Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Birthday Bonanza Bash!

The Challenge:
Use tabs on your layout or project

I have been wanting to do a tabbed mini album for a couple of years now.  I got the Fabulous Finds cartridge for my Cricut a couple of years ago and these tabby folders are one of the cuts on the cart.  I thought they would make a fun mini, but put it on back burner.  Last week my friend, Erika, issued a challenge to use tabs on your layout or project and I knew instantly that it was time to make the tabby mini!

I just spent the weekend of my birthday in Portland, with my dad and step mom, visiting gardens and zoos to have fun and take lots of photos.  Boy, did I take lots of photos! On the way home we stopped at a craft store and they had me pick out a few things.  I have had my eye on Take Note by Echo Park and it fit perfectly with my idea of a tabbed mini.  It was just the best weekend and it was capped off by returning home to find my son and his friends planned a surprise luau party for me.  Complete with dinner and a dark chocolate mousse cake!  They really are such great kids.

One of the sayings that came in this paper kit was, "The best things in life are not things".  That saying pretty much explains how I felt about the whole weekend.  The time spent with my dad and step mom is priceless to me as is the fact that my son and friends went out of their way to surprise me.  My pages are about 5.5" wide and 3.5" tall.  Since it is a cut file, you can make them any size you want!  Almost all the photos are wallet sized.  I cut the tabbed pages out of cardboard and covered in paper while the insides are just cardstock with the tabs trimmed off.  Some of the pages are doubled to make a pocket to insert my journaling in.  I also used a couple of envelopes that I made to stick another photo in.

I am definitely going to be making more of these little albums!

The mini - grande mini more like it















8 comments:

Ladyofthelake318 said...

This is adorable Laura! How big did you end up making it? It looks almost like full-size folders, but I'm guessing they're smaller and you used smaller photos?

designingdms said...

I absolutely love your mini. The papers you picked where perfect for it. Sounds like the perfect birthday memories and you now have them saved in a perfect mini!

blsd2scrp said...

awesome project! really great!

Scrapthat said...

great work girl! It turned out fantastic!!

Kelly Foster said...

Wow, Laura, that is awesome!!!! I love all the fun little details. I've never been able to wrap my head around a mini album, but you've done this so beautifully, great job!

Adele said...

So cool!

Ashley Horton said...

Laura, your mini is so fabulous!! I love that you used the EP Note to Self!! And I love that you added some distressing and inking to your papers!! What a fun album to document your birthday weekend!

csewy-csescrap13 said...

I love your mini birthday album...so neat! Sounds like you had a wonderful time, what a great way to remember your day!