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Monday, May 20, 2019

Good Vibes


Today I did a mini album share on my "Good Vibes" mini album.  This album is another variation of my page configurations album that I have done lately.



Click on this sentence to go to the YouTube Slideshow!

I used My Mind's Eye papers, "Good Vibes" along with their ephemera and stickers and also some pieces from Crate Paper's "Good Vibes" frames and ephemra.

Tutorials for the page configurations are also available.  I used 10 of the configurations on this album, one on each side of a single page attached to the spine.

The 20 page configurations are here.
The way I put them together making "page sets"  in my "Happiness is Homemade" album are here.

I have also used this style of page configurations in a totally different way in my "Tall Skinny Mini" and my "Short Chunky Mini" albums.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a crafty day!
Michelle

Monday, May 13, 2019

The Page Set Tutorial is Uploaded!

Hi everyone!

I have uploaded the video for the tutorial showing how I took my 20 different page configurations and made them into 5 page sets using 4 configurations each.  I show how I put them together to create exactly the same pages in my "Happiness is Homemade" album.

As a bonus, I came up with another idea and will show what I did for my "Good Vibes" album using 10 of the page configurations using a base page in a different way!

Click here for the link to the video.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a CRAFTY DAY!~

Michelle

Monday, May 6, 2019

Tutorial available for my "Page configurations"!

Page configurations?  You may be wondering what that is.  I did another take on my "Tall Skinny Mini Album" and my "Short Chunky Mini Album" to create yet another mini where pages range from 4 1/4" to 7 1/2" wide and are 7 1/2" tall.  My tutorial shows 20 different pages to make, just using one 12x12" piece of card stock, a scoreboard, scissors and some adhesive.

The cover to this album is 8x8", and the spine is 3" wide.

Here is a link to the slideshow I made to show the pages of a finished album using my "Page Configurations".

Here is a picture of the album itself...


Here is a link to the tutorial on YouTube.  This is the first tutorial, the next one will show exactly how I attached the 20 pages together to make the 5 "Page Sets" used in the album. The "page sets" provide a variety of pockets, flips and flaps that will make this the most interactive album ever!  I will post that link when I am able to get it done.

Happy Crafting, my Friends!
💖
Michelle



Monday, April 29, 2019

My Portfolio Album is Finished!

Ladies and Gentlemen...I'd like to introduce you to my finished portfolio, "Diary of Events"!
 This album turned out amazing!  I made a full run-through video highlighting all of the fun interactive features in this album.  Please check out my video here!
In the moment section of the video I have links to all of the tutorials I did that show how to make this album, including the fun keyhole/ribbon closure.



Thanks for stopping by, I hope to see you in YouTube land!

Stay Crafty,
Michelle

Monday, April 22, 2019

Lots and Lots of Videos!

I have had a busy, busy, BUSY day.  I am trying to get some projects done and videos made and I did it!
First up, my Short Chunky Mini album walk-through!  I made a video showing how this little lovely turned out.  You can find it here on my YouTube Channel.

Then, I have a video on another folio album I made, with a very neat page configuration and lots of
"page add-ons" as I am calling them.  I made it with the "Home Sweet Home" papers from Graphic 45, and it turned out lovely!


That video is here. 


Then, I made videos on how I made the "Home Sweet Home" Album...
They are listed here:


My Folio Base, Binding, and Keyhole/Ribbon Closure Tutorial
Folio Tutorial #2, Page Construction and Page Add-Ons A and B
Folio Tutorial #3, Page Add-Ons C and D
Folio Tutorial #4, Page Add-Ons C and D, Part 2

So, that's what I did today!  PHEW!

Happy Crafting!
Michelle

Monday, April 15, 2019

Authentique's "Frontier" Short Chunky Mini Album Tutorial Series

Hey, Y'all!


Good morning, and welcome!  I just posted my first in a series of videos for making one of my Short Chunky Mini Album designs on YouTube...Y'all should come on over and see it!

The first video is on the cover, and on the inside cover's waterfall and pocket assembly.  Other videos will be on the pages themselves, and the final review.

Stop by and check it out!!!

AUTHENTIQUE'S "FRONTIER" SHORT CHUNKY MINI ALBUM TUTORIAL #1

Thanks a bunch, and have a great day.
Michelle

Edited to add:  The second video is available to watch.  Click here and get TUTORIAL #2!

Monday, April 8, 2019

Short Chunky Mini Album with Tutorial

Good morning, everyone!  Today I am bringing you the "little sister" of my "Tall Skinny Mini" album that I did several years ago.  This album was been in the works for a long time, it was shelved for a while, but she is back and done and I can't wait to show you.

 She is 6" wide by 8 1/2" tall and has 5 page configurations.  I'll explain that in a minute.
 Her spine is 3" wide.  I used an OLD collection of a combination of Recollections "Memories Documented" and Simple Stories "Documented" for this book.  I have a bunch left over and I think I want to make another one!
The pages are made for a combination of 20 different ways to fold and/or cut (slightly) 8 1/2"x11" card stock.  I came up with the method when doing my Tall Skinny Mini album, and adapted it.

There is, however, a difference in that I combined 2-3 of the pages onto one "signature" or page configuration.  There are literally 100's of ways to combine these pages and create a truly one of a kind, interactive album.
 These are just some of the pages.  Yes, just SOME.  The pages flip and flap and have pockets and hidden spaces.
 There are clips not only holding tags on, but holding flips and flaps in place.
 I incorporated belly bands into the book.  There are mats to hold 4x6 pictures and 3x4 pictures.
I figured out how to attach different pages together to make one big interactive piece for each assembly.  
 This album just keeps going and going.  The paper collection was so pretty that I just wanted to keep using it.
I hope you like this.  If so, please check out the YouTube videos I published today.  

The picture below is the last page before the cover...but wait, there's more...
 Here it is, with a belly band holding tags...
This opens into a triple page.  I really love how it came out!

Here are some links for you:

As I said above,this is the little sister to my "Tall Skinny Mini" album that I made.  The videos for the "Tall Skinny Mini" can be found on my channel by following the link to my videos.  (Where you can also find the videos for my "Short Chunky Mini Album", three of them, just published today).
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7f48hi09IcydCud9YZsqNQ/videos

The tutorials on my blog for the Tall Skinny Mini album are here...
https://creativeoperation.blogspot.com/2013/01/tall-skinny-mini.html
https://creativeoperation.blogspot.com/2013/02/tall-skinny-mini-album-tutorial-1.html
https://creativeoperation.blogspot.com/2013/02/tall-skinny-mini-2.html
https://creativeoperation.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-last-of-tall-skinny-mini.html

Have a wonderful and craft filled day!

💖
Michelle

Monday, April 1, 2019

Seasonal Craft Planning




I saw a post on Instagram by Magical Plans and I just had to recreate it for myself!  Quite frankly she has a lot of super awesome ideas, and you really should go check her ideas out!

She made a super cute seasonal crafting planner page, and I knew I needed to make one too.  She had two seasons per page, but I decided to make each season on one, that way I could use it for more than one year.


I think that they turned out super cute.  I can't wait to start adding ideas to the pages.


I'm not sure if I am actually going to write on the pages, or use sticky notes on them and then remove them when the project is done.


I used my Happy Planner sticker stash to decorate these pages.

Monday, March 25, 2019

"Sundaries" Album in a Box

Good afternoon!  Today I am doing a project share on the "Sundaries" album in a box I made.  

The brown mat on the cover comes out to hold a photo.
The tutorial for this album is by Tamra Kilgore-Merrill of Country Craft Creations, and you can find it here on her YouTube Channel.  It's called "Accolade Album in a Box"
 This is an amazing and fun album to do, and I loved how it turned out.  I was able to stash-shop for this album.  The papers and assorted die cuts, stickers and transparancies are from Glitz.  I have had them in my stash for years, and this was the perfect project to use them on.  
 There are a ton of pages and flips in the album.  Some of the cards pull out as well.

Everything in this album is gorgeous.  The box itself is made of card stock, I used 110# to aid in the sturdiness of it.  

 I had a ton of die cuts that I added to the pockets.  
The top flap even opens to hide even more space for die cuts and photo opportunities.  

Other supplies used were ribbons, bling, magnets by Basic Grey (6 of them) and flowers from Prima and Petal.  

Go check out the tutorial, and go check out the Country Craft Creations store.  You won't be disappointed at all!

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Stay crafty, my friends!
Michelle





Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Project Share!

Back on New Year's Eve, the group from Country Craft Creations had an evening of fun scrap-a-long projects that they did live tutorials on.  I finished a couple of these projects and thought you would like to see them.  Click on the link above and check out their store, and go on the YouTube channels.  They have a ton of awesome tutorials and the design team is out of this world!

 The first project I made was a "Scrapper Keeper" designed by Bobbie Weaver.  Her YouTube channel is The Paper Jungle.  The project is designed to keep scraps of papers from projects used.
 It took just a few sheets of paper and some card stock.  She also has a genius way of making her pockets that I am going to incorporate into my books from now on!
 I used the keeper to store my scraps from this paper kit.  I think it turned out awesome!  There's even a tall "slot" so you can keep your 12" scraps in order!
I also made the following "Weight Loss Folio" by Kim Blank Rannells.  Her YouTube channel is called Kim Kan't Stop Krafting.
I love this paper by Simple Stories, and thought it would make a cute album.  I'm not sure exactly what I will use if form but I love it and I really want to make more of them.
She incorporates page protectors into her design.  There are envelopes and pockets and plenty of room for pictures and notes.

Isn't this just adorable?
On the inside back cover she put a pocket that you can slip a notebook into.  LOVE THIS!

Last, but certainly not least, Sandy Trefger had a tutorial for a Christmas Card Book.
Her YouTube channel is here.  If you are a card saver, this is a great project!  I made two of them, for 2017 and 2018.

 You don't just put the cards in these albums, she is super creative and scrapped them!  This is my take on a page, the first one.  I used cards and some of my scrap supplies.

Here is a picture of the second one I made, all fanned out.  I love it!  I totally intend on doing this every year from now on.  My first two were simple but I am going to get more creative next year.

Sorry I was late this week.  I usually try to post on Monday's but I was super busy, so Wednesday it is this week.  Have a great week, and remember to stay crafty!

Michelle