"When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul or brings joy,
care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life."
Jean Shinoda Bolen

November 13, 2010

So Many Mini Albums
Blog Hop!

Welcome to the So Many Mini Albums Blog Hop!  I was thrilled and excited when Mary at CardzTV asked me to join her in this blog hop - it's my very first one!  Mary is such a special lady to organize a blog hop for mini albums.  I'm also taking this opportunity to post my first ever detailed instructional videos!

You should be arriving here from Nicole's Blog, if not, you may want to start at the beginning at Mary's Blog!  When you're done with my project, hop on over to Ruthie's Blog. I've included a list of all the blogs (below) in this fun hop, so if you're just joining us, be sure you don't miss the blogs above mine on the list!

Here is the blog list when you're ready to hop on over to the next blog on the So Many Mini Albums Blog Hop:

MARY - http://www.cardztv.blogspot.com/
DREW - http://www.scrappyhappiness.com/
CORRI - http://www.buglvr.blogspot.com/
JANIS - http://www.pausedreamenjoy.blogspot.com/
RAVEN - http://www.love4stamps.blogspot.com/
NICOLE - http://www.primpedinpaper.com/
JENNI - http://www.jenccreationstation.blogspot.com/
                        (YOU ARE HERE!)
RUTHI - http://www.septemberninth.blogspot.com/
MICHELLE - http://www.mumoftwoblog.blogspot.com/
GALE - http://www.thehappystamper.com/
SUE - http://www.suescraftymess.blogspot.com/
ROXY - http://roxpaperscissors.blogspot.com/

So, let's get started!  My project for this blog hop is the "Checking it Twice" Mini Album.  It's so named because it's got lots of places for "making a list and checking it twice."  Gift lists, guest lists, to do lists, etc.  It also has pockets for photos, receipts, and recipes.  We're all busy during the holidays and I thought this would be a good way to keep on track and not forget anything (I'm a list maker!).  This was so much fun to make and I hope you enjoy it!

Pocket Page - Front
Pocket Page - Back
In the posts below are: Two (detailed) Instructional Videos; a Supply List; Cutting Guides; and a Punching Diagram for book rings.

Now I know you all love free goodies, so today, I'm giving away a complete kit to make this "Checking it Twice" Mini Album!  Included in the kit is all the chipboard, cardstock, decorative paper, gold cord, book rings, cutting diagrams, and the template you'll need to make this project!  (If you choose to use a Bind-it-All, you will need to furnish your own o-wire.)

Here's how to enter:

1.  Become a follower or subscribe to my blog (or both!);
2.  Leave a comment below this post. 

One comment and entry per person, please!  Be sure to include a way for me to reach you in your comment!  (I prefer an email address -  please do not post your blog address as your contact information).  I will contact the winner by email for a shipping address.  I would hate to have to draw a new winner because I have no way to reach you!

Unfortunately, shipping is limited to the United States and Canada.  (If you have trouble posting a comment, please scroll down and try again, sometimes blogger is stubborn!)

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED - GOOD LUCK!  I will use random.org to choose a winner and contact the winner before noon (eastern time) on Monday, November 15, 2010.  I will also post the winner on my blog.

Thanks for joining me, and now, on to my videos! (see posts below!)


"Checking it Twice" Mini Album Video Part 1

"Checking it Twice" Mini Album Video Part 2

Supplies - "Checking it Twice" Mini Album

I designed the pages for this mini album so you can use 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock.


Chipboard (Cut 2): 6-1/4" x 5-3/4"

Decorative Paper:

Cover Outside: 7-3/4" x 8-1/4" (2 pieces)
Cover Inside Lining: 5-1/2" x 6" (2 pieces)

(My mini album is made with 6 pocket pages.)


Back (cut 6): 6-1/2" x 6" (red)
Front (cut 6): 6" x 5" (red)
Back Pocket (cut 6): 4"x6" (red)
Binding Piece (cut 6): 2" x 4" (red)
Large Tag (cut 6): 4-5/8" x 5-3/4" (dark green)
Small Tag (cut 3): 3-1/2" x 4-1/2" (dark green)
Booklet Covers (cut 3): 4-1/2" x 6" (dark green)
Scraps of cardstock for tag pulls (snowmen in my mini album)

(If you following the Cutting Diagram below, you will be able to get the pocket page front, back, and 2 binding pieces out of one piece of cardstock.)

Decorative Paper:

Front (cut 6):4-11/16" x 5-11/16" (this allows 1/8" edge to show)
Back (cut 6): 3-1/2" x 4-11/16" (this allows 1/8" to show)
     (this piece actually tucks inside the small pocket)

Plain Paper for Booklets:
6 Pieces of 8-1/2" x 11" Paper (I just used copy paper): cut 4" x 51/2"

Narrow Ribbon or Gold Braid for Booklets:
3 pieces approximately 6" to 8" long

(By using pretty braid or narrow ribbon to tie the pages to the cover of the Booklets, you can replace the pages year to year to re-use your mini album.)

Miscellaneous Supplies:

Glue runner, ATG gun, or good strong liquid glue to adhere your pockets pieces and decorative paper

1/8" Paper Punch (for booklets)
1/4" Paper Punch or Crop-a-dile (for binding - if you are using book rings)
3 Book Rings or Bind-it-all & a 1" o-wire (11 holes)
Scraps of ribbon, each approximately 3-1/2" long for attaching to book rings or Bind-it-All binding for decorating

Cover Cutting Guide - "Checking it Twice" Mini Album

Note: This is not a template!

Book Ring Hole Guide - "Checking it Twice" Mini Album

Note: This is not a template!

Pocket Page & Binding Pieces Cutting Guide - "Checking it Twice" Mini Album

Note: This is not a template!

Back Pocket Cutting Guide - "Checking it Twice" Mini Album

Note:  This is not a template: