Sunday, June 17, 2012

Tulum Mini-Album and Graphic 45 Give-away

I adore mini-albums.  I enjoy the idea conception, process, and the end product immensely.  Believe me when I say I miss making them dearly but it has been six months since I made this one for Creating Keepsakes.  It was for a feature of the Graphic 45 metal film canister in the Latest and Greatest article. Now the magazine is out, I can share it on my blog. Photobucket
I spent an enormous amount of time working on the exterior of the tin. I bought a jar of gesso and coated the tin a couple of times.  Then I used a jar of Shimmerz Pearlz in Tickle Me Turquoise and applied several coats.  After all that, the edges were lightly inked up with distressed ink.  This may not seem like a lot to some folks, but for this non-technique-y simple scrapper... oy vey... lol... coating and waiting for stuff to dry, several times! LOL.  But by golly that tin cover looks good to me!  This goes to show, if a simple scrapper like me can do it, so can anyone! 

Playing off the idea of a film canister, the mini-film strip die by My Favorite Things came in handy. I created three strips.  One was anchored onto the film canister and the other two were joined together and wrapped around the anchor. Two brads secured them all together.  
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Here are a few pages from the interior of the mini-album that was in the magazine. The CK editors chose to show this mini-album by extending all the pages at once.  That would have been tricky for me to photograph even if I had thought of the idea.
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We visited Tulum as a shore excursion on the cruise we took back in 2010.  A mini-album captures those eight hours perfectly.  The photos I used here are 4x6 and my trusted Creative Memories circle cutters trimmed them to fit just right for the pages inside the metal film canister mini-album. 
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As seen in July/August 2012 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher.

PhotobucketIn celebration of this labor of love, I am doing a give-away of Graphic 45 goodies including a metal film canister album!!  The paper collections are from the days when I served on G45's design team so they are older.  I sure hope these all fit into that medium flat rate box! I haven't tried yet!  So I will open this up for anyone with an U.S. address who leaves a comment in the next seven days.  No other strings attached, just a comment and hopefully that means I can access your blogger profile and get in touch with you. 
Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day wherever you are!

26 comments:

Denise Price said...

Do you really think that you are not technique-y? I think that you are!

Denise Bryant said...

Love the mini album! So many great details!
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Missy Whidden said...

Jing-Jing, this is absolutely gorgeous! The detail is just amazing. I love everything about it...especially that turquoise color :)

Miriam Prantner said...

I haven't seen that film canister album before, love it! I love your album too!

Nathalie said...

Ce projet est trés trés beau Jing-Jing!!! J'adore la façon dont tu as enroulé le film sur la couverture! Trés belles couleurs aussi! Bravo!

Laura said...

Congratulations on a fantastic project.

Pamk said...

Love that mini. And makes me want to finish my cruise album. I have lots of pics of tulum.

alexandra s.m. said...

Il est génial ton mini Jing Jing et puis je ris en lisant ta description car je t'imagine attendant entre les couches ;-))

La couverture est magnifique, l'idée d'enrouler le film est géniale et bravo pour cette publication alors!

Sandi Cl~ said...

This is such a grand project! Congrats on being pubbed again~

craftymom205 said...

Love this project.

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Karen B. said...

You did a wonderful job with the canister, even though it might have taken forever to complete. It is a complete and lovely transformation.

Margie said...

What a beautiful mini album/project!

Audrey Pettit said...

Wow, Jing Jing! Your album is GORGEOUS! Absolutely one of my most fave minis ever!

Virginia L. said...

Such work of art!! Each one is full of delights and lovely details! The film canister idea is FAB! You rock, Jing-Jing!

liana suwandi said...

Wowser... I really really like this mini so many things to look at :) Great job JJ!

Christie Bryant said...

THIS IS AMAZING!!!!! WOWZERS!!!!

Kim said...

OHHHH MY this is just INCREDIBLE I am completly in awe of how amazing it looks!

Deana said...

Saw that in CK while I was laying on the beach. :-). Congrats...it gorgeous! And the cover ROCKS!

Virginia L. said...

Forgot to say that I ADORE your new profile pic--such a sweet and child-like expression! LOVE!

Courtney K said...

i am so jealous of your mini-album making skills. and love what you did with the album cover - so pretty!

Alice Wertz said...

that film tin looks amazing and love the film strip idea. so clever. fabulous project, Jing-Jing! amazing! congrats on the publication and thanks for the chance to win! =)

Charlene said...

Oh Jing, Jing this album is amazing, truly amazing!!!! WOW!!!!! LOVE IT!!!

Debbie said...

Congrats on the pub!!! Love all of the details on the front of the canister, especially the film strip.

ca3b88a0-bcc2-11e1-bc32-000f20980440 said...

What a wonderful project... Love the film canister to hold the album.

chris taylor said...

I love that film canister. I haven't seen it before. Always wonderful ideas from you Jing-Jing. Can't wait to see it in my magazine.

chris taylor said...

I love that film canister. I haven't seen it before. Always wonderful ideas from you Jing-Jing. Can't wait to see it in my magazine.