Welcome to our blog hop! Some of us have been working on projects inspired by these notes over at Big Picture Scrapbooking; it's a free class, one of several they offer, so I recommend you pop over there and have a look if you haven't already! You'll need to register with them, but that's free too :-)
But first, please take a look at all our various takes on the project! You'll be seeing a lot of different approaches, a lot of different styles, and a lot of inspiration from this group of talented crafters at these blogs:
Each of us will point you to the next blog in turn, so keep following the links and you should get back to where you started having visited everyone along the way! Please bear with us though if some of the posts haven't appeared yet, sometimes gremlins get into the works and autoposts don't actually autopost.... You can always call back here to pick up the thread again and try that blog again later :-)
And here's my project:
I used the gorgeously beautiful Sew Grateful kit from Evalicious - if she has any more kits in stock you can buy them from here, and even if not you can get hold of the tutorial here and make it with your own materials :-) I just added a few extra rub ons - Doodlebug Mixed Up Minis and Papermania Honey & Hugs embossed transfers. So above you see the front cover, and here's the first double page:
The left hand side is just a photo of me with a ribbon loop and a label (I've used these Scenic Route labels throughout my album and scattered those ribbon loops here and there too).
The right hand side is my intro page, and contains the most of the journaling from the entire album, as I wanted to keep most of the pages very simple. If you can interpret my handwriting then you should be able to read what I've written, but basically it's saying that I couldn't possibly sum up 'me' in one little mini-book, but that here's a glimpse of a few of the things that go into making me who I am.
The next double page shows some of my favourite treats, and one of the effects of nature that inspires me most and that I find most beautiful:
Mmmmm, Costa skinny Fairtrade gingerbread latte... Mmmmmm, cakes....... Mmmmmmm, chocolate.......... And oh my, look at that gorgeous sunflare! :-)
Next up, no surprises that my blog features in this project! And books had to be included too - but to get the rub on letters to fit on the label I had to overlap them with the border a bit. Which makes it look like a different word altogether. I promise that it is books I like, not boobs....
Look closely - books! It does say books! Honestly!
Over the page, I wanted to look at the theme of colour, but I really couldn't pick just one. It's colour in general that inspires me, though I do have favourites (lime green, turquoise, various shades of purple...) I also had to include my family, The Doctor and The Children are a big part of who I am :-)
For the colours page I shaded little pieces of glossy photo paper with Promarkers and punched out hearts, mounting them on foam pads for dimension. My family page was another of the simple, let-the-photo-do-the-talking type pages.
I love photography! I still have a lot to learn, but I'm enjoying the process. My camera deserved a page in this book too. And Eve's kit came with the materials and instructions to make a little pocket; I used this to include photos to represent all the seasons (couldn't choose between them, I love them all for different reasons!)
I love the stamped double bracket frames! Eve included two in the kit so I used one on the cover and the other here.
And here's a look at the seasonal photos inside the pocket - you'll notice that autumn doesn't appear yet, I'm sure I have a lovely photo somewhere of trees in autumnal shades, but I can't find it! I may need to take one this autumn and add it to the pocket then...
Lastly, another shot of me looking back over the book, and some final reflections:
I wrote the journaling to sort of look like the flower's leaves and the grass. It's just a recap of what I said at the beginning really, and the suggestion that to truly be a project ALL About Me it would need to fill a library!
I considered adding detail to the back cover but in the end kept it very simple:
And finally, here's a side-on view of my completed mini-book:
Thanks for looking at my project :-) Now it's time to visit Rinda at Gallo Organico and admire what I know will be an amazing contribution from her - have fun hopping round the blogs! xx
...is what I speak. It describes what I actually say (nonsense, mostly) and how I say it (ie my accent, which is a mixture of all sorts - a bit of North of England, a bit of Irish, a bit of South West England, a lot of just me!) The word comes from my name, Mel, and the fact that I'm one-quarter Welsh. But there's not actually any Welsh in my accent. Go figure...