Saturday, November 26, 2011

my craft journey part 3

hello crafters,
welcome to part three of my craft journey. this is all about mini albums and altered projects. i group these two paper crafting style projects together because they use similar supplies. what i love about altered projects and mini albums is the dimension that you can put into your projects. with standard albums that have page protectors it's best to have supplies that are flat, for me when it comes to mini albums the thicker the better.
transitioning from scrapbooking and cardmaking to altered projects was interesting for me because it really expanded what i considered a craft supply. i was no longer limited to the "scrapbooking" isles in michaels. i was now browsing in the wood section and even the wedding section of the store looking for supplies. when it comes to altered projects you can alter or embellish anything you'd like.

 this part of paper crafting is all about thinking out of the box-you're no longer restricted to a 12x12 layout or an A2 sized card, the possibilities are endless.

common altered projects include: picture frames, cigar boxes, jewelry boxes, notebooks, favor boxes, stick pins and tags to name a few.
mini albums: as the names imply are smaller than the traditional 12x12 or 8x8 albums. Usually they're 6x6 or smaller. you can use a 6x6 album, but it's more fun to grab some chipboard and make your own album. it can be square or a circle or any shape you can die cut.

the other thing i love about altered projects are swaps! you can join a swap site and enjoy making new friends and exchanging beautiful projects with each other. 

so here are the tools you'll want to add to your collection to get into altered projects and mini albums

  • glue gun-a wonderful adhesive that's strong and quick drying and helps secure heavier items. 
  • kraft mat-if you didn't get one for cardmaking you're for sure going to need one now. to keep your cutting mat or work surface from getting stained. 
  • paint-perfect for coloring natural wood any shade you'd like
  • paint brushes
  • distress inks-another item you may already have if you picked it up while cardmaking. i primarily use walnut stain and vintage photo, but you can collect and use as many colors as you'd like. 
  • medium and lightweight chipboard. most scrapbooking stores sell 12x12 sheets of medium weight chipboard. i purchase mine at you can SAVE MONEY on lightweight chipboard by using cereal boxes-you're going to paint over or cover them with paper so no one will ever know it used to be a cheerios box. 
now for the splurge items.(check out part 1 of my craft journey for tips on stocking up on splurge items

  • die cutting/embossing machine like the big shot, vagabond, or cuttlebug
  • embossing plates and dies. 
  • sewing machine

  • cinch or bind it all
  • textiles: fabric or felt
  • feathers/leaves/sprays
  • charms/jewels/pearls
  • trims/ribbons/sequins/twine
  • tags
  • rhinestone flourish
  • border stickers/chipboard stickers
  • bookplates/nameplates
  • dimensional sitckers
  • glitter/shimmer : perfect pearls, glimmer mist, smooch spritz, and stickles.
  • crackle paint
brands that i love
  • graphic 45
  • 7 gypsies
  • recollections
  • tim holtz
  • websters pages
  • sizzix
now for a little inspiration, check out these youtube channels for amazing inspiration.
thank you so much for traveling along with me on my craft journey. the best part is that once you get to the end you can cycle back and start all over again, mixing and meshing different techniques and skills you've learned from each phase along the way. it's all about having fun and enjoying this hobby i love. 

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