Wednesday, January 22, 2014

tiny things + another announcement


exciting piece of news #2 for this week...i'm back for another year as part of Crate Paper's Design Team!  this will be my third term as a CP Girl and i truly love being on this team!  i enjoy the products--OF COURSE!--but i also love the challenge of creating new and different projects each month.  i could easily make cards and tags every day for the rest of my life and never get bored...but that could get boring for others so i like trying fresh ideas--mini albums, scrapbook layouts, even the occasional home decor piece.

today i have something different i made for the Crate blog last year that never got the chance to make it to my own blog.  these are teensy, tiny little things and i had a ball making them!  i don't know about you, but i personally find tiny things irresistible!  isn't the Nano cuter than the iPod?  who can resist baby hedgehogs and mini clothespins?!  and don't get me started on babies and their tiny pants--especially jeans, right?...how much cuter can you get?  with that feeling in mind, i set out to make baby-sized paper goods.  they're pretty simple to make and i've offered a few helpful hints along the way, so grab an espresso--because it's a tiny cup of coffee, of course!--and have a look...


i made a notebook and 2 albums, all pocket-sized.  my idea is that these are easily portable and mailable.  you can pretty much accessorize with whatever fancies you; i chose mostly items from the Flea Market collection, with a few Close Knit embellishments mixed in.  the 6x6 paper pads are especially good to use, since the papers are scaled-down versions of the originals.


tools:
{some tools here are my preferences and will vary based upon your embellishment choices}
scoring board or bone folder & ruler 
scissors
adhesive (your preference)
pinking sheers
decoupage glue
binder clips
small pliers
small paper punches


let's start with the notebook.  you can see from the photo that it's small enough to fit inside a small handbag--the finished size measures only 2" x 3".  the matchbook-style is also the basis for the albums and you probably already know how to make one.  but just in case, here's how to do it:


i chose "Tag Sale" from the 6x6 paper pad and trimmed off a 2-inch length.  these paper pads are actually 6" x 6 7/16" with a 7/16" border at the top.  i purposely kept the border attached and used the readily-made perforation to my advantage.



score the backside of your paper at 3 inches (from the opposite end of the perforated border).
{tip:  i have an inexpensive trimmer that i use only for scoring; i just switched out the cutting blade for a scoring blade.  it's especially helpful if you do a lot of folding--for cards, paper pockets, etc--and doesn't take up a lot of space.}



fold your paper down at the crease and then fold the border up; your finished size will be 2" x 3" with the folded border.  you'll have a handy little matchbook without a whole lot of work.




for the notepad part, i cut twelve 1.75" x 2.5" pieces of "Open Air" (from the standard 12x12 size) and held the stack of them together with 2 binder clips for a tight hold.  to avoid imprint marks on my papers from the clips, i inserted small squares of cardboard on each side.



next, apply a generous amount of glue to the top edges.  (i used Martha Stewart Decoupage glue, but most craft glues will work--Mod Podge, PVA, etc)  because this paper is a heavy weight, you will want to coat the edge liberally and allow a long drying time--30 minutes or until it's dry to the touch.  lighter weight papers require a thin application and take about half the drying time.






when your paper pad is dry, adhere it to the inside of your matchbook.  you can jot down notes and lists, and tear them off one piece at a time.  i was originally going to use the lined side of "Open Air" but when i saw the soft pink pieces of the bokeh hearts side, i couldn't resist!






embellish the cover as you wish.  due to the small size, busy print, and the idea of keeping this in my purse, i went easy on flair with a simple gold-trimmed die cut and cabochon.



next up is a tiny album, with the same cover style.  i removed the perforated border for this one, so it simply folds in half.  "Antique" is one my very favorites from Flea Market.  the lines of the white-washed wood are beautiful.  it's also a great neutral--i used this paper for both my boy album and my girl album.


for both of my albums here, i also took full advantage of the small phrases from the 6x6 size of "Market."  they're itty bitty and so cute!  not to mention that there are so many different sayings, there's probably one for practically all of your photo ops.
(tip:  pinking sheers are the perfect tool for creating one-step notched ends.)  


instead of the mini notepad style, i made a pullout album.  i cut a 1.75" x 10" strip from the 12 x 12  of "Fabric".  i scored the chevron side at 2" and 6", then flipped the paper over to the genealogy side and scored at 4" and 8".   


adhere the back of the first flap to the inside cover, then decorate as you choose.  this bitty album is about a family trip we took two Christmases ago up to the Redwood Forest.  Mr. Bagubian is obsessed with monster trucks so when we saw this awesome monster bus parked on the side of the road, we HAD to stop for some pictures.  



speaking of photos...these albums are miniature so your photos will need to be, as well.  mine are 1.25" x 1.25".  you can print them out at that size on your personal printer or use your favorite photo-printing service (i used the PostalPix app for my iPhone--it's also available for Android users). 
{tip:  if you also choose to go the PostalPix route, you'll need to make a 2x2 grid photo with 9 different photos.  save the grid, then select it again as a 4x4 photo.}





(an extra tip:  i love the button-brads from Close Knit, but, as in this case, don't always want the added bulk of the prong.  it's easily removed with a pair of small pliers...)




just pull and twist off...






most of us enjoy the mini album and love how they're so much bang for your buck.  but you might be asking what you'll do with a pocket album such as these.  well, they're light and travel well--keep it in your purse, store it in a fraction of the space, or send it across the country.
my family lives 3000 miles away from us and i'll admit that i'm not the greatest at keeping everyone up-to-date on our ever-changing and growing children.  these sweet albums are personal and handmade, and capture the spirit of my little ones perfectly.  they will also fit into a standard envelope for easy mailing.  {at the time i made these in October, i had every intention of sending them to my mom, but i never got around to it so it is with pangs of guilt and sadness that i share it with you today.} 





they'll also nestle into these tiny tins for safe keeping...



embellish the tins as you like.  i kept mine simple again, so i--or my sister, if i send this to her--can carry  it in a purse.  there's so much stuff in there already that i didn't want anything overly decorated that would be destroyed with the first "rummage."  the gold tiled letters are flat so no real extra bulk is created.  although they come adhesive-ready, i did add extra dabs of glue to the back of each one to ensure they stay put.   



if you like mini albums, i hope you’ll try one of these pocket-sized babies sometime.  they’re awfully fun to create and are a snap to put together!

make sure you check out the entire Design Team over on the Crate blog...there are introductions all week long and a tremendous amount of talent will be introduced.  have a wonderful Wednesday!

4 comments:

  1. Incredible project--love it! Congrats on year #3!

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  2. Oh, my goodness, Rebecca, I can't believe you only have one comment from my friend, Great (I can't, for the life of me, type G r e t a without it turning out Great!). This is a generous and informative post that took you a lot of time and your mini works of art are just the best!!. Please come over and follow me and I will introduce you on my blog to my readers to get you even more exposure than you currently have with your readers and your Design Team appointments (congratulations!!). You are a treasure and people are missing out on all this inspiration!! Hugs, Darnell

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  3. OMGORGEOUS projects here, Rebecca! I came over from Darnell's blog and as a person who loves x loves x loves mini creations, this post is absolutely PERFECT! Your two albums here have me swooning! Excited to give them a try...I'm happy dancing with glee at having 'found' you!!
    c

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  4. These mini photo albums are beyond cute!! Well done~

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