Sunday, 11 May 2014

Free To Be Me Mini Album

Hey Everybody!  Happy Mother's Day to all you Moms out there, whether you are a mom, mum, mummy, mother, Nana, Oma or whatever term of endearment is used for you.  I wish you a wonderful day!

Today I've been using some of my Mom time to finish up a mini album I've been working on.  I've made this little one out of paper bags and the rockin' paper collection "Free to Be Me" from Close To My Heart.  It's a colorful, fun paper collection that just got my creative juices flowing, and this is the result:

The chipboard cover is wrapped in black cardstock, then decorated with the embossed teal blue paper from the collection.  I chose a "Life is Good" theme to go with these cheery colors.  The film strip is cut using my Cricut and the Artbooking cartridge. The feather is also cut with the Cricut using the Artiste cartridge.  The reel life accent is stamped using the Reel Life stamp set, also from CTMH.  I used some old Scrabble tiles I bought at a garage sale (knowing they'd come in handy sometime) to make the title. 
I hung a chunky charm from the spine, with ribbon, beads (from an old necklace) a little brass-bound book, and a key.  I like the "crazy hair" look of the ribbons sticking up from the charm.
There are six base pages in the album, each made from a bag with a cardstock flip-out attachment.  Inside the front cover is a vellum pocket using the feather vellum in the paper collection, mounted on black cardstock.  A big tag serves as a photo mat, and three feathers accent the pocket.  These were stamped with the CTMH Feathers stamp set and fussy cut.  The right side of the page has a belly band with a stop that holds two journaling spots. 
Each of the six pages has a large flap and all the main pages easily display a 4" x 6" photograph.
On the left of each page is a pocket that holds a bi-fold photo mat that can house two 3" x 3" photos.  The right side of this page has a photo flap that is magnetized and flips up.
Three pockets of varying sizes on this page assembly.  The outside corners of each of the page flaps are cut with a Fiskars corner punch to pretty them up a little.

The cute little mats on this page were cut from the paper collection, black cardstock and a single sheet of graph paper cardstock I had in my stash.  I stamped the words using the All The Details stamp set.  White Daisy pigment ink on the black cardstock makes it look like a little chalk board which I love.

This page has a pocket set on an angle and open on two sides, then a little ticket helps hold the mats in place.  A tiny camera accent is also stamped and fussy cut.  (Used the True to Life and Sightseer stamp sets for those)
Another magnetized flapped mat for this page, paired with a little side pocket and mini journaling mat.
Inside the back cover I built a waterfall feature that mats fourteen 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" photos.  I love how it showcases the gorgeous papers.

Each pullout mat has a large area to mat a 4" x 6" photo as well as a journaling spot below each.  Lots of real estate in this mini album which measures only 5" x 8 1/2".
So that's the latest mini from c1make1.  I hope you enjoyed it and are inspired to go build one yourself!  As always, feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.  For instructions, Ginger of My Sisters Scrapper has a great YouTube series on building a vertical paper bag mini album.
You can get this awesome paper collection for a measly $5 with a $50 purchase this month only from Close To My Heart.  You can shop with me here on my site, or through your nearest CTMH Independent Consultant.  Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for my next creation, coming soon!  Cheers!


  1. Love it. You inspire me. God bless you.

  2. Love this, love the black base. Wonderful work, very inspiring!

    1. Thank you Julie! I had a lot of fun making it.

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    1. Thank you! I hopped over to your blog which is BTW gorgeous! I will be back for sure. :)

  4. This is awesome ! I love it. Would you PLEASE give me the directions to make this??

  5. Hi Lyd! I don't have specific instructions for this album but I used a YouTube video as my starting point. If you check out My Sisters Scrapper on YouTube you'll find her terrific series on how to build a vertical paper bag album. The videos explain and show the process way better than I could explain it with photos and words. Check it out--I think you'll like it. Hope that helps!

  6. Love it! How many packs of the paper collection did you use in creating this adorable album?

    1. Hi Jenny! I used 2 packs of paper and some scraps. Thanks for your interest in this album. Happy scrapping!