Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Damask Divas August Blog Hop!

Welcome to my blog!  Today I am part of the Damask Divas August Blog Hop.  We are showcasing the fabulous new Paper pack, Avonlea from Close to My Heart.  If you came from Cydney's page, you are in the right place.  If you have jumped here and just discovered our blog hop, feel free to check the list at Damask Divas to find out where you are in the order.

I had stumbled upon an adorable little mini book project in one of my facebook groups recently, and decided to make one for the blog hop.  The embellishments that coordinate with Avonlea lend nicely to the overall effect.  Here is the video that tells how to make the simple 3 x 3 book with just one piece of paper.  Just click on the one that says "valentine mini book" in the lower left corner of the page.  Tim really makes it easy to duplicate, and then the rest is all up to your imagination!  Without further adieu, here is my take on the one sheet mini album:


This was a super-fun and easy project that looks sooooo beautiful and polished when completed.
I just HAD to use the new Shimmer Trim to adhere the binding of the book.  It is a self-adhesive ribbon that was very easy to work with.  I used the strip of paper off the Avonlea B&T Duos for the middle of the spine.  The glittery medalion is from the Slate Mini-Medley Accents, as well as the button in the center.  Also, the two small bling are from the Sparkles Assortment--round--black and grey.


I had been wanting to use the Vintage Type Alphabet and this was the perfect opportunity.  It really went well with the old style feel of the papers and colors.  I also added Milepost Shapes throughout the mini book and distressed them with Chocolate or Slate Ink.


This is the first pull-out from the two pockets I kept for my version of the book.  You can see the foundry clip and a pin from the new Slate Mini-Medley Accents.  I also used a bit of the AWESOME new Burlap Ribbon we have now!  I LOVED the effect with the pin!




These are another brand new and exciting product--the Color-Ready Canvas Alphabet.  I inked the letter U in Slate and left the ME in the original color to make it pop.


Another newbie!  Olive Baker's Twine from the Harvest Baker's Twine collection!  Also, the new Sparkles assortment--Round--brown and tan!


This page is one of my personal favorites in the book--love how all the floral came together.  The two metal pieces and flower on the right are from the New Antiqued Gold Mini-Medley Accents.  The one on the left is a Pewter Badge Button adhered to a piece from the Avonlea Canvas Compliments.


Now you can see the second pull out from pocket number two.
 

The final page...more accents from the Slate Mini-Medley.


What a great way to use those old school pictures that sit around after you pass them out to the relatives!  Or maybe the relatives will get lucky and get a beautiful little mini book to treasure their pictures in.  ;)

Thanks for stopping in and checking out the Damask Divas first EVER Blog Hop!

From here, you get to visit Crissy Worthen!  Have a great time discovering all the great ways you can use this beautiful Avonlea Paper!  If you get lost, just pop on over to Damask Divas Blog for directions.  Thanks for stopping by!

28 comments:

  1. What a beautiful mini book! I love all the details of this book. Thanks for inspiring me to go create a mini book of my own!

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    1. Thanks so much! As well as for yesterday! ;)

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  2. This is Fabulous!!! you know I love anything that can be made from 1 sheet of paper!! :)

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    1. That is one of the BEST things about it!!! ONE SHEET! ;)

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  3. Oh my gosh I love this book. Mini books are so fun to make.

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    1. This was my first, and I have to agree--super-fun! Thanks for popping in, Amy!

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  4. Wow!! Wow!! Wow!!! Your mini book is gorgeous Amie!! I want to try one of those. Just beautiful!! Have a fantastic day Amie!! Hugs, Gloria

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    1. *blushing* You are so kind! Thanks, Gloria, you rock!

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  5. That is so awesome! I always wonder what to do with mini books and now I know! This would make a perfect gift for Grandma!!

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    1. Yes! It was the first kind of picture that popped into my head, so I went with it, and it was a home run! I have more ideas for another! :)

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  6. Amie those pages are beautiful. You will need to show me how to do that.

    Barb

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  7. I love this mini book, I've been meaning to make one and this is a great inspiration. I like the silver trim on the binding! Great job Amie!

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    1. Hi Jeannie! Thanks! That Shimmer Trim is the best!

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  8. Oh Amie, you truly have a gift! The Lord has blessed you with such creativity. Love all the additions to your mini album. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Dana, thank you so very much. I am thankful every day to be able to do what I love right now too. I will do it for as long as He lets me! :)

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  9. Your mini album is precious! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Theresa! Thanks so much for looking! :)

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  10. Love your mini album and love the colors you used.

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    1. Hi Sheri! The colors in this paper are definitely amazing, thanks!

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  11. Oh it's lovely! I love mini albums and I am always looking for inspiration! :D

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    1. Melissa, you have GOT to try one!

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  12. Good job, Amy. That is a lovely keepsake!

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  13. Amie, oh my goodness, this book is SO Gorgeous and Tim Holtz would be proud! Great way of showing the ribbons and other new accessories from CTMH. Avonlea is one of favorite paper packs! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful creative talent!

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    1. What an amazing compliment! You are quite welcome, and come back any time, thank you! ;)

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  14. Great mini book! This would be great for close family to have for a new baby in the family, or a weekend getaway momento / picture book.....my wheels are turning!

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    1. I love the way you think! Thanks!

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