Happy Autumn Friends!
I am so excited to share with you today the beginning of my Autumn album! I was first going to do a 6×6 mini bucket list album but I have “Fall”en in love with so many gratitude albums I have seen and the Gratitude.documented concept that Shanna Noel has started that I decided to expand to a 6×8 album. This is my first year doing a mini album for Fall and so far I love it! I am thinking about adding to the same album next year but it will depend on how full this one gets. I decided to use the Simple Stories Faux leather 6×8 album which matches my 12×12 black We R Memory Keepers albums for my project life this year. I wanted to dress it up a bit though so I decided to add a few charms that reminded me of Autumn and family.
Here is a look at the album cover/spine.
It was really simple. I just wrapped around some bakers twine and hemp twine where the front cover met the spine of the album and tied on some pretty charms I found while collecting some autumn supplies. The label for the album is a ticket in Kraft that I cut down to fit. I took white sticker letters and colored them with a copic marker to get the watercolor like effect.
For the first page I took brown woodgrain cardstock and cut out the framed “gratitude” from a cut file I created with my Silhouette software. The second page is shimmery cream cardstock with the adorable Logo from Shanna Noel’s Gratitude.Documented.
Next page shows off my family’s Bucket list for this Fall. I cut the apple basket , apples and title from my Silhouette all out of cream colored cardstock and then colored them all in using my Copic markers. I wrote out the list using a typewriter font and cut them in strips. I sewed those along the left lower side and to finish off the page added a little Whimsical Sequins for a bit of shimmer. (Silhouette Design ID #47269 used for the apple basket and the font for the title is Jenna Sue)
I did want to prep a few pages for the busy days I won’t have a lot of time to scrapbook. I am sure I will move things around as I develop my photos. The papers and embellishments I am using throughout my album is the Basic Gray Persimmon collection, the Family Traditions line from Websters pages, and some embellishments from My Minds Eye. I really love the combination of the oranges and browns mixed in with the navy and baby blues. I am also adding in some Project Life cards, Pre-cut cardstock, Prima wood accents, Hey Kid sticker labels from Pink Paisley, Whimsical Twist sequins, and some other items from my stash to add texture and color.
Here are a few of the “put together ahead of time” pages I have done so far.
For this next page I decided to make a partial transparent divider type of page using some sequins and Prima wood disks. I just sewed the two pockets closed. I will add a filler card or photo in the other two spots.
One of our bucket items is to make our own Halloween costumes this year. My little girl decided to be a traditional witch this year so I set these two pages aside to show off her costume and a photo of her trick-or-treating. I love the little whimsical sacks to hold tags for journaling!
One of the key things with this project as well as any seasonal Mini album project is to simplify and organize. Some items in my craft space I keep where I always keep them but sometimes it helps me if I pull together the collection of items I might want to use for the project. Looking at all the Autumn product together is very inspiring for me. Some things that I have done to help myself along is pre-cut my cardstock in 4×6 and 3×4 pieces, take my 6×6 papers and put them in a 6×6 clear iris plastic box to flip through quickly, Take a binder clip and clip together like items (sticker letters, enamel dots and gems, labels, sticker embellishments, stamps, etc), and put little items like sequins in the color combo that I will be using and wood veneer in small containers for easy access (bead containers from your local craft store work great for this).
I hope you enjoyed my little preview into my Autumn album. I will be back for this series next month to show you my near completed album!
One little bit of exciting news today is that all Basic Gray and My Minds Eye product is now on sale at 20% off in the Whimsical Twist shop!!! The sale lasts from now until November 3rd . So, if you were wanting to get your hands on some great supplies for your autumn and holiday scrapbooking now is a fantastic time! Enter Code MME20BG at checkout!