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:
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!) 😀
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.
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! . . . .
And that brings us to the back of the mini album….
I thoroughly enjoyed making this mini album – although 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 ask. I’m not one of those people who won’t share things. I’m more than happy to help fellow crafters – just 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. 😉