Thursday, December 20, 2012

Favorite Winter Memories Mini Album

Here in south east Texas we rarely get any snow but that doesn't stop us from pretending like we do. Our neighborhood has a Christmas party each year for the kids and they have been known to bring the snow in.  It's more like shaved ice but we don't care.  These are photos of my oldest daughter several years ago. I took way too many photos for a layout and when I got the Winterings collection from Little Yellow Bicycle, I knew I had to pair the photos and this fabulous collection together.

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I used the new burlap mini for the album. I just love how the icy colors pop on the burlap. I mixed in stickers, chipboard, stick pins and pieces from the paper crafting kit to create the cover.
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I decided to use the winter text paper from the 6x6 pad and a portion of the WI-105 12x12 paper for the inside front cover. I did not add embellishments since the paper highlighted so many wonderful things about winter all on it's own.
I wanted to focus on one of my favorite photos of my daughter all bundled up. I matted it on distressed papers from the 6x6 paper pad, used banners from the paper crating kit as well as some I cut on my own and topped it off with clear cuts shapes/words, snowflakes and the "Bundle Up" sticker, which I matted to make sure it didn't blend in to the photo.

We were able to form some small "ice balls". My mother-in-law was playing catch with my daughter. To make this spread, I punched 2 different papers and adhered them behind the blue paper (cut from the 6x6 paper pad). I added a journaling card, then the photo and then I added a clear cut tree (it's hard to see to you might want to click the photo to enlarge). I also added a rosette with a small clear cut doily and snowflake circle. I completed this page with a pair of mittens. The 2nd page also features a journaling card with snowflakes from the paper crafting kit, stick pin stars and a sticker which reads "memories are made of this", which is soo true!

These photos are of my daughter exploring the ice cold snow. She had a blast filling her cup up and dumping it out, over and over. I covered the left side of the page with this gorgeous snowflake paper. When I was playing around with it, the photo was getting a bit lost so I made an extra large banner (hand-cut) and then I just added different layers of distressed paper, a chipboard sentiment and another snowflake and clear cut shape to achieve this look.  The coordinating page has the same distressed papers with a journaling prompt, sentiment sticker, chipboard house and 2 clear cut shapes, one layered over the other.

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Oh, a snowball did ensue but the snowballs were really ice balls so we lightly tossed them.  This grey woodgrain paper with the small snowflake/doilies is so beautiful and I really wanted it to stand out so I added some small itty bitty bling to the center of some of the flakes. The sentiment on this page is a happy accident. The "wonderful" banner was just fading into the grey background paper so I laid it on the dark grey and cut around it like a mat. I didn't like that so I matted it again on the blue and whattayaknow? I didn't like that. I laid them down on each other to think about it and after moving it around a bit and adding the snowflake accent, I had my design. I kept the rest of the page simply, adding some adhesive vellum tape to the photos. For the coordinating page, I layered 2 sets of clear cuts over the distressed papers, added a photo strip of photos and completed it with rosette and chipboard.

Finally, we were able to make a small snowman. We used little bits of tree bark for the eyes and a leaf for the nose. I used paper from the 6x6 pad for the background of the left page and then I just added a journaling note, chipboard, more clear cuts and snowflakes form the paper crafting kit. For the right side, I used the striped vellum tape to draw in the pattern from the left, added the snowman, canvas goodies, banners and more vellum tape.

Aww, more of my favorite photos. I added more distressed paper and then I actually pulled apart one of the canvas embellishments and added the Favorite sticker over it. For the right page, I did a clustering of snowflakes along the bottom and top and finished it off with the "let it snow" banner.

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We had a lot of fun this day. I am looking forward to taking our kids skiing soon so they can experience some real snow! The left page include vellum tape over the photo and a canvas embellishment layered over a clear cuts Christmas tree. The right side includes the "Welcome Winter" sentiment I pulled off the canvas from the previous page as well as the "Beautiful" banner layered over a rosette from the paper crafting kit.

I am so in love with the colors of this collection. It truly gives off the vibe of a cold winter day playing in the snow. I cannot wait to show my daughter this album. 

Supplies from the Winterings collection:
CBA-1008 Burlap Covered Chipboard Album
WI-304 Winterings 6x6 paper pad
WI-109 12x12 Paper
WI-105 12x12 Paper
WI-305 Paper Crafting Kit
WI-222 Burlap Stickers
WI-160 Vellum Tape Strips
WI-230 Clear Cuts - Shapes
WI-279 Chipboard Shapes
OC-277 Stick Pins (from Once Upon a Christmas collection)


Juliana Michaels 17turtles said...

This is such an awesome mini!!! I just love that burlap cover!!!

Christina Collins said...

This is just gorgeous! The burlap cover is the best.

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

This turned out beautifully, Heather! I'm glad you were able to make the most of the "snow" you got. :)

Connie Mercer said...

award winning!!!! beautiful!!!

Unknown said...

Muy lindo!!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is AMAZING!! WOW WOW WOW!! I loveeeeeeeee the colors and the photos!! And I just used that same album for Brookie's Elf on the Shelf mini I made her! LOL! :)

Diana Waite said...

those pictures are TOTALLY precious! LOVE this sweet little album-just GORGEOUS!

Unknown said...

This is absolutely gorgeous Heather!!!

Katie said...

Just a beautiful mini album Heather! I'm glad you got some snow in TX so you'd have the perfect photos for it. Thank you for sharing it on A Crafty Soiree last week. I've featured your project in the newest one, which will be up at midnight EST tonight.

Rebecca Keppel said...

absolutely adorable and she is a doll!

Unknown said...

Love the sweet litle album,In all pics she is looking so cool..
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Unknown said...

Winter card in 3rd pic is really nice,Specially girl is looking so cute..
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