Last week was the week when I was like, trying to do everything at once. Everything I’ve supressed ever since I became obsessed about focusing on the exams and the trip to Paris and all. So. My grandmother turned 95 the other day, and we celebrated her this past weekend.
So the day before we headed to Oslo, I decided to create her a quickie minialbum. Not a very smart idea unless you’re fond of stressing, but … the creating of this mini turned out to be pretty painless thanks to a few smart choices …
Choice one - I decided to use Pink Paislee’s canvas-album – sized 6x6”. It had uh, six pages of cardboard inside it – I created more from cardboard I had lying around (I needed enough pages for nine grand-grandchildren). I didn’t realize it then, but when I started I just used the various 6x6” paper-pads and adhered them to the cardboard-pages – easy!
First I needed to decorate the intro some – with stuff from the Sweetness-collection. A sheet of clear card, pop up glue dots & piece of felt doodad.
Then page one – the oldest great-grandchild first. I went for a very simple design involving the journal-notes. Also notice the top left corner-decoration..(papers from 356 degrees, note & letters from Sweetness).
These pages took the most time – the ones with this particular shape of journal-note, because I insisted on sewing around the edges (still 365 degrees including the note, letters from Fancy Pants Designs though)
Here’s my kid! He’s number three (Papers from the Old School-collection)
Papers and letters from Sweetness..
Papers from Sweetness, note from Queen Bee and letters..uh..older ones..
Hey, there’s my girl – she’s 6th Papers from Sweetness
I mixed it some here – papers from 365 degrees and sweetness, note from Sweetness, letters from Prima Marketing.
Papers from Queen Bee, note from Sweetness and letters from Fancy Pants.
And the latest great-grandchild – Kasper Milan
As for the back I took a Riff Raff tree I had lying around for forever (because it’s gorgeous and I love that shape) – sprayed it with white chalk-mist and added glossy accent upon. Y’know, family-tree and all The front was decorated with the metal-frame from Old School by the way, with letters from Adorn-it.
This was done in like three or four hours (minus the waiting for the tree&accent to dry, that was overnight ). It felt like a huge task at start (you know when you feel like, you really oughta do this but at the same time know you’re just stressing yourself out because you don’t really have the time for this but still, you have to..) until I realized I just needed to stick to a simple design and the 6x6” paperpads. With the extra selfmade chipboard-pages (which was approx the same thickness as the premade ones) 10 pages were a little too much (originally there were 6 in the mini) – I think it should have been 8 or 9 pages max – unless I wanted to do some of the childrens pages with regular cardstock, but then it’d feel cheap compared to the other pages and I wouldn’t want to do that to any of the kids
I love this mini and I believe my grandmother did too
Absolutely gorgeous photos! You could be the next Annie Lebowitz.
Haha, you’re way too kind But thank you so much – both for the nice words and for always being encouraging (I wanted to check your blog but it looks like you have none, so I have to call you out here on my blog instead and hope you see this )