for now!

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