I'm one of those "best of intentions" scrapbookers.. I get the pictures done and then don't do anything with them because I'm waiting for just the right "this" or just the right "that." These beauties have been waiting since 2012 to be scrapped. And finally the right "this" and the right "that" made their appearance - the "Paradise" kit from Club Scrap! (With a little help from some marked-down envelopes from a clearance table at one of my regular haunts!)
Grab yourself a cuppa whatever suits ya, 'cause I've got a little story to tell.
In 2011, I lost my Grandma Schrader. As you might have read in other blog posts here, she was the best person I have ever known. My brother and sister and I had a sit-down after the funeral, and at my urging, agreed we needed to do better as a family. We're spread out all across the country, and it seemed like the only time we got together anymore was for a funeral or other main event. We needed to be more proactive.
The following year we met in Florida for the first of our yearly gatherings. The photos used in this album were taken there.
For this mini album, I created the front and back covers from chipboard and covered them with the gorgeous print from the Paradise kit. I used some metal letters from my stash to spell out "us."
Next, I mixed colors of the bright envelopes I picked up from an 80% off bin, trimmed the "tops" off, and added a journaling panel on the back of each one. Lastly, I used a 1" circle punch to cut a semi-circle out of the top of the envelopes.
After I added a strip of the "Hibiscus" washi tape to the side of the envelopes, I used my Bind-It-All to put it together. I also double-matted the pictures, and added a tab at the end of each photo to aid in removing it from the envelopes.
You might notice that the journaling space across from the envelope itself isn't yet completed. The title of the mini book references the house my grandparents lived in while we were growing up. I have to dig a little for the words I want to use on the journaling because I have a lot of years to cover in what I want to say. Hopefully that will come with the holiday season!
And, yes, I have pictures from our gatherings in Duluth, Denver, and even here in the PNW, still sitting in stacks, waiting for just the right "this" and just the right "that," which might come delivered in a pizza box some day really soon!