August 24, 2012

My First Mini Album

Hi, I am so excited to share this with you.  Over a year ago I bought a Cinch because I wanted to start making some mini albums.  I love some of the awesome ones out there and since our great-granddaughter was born in 2011 I thought it would be perfect to make a mini-album for her.  
I am so pleased with how this came out for my first try.  

It is only 4 pages, one page for each letter in her name.  Her name is actually Emma Olivia and we call her Emma O' so my hubby thought that I should add an "O" page, but I will do that on another one later.   Gives me an excuse to make her another one.
I started out by welding each letter of her name to a rectangle in Cricut Craft Room and using the letters from Storybook cartridge.  I cut each piece from chipboard, with each page getting a bit longer as her name spelled out.  The whole book measures about 4 inches by 9 inches.  
Using papers from DCWV Nana's Kids Girl stack I cut the front and back out of each page, then a letter out of a coordinating piece of paper.  Lot of the papers have glitter on them.  Each letter on the front of the pages I covered with CTMH Liquid Glass, you can see it better here on the "E".
The butterfly is a sticker and the flower I made using the CTMH Artiste cartridge. I need to tweak my ribbon ties a little to make them more even.
This is opened to the first page, I put a small frame here and embellished it with some flowers from the Bitty Buds assortment. 
Here is flipped to the next page.  I found these cute sparkly stickers with an arrow to point to the next frame which was cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge.  All the frames are cut from white chipboard then mounted with foam tape leaving one side open to insert a photo.  
This is the back side of the first M.  The "love this smile" are rub-ons from the CTMH Lucy papers.  This frame was cut using the Artiste cartridge, then I added the brad flag to the top.  
And here is the final page, this frame was also cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge, then I added some flower stickers that I have had around here forever. 
Then finally the back of the book, I guess I should have added something here it looks so plain.  Maybe I will add another frame, we will see how much time I have.

There I just added some rub-ons to the back I think that looks better, instead of being so plain.

 Tomorrow morning we are flying to New Hampshire to visit Emma so I want to take this book with me.  I can not wait to see them and I have never been to the east coast before so I am so looking forward to it.  It will be a family reunion of sorts as my Mom is also coming from Colorado so we will have 5 generations there.  
Well thanks for stopping by and please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of my first mini-album.  I think I have a new love, I really enjoyed creating this and I can see many more in my future.  


My Crafting Channel said...

Wow this is beautiful. I have never made a mini either. You did a FANTASTIC job. Love the papers you used very girly.

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Sharon said...

Your mini album is awesome!!! Would have never guessed this is your first. It is beautiful! I love all the frames, the embellies and the great sentiment on the back. Have a safe and wonderful trip!!! :)

proudmomma61 said...

Nana Donna -- Your album turned out fantastic. I love all the thought you put into it and the colors are absolutely perfect. Great job!


Debby said...

This album is so cute. That is my next goal in my 'to-do list'. The colors are so bright and happy. I really think Emma will won't the book just for herself.

Have a great visit and God's speed on your journey!

Linda (Threadbear) said...

Your mini album is gorgeous -- that rose on the front is so beautiful, just perfect!!

Audrey Frelx said...

Would never have thought this was your fmrst mini -- it turned out magnificent!!!

Nicole said...

This album is amazing you did a wonderful job!!

Sandy Palmer said...

Wow, you can see all the LOVE that went into this mini album Donna! It turned out FABULOUS!!! Everything about it is so WONDERFUL!!!!

Emily Shroom said...

This is absolutely beautiful, you've done an awesome job and your great-granddaughter will cherish this forever.

Cricut Couple said...

Donna, this is absolutely stunning! You better be proud of this. It looks like you have made hundreds of them! Just perfect!

Stephanie said...

Beautiful job, Donna. It really is gorgeous!

Irene said...

Gosh, my granddaughter's name is Emma! I could really use this. Thanks for sharing.

Shelley Evetts said...

This is so awesome! I love every single page. You did a fantastic job on it. What a wonderful keepsake. I also bought a cinch about a year and a half/two years ago. I used it one time.. I've been meaning to make one of these for my 18 mo. old grandson.. This is very inspiring. Thank you for sharing. I'm sure they will all just cherish this forever.


Scrappin with the bug said...

ADORABLE. Love all the great details and the embelishments. Your flower is perfect great job. Thanks for sharing I'm sure she will love it.

Emerald said...

EMMA is Perfect!
Luv the colors and the embellisments.
So what did Emma think when Nana pulled this from her suitcase?