Saturday, September 18, 2010

Getting organized...

I don't know about you all, but my embossing folders/dies for my Cuttlebug are taking over my space, lol! Don't get me wrong...I'm not complaining in any way. ;) It's just that sometimes I forget what I have and this aggravates me. I used to have a small book that I was keeping some pieces of cardstock in which had been embossed, but it got to the point where it was WAY too fat and not at all user-friendly. Because of that, I decided to make a mini album to use instead and I really love how it turned out!

Supplies: BoBunny Paper - Love Bandit; Bazzill Kraft Cardstock (for inside pages); CraftSmart Ink - Chocolate Brown; Cuttlebug; Crop-A-Dile; WRMK Eyelets; Martha Stewart Heart Confetti Punch; Doodlebug Loopy Lou Alphabet Stickers - Lily White; I-Rock; I-Rock Clear Gems; Basic Grey Precision File Set; Adirondack Paint Dabber - Snow Cap; Prima Flower; American Crafts Button; Twine; Binder Rings

Seriously, how CUTE is that?? I'm so excited that now when I want to use my Cuttlebug, I can just flip through my book and easily see what options I have. Plus, there's plenty of room to add more pages, which is a definite plus. ;)

For the base of the album, I used pieces of heavy chipboard which came with a Cosmo Cricket card lacing kit (like this). It worked perfectly! Each piece actually has 8 holes punched into each side, but after covering it with my paper, I only punched out the two on each page that I needed. Simple!

For the distressed looking edges, I first painted all around the edge of each page with a white paint dabber. I then inked it with brown ink, wiped the excess ink off, and then painted again with the paint dabber. I think it's a great effect...

So do you have anything like this that you need to get organized?? If so, this is a super quick and easy way to get it done. I started last night and finished this morning and it was well worth the time and effort. Now it's your turn!! :)