Friday, October 27, 2017

What I Did Last Summer

Hello!  It has been a while since my last post.  I'm still having trouble with wrist pain that comes and goes.  It has not forced me to stop crafting, but it has forced me to craft "smarter."  One thing that I continue to experiment with is a smaller, easy-to-handle album size for my scrapbooking.

Album by Mara Mi; page sleeves by Target.

This past summer my family took a vacation in the state of North Dakota, and I made a mini album to showcase our favorite photos from the trip.  I used a mini 3-ring binder with page sleeves that measure 5.5x8.5" (half the size of a standard 8.5x11" sheet of paper).  I photographed the album next to a tea spoon so that you could get an idea of the size.  It's a lightweight album that is easy to hold in the hand.

Most of my time in North Dakota was spent visiting relatives, but I did some sightseeing as well.  Here is a page commemorating my visit to "The World's Larget Bison" statue.
Cardstock by Bazzill; navy blue paper & mottled orange paper by Michael's; patterned paper by Doodlebug; floral stickers by Simple Stories; alphabet stickers by Lily Bee.

Most of the landscape I saw on vacation was very flat, since North Dakota is a Great Plains state.  That flat land makes the sky look so much bigger!
Cardstock by Bazzill; map paper by Echo Park; cloud paper & polaroid paper by Doodlebug; alphabet stickers by Lily Bee; pen by  Zig;

The rare occasions when a hill or a valley broke up that flat landscape definitely warranted a photo.
Background paper by Michael's; green patterned paper, tree sticker, & alphabet stickers from Simple Stories; plaid papers from Lawn Fawn; fussy-cut rainbow paper from Doodlebug; curve cutting template from Creative Memories; pen from Zig.

I loved working with this smaller page size, and I definitely plan to do it again sometime.  An added benefit was that the 3-ring format allowed me to add exactly the number of pages I needed.  I ended up using 11 page sleeves to house a total of 41 photos.  I hope you enjoyed this little peek at my North Dakota album!  The three pages that I've shown you here are some of my favorites.


Sharon Fritchman said...

Hi Denise!! It was good to hear from you! Your album is wonderful!! I love the pages that you showcased here. Looks like you had a wonderful vacation. I hope you pain continues to get better!! Hugs, Sharon

IrinaR (Irina Rakovets) said...

Привет, Denise! как давно не видела тебя в блоге...
Интересные фото - бизоны очень похожи на наших зубров (я ведь родом из Брестской области, в которой расположена Беловежская пуща)
У нас все O'k, снега еще нет, но уже лёгкий мороз \-1,-3\
хм...ты как у нас говорят "легка на помине", потому как на днях думала о тебе...
В этот раз, надеюсь, у меня получится пораньше приготовится к Новому году.
Обнимаю. Ирина.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

It was wonderful to see you at your crafting blog. I like the idea of that size. I buy 8.5 X 11" paper and cut it in half to make tip-ins, so this is an ideal size for you, too. I had to laugh at the flat lands. If you want flat, come to KS! Your bison page was adorable and the background colors you chose were perfect. Have a fantastic weekend all bundled up and safe from the snow and ice.

Thamar, said...

Hi Denise
Your album is super.
Sorry to here about jour wrist. Hope you feel better soon.
Have a Nice weekend

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

This looks fantastic! Great idea on the smaller albums! And the photos look like you had a lot of fun!

Denise van Deventer said...

Hi Lovely Lady...thanks so much for your visit to my blog the other day. It was soo nice of you.
Nice catching up about you and the family on your blog and sorry to hear about your wrist. I hope it heals up soon. Xxxx