Thursday, October 22, 2020

Smiles Mini Album Tutorial

Hi everyone! Today I have a mini album to share, but the techniques and designs can also be an inspiration for cardmaking or art journaling. I was in the mood to remember the sunshine and fun of summertime. 

Layers of ink - Mini Album Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I used the Simon Says Stamp September Card Kit to create this and also a bunch of dies and stamps by SSS. The kit is sold out, but you can get most of the individual parts separately instead. I don't use patterned paper that often, but I loved the Let's Wander papers by Vicky Boutin included in the kit and thought they would be perfect for a mini album featuring some photos from this summer. The tiny envelopes are also so cute and contain extra journaling. 

Layers of ink - Mini Album Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Start by cutting two covers from Sizzix Little Sizzles matboard 6x 8in. I used all the patterned papers from the kit and also cut pages from SSS cardstock. Some of the cardstock colors I used were included in the kit. The SSS cardstock is heavy and perfect for pages. I also used some kraft cardstock. I couldn't find the Let's Wander paper pad by Vicky Boutin in SSS now, but you can also use her beautiful Storyteller 6x8 pad or Color Kaleidoscope pad.

Layers of ink - Mini Album Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Round the outer corners of the covers and all the papers.

Layers of ink - Mini Album Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Die cut SSS Sending Smiles.

Die cut Sending Smiles from Peacock Teal cardstock and the mat from kraft cardstock.

Layers of ink - Mini Album Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Stamp images on kraft paper.

The Just Miss You set is full of great sentiments, perfect for these times. The heart balloon and the little people are so cute. I stamped them and the clouds on kraft cardstock. Some where stamped on the album pages too.

Layers of ink - Mini Album Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Color images with colored pencils.

The images were colored with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils, using colors that coordinated with the patterned papers.

Layers of ink - Mini Album Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Die cut embellishments and words.

I used left-over cardstock to die words, hearts, circles and flowers.

Layers of ink - Mini Album Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Punch holes with a Crop-a-Dile and bind with rings. I kept the cover simple, with just the sentiment, an envelope and some stamped images. 

Layers of ink - Mini Album Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Mini envelopes.

Sending smiles is a perfect sentiment for cards, but I thought it fit here too, even though I am keeping the album for myself. It is full of smiles.

Layers of ink - Mini Album Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

On the inside cover I added some journaling cards, another envelope and a Daisy Stem. I am going to add most of the journaling a little later, when I have all the photos I want to include here. I didn't print all of the photos at home, since I prefer to use a professional printer for photos.

Layers of ink - Mini Album Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The whole family were able to be together for a couple of weeks this summer, which was precious. We hadn't seen each other since Christmas. I really like the Chunky Happy die. The sentiment was stamped on a left-over strip of patterned paper.

Layers of ink - Mini Album Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

We took the yearly photo on the beach with all the cousins in their beach chairs. 

Layers of ink - Mini Album Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I always take a photo of just the chairs too. The oldest cousins are starting to get too big for their animal chairs. 

Layers of ink - Mini Album Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The Thankful For You die came from the latest Make Merry release. The windows in the photo strip are perfect for small sentiment stamps.

Layers of ink - Mini Album Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Swimming on a slightly chilly day. Most of the photos were printed in black and white, but some are in color. 

Layers of ink - Mini Album Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I like the texture of the colored pencils on the kraft cardstock.

Layers of ink - Mini Album Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

You are special comes from the SSS Laugh In Flowers set. The sentiment stamps in that set are the perfect small size to add here and there.

Layers of ink - Mini Album Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Our favorite beach is basically never crowded. Some of the pages are still blank, since I am waiting for more photos. I have extra embellishments in a little ziplock bag so that they were be ready when the photos get here.

Layers of ink - Mini Album Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

You are my sunshine comes from the Hello Sunshine set.

Layers of ink - Mini Album Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I like taking photos of little details on the beach, and the smaller cousins love to play with boats. 

Layers of ink - Mini Album Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The hearts come from the SSS Clipping Heart.

Layers of ink - Mini Album Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I recently got the Because of You set, with great sentiments around the word 'you'. The big sentiment was stamped with the SSS High Dive ink.

Layers of ink - Mini Album Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I like vintage bikes and this one is at a favorite cafeteria. Every year, I find the bike at a new place and photograph it. Happy Day comes from the Laugh In Flowers set.

Layers of ink - Mini Album Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The cousins played a lot of Monopoly. 

Layers of ink - Mini Album Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The yellow Circle Loops die cut from Sunshine cardstock placed here and there add a nice touch. It is one of my favorite dies.

Layers of ink - Mini Album Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

We had the most gorgeous sunsets this year. 

Layers of ink - Mini Album Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Sentiment from Laugh In Flowers.

Layers of ink - Mini Album Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

This photo is one of my favorites from the summer, taken during an evening walk. I kept the page simple with just a sentiment and an envelope.

Layers of ink - Mini Album Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The papers are perforated and I used some of the left-over strips here and there in the album.

Layers of ink - Mini Album Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Two of my favorite cookies that my Mom bakes.

Layers of ink - Mini Album Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

One die cut heart and one stamped and colored heart.

Layers of ink - Mini Album Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Two of the left-over journaling cards were added to the back cover. I can also easily add more pages to this album if I want to.



Thank you so much for stopping by here today!  

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Autumn Postbox Tutorial

Hello crafters! We have started getting frosty mornings now, winter is coming. Here comes the tutorial for the autumn postbox that I posted earlier in the month.

Layers of ink - Autumn Postbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I posted this postbox as a part of the blog hop for Eileen Hull's two new dies, of which the Postbox is one. This is a very quick and easy project and perfect as a gift for someone. It can also hold a little gift and the slot is meant to fit a gift card. It also works great as a money box, which is what my son is using it for.

Layers of ink - Autumn Postbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Die cut Eileen Hull Sizzix Postbox die.

Start by die cutting the Postbox from mat board. The entire box is just one piece and the die both cuts and scores the mat board, making assembly very easy.

Layers of ink - Autumn Postbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Stamp with SSS Wood Planks.

Stamp the box with the Simon Says Stamp Wood Planks background stamp using two shades of brown Archival Ink. I used Ground Espresso and Vintage Photo. For more inspiration on the Wood Planks stamp, check out my Old Spooky House tag and Nature Vintage Sketchbooks.

Layers of ink - Autumn Postbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Ink the box with various shades of Distress Ink. Mat board takes ink beautifully.

Layers of ink - Autumn Postbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

To assemble, place a strong adhesive along the two flaps, as shown here. 

Layers of ink - Autumn Postbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

And then assemble. Super easy and quick. This box would be great for a kids' craft project.

Layers of ink - Autumn Postbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Stamp flowers with SSS Anna's Flowers.

I used flowers from SSS Anna's Flowers. Ink with two shades of Distress Ink, mist one to three times with water (depending on the size of the stamp) and stamp on watercolor paper.

Layers of ink - Autumn Postbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Watercolor stamping with SSS Anna's Flowers.

Cut the flowers out and shape them slightly with a pencil or a bone folder. Adhere to the box. There are also a couple of labels from Tim Holtz Field Notes ephemera. The stamped sentiments come from SSS Anna's Flowers and Laugh in Flowers.

Layers of ink - Autumn Postbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Tie the box with twine or use Velcro dots. Add pearls to the flower centers.

Layers of ink - Autumn Postbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The sentiments were stamped on cream paper with Ground Espresso Archival Ink, cut into strips and inked around the edges.

Layers of ink - Autumn Postbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Gift cards, a little note, small photos, or money can easily fit into the slot. 

Layers of ink - Autumn Postbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I left the back plain. You can see the joint between the stamped impressions at the bottom. If you overlap the impressions slightly, it won't show.

Layers of ink - Autumn Postbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

When open, the box looks like this.

Layers of ink - Autumn Postbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

This is a fun, quick and sturdy box that can be used for a long time. 




Thank you so much for stopping by here today! Stay safe!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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