.:: Scrapbooking Haul ::.

Lately I have been toying around with the idea of pocket scrapbooking. I have tried the digital version but I was never really interested in actual ( aka physical ) pocket scrapbooking coz I thought it would be quite expensive to buy the supplies, albums, journaling cards, embellishments etc. But it struck me, I haven’t done much scrapbooking lately and I didn’t really have to stuck with embellishments specifically made for pocket scrapbooking. I could just make my own with the supplies I have at home. After all, they are sitting untouched! And I really needed a way to quickly catch up with documenting my pictures from the holidays we’ve taken and events happening over the past few years. I really enjoy making handmade books, but pocket scrapbooking seems like a more time-efficient solution for that purpose at this point ( well, I hope I’m right! ). I started browsing online for supplies, and was very delighted when I found Scrap Boutique was having a half-yearly clearance. Perfect timing!

Scrapbooking Haul

I opted for We R Memory Keepers 8.5″ x 11″ albums, I thought 12″ x 12″ would be too huge. And I was right. I was quite surprised that the one I ordered was bigger than I thought it would be, so I can’t imagine going for 12″ x 12″! I chose mint and coral and had to really resist not buying a third one coz the color selection was just amazing. However seeing how thick they are, I think I’m good with two for now, it would take some time to fill them up!

Scrapbooking Haul

Scrapbooking Haul

Next things I grabbed were a few packs of page refills in varying pocket sizes so I’ll have different options to play with. I also grabbed a bunch of alpha stickers and they also kindly included a Kaisercraft stamp set and Amy Tangerine sticker set as gifts. How lovely!

Scrapbooking Haul

Scrapbooking Haul

A few months back, I also grabbed a ton of Kaisercraft paper pads and collectables from Andy & Belle taking advantage of the huge sale they had. Kaisercraft always have pretty collections and it’s easily available here coz it’s an Australian brand. And getting them at a bargain is sweet!

I’m now drown in supplies! And so excited to play with them all, even though it might be some time, coz I’ll be traveling all month next month. Which if I may say, is another good reason for this haul!

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.:: { DIY } Kaisercraft Now Boarding Travel Album ::.

Kaisercraft Now Boarding Travel Album

I’m finally back with another scrapbook album. I’ve been working on this one on and off, taking my time to create the bits and pieces here and there – but last weekend I finally had the time to finish the last pieces and put the book together. This album is by no mean finished, it is still waiting for more love, but that has to wait until I select the pictures and decide how I’m going to lay them out on the pages. For now, I’m just ecstatic at how it gets to this point.

Kaisercraft Now Boarding Travel Album

I used Kaisercraft’s Now Boarding collection, which was released earlier this year. I just adore the collection, the muted color combo of black/grey and red gives a really vintage feel to the album, which works perfectly for my intended use for this album. The base for the pages is made of black cardstock, sized at 7″ x 7″. I made the cover slightly larger at 7.5″ x 7.5″, using doubled up cereal box covered with black corrugated cardstock. To bind the book, I used the hidden hinge binding system, similar to what I created for the Prim & Proper mini album, and each page has a pocket storing a double-sided photo mat. I like this system because it allows for a lot of photo spaces and the additional flaps I created in some of the pages even creates more spaces, which is kind of amazing!

Here’s a video and collage that would take you through the pages!

Kaisercraft Now Boarding Travel Album

I’m planning to create a series of similar books for a very memorable trip D and I took in 2011-2012, but I’m going to play with other Kaisercraft collections to have more fun variety. If you’ve seen my post two weeks ago, you probably noticed I’ve started working on my second book!

.:: { Craft } Keep Calm ::.

The original Keep Calm poster was produced by the British government during the World War II and since its rediscovery in 2000 a countless interpretation has been made across the globe. Cheeky, but I’m actually loving most of the sayings – Keep Calm and Drink Coffee, Keep Calm and Eat a Cupcake – they put a smile on my face whenever I catch a glimpse of these words.

But nothing relates more to me than this version. The design was published in Cross Stitcher magazine, but I got a copy from The Making Spot – which unfortunately has been closed down a while ago. I really like the color combo used in the magazine, so I tried to create something similar. I found the sky blue 28-count evenweave during a craft fair. And I’m loving how it turns out! It is a really simple project using only white threads, and it took me about two weeks to complete. I love quick projects like this, I feel invigorated and motivated to stitch even more after finishing one!

Keep Calm and Cross Stitch

.:: { DIY } Prim & Proper Food Box Mini Album ::.

I’m on a roll. I have been making mini albums and this latest one is my favorite so far.

Food Box Mini Album

I’m so giddy with how it turned out. I’m always looking for ways to recycle cereal box and other food boxes ( I have an embarrassing amount in my craft stash because I can’t get rid of them! ). One thing that have been on my mind every time I see my coffee boxes are how it would make great mini books. The small size is just perfect. And having the “covers” and “spine” predefined for you makes it even more convenient.

The coffee packaging was rather thin, but once I enforced all sides with cereal box cut up to size – leaving gaps where the creases were – it makes a good-sized and sturdy cover. Once I got the cover sorted, I went ahead and covered the front and back covers and also spines with scrapbook papers, attached the “hinge” binding and covered the inside covers with more scrapbook papers.

The pages are made out of black card stock and matted with pretty papers from Prim and Proper collection from Rosie’s Studio, and oh how I love the patterns and color combination! All of the pages have pockets on the side and some open to reveal more pockets and more photo spaces. The book measures about 4″x3″ and the main pages would fit 2″x3″ photos comfortably. I can’t wait to fill in the pages with photos! Check out the details in the video and pictures below!

Prim & Proper Food Box Mini Album

And once again, the before and after! I’m still excited how a humble food box can be used to make something useful, and not to mention, gorgeous!

Food Box Mini Album

.:: { DIY } Travel Journal Preparation ::.

Tassie Travel Journal

Making a travel journal has been on my to-do list for so long. I’m not so much of a journal writer – something I need to change in my future trips – but the idea of a special place to keep my small travel mementos and pictures appeals to me – especially now that I’m into paper crafting and obsessed with making mini albums.

For my recent trip visiting Tasmania, I prepared a simple travel journal, using papers I already have. There wasn’t any specific theme to my journal, since I was just trying to use up my stash. For the cover, I recycled a cereal box covered with a scrapbook paper. Lesson learned, I would prefer a sturdier material next time or double up the box to get a thicker cover – cereal box is okay, but it is not sturdy enough when brought on trips.

Tassie Travel Journal

For the pages, I used different kinds of papers, mostly scrapbook papers and card stock, maps and pictures and even texts cut out from travel guidebooks and brochures. I inked some of the pages to create an aged look, while leaving some of the other ones which are full of pattern or color.

Tassie Travel Journal

I mostly enjoyed making pockets, or smaller-sized pages. It breaks the pattern and keeps things interesting. As this was my first ever travel journal, I wasn’t sure how many pages I would need and what I would actually put in there – would I write a lot, or would I mostly display pictures, etc. So I kept most of the pages simple to allow me to decorate later after the traveling part is done. In total, I created pages and I’m quite happy with that, especially because the ring binding allowed me to add more pages later on.

Tassie Travel Journal

On the back inside cover, I also attached a pocket made from a map of Launceston – cut out from a travel guide book – to keep loose mementos.

All in all, I’m happy with this little mishmash of a travel journal. I’m excited to get my pictures printed and get this journal done – and breaking into the craft supplies I hauled during my trip ( the joy of having a Spotlight in the middle of the city! I’m jealous.. )