I can't think of a better way to start a Monday morning than to do a giveaway. I hope you want to plan along. We are going to do TWO giveaways today.
1. One lucky winner will receive a Making Memories Desktop Carousel. This will be a random giveaway. Keep checking back to see how you are going to win this. We'll post details on our blog, but we can't tell you when. :)
2. We are also going to give one lucky winner a taste of Making Memories Passport collection. If you want to win this, post a comment on the blog and tell us about your travel plans this summer. Will will pick one winner at the end of the day from the comments we receive.
So, what do you do now? First post a comment so you can be entered into the Passport Collection giveaway AND keep checking back to see how you can win the Making Memories Desktop Carousel.
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Welcome to the 4th and final week of our month long challenge!If you’ve been following along, or better yet – joining in, you know that we have almost completed an entire album in 3 (60 minute or less) sittings.The final steps will be completed in one last 30-60 minutes session.
Last week, I hinted that you may want to begin thinking about journaling for your album.This week, we’re going to go ahead and add the journaling.You can easily add your journaling in a number of ways.
Hand-write on tags or pre-cut pieces of paper
Hand-write directly onto your page and/or photos
Type and print your journaling – then trim and attach to pages
Type or hand-write your journaling and tuck it behind photos or between your pages (this is an especially good option if you have very personal thoughts or experiences you want to include, or if you simply have a lot of journaling to include)
A combination of any of the above
I chose to use option number 5 for my album.Some of my journaling will be handwritten – directly onto the tags or journaling blocks which were included in the passport kit I am using for my album.Other portions of my journaling will be typed, printed, cut into strips (because I love my journaling strips), and added to my pages.
I also decided to add some of the pamphlets and other memorabilia to my album by tucking it behind the pages…it doesn’t bother me that it sticks out a bit – but if it does bother you, you can either copy it and decrease the size or simply fold it.
One other addition I decided to include is a pocket page.I had one blank page at the end of my album – so I thought it would be the perfect place to include a few extra photos, some postcards, and our itinerary…I simply cut a sheet of patterned paper and glued it around the sides and bottom – quick and easy.
After your journaling is complete, you may want to take a few minutes to further personalize your album cover.Adding a photo or some embellishments to the front cover is easy to do, and adds a nice touch.Depending on the type of album you are using, you may be able to tie ribbons and/or embellishments around the spine.I always add my name and/or date to the back cover of my album as well – to me, it’s the perfect final step in completing my mini-album.
I hope you’ve enjoyed participating in this month’s challenge – and hopefully you’ve even created an album of your own!Now you can sit back, relax, and relive some of your most treasured memories by flipping through your album – an amazing album you created, front to back, inside and out, in less than four short hours.
Our last designer in our three day same product series is Anna from Reykjavik, Iceland. She used the Passport Collection also. However, she did not create a travel layout to show the versatility of the Passport Collection.
I just love the look of my little girl's face in this photo and I feel so lucky to be able to call her my girl and that is how I came up with my title - "My Girl."
To create this layout, follow these simple steps.
Trim a 4" x 12" strip from the Ledger Teal paper and then cut a decorative edge on one side. After, ink the edges of the paper.
Trim a 7" x 8.5" strip from the Stamp Die-Cut paper.
I absolutely adore the Passport line from Making Memories. I have frequently lingered near it in the Scrapbooking aisle at the store, but always felt like I couldn't buy it because I don't travel. After my Aunt returned from Egypt (and I was extremely jealous looking at her photos) I realized, why not tell a story about why I don't travel right now, and if I could, where I would go. Thus, my "Bucket List" was born.
I love to layer and add texture on my layouts, and I knew I wanted my photos to pop, so I added layers of tags and paper under my photos, creating a nice mat for them. I placed large pop dots under each photo to make it pop right off the page, and added machine stitching for added visual interest. I love how the photos are the focal point, and the journaling tells the story from the pull out tag at the bottom.
1, Choose your papers and adhere them to the background using a sewing machine.
2. Mat each photo onto your chosen patterned paper and distress the edges.
3. Adhere the photos to your layout using pop dots, remember to leave some corners of the photos without adhesive. (This will enable your journaling tag to slide in and out easily).
4. Decide on a title for your layout and place it on your page, outline the letters with a black marker.
5. Create your journaling on the journaling tag and slide it underneath the photos where you have left space open.
6. Embellish your page with stickers and flowers. (To create the crumpled flower, choose two or three patterned papers, cut descending sizes of circles and distress and crumple them with your hands. Place them on top of each other, securing each circle with a glue dot as you go. Place a flower on top of your circles and add a brad in the center. Secure entire flower with a pop dot).
7. Finish your page by machine stitching in the upper right-hand corner.
It's SO hard to travel with three kids, so we never go anywhere. Even going to Grandma's house is a big event. So I vow: I will fulfill my "Bucket List" (places I want to visit before I kick the bucket). I will travel the world. I will see NYC, Australia, Italy, and Paris. I will be a well-traveled woman and go wherever I fancy.
We provided three of our blog readers a collection of Making Memories Passport Collection. We asked them to create a project with that collection and share it with the rest of us.
Today Ally from Ontario, Canada is going to share her work.
I don't have very many photos of all of us as a family because typically, I am the one behind the camera, just like a lot of you. I wanted to remember the three of us at this moment this year and to document this point in our journey as a family. Sometimes it is just nice to capture the simple, everyday moments in our life and I think this picture captured that perfectly. I am so thankful that I have these two great guys in my life to take and enjoy the journey with. I am truly blessed!
To create this page, I started by cutting the edge of my kraft cardstock, inked it, and then added some machine stitching. I then cut a strip of Passport embossed paper and adhered it behind the detail edge.
I trimmed and tore pieces of pattered paper to fit one inside the other, inking and distressing the edges. I cut the "damask" patter out of the patterned paper, inked and adhered all the papers and my photo to the page.
I stamped my flourish design, laid down some of the label fetti stickers and stuck my title chipboard alphabets down. I journaled on one of the journaling tags, added another tag below and adhering them both. To finish the page, I added some more label fetti stickers, some canvas flowers and some Kaiser gemstones to create a visual triangle of red highlight elements.
Thanks Ally for sharing your work with the rest of us.
If you want to learn more about Making Memories Passport collection, check out our website. Make sure you post a comment with your blog address so we can see your work also.
It's time for step number 3 in our 4-step album challenge and we are well on our way to having a completed album.Today we’re going to combine our work from weeks one and two by simply adding photos to the pages we completed last week.
Your photos are probably organized in the order you want to present them in your album – if not, go ahead and do that quickly.Next, lay out all of your completed spreads so you can see them.Look at the first set of photos, choose the background you would like to use for these photos.Arrange them on the spread and attach them with adhesive.Now move on to your next set of photos and continue this process until all of your photos are attached to your backgrounds.This shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes, after all, most of the work for this step was completed during weeks 1 and 2.Now is also the time to add additional embellishments if you’d like. I was even able to work in bits of memorabilia (pamphlets, tickets, etc.) here and there during this step.
While you are arranging photos and embellishments, start thinking about any journaling you might want to include on your pages.We’ll add the journaling on our last step, but now is a good time to start thinking about it.Next week is our final week – the week we’ll have a completed album.
Disclaimer: If you’re looking closely at the photos on my pages, I would like to make a few points. 1) These photos were taken a very long time ago with an inexpensive camera and with absolutely no photography knowledge or skills whatsoever.2) They are still important to me – they may be “bad” photos, but the memories and experiences they represent are “good” and therefore worth saving.3) Not only were the photostaken a long time ago, they were also developed a long time ago – in the old traditional 3 ½” x 5” size – I am opting NOT to scan and reprint my photos at this time.4) There will be no comments made (or accepted) pertaining to any clothing or hair styles portrayed in these photos.:))Thank you.