Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Confetti Wishes - Hearts of the West Blog Hop

Welcome to the team Heart's of the West blog hop!

If this is your first time joining us you will love it. It features Close To My Heart Consultants from all over Canada showing you their projects. The Hearts of the West team was founded by Nancy Klein!

This months challenge is the Confetti Wishes paper pack, brought to you by the Annual Inspirations book, hand picked from Nancy Klein.

If you came from Terry Ann's blog then you're in the right place, this is a go around blog hop so you can start anywhere! Just in case, the full list will be at the bottom. So, as always, grab your coffee, tea, water, relax, and hop around the team with us.

I have to admit that this was not my favorite paper pack in the book, but the more I worked with it the more it grew on me! I was getting my Confetti Wishes card workshop ready and inspiration just took off!  I opened up the Reflections book and some old WOTG guides and found some really fun layouts that paired together nicely.

These colors just kept getting more fun to play with.  I hate to keep repeating this, but there is no title because it is going in to my great niece's book and I don't know what photo's will be there!  I used Pacifica cardstock to give it some pop.  White Daisy cardstock will adorn the photos on these pages.  I reached in to my stash of retired product and found these fantastic Stella accessories.  I love these!

Next I wanted to just show some touches of the different papers found in this pack, so I used Whisper cardstock for the bases, Crystal Blue cardstock as the accent color and pops of the Confetti Wishes B&T Duo's.

I used the Lovely Birthday stamp set on these pages and then added some gold assortments to the flowers for bling.

Here is a list of items I used.
9037 Reflections
X7189B Confetti Wishes Paper Pack
B1462 Lovely Birthday
Z2012 Gold Assortment
1385 White Daisy
1292 Crystal Blue
X5759 Pacifica
X5929 Whisper

If you would like to purchase any of the product you can do so here.

Well until next time, I hope you enjoy your stop here and the rest of the fantastic projects waiting for you in this blog hop!  Your next stop is Kim's blog!

2. Chantal Pearson - http://www.itsahoot.ca/2015/03/hwbh-april.html
3. Chelsey Vorosmarty - http://www.personaltouchscrapbooking.com/2015/03/HOTW.html
4. Heather Myers - http://hlmyers.blogspot.ca/2015/03/april-hearts-of-west-blog-hop-confetti.html
5. Corinna Murphy - http://corinnacraftfun.blogspot.ca/2015/03/april-confetti-wishes-hwbh.html
6. Terry Ann Diack - http://terryanndiack.blogspot.ca/2015/03/confetti-wishes-hwbh.html
7. Holly Young-Bowers - YOU ARE HERE
8. Kim Loewen - http://scrappinwithheart.blogspot.ca/2015/03/april-hearts-of-west-blog-hop.html
9. Valerie Kapsha - http://surescrapsalot.com/hearts-of-the-west-team-april-blog-hop/

10. Janet McCormick - http://worksofheart2011.blogspot.com/2015/03/confetti-wishes-hearts-of-west-blog-hop.html 
11. Kerry Hammel - http://scrapbookfunbykerry.blogspot.com/2015/03/confetti-wishes-hwbh-april.html

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Black and White Mini Album

For so long I've been eyeing up everyone and their mini ablums.  I've wanted to try and create something that resembled what I was seeing, but I was at a total loss on where to begin.  I started Googling mini albums and found tons of tutorials and pictures.  Next I just needed to settle on one that I figured I could recreate, gather some items and get started.

I gathered chip board and black cardstockand created the base of the album.  It was actually much easier than I thought it was going to be.  After learning how to hinge the pages, I can see me creating as thick as I need for albums!

Now I've had this paper pack in my stash for WAY too many years.  I'm a self proclaimed hoarder when it comes to scrapbooking paper and I'll be the first to admit it, so I learning to start using up the paper so that I can replace it with pretty new papers!  This paper pack was from  "Me and My Big Ideas" and is called Black and White.  I used pink shimmer trim, a retired washi tape and adorned it with a retired embellishment from Close To My Heart.  I also used a ribbon to tie the album closed from CTMH.

The spine of the album I adhered a metal embellishment from CTMH.  I can still slide a piece of paper under it to put a title in or wording.

 Here is the back of the album.  Nothing too fancy, just repeated the pink shimmer trim.

The inside of the album threw me off with the pockets and flaps, but I was determined to learn.  On the front inside cover I added a pocket and put a decorative edge on top.  I then put three mats to put pictures or journaling on.  The little purple flower embellishment was just one from my stash drawer of miscellaneous embellishments.  The opposite page has a flap attached.  I used another embellishment from CTMH to just give it some flair.

Here are the three mats that are in the pocket.  The front one there is a glittery paper that really looks fantastic in person!

Here is just a quick shot of the under side of the flap.  I wish you could see the metallic look to this paper.

The next couple pages I had fun with!  A flap and a piece to hold mats.  I used a Picture My Life card from CTMH to put a bit of journaling on.

These papers are velvet!  I really loved the soaring heart and wanted to showcase it.  The little piece holding the mats on the right hand page, I placed a metal key, like it was the key to some secrets.

This is another page that the picture does no justice for.  The paper is a light green with a metallic design.  The left page is just a page on it's own.  I really didn't want to add anything to cover it up.  Theright page has just a small band to hold the mats.  I added pink shimmer trim and a few metallic flower embellishments from Close To My Heart.

A picture of the mats out of the pocket.  You can see the reflection from the metallic design on the back paper.

At this point I was getting more comfortable with creating these pages.  I was understanding how they worked and how to build them to my liking.  Each page has a flap and the page on the left has a pocket added to it.  I used an embellishment from my stash because I loved the idea of putting the word DREAM on here.

A couple mats to fit in the pocket.

A view of the flaps open.

Now the back pages I was ready for!  I will admit that I made a mistake here, GASP!  On the left page I put the paper that I meant to put on the right side.  I pain stakingly made sure that the pink metallic butterfly was in the cut, but being on the left side, it is hidden by the two pockets.  Believe me, this upset me a bit, but I worked with it and went with the flow.

Here is a picture with all the mats out.  I really love the velvet and the different metallics on these papers.  They really added to the pop of the pages.  Added a CTMH embellishment and VOILA!

I added another purple flower on the insideof this flap.  I just wanted to add a bit more colour.

Well, that is my very first attempt at a mini album and I have to say that I'm completely hooked!  I can't wait to start creating another one.  I've got some more idea's for flaps and pockets and want to see them completed!  I'll continue to watch tutorials and look at pictures because as I said, there are some really talented people out there creating mini albums!

Well thanks for looking!