By Nicole Harper, Guest Designer
Hello again October Afternoon fans...I'm back to share a mini album I
made with the Midway line this week!! As soon as I saw the 'smile' die
cut chipboard cover that is included in the album, I knew just what I
wanted to make this about. This turned out to be a perfect place to
document those random photos that may not be 'page-worthy', but still
have a fun story for my family. :)
I started by painting the chipboard with an off white acrylic paint. I knew that I wanted to use the Polaroid camera image from the Chip 'n Stick package, so I kept the cover pretty simple to let it stand out. I removed the chipboard 'smile' letters and set them aside for use inside the book...and just backed the negative space with my favorite yellow graph paper from the Boarding Pass line.
I cut one of the Midway labels in half, using part of it just above the
'smile' cut out, and the other half at the top of the album. The blue
seam binding in the Midway Miscellany was tied between 2 of the open
holes along the side to add a bit more color.
I always use the inside cover of any mini album I do to kind of explain what it's about. I used some random strips of leftover paper on my desk: tilted them at different angles and adding more labels cut in half + banners from the Sew Fun Banner sheet under the top edge. (great way to stretch the value of those label stickers...I do this all the time!) I used one of the die cut Here & Now Chapter pages as part of the first page as well.
After I stuck down the papers inside the cover, I just added some of the Word Bubble Washi Tape, a brad and a button to finish it off.
Speaking of random photos...my 13-year old daughter texts me every now and then when I'm away from home to share her outfit for the day. It's a fun way to see what she's thinking, and I love that she connects with me with stuff like this. Here I printed out one of the photos from my phone and let it take center stage on the left page. On the right, I used the 'photo log' page that comes with the Here & Now book. You'll see in the following images that to keep my mini album simplified/easy to put together, I followed the same format for each of these pages that were used: piece of patterned paper with the corners rounded, and something to hide the border/edge of that paper along the words that are printed.
See how the pages are starting to add up? Easy peasy when you follow a format where an element is repeated! This time I used more of the seam binding from the Miscellany pack, and a photo on the right page.
I used another one of the pages from the Here & Now Chapter pack for the right page...I liked the sturdiness of the cardstock, but the image didn't quite fit with my album theme. So I grabbed another piece of paper from my desk and covered it up :) Here you can see the chipboard 'smile' letters from the cover...I just dabbed them onto my watermark/embossing ink pad , sprinkled some gold glitter embossing powder on them and heat set it. You can see the edge of the 'happy day' sticker from the 12x12 sticker sheet at the top of my photo...I just trimmed 'day' off and used it as a banner/flag.
Page 4 takes us back to the repeated element...right side of the page is the photo log paper, but this time I used a small photo with patterned paper. On the left page, I die cut the numbers with my Silhouette Cameo and backed the circles with more scraps from my desk. The journal card was perfect for a quote I had saved on Pinterest recently ;)
The right side of this page is one of the tabbed pieces from the Here & Now Chapters, and I chose the '3' to represent the number of people in our family. I made my own border with pieces from the Sew Fun Banner sheet, Doo Dads and Labels. On the left page, I used buttons as my border to change things up.
Hopefully this album will give you some ideas on what to do with those random photos you have building up...please check back next week for another project!!