Friday, September 17, 2010

My Little Shoebox BLOG HOP and RAK ALERT!


Welcome to the Land of Wooooo Hooooo!  My own private Idaho where I post about my family with Project 365, I share my design work and other random things that strike my fancy.  Today is all about MY LITTLE SHOEBOX and the BLOG HOP!  If you are hopping along, you just came from the talented Pamela Young's blog... I know, I know... she's a ROCK STAR!  If you just happened upon this post, you will want to get in on the action since there is a GREAT RAK (prize) opportunity at the end of the Hop!!!

Today I have a fun mini album to share with you called, "The Three Amigos."  Mini albums can come in so many different shapes and sizes and do not have to be a scary scrap project!  My first mini album took me 9 months to complete... yes, I said MINI album... and I was so scared to tackle each page that I hesitated, scrapped, hesitated some more... I didn't trust myself and it became a real labor of love (yes, pun intended!).  If you are new to scrapping or break out in hives when it comes to mini albums, here is one of my favorite design tips... Go simple and use ONE line of paper.  Don't worry about matching this embellishment to this tag to that paper... choose a line of product that was designed together... it will all match beautifully and make your job MUCH easier!


For this project, I chose to work with the "Sunday Market" line by My Little Shoebox.  As with all the recent releases from MLS, this line comes with 9 different papers, tags, stamps, stickers and alphas... plenty of yummy stuff to help you create one AWESOME project!

I have another design tip that will help you get your mini done in no time!  Design your first two page spread, then use that design throughout the book.  In this mini, I created each spread with the same design... one page has a photo and the adjacent page has a journaling block.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy!!!  So, I had my line of product... I had my photo/journaling block design... and very shortly I had a completed mini!!!

A few other notes, I used 3-D foam adhesive to make the photos "pop." I also distressed and inked almost everything... I know... it's an addiction...

Here, I wanted to put a photo on each page of the spread, but I needed a journaling block, so I hid one!  The photo of Anna walking with Robbie is on the top of the left side of this journaling block.  It is held together with a simple hole punch and ribbon.  Open the ribbon and you see the hidden journaling. 


So, there you go... a fun mini album about three of my favorite little kids... and their fun little relationship.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will pull up your comfy chair and stay awhile!  I would love to have you as one of my "followers"... the link is over there on the right if you would like to keep up with my designs and creative fun! 

AND... IF YOU BECOME ONE OF MY FOLLOWERS (or are already one), you will be entered into the random drawing FOR A RAK OF A SET OF THE STICKER SHEETS FROM THE NEW MLS LINES... 6 lines... 6 pages of stickers for a lucky follower!!!  Leave a comment on this post letting me know your follower status and your thoughts on mini albums... have you tried them... do you love them... let me know!!!

Next stop, the UBER TALENTED BECKIE DREYER!  For those of you that have been with me for awhile, you may notice that you are in the middle of a My Little Shoebox, RUSTY PICKLE reunion... this block of designers... Pamela Young, Beckie Dreyer and I were all previously Rusty Pickle Chefs!  ((...waving to my Pickle Sisters!!! Love you guys!!)) 

Thanks for coming by and make it a WOOOOO HOOOOO kinda weekend!! ;-)

104 comments:

Dolores said...

oh I love your minibook, it's just fabulous! Became a follower

Arjanne said...

Cute minibook!

Jocelyn said...

Ohhhhhhh this mini turned out perfect!!! I just started making minis again and now you have inspired me!!!!

Thanks for sharing and have a great day!!!

Pamela said...

This is awesome! I love it! :)

ChelseaL said...

I just became a follower!! I love your mini album!! I have never done a mini albim before but will have to for a DS soon and yours gave much inspiration!!

Karen F said...

Wow! Love the mini book and the blog. Am now a follower.

Diane said...

Fabulous mini book, I just love making them too. Your hint about using one paper line for the entire book was spot on. I follow.

Debbie said...

Tracey this is an awesome mini!! Super cute!

Kelly Massman said...

Love the mini! So cute! I've become a follower!

Erin P said...

Super cute girl, thats for the little tips, i love to read everyone's idea's! good job lady! one day we need to meet IRL. :) LOL!

Tracy said...

Love your minibook - I need to do more of them for sure.

Erika M. said...

Just became a follower and think your mini album is delightful!

Jackie said...

This is fabulous, I've become a follower!

Tracy said...

Love your minibook - it's amazing

Amy said...

I just became a follower, I love MLS products and besides your blog looks really fun, I will enjoy gleaning inspiration from you! Love the mini-book -- I have done a few, not my favorite thing to craft but will do them now and then just for a change of pace.

Devonne said...

I love mini albums! They make the best gifts too! Loving finding all the new blogs to follow too!

Lillian Child said...

Very sweet mini book creation - lots of love went into that!

I am now a follower of your blog - going to crap a cup of joe and look over your archives.

Thanks so much for sharing with us!

Eva said...

What a CUTE CUTE little album!!! Love it!

Thinking about everything said...

I love this so much!!! Is realy beautyful!!!

Tracey Locher said...

WOW! Looks like you are all mini book lovers... and that I'm the only one intimidated by them! ;-)

It is Homecoming weekend down here in San Diego... gotta run to get the house ready for the family and the big game! THANK YOU for the comments and I will be checking in all weekend!!

Oh, and Lillian, I sure hope you meant that you were going to "GRAB" a cup of joe... LOL!!

erin said...

holy madness look at how your gorgoues photos just pop! love this tracey!

Teri said...

I wish I was creative in making mini books

Bethany said...

I'm now playing follow the leader with you. ;) Great mini! Love the colors and fun scalops on the binding.

mustangkayla said...

Absolutely ADORABLE mini!

Carrie said...

Beautiful mini album!

BTW, I went to Escondido High...small world!

Thanks for sharing!

Jenn said...

your mini book is so sweet!!

Fleursbydesign said...

Cute mini!

curlyqmosaics said...

Wow! You did tons of work on this, and it shows. Love the cover!

Tracey Locher said...

Carrie... WHAT A SMALL WORLD! My husband and I have been volunteering at OG for 7 years now... Chris will be our 2nd to graduate from OG... Looking forward to playing Esco on 10-22! (Go Patriots!) :-) Have you seen the new fields that the 3 schools got this summer!? They are sure BEAUTIFUL!!!

Sandi Smith said...

Love your Minibook...loks so pretty!!became a follower of your awesome blog!!

Jessica Sutton said...

ADORABLE! Love it!

Julie said...

i LVOE your mini!!! fabulous!!! tfs!!

Pinque said...

what an awesome minibook! Love these colors and the 3D effects rock!

Romy said...

Great mini album about the three friends. Love it!

Jennifer Moore said...

I LOVE mini albums for special occasions! Your album is PRECIOUS! I am a follower. :)

KellyG said...

I am a follower. Love your mini especially what you did on the binding! I love other people's minis, it take me forever to complete a layout I can't imagine how long it would take for me to complete a mini! Someday I need to try it!

Michelle said...

What a fab project!

Lan said...

Cute mini album! I joined your followers.

Patrícia said...

Adorable your minibook!

TanishaRenee said...

Cute mini!!

Beckie Dreyer said...

Love you too girl and what a fabby wee album! xx

Alyssa said...

SWEET album. I love it!

Marti's World said...

I love the mini! Very cute! And I became a follower, as well.

Kelly English said...

Love your mini! I have not done one of my own yet. I'd like to -- just haven't had time! I am now a follower!

Shannon said...

Beautiful! :) Just beautiful!

Taj White said...

how cute is that mini. Love it!

Vik said...

Love that little mini album! Crazy cute!!!

Judith said...

I'm a follower. Love your tips for the mini album.

Barb P said...

I became a follower! Your mini book is stunning

Aphra said...

This album is just perfect for all those amazing photos. Your kiddos are too cute!

Cath said...

Your minibook is amazing - love the colours & what you've done with it - VERY inspiring :) Thanks for sharing :) I've just become a follower & am sure I'll be back to see what you've been up to. I think my minibooks are going to look very different from now on!

Rebecca said...

Wow!!! It's fantastic!

Amy Coose said...

What a great mini!!!

June said...

love love love the mini !

Peg said...

Love your mini album, just soo cute!

Jennifer said...

I am a follower:)
TFS your mini album and the advice to use one product collection (makes it so much easier:)

aussiescrapper said...

Absolutely becoming a follower, I love MLSB, my goal is to one day be good enough to be on this fabulous DT, I love everything about your gorgeous mini album too, the 3d'd photos are stand outs and the journalling and of course the gorgeous colours to make your girls photos just pop are divine. I love this. Melxx

Nitasha said...

SuperCute Mini! I'm following your blog and I adore mini albums so can't wait to see your future minis too!

Pretty Little Paper Love said...

super cute minibook, isn't that line just awesome... must buy it all :D

Pretty Little Paper Love said...

and I'm following too :D

kellmg said...

Love this minibook!! Glad to become a follower!! Your work is great!!

Suzi said...

what a great minibook! tfs!!

Delaina said...

WOW! Gorgeous Mini!!!

Leanne said...

Your mini album is amazing! I love th hidden journaling block! So clever..x

Jennybean said...

Lovely mini book! I haven't done any yet, but I do have one I'm planning for the grandparents of my son's first year!

Brittney said...

Great little mini - and, I'm a follower!

Dear Kate said...

Love the album! Just made my own first mini album, though I'd probably call it a teeny-tiny album! (2x3) Great job!

Alison Day said...

I'm now a follower (love your style!) and my thoughts on minis are that I REALLY want to do one but am FREAKED OUT! I have started an 8x8 of our Hawaii trip but it may just take me 9 months to finish! LOL! Hopefully not!

Erica Hettwer said...

This is just super cute!

Kristi B. said...

This is such a sweet book! I am a follower. :)

Matilda said...

Love the design! followed your blog!

junk star buddy said...

I am definitely inspired! I'm stuck at my (first)mini album trying to get everything together. Thanks for the tips :)
- lish

Mel said...

The minibook is greeatt!! :) gonna dive in to do one right now! Thanks for sharing!! (Became a follower :D)

Anna said...

Ohhh I just love mini albums. This one is awesome ! You inspired me to go and start one myself. Thanks

goldyfish said...

Cute mini. I am working on my first mini. I won it and am falling in love with mini's. Love your music. So fun.

Jessica said...

Love your mini! I've done 3 or 4 mini's and they are definitely a labor of love. Great for special occasions or events. I just became a follower, can't wait to see more.

Jessica said...

Love the mini! I just did my first one, using a double pocket card folding technique. I made 5 of the cards with 2 pockets each and then adhered them together. Like you said, easy peasy! I added pix on each of my boyfriends daughters and slid them into each pocket. I was't sure of myself, but Ijust did it. I took about 2 hours. I love it! Next time will be easier!I'll be back.

Sandi said...
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Sandi said...

This has to be one of the cutest mini-book evah! I am a follower and I am addicted to making mini-books myself. Thanks for the inspiration!

Kate said...

Great mini album, I love them. I'm following!

** Kate **

Lindy said...

I love mini's and this is just fab. I'm now a follower.

TeenaBugg38 said...

adorable little mini!!! Just became a follower of your wodnerful blog...thanks for the chance to pick up some goodies....blog hops are just the bestest!!!

NANA R NASSAR said...

Here I am going on the next BLOG wishing to win the collection!! Just amazing...is what I can say about your project!

foursenuff said...
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foursenuff said...

I really like your minibook. I am following too!!!

scrappin_in_AK said...

love your mini album - what great pics. I"m a follower

Colleen said...

That is just a cute mini book.

Martine said...

gorgeous mini-album! wonderful work!

Angie said...

Adorable mini book! Just love all the colors! I'm now a follower of your blog! Thanks for the inspiration.

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Fantastic mini album..I'm a follower!

Kath said...

I love mini books and yours is perfect. i hope you manage to see your friends more often . It would be a pity to lose touch.

Katherine said...

Lovely mini book!

Maristela Rodrigues said...

Eu amo mini albúns !!!

Margaret UY said...

ur album is super gorgeous and inspiring!

jennmom2000 said...

I am a new follower and I love your work!

Kristen Watts said...

I love the binding on your mini album. Well the whole thing is just fab!

Chantal said...

Gorgeous mini!! TFS! I'm now a follower!! :D Thanks for the opportunity! :D

Monique said...

What a super cute mini!! I LOVE it!! Thanks for your inspiration!

Faye Marie said...

What an awesome mini album!!!!!!!!!!!

Mônica Castro said...

I love this mini...how wonderful !!!!
all things is perfect ...and now I'm a follower too..

Rosana Bonalume said...

l loved, loved, loved

Dorothy said...

your mini-album was just fab. now a follower too.

Melissa said...

adorable mini.. Cute binding accents!

Josiane said...

I love minibook!
Beautiful!