Nest Mini Album

Lori here from ScrappinMyStressAway and I am a Cricut DIVA today!!!
I took a chipboard/burlap mini album from Michaels, a 6×6 American Crafts Color Crush paper pad (also from Michaels) and added my Gypsy to create this fun mini album.
I flipped every other page so I would have two pages with the same papers together, then two pages with burlap.  Doing this makes the pages more bulky, so I purchased bigger rings.
I made this album with my friend Robin in mind.  She just opened a shop in March called Robin’s Nest where she sells re-purposed items.  She is quite talented and her shop is doing very well!!
I used a bird from Sophie for the cover.  I sized it to 13.53 inches (2.42 inches using Real Size as this cuts with a bird cage).
I used Storybook for the font and sized NEST at 1.13 inches.
I used a piece of paper from the paper pad that was all different shades of green with a watercolor pattern.
I added the linen lace to the bottom and some gems.  It still needed a little something that I found a little later….
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I found the sentiment “this nest is blessed” on 3 Birds on Parade for the first page of the album.
I sized it to 1.59 inches and cut it out of pink (light and bright) cardstock.
I pop-dotted it to the bottom of the photo mat so you can slide a photo behind it.
I added a bird from Sophie (shown two photos below) and I also pop-dotted it on the corner.
The next pages showcase birdies from Straight From the Nest sized to 1.25 inches.
I made a pocket using my ATG gun to put tags for journaling.  You can also tuck in extra photos and momentos.
I found the leaf wreath with bird on Lacy Labels and sized it to 6.35 inches.  I cut the wreath out of green patterned paper and the birds out of hot pink and dark blue-green papers to match the patterned papers in the album.
The word “Family” is from Letter Envy and I sized one for the cover at 1 inch and one for the inside page at 1.47 inches.
I like how the wreath frames the photo mat.
This tree came from the Heritage cartridge.  I sized it to 5 inches and cut it out of the dark blue-green cardstock.
The tree was perfect for the back cover!
Here you can see the bird is pop-dotted on the cover.
I added the word Family to the cover.  I have a theme with each mini album I make.  Even though many people get that a Nest is like a House for a family, I did not want people to assume I lived with all birds!!
I tied some ribbon to the rings to finish it off.
You can see more of my work on my blog HERE.
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Cereal Boxes Turned Into a Mother’s Day Mini Book

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I made my Mom a “Nana’s Brag Book” for Mother’s Day this year. I had been saving cereal boxes for awhile to try a mini book and decided that the family pictures we had made in July 2012 would be perfect for this. Mom needed a Mother’s Day gift and since she had been hinting about getting some of the family pictures I decided to just try it out and see how one would do!

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I started by cutting my cereal boxes and getting them to a size that would fit on my 12×12 mats. I used the Mini Books cartridge and selected a standard book cut. I cut them at 10.45w x 5.611h so I could fit both a picture and embellishments on each page. I used a regular 45* blade and set it to cut twice to make it go through the board. I also used some double sided tape to make sure the board was anchored to the mat securely.

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I cut out 8 pages and then I duplicated the cut on the mat and cut 16 tan cardstock pieces to attach to the board for backgrounds. I used both Cricut cuts and store bought flowers, die cuts, Copic Glitter markers, ribbons and my Cuttlebug to embellishment my pages! The final back page is a Mother’s Day poem by Helen Steiner Rice that I put into a Word Document and printed onto vellum. I finished it out by adding large jump rings to bind it and tying ribbon around the top jump ring. It was an intense 3 day labor of love!!

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There’s more pictures of the finished product on my blog- http://theseareafewofmyfavoritethings-beth.blogspot.com/ if you want to see how it all looked finished out. I posted a few here to show some examples, but 16 pages is quite a few pictures!!