Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Travel Mini Album

Since my family is going on vacation soon, I thought it would be nice to have a mini album/journal for us to record our memories as we go. This is what I came up with.
The whole album is made up of the plain sheets of Tim Holtz Grungeboard. I punched 3 holes in the end with my Crop-A-Dile Big Bite, and put on book rings ( easy to take off and put on as I finished them).

For the cover, I inked the Grungeboard with "Tumbled Glass" Distress Ink pad, then misted it with Turquoise , Riptide, Sea Glass, and Sand Glimmer Mists. I colored this lovely sketch from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Seaside Sketches digistamp set with colored pencils, glued it to the cover of my mini, then surrounded the scene with tiny glass beads in various blues and golds, to mimic sand and water. The letters for the word "Travel" are from Making Memories Passport collection but they were flat stickers, so I attached them to a scrap of Grungeboard, and trimmed the excess.I added a Prima flower and a strand of golden brown beads. I decorated the book rings with various blue and white ribbons, tulle, and twill, and added a Grungeboard "key", that I embossed with gold embossing powder (looks real. huh? ;-) ).
For this part, I attached papers from the Making Memories Passport collection to the Grungeboard, and misted with turquoise, sand, and sea glass Glimmer Mists (very lightly). for the right side, I added a journaling sticker from the Passport collection. For the center, I added a little journaling card from Crafty Secrets, and an envelope for memorabilia that I cut from Kraft paper using Lindsay's Stamp Stuff's Envelope Bonanza svg set. The right side is also misted with Glimmer Mist, and I added an embossed golden keyhole and brads, and inked the edges with Sapphire Distress Ink.
For the next pages, I used some light blue papers from the Passport collection, and stamped a border and title with some stamps from the Passport collection and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. For the center I used a Margarita digistamp freebie, which I printed on white cardstock, cut and embossed with my one Nestie, colored with my Copics, inked the edges with "Tumbled Glass" Distress Ink. I covered my "Blue Hawaiian" with Crystal Stickles, and my hurricane glass with Glossy Accents. For the right side, I used another Passport stamp and "Tumbled Glass" Distress Ink, and tied an "island blue" sheer ribbon for accent.
On the next pages, I used "sand" style paper from DCWV. On the left side, it is accented with sheer ribbon and a travel journaling tag from K&Co, which I also tied a sheer ribbon onto. I added another Crafty Secrets journaling card, and a Making Memories shaped journaling note paper. For the right side, I simply accented it with a ZVA Creative rhinestone flourish to evoke the feeling of a water spray or splash.
On the next pages, I left the grungeboard bare, and misted with sapphire, riptide, turquoise, and sea glass Glimmer Mists, dried with my heat embossing tool, and re-misted, and dried again. Then, I rubbed my glue pad on the edges, dipped them in gold embossing powder and heated. I added an orange hibiscus journaling tag from K&Co to the center.
The next pages are covered with some DCWV travel pages, inked the edges with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink. On the right side, I added a tiny envelope from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Envelope Bonanza svg set, and a tiny road sign that I cut from an svg I picked up somewhere (I have no idea where or I would share the link). Anyway, I cut it, stamped a tiny palm tree with a Studio G stamp, and inked the edges.
The next 2 pages are for the day of my sister's wedding, so I tried to make them a bit more elegant. I attached a creamy white shimmer swirl paper to a kraft background. I finished it off with a black Doodlebug Frill. I tied a tiny organza bag in the center to hold a small souvenir or momento.
The last 2 pages are dedicated to the drive home. I used paper from DCWV's Mango Frost stack, and stickers/journaling spot from Making Memories Passport collection. For the back cover, I left the Grungeboard bare, then misted with Sand Glimmer Mist, Mango, Treasured Hymn, Trufflez, Ruby, and Bed of Roses Shimmerz. To finish off the back cover, I colored another digistamp from Lindsay's Seaside Sketches.

Challenges that I am entering this mini album into are:
Bunny Zoe's Crafts: Summer Days
By the Cute And Girly:Warm Summer Days
Clearly Delightful:Pearls, Bling, and Button Things
Crafty Calendar Challenge: Summer (with the option of using yellow)
The Crafty Pad: Use yellow and orange and some holes (I punched my own holes in the Grungeboard)
The Belli Challenge: Alter It and use up old stash ( I altered and used up a ton of Grungeboard that I have had for at least a year, along with a bunch of ribbon and other goodies)
Creative Cottage: no cards allowed
Creative Craft Challenges:Summer Lovin'
Drunken Stampers: Water (I will be adding beach photos as soon as I have them, as well)
Easy Crafts Projects: Challenges: summer
If The Shoe Fits...Scrap it:vacation
For Fun Challenges: Hand colored design
Gingersnap Creations: Shades of Blue
Pear Tree Designs: Glitter/Sparkles
Practical Scrappers: Embossing
Stamp With Sarah Kay: anything Goes

Now, my album is ready, bring on the vacation!!

Thanks for looking, now head over to Lindsay and the rest of the DT's blogs for lots of inspiration and a freebie!!

Lindsay Weirich (Owner & Stamp Designer)
Cheryl Gorka (DT Coordinator)
Cindi Hooks
Diane Bove
Jennifer Bliss
Karin Martin
Leanne Garner
Lisa Jurecek
Margie Visnick You are here!
Melissa Craig
Rebekah Doak
Rhonda Walker
Shannon Neparko
Tamara Bennett
Tracey Allen
Micki Harper

Sometimes guest
Erin Bailey


  1. Gorgeous! This is just so beautiful! I love all the wonderful pages, this just looks perfect! Thanks for sharing. ~Diane

  2. Wow! This album is fantastic!! You've put so much work in it and it has turned out beautiful!!! Love every page and it's going to be a gorgeous keepsake!!

  3. wow this is gorgeous love all the detail such a fabulous keepsake.
    Thanks for joining us at the creative cottage, Tracy x

  4. Wow! I bet that was a lot of work! Just typing up the blog post must have been a headache! haha. You should really be proud of this! It is lovely!

  5. Gimmie a sec as I pick my jaw off the floor, that is fantastic, i love every detail, that will be so fun to fill in as you go, what a great idea!

  6. I am speechless! This turned out soooo great....And all your details are amazing! You really rocked the beach scene on the front, so beautiful!

  7. wow this is stunning a beautiful keepsake, thank you so much for sharing it with us over at the crafty pad this week and good luck.

  8. Lovely! Thanks for joining us at Pear Tree Designs.

  9. Wow.... wow again.... that is one gorgeous mini album. And I just love how you colored the seascape. This is awesome!!!!! hugs

  10. All I can say is WOW! This is fantabulous Margie!!!!! I absolutely love it!

  11. What a great idea to get the mini album ready before you go! Thanks for sharing that idea and your beautiful creation with For Fun Challenges.

  12. Stunning creation and great details on your post. I never plan that far Thanks for the inspiration.
    Thanks for joining us at For Fun this week.
    "Hugs" Carol

  13. WOW! Oh, girl, this is spectacular! What a gorgeous work of art, and your Lindsay seascape digi looks awesome. Thanks for playing along with the Drunken Stampers!

  14. Oh My Goodness, this album is absolutely stunning.. I just love everything about it.. Thanks for joining us at Practical Scrappers this week..


  15. Holy, um, WOW! This is a wonderful creation! Loving those bits and pieces and pockets!

    Thanks for dropping in at the Drunken Stampers craft pub!

  16. What an amazing creation this is, every single page is beautiful. A wonderful keepsake album. Thank you for joining us at The Crafty Pad this week.
    Suzi x

  17. Hi guys
    I want to sat you that i am very glad to here that you all guys are planning for vacations. My all best wishes with you for your nice traveling. all the images visible in the post are attractive. And very beautiful too.

  18. Wow this is so the colors you used throughout and all the details.. those glimmer mists are gorgeous.. I can see I need to add some to my meager collection of pearl and bronze hehe. Gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at CDBC!

  19. this is truly beautiful! I love it. the cover is amazing. Thanks for sharing with us on For Fun!

  20. Beautiful album, Margie. Great job, love it. Thanks so much for joining us at For Fun Challenge this week.
    Amelia x

  21. What a beautiful album! What a lot of work, love every detail, it's just a fabulous handmade book! Thanks for entering CDBC7!

  22. Wonderful project, love it! good luck and thanks for joining us at Pear Tree Designs. X

  23. this is just great! what a fabulous little mini album! i love it! thanks for sharing with us at the Shoe!

  24. Wonderful mini! Thanks for sharing with us at Practical Scrappers!

  25. Wow this is just sooooo gorgeous - will be extra fabby when filled in after the vactation. :)
    Thanks for joining us at The Crafty Pad this week. :)

    Debbie Crafty Pad Stamp Designs

  26. what a wonderful project! thanks for sharing with us Belli girls this week

  27. oh wow this is an amazing creation...stunning work Margie...thanks for joining in with the Bunny Zoe's monthly challenge
    Mina xxx

  28. Simply stunning!You can see how much work has gone into this fabulous creation.Thanks for joining us at Pear Tree Designs.
    Lisa x

  29. You've done a wonderful job of that. So many elements and so much thought and preparation has gone into it - it looks amazing!

  30. This is much work! Thanks for entering Gingersnaps Creations colour challenge this month.

  31. What an amazing book you have made! WOW! You have some really great ideas! Thanks for joining us in the Belli Challenge. Now go enjoy your vacation!

  32. awesome!! wow this is just awesome

  33. Such a wonderful book and lovely design just perfect for our Summer theme at Crafty Calendar this month! Thanks for joining in the fun with us :) Donna x


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