Wednesday, July 9, 2008

a mini for mini-me


a few of the pages...







If you read this blog then you know that I love my Bind-it-All and I love fabric! So, while my girls were cuddled up taking naps I had a brilliant idea--instead of finishing the crib bumper, or tackling the work that was piled up on my desk, or trying to sneak some sleep in myself, I made this super simple mini. 'Simple' meaning it took me hardly any time at all so I couldn't be too hard on myself for procrastinating. :)

First, I cut some thick cardstock into 4X4 squares covered each with fabric and sewed around the edges. Then, I added some of my favorite photos, some letter stickers, and a couple flowers. Sometimes it's tough to keep it simple but I rose above the impulse to add more embellies! Remembering what the all-knowing Ali Edwards said in her August article of CK- focus on the photos + words when designing mini albums, so that's what i did! Lastly, I easily punched through each page and bound it together! Voila! I wanted it to have a vintage feel and I love the frayed edges the BIA left.


Now about that nap? Yeah, right. :)

*Edited: Use some sort of liquid glue to adhere the pics, I use Diamond Glaze. Also use pinking shears to cut the fabric. They're special scissors that leave a zing zag edge and keep the fabric from fraying too much.

81 comments:

MandieGirl said...

So pretty! Love the colors!!!

Preds Girl said...

That is darling! I LOVE the colors you chose! Such a cutie-pa-tootie little girl, too!!!

Ally0005 said...

As always you share something unique and fun.

Lindsay Dawne said...

That is so FREAKIN cute!! I love the fabric, the colors, the concept, overall such a great project!! Such a beautiful album you made. It just makes me happy!!

Emilie Ahern said...

LIZZY!!!

So fabulous! I too share a love affair with my Bind-It-All. And you use it so well. I would not have thought to try it on fabric.

Thanks for the inspiration Chika!!!

Amy Hummel said...

Okay... I know I want to purchase the bind-it-all... but I have a question.

Do you have special scissors that will cut fabric into the zig zag shape? Or are they just regular scrapbooking deco scissors? Because I'm fairly confident my deco-scissors will NOT cut fabric!

How did you get the pictures to stick? scrap glue of some sort?

michelle said...

that is waaaay too cute!

aliceanddanni said...

Everything you do is sooo pretty!

Amy said...

I love it! The simplicity of it makes it even more cute! I can't believe you still have time to be creative... you're amazing!

How'd you get the pictures, letters, and flower to stick?

Also- silly question, what's your favorite adhesive for scrapbooking/crafts? And what's your favorite marker/pen for scrapbook journaling?

ARob said...

Super cute! If I had 1/2 the creativity you do, I would be...well... pretty creative. ;-)

I am adding the bind-it-all to my wish list (along with getting my 1970s sewing machine fixed, and learning to use it--HA!)

Glad to see you are finding time to do things just for you that you enjoy!!

Always a pleasure reading the blog!

Melissa said...

What a pretty little project! I love all of the pinks. So cute!

Kaitlyn said...

Hey Liz! Congrats on the new baby, she is beautiful. I think she looks like a Kartchner for sure.

Your mini book is really cute, love it. What kind of adhesive did you use to adhere the pictures to the fabric? Thanks!

Tell Collin hi from Katie!

latte_grande said...

Oh, that turned out simply ADORABLE!!! She is such a precious baby girl....her with that little flower in her hair just melts my heart! :)

LIZZ said...

that is super cute! i might have to jack that idea from you. what a great book for kiddos to look at, too.

Amy said...

I LOve it! My friend has a bind it all...loves it! i need me one of those!
Your babies are beautiful!

Karen said...

so cute....hope you got in a nap before they woke up!!

Hayley said...

Love it!!! I got my BIA right before we moved and I haven't had a chance to use it yet. I can't wait!!!

Tiffany said...

What a sweet mini album. I am loving the fabric you chose! LOVE IT!

joscelyne cutchens said...

OH my that is so cute! I love love love all of those -- the fabric (is that from Sandi Henderson/Michael Miller?) the tiny alpha stickers and the pinking shears!

LOOOVE IT! I may have to lift that!

Sarah E. said...

Hello adorable! What an awesome idea for a mini album! I hope you are enjoying your summer days with your girls! :)

joscelyne cutchens said...

OH did you add batting? and did you use a zipper foot or regular?

Allie said...

Cuteness! The 'BIA' is definitely on my to buy list. :)

jandbsmom said...

VERY cute album. :D

Alicia King said...

very cute! love the fabric too! I have had it for a while...just waiting for the perfect project!

EmmaJ said...

I just got my own BIA and I can't wait to try a project like this about my little girl! OK, question, what do you use to get the stickers and photos to stay on the fabric?

hannie said...

This is just so cute.. and it seems simple to do also, now maybe I'll do one using pattern paper instead as I don't have a good sewing machine.
Thanks for sharing, I love it.

candi tardio said...

you never stop girl!!! super cute mini ; )

Life Made Creations said...

Love, love, love it! Congratulations on the birth of Baby Quincey--she is beautiful! Loving the whole fabric thing. Thanks for the inspiration. . . again. I'm feeling a weekend project coming on. . .

Susie said...

Adorable and a very productive use of your time. The fabric reminds me of fabric designed by Sandi Henderson.

angie said...

too stinkin' cute!!!...the bind it all is on my "wish list" right now....love the fabric and the shabby chic look!!!...
;) angie/craftyscrapr

Sandi Henderson said...

I gotta say, I just love seeing the fabric being used for a project like this. :) It warms my heart!

:)

Sandi

Latrice said...

love it girl! where do you get most of your fabric? Have you gotten any from Ikea yet? they have gorgeous patterns.

Michelle said...

Liz this album is beautiful!!! Glad to see you still have some you time to create between all the mom duties!!! Wondeful Wonderful as always!!! :]

Trina said...

That is so dang cute (and so is the baby!). Now this makes me want to use fabric. One question: Did you use any adhesive to attach the fabric to the cardstock? And did you sew on the cardstock or only on the fabric up to the edge of the cardstock? Ok sorry that was 2 questions...
Love it..
Trina

Jaimie Lea said...

oh so cute! Good choice, craft not nap!

tessa said...

How beautifull!!! I love it!!!

Scrapanimal said...

Your album is so cute, love the colours you used. WOw. It's rocks.

XO Simone

Sarah said...

Oh my goodness! How precious is that! You are such an inspiration, Miss Elizabeth! Love your style! Thanks for sharing with us.

Marfa said...

Wow, amazing lil book...and FABRIC? Who are the manufacturers? Michael Miller? I love that red/pink one. Now, I really want the BIA.

emily said...

lizzy,
this is fabulous!
the colors are great...you always find such cute fabric!
anyways...i would have done the same thing...instead of sleeping!
have a great day!

Slinkard Family said...

Question for you....You always seem to do an excellent job of photographing your projects (e.g., this mini album, 'delicious die-cutting', etc. What are your tips for the rest of us who may want to photograph and post our own projects?
Thanks in advance....

Jennie said...

i love this and all of your fabric scrappy projects! so inspiring! where do you find such gorgeous fabric? my options seem to be limited here in indy. :-)

krazgrl said...

BE-U-T-FUL!!! I've been coveting a bind-it for a while now.

I must ask WHERE or WHERE do you find such awesome fabric? I LOVE IT!!!!

Scrappy Girl said...

Cute project. Love the colors! I need a BIA...need to hint to hubby. LOL!

melissa deakin said...

oh i love this!
i definitely want to make one.
you are so inspiring!
thanks for sharing.

melissa deakin said...

a quick question...did you adhere the fabric before you sewed it to the cardstock?
thanks so much!

~wenhether~ said...

I love your mini! Such a great way to use those small pieces of fabric I have been saving!! ( plus, I've been looking for a reason to get a Bind-it-All)

And I love your choice of fabrics...such great colors!!
Live laugh LOVE
Heather

Carol said...

Ok, how darlin' is this? You are so talented! Thanks for sharing!

Kacey Elliott said...

This is absolutely darling! Love the pinked edges! Would you share who makes that fabric? I am trying to make a comforter and curtains for my daughter's new room (her first "big girl room") and they would be PERFECT! TIA!

annie said...

hey lizzy - i love your album - i just picked up a bind-it-all after looking at your adorable mini-book!

please, please, please tell us where you buy your fabric!!

~ annie

alexandra said...

Simply wonderful!
Thanks for sharing it with us!
A.

Cheeziemommie said...

OH i love it! I just learned to sew so I have a new found fabric addiction :) I never thought there'd be anything worse than my patterned paper addiction but I just may have found it!

Robyn :) or Scout(meow) -- we both have a blog!! said...

Is that what pinking shears are for??? So the ends don't fray? I always wondered what they were for LOL

The album is awesome!! Love the idea!!

Erin Glee said...

Darling little Album of a darling little One & her Mom..."sew sweet" ...love your blog~thanks for sharing!

El mundo de Pao said...

Just beautiful and very inspiring!!!

jlovesj said...

I love the fabrics you chose-just precious! Love to see another fabric mini album like Ali's!

Melanie B said...

You have to be the most amazing woman!! I never napped but geez I didn't get something that awesome done....it is beautiful & so is Quincey, you are an inspiration!! Tell me where you get your energy??!! LOL Melxx

Cassie said...

What a cutie little mini book. I got a bind-it-all for Christmas and still haven't used it. This just may be the inspiration I need.

What's a zipper foot? (Joscie's commment)

Cassie said...

that was supposed to say cute, not cutie, but Quincey is a little cutie!

Ward said...

that is adorable!!

Bee said...

Adorable! Gorgeous fabric and such a cool concept! :-) ♥

stephanie howell said...

darling. of COURSE. and i love that you are scrapping so much. we are twinsies, i tell you!

dawnsing said...

Oh my goodness Liz, that is totally adorable!! Really, really cute! Love those fabrics. Must get a bind-it-all one day!

Hey, are you going to CHA? I'd LOVE to meet you IRL!!

Happy Friday!
Dawn McVey

Frazier Family said...

Liz,
That is Simply ADORABLE!! I LOVE IT! You are very inspiring. Where do you get your sticker letters and would modge podge work in getting the pictures to stay on? I LOVE IT!!!
Thanks for sharing!
-Mandy Frazier

Erin and Chris said...

I get so inspired by your work... I love it... Also, can you tell me how you used all available space on your blog page (widening the text space and tightening the margins)??? Also is it too late to send my address for the summer shades???

Cheeziemommie said...

I forgot to add that I love that you left the color #s WAY cute!

lacey said...

Hi Elizabeth :) THis is so cool! I just got my 1st sewing machine this week, had my g'ma here to visit and show me how to set it up..only she doesn't really know how to sew much LOL(matter of fact, i blogged about it)- anyways, i got it mainly to use on my LO's but i really want to dabble alittle in the fabric creations...if i can figure it out- i mean its not rocket science, RIGHT? ;0) My question is, where are you getting your fabric(besides the obvious-i only have a joann's here)?? Ps- i just purchused a BIA - can't wait to use it!

Dale Anne Potter said...

What a FABULOUS little album!
GREAT JOB!!!

julieann said...

Now I know I need a Bind It All, this super cute mini is a sign:) Really, it is very cute & I can't wait to experiment with fabric! Thanks so much!!

Anna said...

This mini fabric album is just soooo gorgeous. How do you make the time to do it all with a newborn. The fabrics are so divine. Anna

Laci J said...

Nice work, Liz! I love that you used the Ginger Blossom fabric, that should match a couple things in your house, huh? Keep it real! Laci

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Mandi said...

Love the book!! Absolutely adorable! I had a question about the Bind It All. What items did you purchase? There are so many accessories, tool kits, etc. and I haven't been sure about what I actually need to purchase. Thanks!

Stefanie said...

I was so inspired by this cute mini album, I had to go out and buy my very own sewing machine. Now I just need to figure out how it works. :)

Alice said...

An idea to make this quick book even easier...most quilt shops sell "Charm Packs" which are bundles of precut 5-inch squares, all from the same line of fabric so they all coordinate--and the edges are already pinked. I'm planning on trying this project very soon! Thanks for all the great ideas...

Jodi said...

Love this mini book!!!

kyopuce said...

excellent !! i love this album and i just bought the bind it all !!
kisss from France

kyopuce said...

excellent !! i love this album and i just bought the bind it all !!
kisss from France

kyopuce said...

excellent !! i love this album and i just bought the bind it all !!
kisss from France

Jennifer said...

that is such a beautiful mini book. It looks gret with the fabric! very inspiring.

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