Monday, January 12, 2015

Picture My Life - Seaside Mini Album

When I got CTMH's Seaside Picture My Life (PML) - al a carte I was amazed at how many cards I got. 

You get:

44 – 4" × 6" Cards (2 each of 22 designs)
78 – 3" × 4" Cards (3 each of 26 designs) for the low price of $14.95. 

I created several PML layouts of my Califorian Vacation this past summer.  It was super easy and fast to put my layouts together in a snap.  Vacation photos preserved and ready to show off to my family and friends.

Now what do I do with all of the extra PML cards?
Why not create a fun mini album? 
I created this mini album using up my extra PML cards, scraps from my Seaside paper pack, and extra photos that I didn't use on my layouts.  I always take a ton of photos and print a ton as well.  So what better way to use up all of your 'extras' - mini album.
To bind my PML cards I used a 3 1/2 X 1" piece of Colonial White CS and scored in half. 
I put 2 of those together with my ATG glue gun. Then you just add your cards. I built my book by adding my CS pieces and cards as I went. Some people do the long strip and score and fan fold it back and forth. I thought the indivdual pieces was easier. I hope this makes since. I will try to post a picture to help explain later.
Here are some very basic visual photos I took at my desk to show how I did the binding.  Sometimes it is easier to show you with pictures vs. writing them out.  Remember I just made up a sample at my desk with scraps of paper.

I hope this helps explain the binding. 

It really didn't take a lot of time to throw this mini album together.  So use up your stash and create a fun mini album to share with your family.  This will make a great Mother's Day, Father's Day, Anniversary gift, birthday gift, you name it! 
I really love using the CTMH mini stapler to add demension to my layouts, cards, and now my mini albums.   
Another fun and easy way to add some fun to your projects is shimmer trim.  We have a variety of colors.  If you don't find the color you need just use your shin shan marker and color our white shimmer trim and create whatever color you want!
On the right side, above, my daughter took this fun photo of Steve and I walking on the beach.  I really love how this photo is from the back.  We had a great day at Carmel Beach.  I sure do miss going to the beach!
Using the 'zip strip' from the top of my paper, added some aqua dots, and now I have a fun emmbellishment for my picture.  I used some 3D tape to add demension to my embellishments as well.   
I even used the smaller PML cards as journaling spots or even for smaller photos.  This added some fun demension to my mini album and helped to use those extra cards.

Now I need to go through and do my journaling and write down some of our favorite memories.

Nothing but smiles on all of our faces.  We had such a good time in California.  I can't wait to do our next vacation.  Where to go?  Hopefully somewhere with a beach. 
I hope my mini album inspired you to create something fun using your PML cards.  You can even create the same type of mini album using your extra B&T paper and some card stock paper as well.

Till next time my crafty friends,


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