Thursday, November 12, 2009

Adorn It Blog Hop

Welcome everyone! my name is michelle (people call me elle for short!) roudebush & i run benzillascrapping.  when georgana announced she was doing a make it merry blog hop, i wanted to hop on the bandwagon (ok, there might be pun in there somewhere....), however, i didn't find out about it until tuesday, i think so, like everything i do, i decided to jump right in.  and of course i've never done one... originally i wanted to do a project similar to ali edwards' december daily so i set to work.  but as i was working, i really wanted to do some older christmas pictures, so it then morphed into more of a 25 stories album, and that's where it's stayed.  but i ran out of time, and one of the things of the blog hop was that it's supposed to be a finished project.  maybe i should have just done a card, but i was really inspired to do this.  so i will show you today what i have done, and get you moving on to the next blog in the list, and perhaps, if you like what you see, you'll come back to see the rest of it.

if you did not start at the beginning of the blog hop, please go here www.adornitscrapbook.com/bloghop so that you can see everyone's lovely projects.

first i went through product & supplies to figure out what i wanted to use for my pages.
 
i tried to get a good mix of media, as i think that really makes it interesting (you can also check out the studio re-do in the background, it surely is messy!)

 here is the initial part of making the album.  the cover is actually a cardboard inset that came with a set of sheets that i got for 006's birthday last month.  when i saw it's cool shape, i couldn't help but keep it.  i don't do a lot of measuring, just lining up and cutting so for the outside i cut 2 squares, a rectangle for the binding and a couple of narrow strips for transition.  the inside is essentially the same, minus the strips.  be warned, this project will take a lot of paper (at least by my standards) minimum 6 12" sheets, more if you can spare.  great way to use up your stash, i used a ton of my older stuff, and i still just really like it.

if you can't tell, i'm using gel medium for adhesive as it is super tacky.  i think it works better than mod podge, but is much more expensive.  but it is extremely thick so it can be easy to use too much.  makes a great bond, really good for something that is going to be handled a lot.



after drying, it looks like this.  not too bad so far.  now i want to use binder rings to hold all the pages together, so i have to punch holes in the binding.  big bite to the rescue!

you can see him there in the background (i love the orange version, reminds me of my buddy warren) and you can also see the inside covers covered.  is that redundant?

next is a series of pages.....

oh, before i can punch, i need to sand everything down.  i like to use this method to trim up my uneven edgies...

i used the one page to line up where the holes are to go.


here's my big stack of pages waiting patiently for attention.....

 here are the rings in place.  i actually hate them, but now it is too late, but i did learn lots! like space them a wee bit farther apart.  not sure if there is a mathematical formula for that, but....


page 1 is 4 pockets of a sports card collector page. the number one is from my coasterbetz collection.
 

2 is some chip i cut to 6" square. the backside of page 1 has a journal spotz in it.


3 is a white lunch sack with the top trimmed down.  room for ???

4 is actually leftover packaging from a karen foster mini book.  i just covered up the logo, but i liked the neutral design. it also has one of my journalz spots


5 is the back side of said packaging, and a bingo card from my christmas collection.  the next page has an overlayZ in a music theme, also soon to be available at my store.

6 is again some up-cycled packaging, don't remember what from, perhaps the boys skivvies??? i just really liked the shape.

7 is a red envelope from hobby lobby.  nothing extremely fancy and another coasterbetz

and last, but not last, is 8, which is some upcycled chip, probably from the back of a paper pak, cut to 8" square.

sorry i don't have 9-25 done, but they will all be similar to this, please forgive me for running out of time.  your next blog to go peekie at is Sandra Correale at http://sandracorreale.blogspot.com who has an absolutely beautiful couple of projects for your drooling oops, i mean, viewing pleasure....

thanks so much for putting up with my crazy sense of humor, lack of time management skills and inability to say no to something very fun, it has been a tremendous pleasure having you as my guest.  please stop back by soon!
elle








35 comments:

  1. Very ambitious. But you got so much done! The album is looking great!

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  2. thanks!! i've been in a slump lately, so i guess it's just the kick in the pants that i needed cause now i'm totally stoked at doing it and getting it done! :)

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  3. TFS! I'm just starting my Dec. Daily so I'm sure to be back for inspiration!

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  4. Oh it is such a pretty book! Thanks for all the pictures! Details always help:)

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  5. What am awesome project!! I would LOVe to try something like this!

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  6. I'm making a few of these for different occassions too...they are a great way to use stash and a great way to just journal the small stuff....great project and I loved your pics & explanations!

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  7. Oh this is REALLY CUTE!!!!
    Happy Hopping!

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  8. I love seeing how this came together, so awesome.

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  9. thank you to everyone!! i'll post a comment here when i get it done, so if you're following the comments thread you'll get a notification. scrapping girls are the best!

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  10. Oh wow! Awesome job, creative mama!!!!

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  11. Great album, thanks for the inspiration.

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  12. You have a great start on the album and its really cute, TFS!

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  13. This is great I love to see how everyone puts their dec album together

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  14. Great inspiration ... love what you did ... tfs

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  15. great book love the way you have used the book rings:)

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  16. Oh your project is gorgeous... you're really going to enjoy it when all the other pages are done... I admire you for making a whole album from scratch too... wow!

    Thanks for sharing this blog hop with me.

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  17. wow ~ this is beautiful. You did a wonderful job!

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  18. wow, very, very cool and such great step-by-step
    instructions, thanks for that!

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  19. Thank you.. I love the step by step instructions.

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  20. What a fun blog you have! I will come back and check on the finished book. You have a beautiful start!

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  21. I love how honest you were, and since I also tend to do what you did, I will be back to see how it turned out!


    http://crazyaboutcricut.blogspot.com

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  22. Oh what fun!!! I love that you still showed us all the steps and that it started off as one project and mophed into another!! Can't wait to see the end result, cause right now it looks aweseme!!

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  23. Everyone - wow, thank you so much! I can't believe how many of you left comments! yes, i love step-by-steps too, must be the trainer in me! lol I do have it done other than the cover & some last minute embellishments so I hope to take pictures of it today and post later, I forgot, I have another "big" project this week too. It ended up only being 20 pages, but I think that is plenty. I'll post a comment when it's done so you get a notification.

    Again, thank you to all of you for your very sweet and kind words, scrap girls are the best! :)

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  24. WOW! i loved your album - nice job, very pretty!

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  25. love all the details for us beginners! thank you for posting!

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  26. Very good start on your album..can't wait to see the end results :)

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  27. Love it too! I'd love to see how you attached the binder rings to the album. Do they go through the spine and stick out on the outside of the spine? Thanks for the inspiration!

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  28. The rings went through the spine, 2 holes top, 2 holes down. crazy thing, the covers wouldn't go closed with them because the rings were too fat! arrghh! i have it done, i need to snap some pictures to post. I ended up doing it differently, and I think I like it better. You let me know, OK?

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