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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Daily Special - Tutorial Day - Mini Accordion Album



Good Morning, Friends. Today's Daily Special is "Tutorial Day" I've been really neglecting the "tutorial" aspect of my blogs. I'll try to do one once a week starting after I return from my trip to San Francisco.
I've been on this weight loss journey and although, I have a very schizophrenic, disorganized, sort of flighty way of dealing with life, you know. . .jumping from one project, idea or task to another but I'm not not a multi-tasker. You know. . .I can't do different tasks at the same time. I can do it one at a time but not for very long because I get bored really quickly; thereby, I have difficulties finishing projects. I always do it sort of half way and move on to another, not really finishing a project completely. Are you thinking ADD? Ha!
Anyway, since going on my diet, well. . .my focus has been on just that, my diet, exercising, etc. . .unfortunately, crafting has become secondary. You may not think so because I blog and create stuff regularly. . .but believe me, I used to make a lot more things. I need to come to a happy medium.

Okay. . .enough of my rambling. Ha! Today's tutorial is "Mini Accordion Album". It's a really, really easy project. I saw this project in a book but it had no instructions. I looked at the pictures and realized how simple it was to make it so I decided this was great tutorial. As you should know by now, I'm on a mission to reduce my scrap pile and this project is a great way to reduce your designer paper pile. This album is 4x4" made with chipboard and if you have a lot of cut up designer paper, this album is small enough to accommodate smaller cuts of paper.

I made this album using only scrapbook paper and cardstock. I cut out the trees from the scrap paper and punched the snowflakes using cardstock. The only none scrap items on this album are the chipboard, ribbon and glitter. I did not have to cut up any additional paper or cardstock! Whoohoo!

I'm planning to make a whole bunch of mini albums to help reduce my scrap pile. I've been wanting to do this for a long time anyway. I love mini albums because you can give it away as gifts or bring it around with you and show them to your friends and family.


Anyway, this particular mini album focuses on our Christmas as a family. Unfortunately, I could not find a "group" Christmas picture of us after 2005. It sort of coincides with our move to California. I think now that our lives are settled, we'll start taking group pictures again this year.

I made another mini accordion album and tried to post it together with this album but I think I overloaded Blogger so I had to remove the other album. I'll post it on my next post.


Anyway, try out this easy project and tell me what you think. Okay.

Hope y'all have a wonderful day!

15 comments:

Linda SS said...

Hi Maria...
What a cute album and idea to display your yearly Christmas photo. The colors, trees, & snowflakes, & layouts are so attractive. I love this:)

2 Worlds said...

This is great I just looked your other ones, I plan to do some, When I grow up I want to be creative like you ;)

Jen said...

Girlfriend, you crack me up!!! no worry I totally feel the same about jumping from project to project, thats why I had to make "days" for me to do, so I no lose track and go off track. hahaha...

ok, on your beautiful project... how long did it take you to do? was it a 1 day thingy, or more like 1 hour or 1 week, or you did over a period of time?

I'm doing a class on a coaster album too in October - but it's a hanging one. I have the idea in my head, just didn't do yet.

hugs,
Jen

Carol V said...

How do you "hook" the two coaster together?

scrapnnMO said...

OM Maria this album is sooo stunning! I've been wanting to make my own like this for some time. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration!

My Paper World said...

You are such an inspiration, I adore your blog! Your crafty projects are just fabulous, thank you so much for sharing them with us!

malieta said...

Maria your ablum is just beautiful!!!I love it!!!!You know I have to try this one. You cracked me up when you said "ADD" lol.
On a serious note, Maria you have a beautiful home...I love the drapes everything! I'm not nosey but I am just attracted to beautiful homes. Your family is beautiful and you are a very pretty lady Maria!
Malieta:)

Eleanor said...

Love this idea. Thanks for sharing.

Tejal said...

I can totally relate to what you said about getting bored, i've had many hobbies that I kept shifting form, kept hopping literally. I hope to stick to this one though...I love the accordion album...really great gift to give to someone...

Tina said...

Wonderful idea!
Thanks for sharing

Deb said...

I love this idea, fantastic book but I so, so, so love what you did with it, the papers are gorgeous and the whole thing is just so beautiful!

Beth said...

Jumping from project to project? Me too. I have a 10 year old cross stitch, a 7 year cross stitch, and a 12 month old cross stitch on the go. Then, I have scrapbooking, then card making, etc., etc. Your mini album is awesome. You really come up with terrific projects. Your tutorial was very well written. Malieta's comment "cracks me up." Imagine taking such a close peak at what photos are displayed. I'll have to go over to her site and tease her--lol.

Monika/Buzsy said...

What a great project Maria... love all of them. I will have to try it... one of these days... when I don't have 10 more other projects started. :o) TFS!

Nancy Grant said...

I had so much fun with this one. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

Here's mine:
http://inkcicles.blogspot.com/2007/09/mini-accordion-album.html

Smiles,
NG.

Rachel Tops AKA "Doodlebug4444" said...

Maria I just absolutely love this!!! TFS!

Rachel