Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Bloom Mini Album

Finally! My latest mini album is finished. This album has been one of the reasons that I haven't been playing all my usual card challenges lately. Minis take me a long, LOONNGG time. I'm really picky about how I put things together so i go through lots of ideas before I finally setlle on what each page is going to contain and look like.
I had decided that I was going to make a mini album as a giveaway prize once I reached 500 subscribers on YouTube. Well, 500 came and went and I still didn't have the album made. My friend Rina kind of summed up the way I feel about making minis. Basically she said she didn't want to just slap something together. She wanted it to have purpose and meaning. This mini had a purpose--a thank you to one lucky person who liked my work enough to subscribe to my channel so they could see more of it. I wasn't just going to throw something together willy nilly. Now I'm not trying to say I'm some spectacular crafter. I can name off quite a few ladies out there who are. Everything they make is just incredible. I just enjoy working with paper, I love to share ideas with other people, and I felt the need to make something to give back as thanks for all the encouragement and support I get. Don't get me wrong. Who doesn't love to get goodies like TH stuff, or cool papers. I just felt compelled to make something handmade to giveaway--something personal from me.
The album idea finally came together after I watched someone I subscribe to on YouTube make the flowers I used on the cover of this album. I absolutely adored the combination of Distress inks she used to make these daisies and lo and behold, when I went to Michaels (one of the numerous trips I make there each week LOL) I saw this We R Memory Keepers paper that matched perfectly. I also knew right away that I was going to use the brand new Cricut Lite Bloom cartridge that I had just bought at Wally World on this album. My Cricut has definitely been underutilized since it was bought, but I gave that little bug a work out on this album, even learned how to do some new stuff with it. :)
So here are a few of the pages. This is not the whole album. If you'd like to see the whole thing you can check out my video for it here. If you'd like a chance to win it, all you have to do is be a subscriber to my YT channel and leave a comment on the video.

For those of you who don't do YouTube and are more into card making, don't worry. I'm going to come up with a special giveaway in the future for you too. YouTubers aren't the only ladies I've learned from and been encouraged by. I follow some awesome cardmakers who are teaching me about art without even knowing it.
I'm ready to make some cards, but I also have an itch to make another mini so we'll see. At least this one won't have a time constraint on it. Whew! LOL
My new Sarah Kay and Penny Black stamps came yesterday and today I dropped by my LSS and my buddy Jen had gotten in some of those scrumptious October Afternoon Thrift Store and Fly a Kite papers. YEAH! I'm ready.
It's the start tomorrow of another challenge at Papercraft Star, so if you haven't already, check out the blog AND the Forum and give it a look see. This week's challenge is a sports theme. There's so much you can do with that theme so come on over and play along with us for this weeks challenge.
Have a blessed day!


♥Jan♥ said...

I just had one minute before I started cooking some chicken for dinner, and stopped by to see what you were up to ! (I am heading over to YT right after I eat so I can see the whole thing !) It really is something special, isn't it. I understand how you agonize over the details, I really do, and your work always shows that. Cannot wait to see the whole thing up close ! Super job, Tracy, as always !!!

Geri said...

Tracy...I love your album and I love the idea of giving away something handmade! Sweet, sweet, sweet...and full of ideas and inspiration, too! I checked out your blog the other night and I only got through the first page!!I have a lot of catching up to do. I am going to hop on over to the Papercraft Star blog and see how it is going. I bet you are loving that! Haven't visited there since I was on vacation!! Gotta go see what I've been missing!! Have a great day!!

Tracy said...

I posted my comment to your YT video before I saw the end of it. You are giving this beautiful album away!! So generous.
Don't you just love crocheting those butterflies. I am so addicted to making them.

Unknown said...

What a fabulous looking album you made Tracy! It's oh so pretty, you turned every page into a little piece of art. Your use of colours makes it very summery, there's just so much love in your book, it really shows. It's stunning! And your crochet butterflies!! I could go on forever, each and every piece is beautiful!! LOVE IT!! Hugs, Ira

Robyn - injoystampin said...

Tracy, you are amazing girl! I truly enjoyed seeing this amazing mini. It is a real work of art filled with lots of love. Thanks you for sharing it. I always enjoy your videos, and just had to pop on over to your blog for a close up of this. You've outdone yourself girl. Hugs from Ireland, Robyn

Unknown said...

WOW. Tracy this is wonderful.. I just love all the details you put in. I have done a couple of mini albums before. And seeing yours is inspiring me to maybe try another one. I am going to hop over and see your video..
Hope you have a great day. ~Linda

Kristina said...

Tracy, you never cease to amaze me! This is truly a work of art!! It's beautiful. I'm going to head over to YT and hopefully see more of your mini!!


Mona Pendleton said...

WOW! What an awesome book! Love all the detail & hard work you put into this project! It really shows :) TFS

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

This is so pretty Tracy, lovely gift! Thanks for sharing!

Suzanne C said...

This is Wowzer!!! Love every page and all the details. Wonderful! I know how time consuming... I only made 3 tags with two sides and it took me way too long. :)

Beebeebabs said...

Beautiful work thanks for sharing