With Mother's Day fast approaching, I was really excited to make a "brag book" or mini album for my mother of Jackson. I thought it would be the perfect gift ! Where we don't live in the same town, she doesn't get to see Jack as much as she'd like - so I thought this cute little package of pictures would be great so she can show him off to her friends ! I was also excited to use some of the NEW In Colors on this project as well !! They go so beautifully with the colors we already have and am SO looking forward to using them more and more !! I apologize in advance, there are a LOT of pictures in this post !! So lets get started !!
Here is the front cover of the brag book. Isn't that adorable !? I am loving the color combo of Pistachio Pudding (new), Wisteria Wonder, Crisp Cantaloupe (New), So Saffron, Bashful Blue (retiring), Crumb Cake and Baked Brown Sugar (new). Very fresh, don't you think !?! To create this cover you need a piece of Crumb Cake measuring 5" x 12", and score it at 2-1/2", 3", 8" and 8-1/2". Fold on all your score lines. I then decorated the 2 flaps for the front with some Bashful blue polka dotted DSP, cut to 4-1/2" x 3-3/4" for the bigger flap and 4-1/2" x 2-1/2" for the top. I used my Notable Alphabet to spell out "Jack" in the new Baked Brown Sugar ink, punched it out with the 1" Square Punch and then layered the letters on my coloured Postage Stamp Punches. I used the Large Scallop Edgelit to make the Whisper White scalloped border. I decorated the bottom flap with the (sadly retiring) Up, Up & Away stamp set. LOVE that sweet set !! If you don't have this one yet, get it before it's gone on June 3rd !! Next it was time for the inside !!
As you can see here, I used some little Velcro dots from the dollar store to keep this package closed. VERY easy to use - and really sturdy !! My inside pieces are 2 pieces of Crumb Cake measuring 4-3/4" x 12" - scored at 4-3/4" and 9-1/2". I folded these scores, and adhered the 4-3/4" pieces to the middle of my cover (the vertical piece). These pieces do overlap slightly when stuck down. I used Sticky Strip for this, because I want it to REALLY be well stuck down. I then covered up the back piece with some more Bashful Blue DSP, cut at 4-1/2" square. I die cut a Scalloped Square from the (retiring) Scallop Square Clear Bigz Die in Whisper White. I decorated it with the Up, Up and Away and Notable Alphabet sets.
Here is the project completely opened up ! Isn't that FUN !?! I think the hardest part of this whole thing was picking the pictures to use !! LOL Here are the pieces more close up:
The middle - A perfect place to write any special message ! Love that sweet hot air balloon in the corner ! I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to get all the pieces to be exactly where I wanted them.
I cut my So Saffron and Wisteria Wonder layers here at 4-1/2" square. I used some Whisper White at 3/4" x 4" to write the little titles for each picture with my Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker.
These new in colors of Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding are SO scrumptious !! I love them on their own and even more paired together. And with Crumb Cake, they are just delicious. LOL
Well, thats my FUN project for today !! I really hope my mom likes it ! And Mom, if you see this before hand, Happy Early Mother's Day !! LOL Thanks a lot for coming by today and Happy Stamping !!
Stamp Sets: Up, Up & Away (wood #122755, clear #122757), Notable Alphabet (wood #126355, clear #126357)
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar Classic Stampin' Pad* #131174, Pistachio Pudding Classic Stampin' Pad* #131177, Crisp Cantaloupe Classic Stampin' Pad* #131176, Bashful Blue Classic Stampin' Pad #126961, Wisteria Wonder Classic Stampin' Pad #126985, So Saffron Classic Stampin' Pad #126957, Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker #119680
Paper: 12x12 Crumb Cake #124274, Wisteria Wonder #122922, Crisp Cantaloupe* #131298, Pistachio Pudding* #131294, So Saffron #105118, Whisper White #100730, Subtles Patterns DSP Stack #117152
Accessories: 1" Square Punch #124094, Postage Stamp Punch #122344, Large Scallop Edgelit #127019, 1-1/4" Circle Punch #119861, Simply Scored #122334, Scallop Square Clear Bigz Die #115950, Stamp-a-ma-jig #101049, Small Heart Punch #117193
* Sneak Peak of the 2013-2014 Annual Catalogue