I've got four new albums in the shop this week—the blue TOPO with the etched topographic map on the front, HOME in the most perfect yellow, a new shape with REPORTER (based on my Book of Lists projects) and a re-release of the green Christmas TREE album (the first album I made with a cut-out on the cover).
In case you've noticed the drop-off in crafts, it's all due to this: a mini and corresponding class, Explore Mini Album, at Big Picture Classes based on my last trip to Portland. In the class I share my process for putting together an album with lots of photos using tabbed dividers and a good dose of organization. I'm still giddy about the materials we created to go along with it. Tina designed gorgeous digital papers to use with my hybrid templates for the dividers and the coordinating covers are copper-foiled. It all turned out so much better than I could have imagined, the rich colors and hand-drawn patterns of the papers and the shiny foil on chipboard, so fabulous. I'm even more excited that I get to share them with you. Yay, pretty stuff. And yay for getting those photos off your computer and into a book!
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Hope to see you there!
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I had two realizations while working on my book this month: 1) I haven't gotten out my tape measure but I'm almost certain my album is crooked because I cannot take a photo where the damn thing doesn't appear to taper off on the left side and the top right corner juts out further than the rest. It can't be me, it has to the be album. Right? And 2) I might as well start calling it a photo album from now on. Because really that's what it is. All my hoarded PL cards and pretty do-dads are going to have to find some action elsewhere.
My project for Ali's Story Kits went up last week. If you're a subscriber you'll have seen it; a little album about the magic my nephew brings to my life. Being the guest storyteller for this month really motivated me to tell all my favorite Will stories in one place. It's a treasure.
Side note, I'm super obsessed with watching craft videos right now.
- Ali has awesome videos each month introducing the theme, going thru the kit contents and making her projects. They're long and chatty. I love the way she connects so different ideas for each theme and watch how her layouts come together.
- Tina's minibook class, Details, has awesome videos too. So many good ideas and pretty things to look at—but mostly, I like to hear my friend chatting about crafts. It's fun to hear her talk about her process, the thoughts behind her ideas and see how she makes things.
I like to listen to them while I work on my own projects. It sounds corny, but it's like we're crafting together. It's nice to have a little company for a change.