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Friday, March 11, 2011
Ready for pink and some bling?!?!?! Hi everyone! This is Elizabeth from 217 Creations. I am here today as your Guest Designer.  I am so honored that Monique and Wendy have invited me over to play! This mini is so chocked full that it took over 26 pictures just be able to show you all the details. Thank you Monique and Wendy! 
 
This album was a request from my sister Gracie.  She want a mini album that she could write down memories and love notes to her husband.  She also want to be able to add photos and mementos. I just love how this turned out!
I started by creating this file on my Gypsy.  The base of the album is actually the border feature on Martha Stewart Elegant Cake Art.  If you do not own this cartridge- BUY IT!  I love all the Martha Stewart cartridges.  They are so full of yummy content- several fonts, borders galore, frames, bases, shapes- I could go on and on.  I sized all the borders with Real Size On to 7.75 inches. Each page is cut with a base, mat, top layer- for both front and back.  This method of building takes more time but makes the album look fuller and more complete. I also inked all the edges of my chipboard with Ranger Paint Dabbers in Shell Pink. All the patterned paper is from DCWV All Dressed Up Stack.
I adhered all the pages together and drilled the holes for the rings with a 7Gypsies Binderie. Then I began to do all my detail and embellishment cuts.
"Time" from Graphically Speaking at 1.0 inches- Real Size Off
"Remember" from Graphically Speaking at 3.24 inches- Real Size Off
"Everyday Love" welded with Gypsy from Graphically Speaking and Martha Stewart Elegant Cake Art at 1.81 inches- Real Size Off
"You and Me" Lyrical Letters at 2.29 inches- Real Size Off
All these cuts are from Home Decor. Real Size Off
Chandelier at 2.65 inches
Swirl 1 at 2.18 inches
Bracket 3.82 inches
The pockets are from Tags Bags Boxes and More at 6.18 inches
These journaling tags are from Fabulous Finds at 2.41 inches. I sized them to fit into the pockets. They will be perfect for writing those moments that my sister will not want to forget.
I folded the pockets and added some stretchy fishnet over the red cardstock for 3 of the pockets and sequin stitched pink paper to the other 3.
I used binder rings to string the pages together.  I clamped the rings closed and added ribbon. I then went to town with all sorts of goodies. Here are all the finished pages of the album. If you'd rather look at the album with a video I have added it below:
The cover has the large swirl on it.  I added lots of metal embellishments.  
 I used Stickles and stringed bead to detail out the edges.  Of course there is blingage all over. I added a metal tab from Making Memories to the top that says "Strong". The flowers are handmade from melted satin fabric.  Want to know how to make 'em? Watch this video:
So here are the inside pages.  I hope they give you lots of inspiration to make your own version! I left her plenty of room to add her own photos and journaling.  I think I will include a white Signo Pen for her to be able to write on the dark paper.
 The back cover is so pretty! I used spray adhesive to adhere the lace to the paper.  I prefer spray adhesive for delicate ribbons and cuts.
I love the cover the best! I hope she makes this album she will treasure and share with her husband.
If you would like to download this Gypsy file for free, please visit my blog at 217 Creations.
 I really appreciate all the support and thank you as always for leaving comments, following and subscribing here at Monique Griffith Designs and on my personal blog at 217 Creations.


56 comments:

emma said...

this is soooo lovely hunnie xx

Liz said...

What a winner, love the design.

Sabina said...

Hello,
WOOOOWWW!!! Nothing other to say!
Greets Sabina

Melissa said...

Welcome Elizabeth! Wow, wow, wow...that is gorgeous!

Melissa
www.disneydreamerdesigns.blogspot.com

Christy said...

This is incredible!! So gorgeous....so creative...so awesome!!

gshrader said...

Wow, so intricate. Great project
thanks for sharing


My favorite kit layout is still the new stampede layout! Thanks for the chance to win something

gayle_shrader@yahoo.com

joni said...

Beautiful!!! Wow! Love it! TFS
hugs,
joni

marieke said...

what a awesome piece of of work!!
going to try myself
hernandezmarieke@gmail.com

Geri said...

Oh I have to recreate this! Totally love it for one of my DGG's photos!
TFS

Edna said...

STUNNING Creation !!! love all the bling and flowers very fun and romantic :)

Julia said...

thanks for the tutorial on the flowers! Amazing.
juliayoder@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

That is absolutely beautiful!!!
Peggy
scrapquilt78@yahoo.com

Kim. said...

This is a stunning album, so much detail and I love all the little pockets for those personal little notes etc.
Kim xXx

LesleyfromWI said...

Gorgeous!

millie said...

gorgeos mini album just love it.

moknowsall said...

wow - great album. I don't have time (i am at work) to watch the video yet, but I will. Love some of the pages and I have some of that pink/black glitter paper ---- fantastic scroll work - haven't seen that done before.... you sis will love it.

maureen
mo_sala@pacbell.net

Dee said...

Wow, wow, wow this mini-album is absolutely gorgeous.

surfnfroggie said...

You mini album is gorgeous! I so much detail. Love Love the satin flowers I have to try that! Thanks for all you share! My favorite kit is the Just Because Cards & Envelopes
Thanks for the opportunity to win something!
surfnfroggie@aol.com

Rebecca said...

All is can say is amazing...... beautiful....

thank you for the flower tutorial!

sleigh said...

Beautiful album Elizabeth..very creative! TFS with us today :)

belinda said...

Looks sexy. Can't wait to try some of those great ideas.

PurpleLadyBug said...

Beautiful! You're sister is so lucky :)

kperlic@hotmail.com

Katherine said...

Oh Elizabeth, this is absolutely positively gorgeous!! I know your sister is going to love it.

Jeanie said...

Thanks for sharing how to make the rose. That was wonderful

Carol said...

Fabulous mini Elizabeth! Your sister will love it! TFS

JennyKozar said...

This is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Jarna said...

Pink and Bling, 2 great combinations! Love your project and I'm sure your sister will too.

Jen Muller said...

Very Pretty :)

Anonymous said...

Very pretty! Thanks for sharing. :)

Debra Hudson
onecraftygirl2010@hotmail.com

Beverly said...

Wow! That mini album is awesome! I'll bet your sister was thrilled with it!

Maquel said...

So pretty! Thanks so much for sharing it with us! Your sister will love it!! :)

Kristen Ann said...

What an elegant album! Really enjoyed the step-by-step instructions.
braunkristen@yahoo.com

Kristie Maynard said...

Fabulous project! Thanks for the video tutorial too! Great job.

pamela.dixon said...

Love the tutorial on making the flowers, I will try it out.

JANLYNN said...

Well elizabeth another gorgous design. Your projects always have the most beautiful details. jls@eplus.net

Vickie said...

Absolutely beautiful TFS.

Angee said...

Adorable! I absolutely love the "Beautiful Layout!"

Cathy said...

Wow, so pretty. Thanks for the instructions. It is a winner.
Cathy
mexicopetshop@hotmail.com

Rose said...

Your sister will Love it & will cherish it!!!Your A Great Sister!

Sandra Joy, my2pets@comcast.net said...

I must say, you are one talented lady. Your sister is going absolutely love this album. I will definitely try making your beautiful satin flowers! Sandra Joy

Kim said...

Elizabeth, this mini is, BEAUTIFUL! What a wonderful gift this would make. Thanks for sharing this fabulous mini!
toojoyous@bellsouth.net

Marissa said...

Gorgeous! I love it!

Miss Dhilly said...

All I can say is "WOW", that is a lot of detail and work!

thedhillonz@hotmail.com

mimikat33 said...

Very beautiful design, love your creations. I'd love to get the Spring Layout kit, my favorite. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

Kat
ayers12887@gmail.com
cricutcardcreating.blogspot.com

Mary Jean said...

omgosh....sooo pretty!

Donna said...

This is absolutely beautiful! I love this so much I'm going to make one of these this afternoon! Thank you, Elizabeth, for sharing with us!

Many blessings, Donna
grandma4five

Peg Toth said...

What a beautiful idea. Thanks for sharing. (and I love the just because card kit.)

SrapaholicRN said...

This is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for all the pictures.

Spud

Kathleen said...

So beautiful - love your creativity. TFS

Kathleen in NJ
kmurphy614@gmail.com

Angela said...

What a classy book and wonderful gift! Lots a love went into this book to record their story of love.

Kristen Ann said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I can't believe all the detail--very girly-girl. Thanks for all the detailed steps.
braunkristen@yahoo.com

Michelle said...

OMG gotta love this design! need I say more!! :-)

cardchick's world said...

fabulous mini!!!!

VA said...

Absolutely stunning!! Great job Elizabeth!!

JoAnn said...

Wow, your mini album is awesome. Love the colors and the details on each page. Thanks so much for sharing all the details and the videos for the album and the heated flowers.

Wendy aka Bling Queen said...

Amazing job girlie..

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Monique Griffith
Rocklin, CA, United States
The Monique Griffith Design Team consists of 4 Cricut Designers: Monique, Wendy Lawrence, Susan Rees and Becca Rees. We specialize in making Cricut Project Kits that you can make on your own with your Cricut, learning more about your bug in the process. You just need your Cricut Expression, the required cartridge(s), and a few basic tools. The directions come with a Cricut Cut Chart that shows you line by line exactly what you'll need to cut on your machine, with all of the settings for each cut. There are also well-organized written instructions and color photographs. We pride ourselves on our detailed designs, and on teaching others how to most effectively design with the Cricut. Currently, we have have downloadable directions on sale for only $5, and there are over 50 projects to choose from.

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