School Mini Album

Hi there and welcome! On the heels of the fantastic mini album posted by Lori on Monday, I have another mini album to share with you! This mini was created for our in-home daycare caregiver as the end-of-the-year card from all of our families. Each year I make her something and this year I went with a mini album.

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This mini was made with my Cricut Expression and a regular cutting blade. I used a thin cardboard for the base of the shapes. I put my blade length on 4, pressure max, and multi cut 2. I’ve never had any problem cutting chipboard (or food boxes) with this setting.

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I used papers from the DCWV Grade School stack. I like to stick to one stack for these sorts of projects because while the papers can be greatly different, they all fit together somehow. Each shape had a paper cover the front, which matted the photo and a piece cut using the flip setting for the backside of the shape.

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I then chalked the edges in black and sealed them with Glossy Accents and added a sprinkle of white/clear glitter for fun.

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If the shape had an available place, I put the picture there, if not, I tried to make it fit with the shape as much as possible. Here is my daughter’s page, which was the most difficult, getting the star shape to work with a 4×6 photo.

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The last shape was a notebook page and served as a place for me to write our thank you note.

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The shapes I used were:

Crayon 2 – Locker Talk – 6″
Pencil – My Community – 3″
Puzzle piece – My Community – 5″
Star – Doodlecharms – 6″
Glue – Locker Talk – 6″
Backpack – Doodlecharms – 6″
Apple – Doodlecharms – 6″
Notebook page – Locker Talk – 6″

I hope you have enjoyed my mini and if you have any questions, please ask in the comments and I will try my best to answer!

Be sure to visit my personal site, www.michelegreen.com, if you would like to see more projects, most recently 31 layouts in the 31 days of May!

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!!