Sunday, July 12, 2015

What do you do when you are 3?

I always make special cards for my grandnephews and grandnieces - and this weekend we are celebrating Mila's 3rd birthday (her b'day is in August but her mum is having her party a little early as they hired a "Music Man" to come and entertain the kids and this is when he was available!)
I decided to make a little photo book for Mila.  I've been wanting to use my Sizzix die -  Album, Mini designed by Eileen Hull and this was the perfect opportunity! I cut it out of Little Sizzles Mat board so it's nice and sturdy.  It measures 5 1/2" wide by 5" tall when folded.
 I cut 3 pieces of Vintage Cream card stock 10 1/4" x 4 3/4" and folded each piece in half - giving me 6 pages to put photos on.  I stenciled the Wendy Vecchi Stencil - Check Mate on the covers (inside and out) using Archival Inks Tiger Lily, Violet and Pink Peony.
After printing the photos I wanted to use I picked out coordinating DP for each page - cutting the paper 4 1/2" x 4 5/8".  
I die cut each photo with Stitched Edge Rectangle dies from Waltzingmouse.  I printed the sentiments on my computer and cut them into banners.
Here is the center of the book - and you can see how I punched holes in the center of the pages, matching them to the holes already die cut on the cover binding and looped a piece of wrinkled seam tape through to tie on the outside (see photo below).
My niece, Katie, puts all her photos of Mila and Landon on Snap Fish - so I had tons of recent photos to choose from.
I just love these sweet pics of Landon and Mila walking and sister.  Landon will be 5 in Sept.
This photo of Mila eating a cupcake from cousin James' recent birthday was perfect for the last page in her birthday book.
I couldn't resist adding one more photo - the only spot left was on the back cover. When I babysit for them I usually bring a craft to do.  They both enjoy them!  (that's the remnants of a wash off tattoo on her hand and a piece of paper towel protecting her outfit!)
Here's a side view showing the binding. 
The black plastic numbers are Alpha Parts.  The sparkly green letters are Thickers (remember those!!?? I have a drawer full!) The little chipboard Mini Doll is Julie Nutting/Prima colored with Copics and the 'is' are Idea-ology Label Letters.
I think this will be a nice keepsake for Mila to remember when she was a sweet beautiful 3 year old!
I'm linking my photo album to the July Art with Heart Challenge - Make it 3D


Pamellia Johnson said...

What a beautiful album Julia. Thickers...hahaha, I love those things! The colours and patterns are so bright and fun, such a great way to keep all the memories in one place! hugs :)

Annette Allen said...

oh my this mini album is so totally cute and what sweet photos.. love it

~amy~ said...

What a wonderful keepsake Julia! She's ADORABLE!!!

Samra Leshinski said...

What a keepsake this is!!! Just gorgeous!!! Your grandniece is adorable :)

My Paper Epiphany said...

That is so very special Julia! I bet she was delighted!

Helen said...

So cute and a beautiful keepsake.

Can you e-mail me again please - just checked and I haven't got anything from you.

Helen x

Brenda Brown said...

What a gorgeous book of memories and a perfect gift for Mia. Love it.
hugs Brenda xxx

Lisa H said...

what a cutie patootie! and I love your album too! ;-) thanks for sharing it with us at the July Art with Heart Challenge. =)

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Oh my gosh Julia, that is so wonderful, what an amazing gift for Mila (and for her Mom & Dad, they are going to love it!!). So obviously made with a whole bunch of love, thanks for sharing it and a very Happy 3rd Birthday to Mila!

jdmommy - Anne Harmon said...

This album for Mila is awesome. I love the photos you chose, and the theme for a three year old is wonderful. No wonder your great nieces and nephews love do such loving things!! Hugs, gf. Thanks for sharing this amazing gift!

Diana said...

this album made me smile and brought back some favorite memories!! what a wonderful project to create!! amazing gift for sure! thanks for joining our Art with Heart Challenge - make it 3D!!!

Nicole Wright said...

HOLY...This is AMAZING! I love all your amazing pages, what a treat to receive. I haven't even used mine yet. Thanks for sharing with is at the Art with Heart Challenge, Make it 3D. Cheers, Nicole

Mary Marsh said...

wow this is awesome Julia- a treasured keepsake-you create such wonderful cards and gifts for the little ones