Cousins share pages in Tiny Tabs mini …

There’s nothing I enjoy more than looking through old family photos. I have this wonderful cousin (Tammy), who for our past two family reunions has gone way overboard in bugging all of us for old family photos. She’ll call and say something like “I’m coming over tomorrow with my computer at 2 o’clock to scan photos so have them ready.” And, she doesn’t take ‘no’ or any other excuse! For someone like me, that’s most likely the only way she’d ever get those pictures. I’m glad she plays the drill sergeant in the family or we wouldn’t have access to all the wonderful old photos she’s managed to collect in just two years. She burns a stack of cds so we can all take one when we attend the reunion. I always scan mine in and peruse the photos as soon as I get home.

So when I found out Xyron was hopping with Basically Bare I couldn’t wait! I love mini albums and I love acrylic just about as much so a book that combines all my favorite things was something I couldn’t wait to play with! I already knew what I would do with my book before my shipment from Xyron even arrived. I was thrilled with my Basically Bare Tiny Tabs mini book that I received so I grabbed my latest cd and downloaded and printed photos of siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, parents and grandparents.

I started with the Tiny Tabs mini book and a jar of Claudine Hellmuth’s gesso. The acrylic pages in this Tiny Tabs book come with a protective covering which I left in place till I was ready to work with them. It really helps to protect them from the slob that I am!

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I went through the entire book and painted all the pages on one side and let it sit to dry a bit then went through and painted the backside of every page. I do this to cover the kraft color of the pages as well as to reinforce them. The gesso adds to the thickness and durability of the pages and it enables paints and inks to stick as well. Notice I didn’t worry about painting around the binding wires. I love a vintage, distress style and this just adds to that look. I left the book to sit and dry while I readied the papers for the pages.

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I used my Xyron Creatopia with the Scallop Cutz Cartridge to cut several 12-inch by 2 3/4-inch strips from Prima’s Nature Garden collection. This gave me a cute scallop edge for the bottoms of the pages. The pages were trimmed to fit just inside the Tiny Tabs chipboard pages, edges were inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, then the three straight sides were distressed with the Distrezz-it-all. They were all put through the Xyron 9″ Creative Station to apply adhesive to the backs. I use a Xyron with permanent adhesive for all my mini books. I love that the paper adheres solidly and never lifts and the fact that it is so clean and neat – can’t be beat for mini books!

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Once the gesso on the pages was dry enough to work with I readied my supplies for the acrylic pages; there are four in this book. Because of the vintage and distressed style and the colors in the paper I used Staz-on opaque ink in Butter Cream to stamp on three of the acrylic pages (Staz-on ink is made for slick surfaces so is perfect for stamping on acrylic, glass, etc.).

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On the fourth acrylic page I tried my hand with a stencil. I used painters tape to hold the stencil in place and spread a thin coat of gesso across the stencil; carefully lifted the stencil and stood the book to dry once again.

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While that was drying I put together some embellies for the inside pages and cover. Then it was time for assembly. I stuck all the pretty pattern papers down, making the determination on which would be my cover and back cover first. With the pages already being passed through the Xyron it is so quick-any-easy to stick them down that you can move right on to the fun part of dressing the book and adding photos (did I mention that I love my Xyron 2.5″ Create-a-Sticker for this)!

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For an accent on the cover I used a Basically Bare Small Pennant to simulate a tab closure. It is covered with scraps of the Nature Garden, inked and edged with a Gold Dabber from Ranger’s Adirondack line. In fact, I edged all the page edges with this gold paint – a little tip I picked up from Wendy Vecchi a few years ago.

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I also punched some punctuation marks, inked the edges, ran them through my Xyron 1.5″ Create-a-Sticker, dipped them in Art Glitter Poupon Microfine glitter then ran them through the Xyron again so they would adhere to an acrylic page (see below).

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As you can see above, there is stamping on the acrylic page as well as the inked, glittered and Xyron-d punctuation. This is so cool because when you lift or lay down the page the elements give you a sneak peek of the page either below or above it. For this instance it is important to place your photos first so you can tell where the punctuation marks will fall on the photos (see below). I love to play with acrylic peek-a-boo pages!

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This is the acrylic page with the stenciled design on the left and I added three punched tags to one side of the page and a punch ticket stub to the other.

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There are so many pages is this cute Tiny Tags book that I actually stapled a couple of them together to make pockets and tucked in some tags to journal on. Enjoy some more pages here – just because!

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This little book will be the perfect gift for a close family member (if I can stand to part with it). I may add a few more photos and something to the tabs on the acrylic pages yet. I believe you can never have too many photos or embellies in a mini book; the chunkier the better!

This blog-hop is in the box!

Graphic 45, Art Glitter and Want2Scrap are teaming up this week to bring you tons of inspiration using our products!

 

After you check out my project be sure to head on over to the Art Glitter, Want2Scrap and Graphic 45 blogs to find out what the talented members of these Design Teams have in store for you today! Art glitter will be giving away 4 prizes! Just leave a comment on Art Glitter Blog by Sunday July 29th!**********
 

I was so excited when we got word about the Art Glitter, Want2Scrap, and Graphic 45 Blog Hop! It took awhile to decide what project I was going to attempt but settled on using the cute little Graphic 45 Staples Kraftboard Altered Art Box. The box comes complete with  an accordian-type book inside and a magnetic closure on the cover. At first I was going to cover it with Graphic 45 papers so I painted all the corners and edges with Pitch Black Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber. The more it dried, the more I liked the look so scratched the paper-covering idea and painted the entire box – inside and out! Love the elegant black finish!

I made the three-layer medallion (Tim Holtz Paper Rosettes, Alterations by Sizzix) for the box center from Graphic 45 papers Forgotten City and Joyous Noel (I wanted a black base for the medallion and had this paper handy; it worked out well); Joyous Noel for the base, Forgotten City in the middle and the backside (Kraft-color) for the top.  The outer edges and the upper creases are all inked with black ink, stacked and a large Want2Scrap gem added to the top center.

The beautiful sparkly gems on top are Want2Scrap, Beautiful Bling Borders by Nina Brackett – Fancy Waves. I was able to cut the two borders to fit the perimeter of the cover. Don’t they look pretty against that black finish?

The side panels are double-sided sticky tape and Art Glitter Fawn No. 728 and Tree Bark No. 524, both microfine glitters, using the double-glitter technique with a strip of lace. These colors closely fit the color scheme and I just love the look of the faux lace.

   

For the book I cut Forgotten City and Mechanical Mind to fit just inside the book’s pages. The edges were all distressed using Zutter’s Distrezz-it-all; inked them all with black ink and the edges of the book too.

I tried a new technique on the papers that I watched ‘Blanche’ from La Blanche Stamps use at CHA last week. Using Ranger’s Perfect Medium Pen I colored some areas in and sprinkled with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) then heat set. It really adds a lot of dimension and texture. The Ornate Plate (Tim Holtz Idea-ology) is painted with Pitch Black Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber, then sprinkled with UTEE and heat set. I love the shiny look this achieves!

A few of the elements on the papers were cut out, UTEE added and popped up for added effects. The ribbon is laid down prior to the papers being adhered to the book pages. I was so pleased with the results of this project – especially going into the project without a clear vision! What do you think?

 
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Be sure to check the Art Glitter Blog every day this week for more project inspiration! We have Blog Candy to give away to 4 lucky commenters! Visit us, as well as our friends over at Want2Scrap and Graphic 45, each day this week; prizes and lots of wonderful inspiration coming your way!Also, make sure you stop by the Want2Scrap Facebook Page and Graphic 45 Facebook page this week and tell them Art Glitter sent you! Check out my cohorts on the Art Glitter Design Team and see the wonderful projects they’ve created for this blog hop. They’ll be posting for Art Glitter this week! Be sure to leave them a comment as well as on Art Glitter’s Blog for your chance to win BLOG CANDY!
Monday the 23rd Trudy & Carrie
Tuesday Emily & KC
Wednesday Linda & Cherie
Thursday Karen
Friday Laura & Kristi