Wednesday, August 14, 2013

One 12x12 Birthday Mini Album

My AWESOME daughter Mercedes is 17 today!  WOW!!!! 
 
I am so excited to show you the birthday card or is it a mini album I made for her.  This cool mini uses one 12x12 sheet of paper...then of course all the rest of you paper.  What I thought was going to take a couple hours to make this turned into almost 7!  I just kept adding!  I found this great tutorial while I was on PINTEREST.  Check out this great photo tutorial HERE.
 
I needed a piece of twine to help it stay closed.  You'll see why as you scroll:)
FACT: My daughter is an avid speed reader.
 
I used a little water colour paper for my Blueprint Birthday Cupcake.  I use the Distress Inks and a blender pen to colour my stamped image.
FACT: My daughter is super talented at Nail Art!
 
As you start to open the mini album the layers unfold.
FACT: My daughter has over 140 bottles of Nail Polish.  That's more dies than I own.
 
The Mini mustache has the silver twine glued on it, heated with a heat gun and inked with some Walnut Stain Distress Paint.
FACT: My daughter loves these mustaches, so it only seems fitting she gets a page of them.
 
I embossed distress paper with the diamond plate folder, stamped "LONDON" and attached this Tag I saved from her shopping trip to Beatles Love, Las Vegas last year. 
FACT: My daughter adores The Beatles and Paul is her favourite Beatle. She went to see Paul in concert last year in Vancouver.  Her Dad flew her out for the ultimate Father Daughter Date:)

Folding out the pocket on the right end is fantastic hiding a tag!
FACT: My daughter loves to write!  As the Beatles song goes "I wanna be a paper back writer"
 
Stamping on some scrap water colour paper, this sentiment is stamped with Archival Black.  I taped off the words I wanted to stand out and coloured them with markers. 
FACT: My daughter loves animals and is a huge fan of Killer Whales.
 
This right pocket is created during the tutorial.  I'm not a big user of pattern paper but I did use it here and there.
FACT: My daughter loves Vintage Things...a girl after my own heart!
 
Surprise, a #5 tag is a great spot to write a Birthday sentiment!
FACT: My daughter still holds my hand whenever we go to Disneyland.  And that just melts my heart.
Once opened this 12x12 Mini is fantastic!  The left side of the mini I offset to break up the symmetry.
FACT: My daughter LOVES all things British!

Another #5 Tag for another sentiment, inked to go with the British flag.  I cut, distressed the "17" and popped in the Postage Stamp.
FACT: My daughter has infectious laugh and that is so fun!
 
 
I couldn't make this card/ mini album without adding a few British touches.  It ties in with the British bedroom theme we built her last year!  And her BEATLES Gift I made her!
FACT: My daughter secretly wants to live at Hogwarts;)  I know it!
Another layer and a teeny tag layered with Rubs.  Another options for a birthday wish!
FACT: My daughter is soooo much like her Mom it drives her nuts;p  MWAHAHAHA!
 
The scrap of this cool paper is attached to the bottom flap.  I love the break.  I rubbed the #1 to the enamel tag and attached the metal "7" with the tiny attacher.
FACT: My daughter is also a HUGE Elvis fan!  Much to the delight of her Nani:)
 
Once opened and lined up the Gentleman adds a cool element. 
FACT: My daughter knows who she is and is not easily swayed. 
 
Adding the little tag for a spot to write a birthday wish makes exploring this mini more fun. 
FACT: My daughter was 14 days over due and she was the first baby I had ever held.
 
Now you see why I needed to tie this Mini off with twine.
FACT: My daughter has a great style in every aspect of her life!
 
****HAPPY BIRTHDAY MERCEDES****
She is beautiful inside and out.  She makes me proud and I am a better person for knowing her.  I love watching her grow into the woman she is becoming. 
 
 Thanks for checking out her Mini Album/ Birthday Card.  I hope you read the cool facts about my daughter.  I don't want to be the only one to know how great she is!

Friday, August 9, 2013

12 Tags of 2013- August

It's not a TAG, I know:)  I decided on a wall hanging for my Media Room.  But sometimes things don't turn out how we hoped.  It may not be a Tag however, I did use the same techniques and some of the same supplies.  No photo tutorial this month.  I had August Tag to get done and my daughter turns 17 next week...WOW!  So this week I am one busy Mommy!
 
 
Nope no tag but manila folders cut with the Postage Frame die works pretty awesome;) I did use Distress Stains but some different colours since I don't have the same colours Tim used.  Using the Walnut Stain and Antique Brass it warms it up a little.

OMG, I love this old Balloon and without having the ship stamp it's a perfect replacement.  Using the same colours with the Distress Paints I applied it to the metal #'s 4 1/2 and glued it on. 
 
I didn't have time to hunt out the Mask that was used.  Instead I used acetate.  With the same technique I stamped, dried, cut and glued with Glossy Accents.  I found smearing a light coat of glue with my finger worked well.
 
I piece of thick twine knotted at the ends is all it takes to hang it up...in my Craft Room!
 
 
It's not where I wanted it to go but in the end it works:)  And I like it over my Sponge Blocks:)

I made this frame a few weeks ago...well not the frame, I bought that.  But I did make all the stuff that goes in the frame.  I used the Jalopy die, rubs and various goodies to personalize our FAMILY frame above our mantle in the Media Room.  You can see how I wanted the August "Wall Hanging" near it...oh well.
 
Thanks for popping in to see.  I can't believe September Tag is next!  Are you making the 12 Tags?  If you are, leave me a comment with your link so I can see.  Hopefully while I'm bumping around Vancouver Island seeing family I will hit WIFI now and then.  Mmmm... like STARBUCKS!
 
Have a great August:)