Monday, February 14, 2011

My Scrappy Valentines

Pearl Baily is quoted as saying, "What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork."  Well, I've been working with all kinds of papers for the last couple of weeks....

And this year, I ask, "Can't you have BOTH?!"  

I made six TP Roll Mini Albums for Valentines Day 2011.  Five are for gifts, and one is for me!  Each album has 4 pages...   each page being a flattened, painted and papered, recycled bath tissue roll or paper towel roll.

I used four different flowers for the front cover.  One is gathered lace, one is crocheted, and one is a pearly glimmer-sprayed paper flower with a miniature silk rose in the center.

I made my own pearly glimmer spray, and used it not only on the flower, but on a quarter section of a paper doily, which made for a corner pocket that holds a miniature postcard.  Remember, every page is approximately 2 1/2" by 4 1/4", so everything is pretty much "miniature"!

The front of the next page serves as a photo mat, but is also a flap that can be opened to reveal more space for pictures and journaling.  Attached to the flap is a small paperclip with a red glittered heart, to use on this page, or anywhere else in the album.

In the pocket of the first and second pages are two tags...  I chose to make one a little "naughty" looking!  Woo-hoo!  If I'd had more time, I would have added some lace, or corset laces; but not enough time, and these will have to do as they are...  In the middle of the two tags is a mini-mini booklet, again for journaling and/or photos.

As you can see, I now have some new stamps to make the tickets, and an EK Tools edger punch.  The next page I kept simple, serving only as a photo mat background.

Here are the tags and tickets I made for the pockets between these two pages.  The little girl stamp on the heart tag is my first attempt at " heat embossing".

I made 4 swiveling sets of lips, in their various shades of lipstick colors, so that they can be used for pictures and/or journaling.  I think the challenge is fun in finding and making ways to turn a small space into LOTS of space!

This next page has an envelope...

that unfolds into 4x more space..
(More, actually, if you include the back!)

I like how this tag came out...  simple but cute, I think.  A larger photo, or journaling can be placed on the back of the tag. 

And I always like to add a current coin or stamp into these kinds of scrapbooks, for whatever reason, for just a little added somethin'-somethin' to save and remember I guess.  This was the current Valentines Day postage stamp for the year, so I thought it would make for a cute little embellishment!

Here is the back cover of the album.  

Tucked behind the band of ribbon, on each album, I have a small tag where I will jot personal notes to the recipients.  Then I will add my small signature at the bottom right corner, and from there, I just hope everyone likes them!  I had so much fun making them!

I'm cooking up a special dinner tonight.  It smells so good, I can hardly wait!

Wishing everybody a very Happy Valentine's Day!!