As some of you know, I write over at Scrapjazz.com. A while back, I wrote an article on how to upcycle your packaging, and I had created a wonderful mini album out of all the scraps and bits and pieces left on my desk from various projects. One of my dear scrapping buddies, Virginia, over there loved the article so much she wanted to do a Mixed Media UpCycle Mini Album swap, and I of course was very excited about this. Virginia and I have been swap partners once before and I really enjoyed what she made, so I have been eager to swap with her again. For this mini album, everything in it had to be upcycled materials, include pockets, fabric, and use the Jillbean Watermelon Gazpacho paper line. Our chosen theme for the swap was going to be summer picnics and BBQs, this is what I came up with:
I left the cover plain as I was unsure of exactly what my partner will be doing with it. The entire mini was distressed using Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I wanted the album to be bright and vibrant but also have a feel of a small hometown picnic.
The die cut on the left side of the page, and the one in the next photo below on the right were made using the out packing of the paper pack that the paper came in. I covered both sides with pattern paper and then ran the entire thing through my George (AKA Grand Calibur). I had to go over it a few times to get it to cut all the way through, but it worked! George can handle thin chipboard and two sheets of single sided paper. The side with the watermelon paper clipped to it, that is made out of junk mail envelopes and is using Laura Denison's Envelope Pocket Tutorial on YouTube.
The right side of the above is a paper bag that I ironed and then cut in half.
I love burlap. I really do, and for this project I think it totally added to the comfy cozy hometown neighborly feel. I love burlap.
I have a confession to make, the left side of this page is actually the box that the Venus razor refills come in. This mini is just full of surprises right? Oh and the right side of the album in the above photo is the other side of the paper page. This was made using a tutorial on youtube.
Anyway, I hope that you enjoyed my little share. Happy Crafting everyone!