Hey there creative friends! Today I’m sharing a rare (for Plucking Daisies) project. I have always been open about my disdain for card and scrapbook making but every once in a while I get the gumption to make such a creation and today’s project is proof that it’s “One of those days.” Just in time for Father’s Day I have a Baseball Themed Father’s Day Mini-Album tutorial for you.
It’s no secret that I’m NOT a big fan of scrapbooking. However, working with Eileen Hull’s Mini-Album die has me changing my tune. It’s super easy to create albums quickly with just a few cuts. The whole project can be created with the Mini-Album die (pages too) in just two cuts! One for the cover and two for the pages. The smaller size of the album is big enough to allow you to get creative with techniques and embellishments but small enough so it doesn’t take forever and a day to complete. Now that’s a scrapbook I can get into!
When working with the mini-album die I add paper to my cover before cutting. Since I was going for a Baseball themed album Coredinations Tim Holtz Shattered Kraft core was the perfect choice. The idea was to create the look of a Baseball field. A light sanding with Coredinations “Sand-It!” kit was all it took to create the look of the infield I was going for.
I created a baseball with Ranger Sticky-Back canvas and matboard scraps cut with Tim Holtz Sizzix Circles. Tim’s Stitch Stamp with Wendy Vecchi Geranium red completes the look with a bit of Pumice Stone Distress Ink around the edges for depth.
More Sticky-Back canvas scraps were used to create Home Plate and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Base. Tim Holtz Remnant rubs were used to add numerical details like base numbers, inning numbers and my son’s jersey number.
I would say creating the Mini-Album cover is my favorite part, buuut…creating the pages is just as fun so it really is a toss-up. The small, but not too small mini-album pages are the perfect place to experiment with new products, ideas, and techniques. After a light stenciling with Tim Holtz layering stencils I added more Remnant Rubs and my son’s baseball photo adhered with Tim Holtz Tissue Tape.
For the inside page I used a new Seth Apter stencil from StencilGirl with Wendy Vecchi embossing paste and Archival Inks. The inside cover was embellished with vintage dictionary pages adhered with Dina Wakley gel medium.
For the rest of my journal pages I experimented with Distress Ink coloring and more Seth Apter StencilGirl stencils.
*I left a few pages blank so my son could add thoughtful notes of appreciation and some favorite memories.
Another thing I like about the Eileen Hull Sizzix Mini-Album die is how easy it is to bind! You can use rubber bands, thin ribbon or twine. I used Tim Holtz Ideology twine to bind my pages and add Idea-ology embellishments.
Whether you are creating a keepsake for Father’s Day or any other occasion the Mini-Album die is a great option. It’s fun and easy to create these mini-albums. Instead of spending a ton of time creating your album you can whip one of these up in a snap, then sit back and enjoy giving the gift of treasured memories!
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Have a treasured memory day!