Embrace Life; Live in the Moment ~ A Mini Album from scratch!

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I’m a scrapbooker, card maker, Melt Pot Marveller; Polymer Clay player … oh! and all sorts of other things – but I’d never made a mini album before.  But …  I decided to make one for my lovely parcel delivery lady.  She’s the best delivery person I’ve ever had, and I really appreciate her for who she is; her kindness; her concern, and how brilliantly she does her job.  She goes that extra mile – and nowadays it’s difficult to find someone who does this in their job! I love her to pieces for being so wonderful.  (… and yes, I have told her this, whilst giving her a hug).

She said some weeks ago, that she’d love a card or something I’d made – “just for me.  Just for myself”.  So I put my thinking cap on and thought about what I could make for her which gave a nod to all the things I knew she liked.  I wanted something which would have a theme of travelling – she is my parcel delivery lady after all, and she does a LOT of travelling – both in her job and because her family is spread over many miles.  But I wanted an album which could be for all those things plus:  Day trips with her family.  Holidays.  Moments in the car.  Things she’s seen while she was out and about, and snapped a photo of with the camera on her phone.  The Journey of Life in general.  (it could even be about her job if she wanted it to be).

I chose the papers ‘Celebrate the Journey’, which are made by one of my favourite paper crafting & rubber stamp companies:  Heartfelt Creations and various other bits and pieces which you’ll see in the following photos.

To begin with – I had to make the pages of the album on which I could work. 

Being the recycler that I am, I turned to my re-cycling box to find some stiff card which I could use to form the base for the pages.  I knew I wanted them to be firm – almost like thin wood, – but I also wanted them to be able to have a slight ‘bendibility’ to them, which would accommodate embellishments on the pages.  And this is how I made those base pages:

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A HUUGE box of chocolates which was bought for Christmas last year.   I saved the box as I knew that it would come in handy for something at some point.  (I was right!) 😀

Took the sides of the lid and base, then cut out the sizes I needed for my pages.

Took the sides off the lid and base, then cut out the sizes I needed for my pages.

Glued some craft card to the re-cycled card, to make it rigid, then trimmed to size.

Glued some craft card to the re-cycled card, to make it rigid, then trimmed to size.

Once made, I scored down each page, to ensure that the pages all had a little 'bendability' to them, in order to accommodate any thick embellishments which I might add to the pages

Once made, I scored down each page, to ensure that the pages all had a little ‘bendability’ to them, in order to accommodate any thick embellishments which I might add to the pages

Once the pages had been constructed it was time to decorate.

I’m not going to talk you through how to decorate a page because we all decorate differently,  –  so I’ll just walk with you through the pages and you can look at the finished book as if I’d handed it to you.

The front of the album

The front of the album

1a front

close up of the handmade maps, the ‘Embrace Life’ ticket, brass postcard etc.

1b front

another ticket; another map – rolled up and tied with bakers twine; a metal embellishment: a butterfly.

1c front

Pages 2 and 3.  The little blue'ish' tag holder on the left hand page, actually opens.  It has a magnetic catch which keeps it closed.  You can open it by gently pulling on the silver dragon fly hanging on the silver chain.

Pages 2 and 3. The little ‘blueish’  tag holder, on the left hand page, actually opens. It has a magnetic catch which keeps it closed. You can open it by gently pulling on the silver dragon fly hanging on the silver chain.

The little 'book' opened, and the tags pulled out slightly from the hidden pocket.

The little ‘book’ opens, and the tags are pulled out slightly from the hidden pocket.

page 3.  (the tags do come out of the pocket).

page 3.   —  (the tags do slide out of the pocket).

pages 4 and 5

pages 4 and 5

All the tags are removable, and you can either write and journal on the back of them, or stick photographs to them.  You can also attach photo's to the book page, and glue notes, or journalling, or even glue the tag to the page!

Page 4. All the tags are removable from the pockets, and you can either write / journal on the back of them, or stick photographs to the tags. You can of course attach photo’s to the book page, and glue notes, or journaling, or even glue a tag to the page!  The little framed map is actually a photo frame.  You and insert a photograph into the frame from the top.  The map is a section I cut from a larger map.  It’s a map of somewhere which means something to Mrs. Delivery Lady and her family.

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Page 5

Pages 6 and 7.  Spaces for journalling or glueing.  Tickets; receipts; maps; mementos of a trip or journey - or even a sweet wrapper, which brings back a memory?

Pages 6 and 7. —  Spaces for journaling,  or:-  glueing  tickets;  receipts;  maps; mementos of a trip or journey – or even a sweet wrapper which brings back a memory!

Page 6

Page 6.  I hand stamped the bicycle onto the backing paper and then added the hot air balloon, which I die cut from an X-cut die and added the swing tag, which reads:  ‘Life – The Great Adventure’.

Page 7.  A pocket full of tags, and a photograph frame (the heart) - which has a journalling tag which you pull out and write details about the photo.

Page 7. A pocket full of tags, and a photograph frame (the heart) – which has a journaling tag which you pull out and write details about the photo.

...  page 7 ... what's behind the tags? .... now you can see for yourself!

… page 7 … what’s behind the tags? …. now you can see for yourself!

It was at this point that I wanted to put a little fun  . . .  my delivery lady has a huge sense of fun and she and her daughter love anything to do with fairies – so naturally …  it had to be Fairy inspired!   . . . .

Pages 8 and 9   …. and   . . . .   AND  . . .   ‘The Pocket of Secrets!’

Pages 8 and 9 …. and . . . . AND . . . ‘The Pocket of Secrets!’

 

In order to enter the realm of the fae, ... one must come with the right key! Can you pick out the right key?

In order to enter the realm of the fae, … one must come with the right key!
Can you pick out the right key?

The Pocket of Secrets. . . .   can you guess what's inside?

The Pocket of Secrets.
. . . can you guess what’s inside?

Inside 'The Pocket of Secrets' is a key, captured and sealed inside resin and attached to a metal charm, and ... a tiny vial of Fairy Dust!

. . . .   a key,  . . . .  and  . . . .   captured and sealed behind resin and attached to a metal charm, a KEY!   … and there beside it is ….  a the tiniest vial of Fairy Dust!

page 9.   What's behind the Fairy Doors? . . . .

page 9.
What’s behind the Fairy Doors? . . . .

A peep behind the Fairy Doors!

A tiny peep behind the Fairy Doors!

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There’s a BIG tag behind the doors …. ‘Believe’  –  well do you?  ….  Do you see the tiny wish Bone? (it’s not a paper cut out, nor is it made from card or such like!)  …  ah,  but you can only make a wish if you truly believe, otherwise … how is your wish supposed to come true?

6 pages 10 and 11

Pages 10 and 11 ~ Somewhere to add notes, mementos,  and somewhere to add photographs and memories.

page 10.  This is a removable photo album - where each page can be removed, added to, written on, glued etc. . . .   and it's also hiding something ...

page 10  –  “A photograph is like a recipe.  It’s a memory of the finished dish.”  —   This is a removable photo book within the mini album! The whole of this smaller photo book can actually be removed from the album, and even, if need be, every page can be individually removed, to be written on or something glued to it etc. It’s a clever little detail which I loved!

6c pages of the little album

Pages of the smaller photo book. Each page has a section where the story of the photograph which will be attached below it, can be written.

The photo album is completely removable.

The little photo book is completely removable.

Hidden tags.

Hidden tags.

And that brings us to the back of the mini album…. 

7  The Back

I thoroughly enjoyed making this mini albumalthough it took me a handful of weeks to complete due to poor health.  I’ve been suffering with a chronic sinus infection which has, most days, totally wiped me off my feet.  My delivery lady knew that I was making something for her, and was so patient.  She never asked once about it.  I finally got to give the album to her last weekend, and I know that she’s been waiting for me to post photographs of the album on my blog here, so that she could tell her friends to come and take a peep at it.

So a big   ‘HELLOoooo’   to all new readers and fabulous friends of my delivery lady!

I know that my delivery lady will see that some of the photographs here might be missing tiny little details which are actually on the album in real life.  This was because I added little touches to the album after I’d taken these photo’s.

For those who might like to make something similar, or may be wondering about something I’ve used in the making of the mini, I add a list of the items and products used:

  • Heartfelt Creations 12×12 Celebrate the Journey papers.
  •       ”                   ”         Timeless Clock stamp
  •       ”                   ”          Celebrate the Journey Sentiments stamps
  •       ”                   ”          Time Sentiments stamps
  •       ”                   ”          World Map stamp
  •       ”                    ”         Bike Stamp
  • Spellbinders (for Heartfelt Creations) Once Upon a Time Die
  • Brass Postcard embellishment
  • Assorted Brads
  • Dragonfly Metal Embellishment
  • Resin Blue Butterfly
  • Papermania ‘All Aboard’ Kraft Luggage Tags
  • Crafters Companion Stick and Spray
  • Crafters Companion Spray and Shine
  • Anita’s Clear Gloss
  • Graph ‘it Glitter Gold Shake it Pen
  •    ”           ”      Silver    ”     ”  Pen
  • Pigma Micron 01 Archival Ink Pen
  • Assorted ink pads – Memento;  Tim Holtz;  Staz-on
  • Map cut from an old(ish) British map book
  • Tonic Header Dies
  • Tonic Corner Dies
  • Tonic Fairy die.
  • Creative Expressions Gilding Waxes – Greens, Blues, Lavender.
  • Pinflair Gentle Blends in various colours (Denim, Teal,
  • Ranger Melting Pot
  • Dovecraft Ric Rac in Black
  • seam binding / glitter ribbon / string / silk ribbon / Bakers Twine – used for ties, tags, bows and decorations etc.
  • Kraft/craft card
  • Black ‘Linen effect’ card
  • Tim Holtz Idealology metal  keyhole
  • Ranger Stickles in various colours
  • Spellbinders Die  D-lites ~ Birds Scroll.
  • Sheena Douglass embossing folder
  • Assorted tags – both bought and hand cut, but all decorated and adorned by me.
  • Resin birds in flight.

…… and various other bits and pieces which I’ve probably forgotten to add to this list. 

If there’s anything you can see in the photo’s which I haven’t mentioned in the above list, but you want to know about it, please just ask in a comment.  I’m more than happy to help.  If there’s a certain something in the photographs which you’ve spotted and need to know how I did something etc etc  … again, please feel free to askI’m not one of those people who won’t share things.  I’m more than happy to help fellow craftersjust leave a question in the comment section and I promise to reply.

Thank you SO much for stopping by and taking the time to read and have a look at the photographs.

Finally … a message to my lovely delivery lady …  I’m sorry it’s taken me a week to get these photo’s onto my blog.  I’m being invaded by germs!  eeeeeeeek!  But I got there in the end 😉

Have a truly lovely weekend everyone.  Me?  I’m too blessed to be stressed about being so poorly, so I’ll carry on carrying on!  😀

Cobs siggy sml

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21 thoughts on “Embrace Life; Live in the Moment ~ A Mini Album from scratch!

  1. What fun you’ve had! I bet there’s a fairy hidden in there somewhere, keeping her wings quiet so she doesn’t reveal herself too early.

    I knew you were either poorly or up to something big. The suspense was killing me and now it’s evident that you indeed were both.

    Im glad you’ve recovered to create this delightful masterpiece.

    I’m running outta adjectives for you!
    A good problem to have. Enjoy your weekend xx

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    • Aw, thank you, Sharon. Glad you like it.

      Have to admit that I’m thoroughly fed up of being so very poorly. The consensus or feeling here is that my immune system must be very low at the present time and that’s why I seem to be getting one thing after another, after another … etc etc, and possibly why each new illness is hitting me so badly. My health isn’t my strong point, but it seems to have got so much worse over the past two years since I moved south for the … ‘healthier air’! (healthier? yeah right!)

      But anyways ... thank you so much for your comment and lovely words. I’m thrilled to pieces that you liked the mini album. My delivery lady liked it – and that meant that it was worth every second of hard work! She’s such a wonderful gal, and I’m so lucky to have her as my delivery lady. God Bless her.
      And you too.
      ~ Cobs. x

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        • Hello Paula, it’s lovely to meet you. I’ve just been over to your blog and taken a wee look at the front page – you have some fabulous layouts, a really pretty blog andI adore your beautiful logo!!

          CFS – I had to Google it as I didn’t know what it was, once Mr. Google gave me the details (and I’d passed through the DOH! moment when I realised I knew what it was but I was just being dumb) I can answer no, I haven’t been checked for it, but I don’t think I fit the ‘bill of requirements’ anyhow. This thing that I had (still not quite cleared up but it’s way better than it was) was a Chronic Sinus Infection. Once this new doctor that I saw started to explain what was going on – the square peg fitted into the hole and it all made sense. I felt like I had the worst cold ever, but without the actual cold. A feeling of all stuffed up in my head, a dreadful, continual headache, and actual face ache. My face felt as if it was kind of hovering slightly off my skull – not by much, but enough to make the feeling known to me. But thankfully once the medication this new doctor prescribed began working I knew that she’d been right on the button and got the problem tied down.

          But … you suffer with CFS? Aww you poor poppet. You must feel dreadful somedays. How long have you had it? Is there anything that the Doctors have done or suggested you do which is/are making things easier for you?
          I’m sending prayers heaven bound asking for good health to return to you, and also sending warm hugs to you. ~ Cobs.x

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  2. Gee Cobs…that was quite an undertaking! I am impressed! Can see how much work that was…you definitely enjoyed doing it.
    Sorry to hear you’ve been under the weather…I know I went on an elimination diet this summer for a month and that cleared up a lot of my problems…food sensitivities and allergies…maybe that is something for you as well…take care…Eva(A Paper Rose Garden)

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    • How funny that you should mention the food alleries thing! I actually had begun to wonder if there was something I was either eating/drinking or even using on my face/body – (moisturiser, cosmetics, shower gel, perfume etc), which were giving me the dreadful health problems I’ve been experiencing. I made the decision that I’d wait and give the new meds that the doctor prescribed chance to work…. and … I think they are, because I can now face looking at the TV and the computer screen. Before these meds, I had a really hard time just keeping my eyes open or staying awake! (Keeping fingers crossed that they get rid of all the germs and put me back on top again!).

      Thank for taking the time to leave a comment Eva. It’s very much appreciated.
      Sending love, as always ~ Cobs. x

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  3. This is beautiful! I love the idea that the tags are an actual part of the journaling. I’d probably also use them as bookmarks. I like things to be functional as well as pretty. I was considering making a new art journal, I will be including tags in it when I get started.

    I saw your reply about food allergies. My daughter had been battling gall bladder problems (self-diagnosed) and found that she was also developed a gluten and lactose sensitivity. Its funny how food can effect you. Good luck with getting rid of the germs!

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    • Hello LemonD! I’ve just been to your blog to see if I could post a comment, and YES!! 😀 Yay it’s all working! I can chat away to you again on your all improved, fabulous and shining blog now. 🙂

      I’m chuffed to bits that you like the Mini Album which I made for my wonderful delivery lady. And .. like you, I too use tags as bookmarks. I LOVE to make tags: painted, glued things; bead; sew; print and decorate; I’ve even made Polymer Clay book marks. (I actually made one of those for a beautiful net friend, who lives in California, because she revealed that she used loo roll as a book mark, which just killed me when I pictured it, 😀 so I made her a very special clay book mark and sent it to her).

      I’d love to see your art journal when you make it! I shall watch out for it making an appearance on your blog.

      Your poor daughter! She must have suffered some real discomfort. Thank heavens she worked out what was causing the problem and knew what to do to put the problem back in it’s ‘box’. Hope she’s much improved now, and continues to be so.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment LemonD. It means the world to me when folks leave a note behind. It’s great on two levels: It gives me a bit of feedback on my posts, and it also get’s us all chatting to each other – which in this age of internet/computer life we are all living in now, is WONDERFUL. It means we’re still talking to each other rather than becoming zombies who no longer know how to converse. eeek! I don’t want to think about a future like that! 😮
      Sending love, as always, ~ me. xxx ❤

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  4. My goodness…you really out did yourself on this . Simply breathtakingly beautiful. she should really consider herself at the top of a list.
    Now… after you begin to recover from the “med” please get a bottle of Sambucol Ellderberry and get your resistance built up. that stuff is great. til next time…have agreat day in the faire land.

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    • Sambucol Ellderberry‘ … I haven’t heard of this before. I shall do some searching to find out where I can buy it from. I think you’re spot on when you mention my resistance – we’ve (himself and I) only been saying this past weekend that my immune system must be running on empty and I need something to build it up. I seem to be getting one thing after another over the past couple of years and it’s really wearing me down. So ‘Sambucol Ellderberry’ is now on my list Beverly!

      Glad you like the mini. I’m thrilled to pieces that you like it. Many thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, my blog friend.
      Have a blessed rest of your day, and a terrific Tuesday! ❤ ~ Cobs. x

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    • Hello Catherine! It’s great to see you. 😀

      Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment, and I’m chuffed to bits that you like the mini. Thank you, my blogging friend. ❤

      But … I'm doubly glad that you left a comment … I was in the middle of making a comment on your blog the other day, when my computer turned itself off! (The cheek of it! :O ) Apparently the battery will run out if I forget to plug the darn thing in. DOH! So you posting a comment here has reminded me to go back to your blog and tap out my comment again!

      READERS: In case you haven’t met Catherine before … she made a WONDERFUL post on her blog the other day about Angel Policies. If you’re a paper crafter or use embossing folders and/or cutting dies you really NEED to read her post, called ‘Give me a reason to buy your Products‘. It’s a must read article and filled with stuff you need to know.

      If you don’t know what an Angel Policy is, I’ll explain it in as few words as I can:
      If you buy a music album, then the album belongs to you. But the music doesn’t. Doesn’t matter how much you paid for the album – even if it cost you a Gazzillion pounds – it’s only the album you own. The music belongs to who ever wrote it and played it – so you can’t reproduce it and call it ‘yours’.

      It’s the same with crafty stuffs: If you buy a paper pad from a shop – the paper pad belongs to you – but the designs don’t. So you can’t go and reproduce those papers nor can you put them out for re-sale in any way – not unless you have permission from the makers and owners of the designs. Now that you’ve ‘got’ that bit … you have to go and read Catherines post, which you’ll find here: http://prettycolorful.wordpress.com/2014/10/05/give-me-a-reason-to-buy-your-products-2/

      Thank you so much for the comment Catherine.
      Sending love, as always ~ Cobs. x

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    • Hello Stacey! 🙂 Aw, I think I’m lucky to have her. I know some folks suffer problems with the people who deliver their parcels and packages – but I have to say that since I moved to my new home, my delivery lady has been the best in the world. She’s amazing at her job and such a really lovely person too.

      I’ve been wondering what you’re up to, because I haven’t seen you for ages. Hope everything is okey dokey where you are, and that everyone is happy and in good health.
      May your life be filled with many blessings. Love ~ Cobs. x

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  5. lucky i am 🙂 …. But honored to know such a fabulous talented beautiful lady, who will always be in my heart, I was totally blown away by this, chuffed is not the word, its magical thank you so much x1000 ect 🙂 thank you from the bottom of my heart xxx Cobs xxx

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    • Aw, Miss S., I so enjoyed making it for you. Adding little touches here, a little something there, and tiny bits of things I thought you might either like or would tickle you. I’m thrilled to bits that you like it. All you have to do now, is fill it with your photo’s of days or moments. Tickets, sweet wrappers, receipts, and written memories of things that happened which made you take ‘that’ photograph.

      I hope it brings you years of pleasure and that you can pass it on, as a little selection of wonderful memories (inside a pretty book), to your little one.
      Sending love, and a huggle of love ~ Cobs. x

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  6. This is a masterpiece, and you are a very talented lady. Sorry you are not feeling well. Imagine what you could do if you were. Actually, I can’t imagine anything better than this! It really is spectacular. You make me want to pull out my scrapbooking stuff and make my own. Thanks for sharing. Patsye

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    • Hello Whimseytopia! Aw it’s so lovely to see you here. I was actually over on your beautiful blog earlier today, and spent an enjoyable time getting to know you. Seeing you here has reminded me that I don’t think I clicked to follow you, so I’ll be back over there in a few minutes to click!

      I’m thrilled that you like the Mini Album and am so humbled by your kind words. I’m also crossing my fingers that you actually do get your scrapbooking stuff out and have a play! The more of us the better, I say!
      Sending you love and crafty hugs ~ Cobs. x (I’m off to your blog this instant!)

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  7. How did I miss this?! It’s absolutely splendiferously stupendous! There is so much to look at, everytime you look there is something that you didn’t see before.

    Also, I want your craft room! With all the fairy themes that you bring to your craft I can almost imagine it as a little hidey hole you get through via a giant toadstool, full of magical items and pixie dust.

    It is amazing, and so are you. Such an inspiration 🙂
    Emma

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    • Ohhh, hello dearest Emma! It’s fantastic to see you here. I’m ‘made up’ that you like the mini album. (for those outside the UK: ‘made up’ is a British term meaning delighted, over the moon, thrilled). When I finished it and was taking the photo’s, I actually thought about you and wondered if this was your sort of thing.

      You’re like me in some ways and you like the details. The little things which your eye doesn’t instantly see, but you discover later.

      I adore your description of my craft room! Ohh that it were like that – a hidey hole I get to by going through a giant toadstool. How fantastical! It’s actually a (nicely) converted garage, but when you get inside it, it does have some magical items – and it actually does have it’s fair share of Fairy Dust too. (I honestly think you’d love it. It would take you at least a week to look at everything which is in there!). One day – when I’ve cleaned it up and before I’ve got it messed up again, I’ll take some photo’s and share them here, so that you can see it.

      Thank you for visiting, Ems, it means the world to me – and I love you for it. ~ Cobs. x

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  8. What a wonderful project! I’d love to try something like this one day! Thanks for popping over to my blog as well, it’s lovely to read what you think of my makes as well. I think I’ll have to sit and read a few more of yours too 🙂

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