Monday, January 9, 2012

Sweet Things Mini Album

Hi ya friends,
I took a couple of classes with Marion Smith back in September so I got to make 2 of her mini-albums. I was really excited cuz she is a great designer & I luuuv her work. Without getting into it, let's just say I was pretty disappointed with the classes for various reasons. It wasn't the projects, they were really great, but mainly it was that we spent almost 6 hours in class & came away with a bare-bones book. :( Every time I attempted to work on it, the little crafter in my head would shriek, "You've already spent 6 hours on this!!!" so I would get really frustrated, put it back, and there it sat for months. I decided to pull it out & complete it during winter break cuz I didn't want to go into the new year with incomplete projects :( but in the end I really like how the book turned out & I got to do a lot of my own things to it.
Here's my book:
I want to add a pic here so the post card is just serving as a place holder.

Here are the inside pages:
First page has a side pocket:

All of the pages have a top-loading pocket for pics.

 Here, you can see the pink pull tabs & a closer peek at the binding. It's a simple accordion book, but I do like the punched border detail she showed us how to create :)

This pages has Stickles along the blue border

I cut out the umbrella out of the pattern paper & layered it on top for dimension. There's Stickles along the yellowish border along the blue edges.

I created a pocket with the chipboard piece so that tag pulls out.

 This is the back page: I'm adding a side pocket to this page too
 and this is the back cover
I added a lot of my own embellishments. The flowers & butterflies were from Recollections at Michaels, some of the flowers were from Prima, and the bling was from ZVA. I also added Crystal Stickles throughout & glossy accents to the clock faces. Someone mentioned that Prima makes the Recollections line for Michael's so I think that helped the embellies go together.

Marion has directions for making the album---> Here 
Although this was not the best experience, I really liked the project & techniques she showed.
I hope to make another of this type of accordian book in the future... so stayed tuned ;)


  1. Hey supermodel (I mean Karli), that is a gorgeous new pic, you look so fabulous!

    Love the book, it's really elegant and fancy. So many small details you've added really make it special. Need to check out the accordion style mini albums, looks really cool. Glad you put in the extra time, it is a masterpiece!

  2. I think its beautiful. Its so vintage and I love that. Glad you didn't give up on it. :)

  3. Beautiful album. It is vintage and elegant. You may have left class with a bare-bones book, but you certainly finished it to the max. Love all your embellishments and details.

  4. Simply beautiful. So glad you got to put your own style into this album.


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