Mini Album in a Flash with Artbooking

Monday, August 5, 2013

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I’m a slow scrapper. Yep, I said it. I spend hours making design decisions, trying to find the right pattern and photo placement. I enjoy the process and make no apologies. But sometimes you’ve got to take charge and get something done quickly. Enter Artbooking.

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With one or two keys, and a single dial-size setting, you can create scrapbook pages and mini albums that are perfectly sized and designed.

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I tested out this “one and done” concept by making a school mini album for my son. I decided to use the ProPlayer paper pack, plus the additional colors of Ruby, Kraft and Honey to give the decidedly tech-boy paper a more colorful school theme.

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I decided to see if I could make an album by pre-cutting everything advance, with no pre-planning of the pages. I started by cutting all of the shapes from the “Inspiration” mini album keys of 7 and 8. I love how this album has assorted shaped and sized pages.

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I used the recommended dial size of 8” and never had to change the size again, every border, overlay and pocket insert were cut in exactly the right size.

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I mixed up my colors and cut at least one of every item. I took no time thinking about the final design, I just randomly grabbed different papers from the paper pack and cut away. It was so much fun getting to work right away, no decision making to slow me down.

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After I cut everything, I had a big, colorful pile of base pages, overlays, borders, titles and accents. I have to admit I was a little fearful, wondering if it would all come together.

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Well, as you can see, there was nothing to be worried about. It was so easy to pick out a base page and some photos, then choose page components to finish it all off. I purposely kept the embellishments simple, using the Keyboard Kraft Alpha Stickers, Licorice Opaques Adhesive Gems, and Ruby Chevron Ribbon.

In less than 3 hours, I completed this 14 page mini album, and it was fun, easy and totally stress-free thanks to Artbooking!

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7 comments:

Michelle Battitori said...

Love it!

Krista Ritskes said...

I think I need to try a mini like that. Mini albums intimidate me a little.

Linda Norman said...

That is encouraging! Can't wait to try one now!

Jane said...

What a fantastic project! TFS! Going to give a mini album a try soon. :)

Nancy Ball said...

Your album is great, Tresa. I'm planning on cutting another one today for an other project I'm doing.

Donna said...

Very nice! I have been loving Artbooking as well. (I am also a slow scrapper) :-)
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Anonymous said...

very well...Tresa!! I am italian girl and I like you very much!! I see you every day....thank you Francesca

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