Monday, January 28, 2013

All Occasions Mini Album

Hellooooooo everyone!

It has been awhile!! I sure did missed y'all too.  Like many others I have been battling cold like symptoms since November that finally gave way to the FLU (from hell)!  I am finally starting to feel a little better (hold me up Holy Ghost).  Still with a hard cough and congestion and sneezing but I have to say...much better than before.  Whether you are in the healthcare industry or not, we tend to ignor or not give enough credit to how (what we think) is a simple/common cold can take a horrible turn for the worst.  Please everyone, give this flu bug it's credit! It is here and it will take you down.   Ok, you have been warned; now on to the show. 

So, obviously not a lot of paper crafting for the last 2 months.  But now I am starting to do a little more.  It is great being able to get back to the stamp lab! Still tiring easily but enjoying whatever time I can devote to my paper and fleurs! Today, I want to share a mini album I did that uses the hidden hinge binding system.  Y'all let me just say, between my Imagine, Expression, Pazzles, Grand Calibur, Big Shot, Gypsy and Cuddle Bug, the hidden hinge binding system, and some Score Tape; I may not ever buy another chipboard album again!!!!!  I have found the Mt Everest of mini albums!  The hidden hinge binding system that I used was created by Kathy Orta from Paper Phenomenon .  This woman is a paper crafting genius!!! Love her!!!!!! OMGosh, if you have not gone to the site, YOU MUST! She is just insanely talented.  Now, y'all know my mind will not allow me to pay for anything it thinks we can figure out on our own? We'll, this lil' honey Kathy Orta got my dollars without hesitation! She has definitely earned the H-T-D (Hott To Def) award! (translation: extremely good).  Ooh wee- I love her work and I know you will too.  I want to thank of course my PC-BBF (paper crafting BFF) Lesia for introducing me to Kathy's work.  After you check out Paper Phenomenon don't forget to hop over to Memas Crafts you know she always has some kick-butt challenge going on.  I believe she just recently gave away $50.00 to the on-line store of your choice.  Unfortunately; I'm never eligible for the prizes, so I will have to live through y'all.  When you go to her site don't forget to sign-in because she gives away  awesome prizes at the end of the year for the person who visits the site the most . Okay, okay I'm back on course now- about the mini album...
I used the London Market 12 x 12 paper pack like Kathy did in her tutorial, black card stock, medium weight chipboard, Tyvek envelopes, WOC flowers and pink heart crystals, flat back pearls, the flat felt scalloped ribbon from our local specialty craft store the Crafty Scrapper , shouts out to my friends over there!! Hey Ladies Buggs (waving, like the Beverly Hillbillies).  The dress form is a laser cut from the Crafty Scrapper also, I believe it is by Scrap FX. The frame is from the $1.50 bin at Michael's. I used Vintage Photo distress ink for all my edges.  And because, I wanted all my mats and pockets covered on both sides it took about 2- 12 x 12 London Market paper packs.  Covering both side is optional.  The Tyvek can be found at your local office supply store (Staples, Office Max, Office Depot).  It come in different sizes and I believe it comes in black and white.  The black is extremely hard to find, so I just used white.  Tyvek will help to hold your album together (as it will get handled a lot) and minimizes cracking.  The level of cracking as with all mini albums depends on the paper manufacturer. ALL paper cracks, some more than others.  Depending on your project, cracking paper can add character and distinction to the finished project. I will be entering my mini album in the Lady Bug Crafts "Anything But Card Challenge" also,  they are having a DT call, see details on the blog.  I will also enter the album in the Oozak "Anything Goes Challenge #10 with Pink and Bling and as luck would have it, they too are having a DT call.  They are looking for designers and guest designers so be sure to check out the challenge.  I think I would like to try my hand at guest designing- wish me luck. And we can never leave out the Outlawz Paper Ala Mode Anything Goes Challenge . The challenge runs from Jan 26th to Feb 1st, so there is still time to get in those fabulous projects.   Okay, guess what; I found or rather someone suggested another challenge for me to enter my mini album into.  This challenge is over at my good friend Chana's blog. The blog is Nicely Done Designs.  This challenge is about show her the mini!  The winner will receive some pretty cool gifts, one of which is an 8 x 8 GRAPHIC 45 paper pack of your choice!!!!! Now, you know I just had to hurry my hot little fingers over there and share my love.  Chana is also my team captain on the 613 Avenue Create Blog .  Come check us out and join in the neighborhood fun...  I tell you, that woman is busier than a one legged man in a butt-kickin' contest!    Well, this is a long post to start off the new year.  I'll be back soon with more goodies but until then have a great night and an even better tomorrow--Hugs from me.


Hidden Hinge Binding System
This is 1 of 2 -3 panel pull out mats


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