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Friday, June 3, 2011
Red White and Blue! Oh yes this is very patriotic mini that I am sharing with you today here at Monique Griffith Designs. Hi this is Elizabeth from 217 Creations.  Thank you Monique and Wendy for having me over to play! I have so many details to share with you! There are so many pics- it is pure eye candy!
 The base of the album is made using Elegant Edges.  I cut the pages at 5.24 inches (Real Size Off).  The paper is from K & Co Americana collection.  This collection is awesome.  I found it at Joann's.  It is double sided and so full of yummy patterns!  Once I attached all my papers to the album pages, I inked the edges with Chestnut Color Box ink.  This particular shade of brown has a bit of a rust tone with really compliments the paper.
Next I bound the album with my Cinch. 
 Then I began tying ribbons from my stash along the sides and the edges.

I kept tying until I felt like the album was full.
 usually on my minis I  like to have pockets and tags.  But this one I did a bit different.  I made a few of these straps out of thick ribbon to tuck pics and stuff into.  I wrapped the ribbon tight and sealed to itself with ATG tape.
 I then tied a flat bow and hid the seam.  The ribbon is not attached to album.  it is loose and can be lifted on both sides.  I really love how this turned out!

Next I began cutting with nippers the back of these brads off.  by cutting the back portion off, the brad will lay flat on my album.  I used these on several pages and on the cover.
On the cover I used Pink By Design Stamps in Red, White and Blue to stamp the sentiments.  I started with a red trimmed white grosgrain ribbon.
Using Archival Ink, I stamped the three sentiments to create a border.  Stamping on fabric and ribbon is super easy and a great way to incorporate stamps into your project.
Since the ink dries pretty quick on fabric, I could add it to my cover using Terrifically Tacky Tape.  Another feature on the cover I want to point out is the red metal spindle.  I found this in a garage sale for a stamping store here in Kansas City.  I always look for hardware items to add a bit of interest to my projects.  To hide the hole in the spindle, I added a rhinestone.  The font on the front is actually a phrase from Cricut Stand and Salute.  The shadow layer and the sentiment are cut at 1.15 inches (Real Size Off).  I also added some red white and blue pom poms.  I found these at Joann's.
So do you want to see this inside pages?!?! I have both photos and video to share today.
I have a video of the this mini in action here:
If you are reading this on the blog, there is not need to click this link.  It is for the readers who subscribe through Feedburner since Feedburner does not always add videos.
Here are the inside pages.  I have made some notations about some pages and features. The bottecap on the left is from my stash.
The photo mats are all cut at 3.5 for base and 3.25 for top layer.  On the right, I used some manila paper and stamped with Pink by Design Let's Write Backgrounder.
The stitching on these two mats are done with Paper Pizzaz Easy Stitcher.  I used a White Signo Pen to the stitching.  The Easy Stitcher is a a stencil that allows you to draw really straight stitching.  I only wish I could draw that straight!
I love minis that become a part of my home decor.  This one is no exception.  It stand beautifully and can display all photos of my kiddos enjoying the holiday.
I want to thank you so much for looking through my album.  This mini was so much fun to make.  Now if you want the free Gypsy File, please visit my personal blog at 217 Creations.
I always appreciate the time it takes to leave a comment and to follow or subscribe both here at Monique Griffith Designs and on my blog 217 Creations. Have a great day!


IRW Dana said...

Such a great album. Love all the details and patterns. Thanks for sharing.
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-mandy said...

What an awesome mini album! It is so beautiful, what an eye catcher! You did a great job! So colorful and patriotic! Thanks for sharing!

Sharka said...

That's a GREAT album! Love the colors of the papers and I really would like the Elegant Edges cart. Thanks for sharing with us today :)

CathyinMN said...

Love your patriotic mini album! TFS!

Kristie Maynard said...

Oh I do love minis. Great job!

Lisa Ritchie said...

That is beyond fabulous! Wow. I love it. Thanks for sharing the instructions too.

Beverly said...

That mini album is fantastic! Very unique! Thanks for the detailed description!

Wendy aka Bling Queen said...

Omg. This is soo awesome. Wow. U make us proud girlie

Java Jen's Creations said...

I always love your minis!! This one is no exception! It is gorgeous!! Your attention to detail is outstanding!! Thanks for sharing this with us!! (I'm headed over to your blog to pick up the gypsy file! Thanks so much!)

Crooked Scrapper said...

Your album is wonderful. I love the paper,ribbons and the stiching. Thanks for sharing the gypsy file.

Vickie said...

Beautiful album. TFS.

kay mcbride said...

OH MAN!! that is awesome. u really worked hard and that is just my style, i love ribbons and emb. i think i might just get that file!!again wonderful job.

AShu93 said...

What a great patriotic book! I like how that cart works for books.

Peg Toth said...

very nice! Thank you for sharing.

Court said...


Angela said...

Oooh! I love this album! Now I wish I didn't pass up buying that paper pack at J's. Maybe I can still find it. 4th of July is bigger for us now that my youngest is born on the 4th and we celebrate double. Of course I end up taking tons of pics and the event needs it own album. Scraplift time!

nadine said...

Great album. I'm a newbie with mini albums. Did you also cut chipboard for the base album?

mom2h said...

I love anything patriotic, so you had me at "Liberty"!

Saw where ProvoCraft is having THREE HELLO THURSDAY releases this month starting tomorrow!

Also, wondering when the LITES will hit the Wal Mart shelves...three were released in April, but I haven't been able to find them in any Wal Mart yet! Want "Crocs Rule!"

Anonymous said...

This is wonderful! WOW...gotta love all the ribbon!

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Monique Griffith
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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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