March 24, 2012

remember this

I'm operating a bit on the better-late-than-never principle these days.  It's been a week, actually more, since my blogging day at and I'm just getting around to sharing this here.  If you haven't been by this month there is still one more week of mini madness for you to enjoy.  I have loved seeing all the minis this month, from differing styles to topics.  Lots of great ideas to keep in mind for later projects.

I was lucky enough to get the chance to work with a kit from Jenni Bowlin for this month.  Even before my kit arrived in the mail I had already decided what my album topic would be.  I had a feeling that the vintage feel of Jenni Bowlin's products would be the perfect fit for an album about our new little guy.  Once I opened the box, my intuition was confirmed.  I received the March papercrafting kit, along with an Open Hodge Podge mini book, and together they formed the perfect foundation for creating a picture album of Samuel's first month.

The kit had everything I needed to make this simple mini album and I didn't need to add very much from my own stash in order to complete it.  I did rearrange a few of the pages from the Hodge Podge book and replaced the Open bingo card with one from my stash that reads, Adore.

As for the design, I followed a concept very similar to the one I used for my gallery contribution this month.  I went with a more free-form style and cut papers at various sizes and tried to mix and match the patterns without thinking about the structure too much (because I am guilty of thinking about these thing too much).  Sometimes the key to getting things done quickly is to come up with a structured design, and then sometimes you need to just let go and let the products and photos stand on their own.  With a predesigned kit this is easy to do.

As for the details, you might notice that my pages so far don't have any journaling.  That's because I don't plan on including any journaling.  At least, I don't plan on including it on every page - tucked into the envelope on the left-hand side of the image below is a letter I've written to Sam, and it will be the only journaling for this little album.

Basically this mini is more like a decorative photo album - somewhere to keep these first photos of Samuel so that they are all in one place.


As we fall into a routine, and I find time to scrapbook more (I'm hoping to fit some into my schedule today!), I will very likely make full-size layouts with these photos to put in Samuel's baby book.

Here is a simple page that divides the photos from the hospital from the photos at home:

You might also notice that all of these pages are single-sided; another thing I've done to keep this mini super-simple.  This way I don't have to over think my designs, and I can add pages or move them around within the album easily too.

I loved the mix of masculine prints and colors, like in the patterned papers shown above and below,

combined with softer colors and elements, like the polka dotted vellum paper, and the label stickers which came in a more pastel color palette.

I don't use very much pink in my scrapbooking, but this kit worked so well for documenting our sweet little boy.  Obviously, this kit would work equally well for documenting little girls too. 

Or any topic for that matter.

This was a truly versatile kit, and I want to thank JBS Mercantile for sending me one to work with for our month of mini-album madness.

Even though I kept everything pretty linear in this mini, to me it is more eclectic than my usual style.  My layouts are definitely more structured, and I usually plan them out beforehand.  I find this format lends itself to playing a bit more.  It's not so much the finished product that is different as it is the mindset.  When I'm working on a mini I just don't worry about matching patterns or where to put embellishments;  I try to let go a bit more when making mini-albums vs. layouts.  Hope that makes sense. =)

How about you, do you like to make more structured mini-albums, or do you aim for an eclectic look?  Do you approach both layouts and mini-albums with the same mindset?  I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Have a great weekend!

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