Friday, October 2, 2015

A Lovely Gift - Handemade Mini Album

Front Inside Cover
I am immensely pleased to bring you another Brandy creation today.  She made this mini-album for a friend to give to his grandma.  No way to talk through all the crafty goodness in this book, but I'll try to give a few important details.  Feel free to grab something soothing to drink and flip through the photos.  It is worth it to zoom in on a couple of these lovely pages to really get a picture of the variety of embellishments that were included in this book.

On the mini-book cover, Brandy printed the title out onto white cardstock and embellished with stamped stars, carrying the background theme forward.  Those flowers are cut from patterned paper, inked on the edges with Distress Ink and shaped using this technique.
Lots of pockets to add photos and tags tucked inside to place photos or journaling

Tag toppers peak out of the album
The album is made using the hidden hinge technique.  Brandy followed these two videos for inspiration:

Ginger at My Sister's Scrapper
Stack the Deck Mini-albums with Laura Denison

Click the links, but be warned.  These paper bag albums are addictive.  It's not called Contagiously Crafty for nothing!
Each tag is covered on one side with patterned paper from a Best of Basic Grey collection

The backside of the tags are stamped with journaling frames as a suggestion how to fill them.  Space at the top for picture, room at the bottom for writing.
The fold out sides add such beauty and a useful place for pictures

The book just isn't complete without a waterfall photo/journal book at the back

The back cover is spectacular.  The stars were made using a background die of repeative stars.  The die cut dark paper was then glued to a light background paper.  Each star was then filled with glue and glittered.  The picture doesn't exactly do the glitter justice, but I can reassure you is stunning in person.  This technique was used on both the front and back covers.

The gold handmade paper is a perfect accent for the binding.  Don't you love the chain of charms Brandy attached to the binding.  A little bit of extra care and attention in the book design.

This card was a last step in book design intended for the giver to write a special note to his grandma before giving the gift.  So precious with those Heartfelt Creations Vintage Floret flowers die cut from patterned paper and shaped as indicated previously.  Do you see the teeny, tiny butterflies?  Oh my but this is a special book.


  1. Nice job Brandy. Lovely. Those butterflies are very dear.

  2. WOW, this is one gorgeous mini album!

  3. What a nice and delicate album! So nice really! I am so glad for your visit to my blog. Thanks so much for your kind words! Hope you had a nice and fun creative weekend. Hugs, Gracie.

  4. Brandy that album is amazing - so many places to put those special photos etc. Love the card - what a beautiful gift! Thanks for sharing!


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