No tall tales here – just a little mini book …

I’m the first to admit it. When I started making mini books several years ago my scrapbooking just went right out the window!

I love scrapbooking but there’s something about making a mini book that gives me great satisfaction in knowing the project is complete and I’ve got the perfect little gift for someone.

The Xyron Design Team is hopping this week with Teresa Collins so be sure to check out the Xyron and Teresa Collins Design Team blogs for loads of ideas!

Here’s my newest little mini book made from “Tell Your Story,” a new paper collection from Teresa Collins. I’ve always enjoyed working with Teresa Collins paper collections; I taught several of her kits at Scrap Tales during my tenure there. And, once again I used some of those 527 envelopes I got for free a few years ago. The envelopes make great pockets and they’re easy to cover with beautiful papers.

I really like using the Globecraft Memories bubble frames for the book covers. I can create a very dimensional cover that is totally protected under the bubble and it looks really cool! For this book I used Globecraft Memories Classic Traditional Rectangle bubble frame. I covered each layer with the Teresa Collins “Tell Your Story” papers by cutting them to fit the frame, using Xyron’s Glue Stick for Corners to adhere it and then inking the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink

For the inside pages the envelope ends are snipped off to fit inside the bubble frame’s dimensions. Then they are measured and “Tell Your Story” papers cut to fit just inside the envelope edges. I ran them all through my Xyron 5″ Creative Station and adhered them to the envelopes.I wanted to fancy them up a bit so cut scrap the width of the envelope pages and punched with a couple of my favorite EK Success Edgers: Dotted Scallop Edger Punch and Scalloped Scallop Edger Punch. The scraps are trimmed to about 3 inches deep and scored so about 1 inch of the punched edge hangs over the envelope pocket and the rest is tucked inside and adhered. The pages are decorated with journal tickets and journal blocks – all from the Teresa Collins “Tell Your Story” collection. It’s just loaded with ideas for recording your memories. I adhered just the corners of the tickets so the journal cards could be tucked in and easily accessible.The book is bound with my Zutter Bind-it-All – my favorite binding machine! And, I used white coils to coordinate with the papers.The pockets in this book open at the top and I created a tag for each one by cutting more of the “Tell Your Story” papers to fit inside the pockets comfortably. They were also run through the Xyron 5″ Creative Station and adhered face-to-face. I trimmed the corners to give them a tag shape and edged each with Black Soot Distress Ink. A white 3/16″ eyelet in inserted at the top of each tag so I could include some beautiful fibers. I love fibers and use them a lot so I buy fancy yarns and cut my own. They give the project a nice, rich feel in my opinion.My favorite part is the bubble decorations. I inked three paper flowers and dipped them in UTEE and heat set to give them a porcelain appearance and glued them to the top of knotted piece of white tulle. Three stickers from the “Tell Your Story” collection are popped up with dimensional foam adhesive and layered to create depth and shadows. There’s a little Piccolo butterfly by Globecraft Memories that is painted with the company’s new Cool Set Enamels in Titanium White and Cobalt Turquoise. It’s also popped up on about four layers of dimensional foam squares. I felt it needed a bit more so pulled out a flourish from Want2Scrap – gotta love these!

It really turned out to a cute little project. I may still add some fibers to the rings – or not – and I feel the cover needs a tad more embellishing, but that’s another day.

Krafting an envelope mini book

I’ve always said you can’t go wrong with the classic color combination of tan and black so when I seen Graphic 45’s Kraft Reflections Collection I knew I wanted to use it. I just had to wait for the right project to come along. And it did!

This week we’re blog hopping with Xyron and Globecraft Memories! I’m on design teams for both these companies so it was fun to incorporate both my favorite products into one project using one of my favorite paper collections. I started with the Bubble Brag Book Kit from Globecraft Memories, some Piccolo Decorative Accents and the papers. The bubble frame for the book cover has three layers and I decided I wanted the same paper on each layer. I picked Bed of Roses for them and set that aside to think about how to fill the bubble itself. For this I selected a quote from the Quote…Unquote Kraft Reflections Collection. I cut it out, distressed and inked the edges then made some paper flowers with Sizzix Flowers, 3D die. I hand cut the leaves and embossed them with clear embossing powder. I arranged all the pieces and tested it to make sure it all fit inside the bubble. You gotta love these bubble frames because you can build a dimensional scene that is totally protected.

Once it was arranged to where I liked it and it all fit within the bubble I glued the bubble over the scene and clamped it with my clothespins and binder clips.

Then I set to work to cut, trim, ink and adhere my papers to the three-layer frame which is the book cover.The papers are adhered to the chipboard frames with Xyron Glue Stick then I sanded the outer and inner edges and inked them all with Black Soot Distress Ink.All of the pages are actually made from regular white envelopes that showed up at the local recycle center. They’ve been in a bin in my garage for about two years waiting for the perfect project to come along – yeah! I used a method similar to what Stephanie at http://withagrin.blogspot.com/ shows in this video http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/20611252. I can’t even tell you how I found her, but I watched her video the other night  and figured I could use my envelopes and achieve a similar effect for the book’s pages. I glued the papers to the envelopes with the Xyron Glue Stick and used the Xyron’s peel-off waxed paper as a protector.I assembled five pages for the book. The book’s pages are all sliced open on the end so I made five large tags that slide into these and are great for photos, journaling or more quotes! The tags are all hand-cut and put through the Xyron 5″ Creative Station. I’m often asked why I use my Xyron machines so often – here’s my answer. I love using my Xyron machines because the adhesive is clean and neat and holds really well – it’s also so very quick! I have books I’ve made more than eight years ago using my Xyron and the pages have held up really, really well. I’ve calculated my cost and it usually runs $1 a foot to use my larger machines. I’m careful how I run my papers through and have very little waste. I can process a lot of pieces in a foot of adhesive and if I buy my refills on sale it costs even less!Large eyelets are so hard to find nowadays and I like to reinforce my tags before adding a ribbon so I make my own coordinating reinforcers using a 1/2 inch circle punch and a 1/4 inch circle punch. I run the 1/2-inch circles through the Xyron 1.5″ Create-a-Sticker and adhere to the tag tops then punch the center opening with the 1/4-inch punch.

I proceeded to decorate the pages using several Globecraft Memories Piccolo Decorative Accents (Small Flourishes, Butterfly Flurry Flourishes, Kitty Loves a Birdie Necklace, and Vintage Hearts Charm Set) and the remaining quotes from the paper collection. It made for a really cute book and the quotes, Piccolos and other hand-made embellies were really easy to work with and the retain the color scheme of tan and black.These are small compressed book board pieces that are just loaded with tons of detail and they’re so tiny so are perfect to use as embellies or charms. I painted all my Piccolos black and then dipped them in clear embossing powder and heat set. Take a look at the book’s cover and pages to see all the Piccolo pieces. Those are little Piccolo flourishes from a set that sit on either side of the globe.

Hope you enjoyed this little project and can put some of these tips to good use! Be sure to stop by the Xyron and Globecraft Memories blogs each day this week for loads of great projects and ideas! All your Globecraft Memories products can now be purchased through my blog by clicking on Globecraft Memories Piccolo box to the right. It will take you directly to the store where you can purchase any items I used in this project.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the projects from the rest of the design team members!

Crafting the bare bones of Halloween …

Here’s a skeleton tag you won’t want to hide in the closet!

Make no bones about it, I’ve mixed some of my favorite products and colors on this festive Halloween tag and I’m going to share with you how I did it!

Start with a blank tag and ink it up using the wrinkle-free distress technique. Stamp your favorite script and flourish stamps on the edges to add some texture to the background. Spritz with colorized misters or make your own to add a hint of shimmer; heat set.

Chew up the edges with your scissor blades or edge distresser and darken the edges with Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Black Soot Distress Inks.

Stamp the skeleton with clear embossing ink and sprinkle on white embossing powder and heat set. When cool, ink over the tag lightly with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and wipe off the skeleton. See how he really stands out from the dark background?

I know I want something to cascade down the side of the tag and discover a jar of Art Glitter Gala Glitz – Orange in my stash. It does the trick – almost! I still need a little something more, so ta-da! Pull out the Art Glitter Small Glass Beads Solar 803 and sprinkle in some. I really like the way things are taking shape now!

Punch out the pumpkins from the Globecraft Memories Piccolo Lil Pumpkin Harvest set No. HP05. I’m thinking these will be adorable across the bottom of the tag . I brush them lightly with Designer Dries Clear glue and sprinkle on Art Glitter Monarch 507 Microfine Opaque glitter. It is THE perfect shade; such a nice deep orange. I really want their cute little expressions to show up so I use Art Glitter Sticky Paper on the backs and sprinkle in Art Glitter Winter White Microfine Transparent glitter. They show up nicely don’t you think?

So, I’m looking at this tag and it needs more. I pull out the Ranger Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint, stamp a ticket tag with Happy Halloween, distress the edges and spread on the crackle paint. Add a strip of Filmstrip Ribbon down the long edge of the tag and attach with a Tiny Attacher. It needs more Gala Glitz and Small Glass Beads so I slap on some crackle paint over the Filmstrip Ribbon and sprinkle on more Gala Glitz and Small Glass Beads.

Look at all those juicy bits and pieces that come out of those two little jars! Love it! I added some black floss to the crackle tag and a variety of yarns to the top to finish it off.

I think it turned out pretty cool – how about you? Wanna see more? Visit the Art Glitter blog for more Art Glitter inspiration from me and the rest of the design team! Thanks for leaving a comment!