(This blog post was imported from shellieglass.com and was originally posted on July 13, 2014. ) Ever since I received my June Scraptastic kit I've been considering the idea of using parts of it to make a mini book using the photos I took of my two trips to NYC. Much of the kit came from the Capture Life collection from Echo Park Paper Co. and I liked it so much, I went online and bought more papers and 3x4 cards to add on to the ones I received in the kit. It has several cityscape scenes on the papers and cards and the kit had a wood veneer cut out of a city skyline that just make me think of New York.
When I pulled down the photo box to search for the photos from my NY trip I discovered something I'd forgotten I had... 3 sets of gorgeous post cards I'd also purchased during those trips. I'd bought them to use in something like a scrap book, or possibly framed but never did anything with them. Once I found them, the mini book was a definite, and immediate, project.
I contemplated how I wanted to make the book and decided to go with a single large ring. I also decided to use the backs of my post cards to hold my photos and I really like the way it turned out. The photos fit perfectly with just a little trim on one side. I had three sets of postcards to choose from and decided not to use the panoramic set. Since I had both color and black and white photos as well as color and black and white post cards I decided to mix them all together in a single book. The book is pretty thick but I really like how it came out.
I will admit that having so many photos (including the postcard photos) made it harder on me while embellishing. I kept flipping through the book over and over unable to decide where to put my favorite embellishments. I was concerned that once I used them, then I might find a better spot later in the book. (This is a problem I have on every project. Commitment issues.)
So finally I went through and tabbed all of the photos that were most important to me and then set them all face up side by side on my work space and embellished them first. That way I could use up my favorite items and see all the options for placement at once.
Then when I had finished with those, I stacked the book back in order and continued my embellishment as usual. The book did take a lot of "stuff" but it was fun to mix and match. And of course some of the post cards were just too beautiful to cover up so I left some as they were.
I used some add-in 3x4 cards and cut files from my Silhouette on their own throughout the album as in-between page treats. I love the Big Yellow Taxi Cab one shown here.
I really love the final result. Mini albums are something that I have always admired but have only recently started actually making and each time I begin I fear that it won't turn out as good as the previous ones have. So far I've always been pleased with the result. My natural "style" is very neat and clean and straight but I love the mini books that are all a mess of fun sticking out in every direction, so I have to make a conscious effort to break out of my comfort zone. I think this is healthy creatively and I'm glad that I've been doing it. It's still hard at times but the results always make me happy.
These photos have been sitting in a photo album on a shelf in my bedroom rarely seen for 10 years. (I can't believe it's been 10 years since I went on these trips). Now they are in this new format that draws me to pick it up and flip through the pages and remember the moments and I find that it's an even bigger gift to me than I'd ever expected.
I'm looking forward to going more places and taking more photos and making more memories that I can record in this way and remember fondly as I make the books and flip through them again and again.
This is the back cover of the book. It was probably my favorite postcard of the bunch and didn't think it needed any added embellishment. So I left it like it is. I'll end with it again here.