Friday, November 21, 2008

Mini Week Friday!



Welcome to the end of my mini week! Do I hear cheering??! Ha! Well I better because to celebrate, I'll have a teeny giveaway at the end of this post so keep reading! (And no jumping to the end! :)) This little mini was made for my friend, Shelby, and her most adorable daughter, Anna! Seriously, those eyes just melt me! Shelby just better be glad she and Anna don't live closer or I'd have to "borrow" her all the time! Can you blame me?
This mini's special feature is that I used an entire package of BG's Sugared chipboard sticker shapes to complete it. An entire package - ok, well except for the super tall ones that wouldn't fit, but still! And it was SO fun!
As always, you'll see I followed my every-other-page pattern for photos and journaling. And on each of the journaling pages I added a huge chipboard sticker section. I loved adding them together to create little scenes, too.
Really. Anna's face is just so darn animated it's hard not to find something to love about it. She completely cracks me up. Keep looking, I think you'll agree! ;) I'm still so grateful to Shelby for sharing these images with me. I owe her big time.Say it with me now...awwwwwwwwwwww....nothing sweeter than a sleeping baby!
And how can anyone have eyes this blue? Her eyes really ARE this blue. It's unreal I tell you.My biggest goal for this week was to show you that mini albums don't have to be difficult, time consuming or complicated. They can be done in an afternoon and are a great way to use up photos that you just love but that might not make it onto a scrapbook page because you have so many. I hope that you got a little inspiration and might just decide to make one of these little books yourself to keep or giveaway (but I warn you now, they're HAAAAAAAAAARRDDD to give away once you get done! :))

If you're so inclined to get started, but just don't have any minis yet, post here. You'll be entered to win two of BasicGrey's wonderful chipboard albums - the scallop from yesterday's post and the dark chocolate chip (black) swatch mini. You'll love 'em. I only ask that you show me what you make with them when you're done!

Happy Friday, all!
k.

122 comments:

Becky said...

Thanks for this week of inspiration Kelly! I haven't dabbled into the minis quite yet. I did a week in the life with Ali Edwards and that was the smallest album I've made yet. I really want to do a true mini next! Your's are super cute!

Colby said...

No applause here for the end of mini week. I am enjoying it way too much. I have never been big on minis b/c I am always so behind on the normal scrapbooking projects. But you have inspired me!! Looks like we'll be getting a new puppy for Christmas, so I might have the perfect subject for a mini! Thanks for sharing your projects!

Amy said...

Super cute! I'd love to dive in but don't have any mini's.
Yours are ADORABLE!
AMy

justin and shara said...

Thanks for the great ideas. You got me so motivated-I made a mini album this week for my mom's Christmas present. I think mini's are such great gifts-I just have to take photos so I can remember what I created. I hope I win these albums. I have a MIL and Step-mom I still need to make gifts for.

Jenny B in Indy said...

That is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I SOOO wish I had a little girl to use those gorgeous BG papers on. But I think I'll keep my little guy, he's cute ;)
Stunning work, though. Just STUNNING! All your work is!

I admit, I have a Bind-It-All so I can make mini albums using cardstock but, I have been wanting a shaped chipboard/blackboard album forever and would LOVE one of the BG ones!!! I would love to be added to your drawing :)

Thank you so much for the chance to win. I love your blog.. I check it everyday.
You give me tons of inspiration with the boy LO's you do :)

Jennifer Priest said...

Love all the ideas for mini books. Awesome samples too! WOW!

Summer, Andy and Audrey said...

It's official.... Anna IS adorable. And so is that scalloped mini. Here's hopin I'm the lucky one :)

Kim M said...

Thanks for this week. I have so many pics from our trip to scrap and this has given me just the right inspiration to get them done. I loved each one you did!

Debbi said...

Don't let the week end. Keep sharing your ideas....I need them. I love making minis. I just finished one for my grandson's Christmas gift for his teacher. (work with her dad and got pictures of her little girl and made the book from that) Bet he's the teacher's pet after this gift. Thanks for the chance for the giveaway.
debbim

just me....lynn said...

woo hoo thanks for all of the amazing inspiration this week - I have loved every post. Also thanks for the chance to win a couple of minis

P said...

It was a very inspiring week. Thanks for sharing all the mini, I now want to make a few :)

Amy said...

These were all incredibly beautiful! I'm thinking one of these would be a great gift for my mother-in-law who is always so hard to shop for. Thanks for the great inspiration!

Shannon said...

Thank you for sharing! They are so cute and I would love to make one!

Leslie Murphy said...

It's awesome, Kelly, to see what you can do with Basic Grey paper! I love all your minis.

erin said...

so cute:)
i have that BG collection, but don't have those minis yet. i would love to have one to start one of those, after seeing what you did.
thank you for sharing your super cute projects.
erin

bhamfam@msn.com said...

Thanks so much for taking the time to share! What a great idea to repeat the same layout design. It actually makes the album way cuter! More unified! You are so talented. I like your style. It's intersting and fun, but it's still clean and your photos are never upstaged!

Mike and Brianna said...

So cute!! I haven't tried a mini yet, but this looks so fun!

Becca said...

I LOVE your mini's! Pick me! Pick me! I have been dying to do a mini of my son's first year!

Cindi said...

I love these mini albums. Thanks for all the great inspiration.

Sarah and the rest of the family said...

Thanks for sharing some of your mini albums, Kelly! I have a list of about a dozen projects to do mini versions of from how we spend our holidays, to my list of blessings, and the special touches that make our house home. Thanks again for the inspiration.

Jingle said...

Kelly, I have thoroughly enjoyed your mini albums this week! I am totally inspired to jump into a few myself! Thanks so much!!!

Kelli Shea said...

This would be the PERFECT thing to give to a Grandparent for the holidays. My MIL would love showing something like this off to anyone willing to look :) Great great ideas-- thank you so much for sharing!

Jennifer said...

Thanks for sharing your minis and how you create!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing all of your work this week. I have really enjoyed it. I would love to tuck a mini in my sons Christmas box. He won't be able to come home for Christmas this year (yes it is breaking my heart) and I am trying to do everything I can think of to bring a little bit of home to him.
Hugs
Sher

Erin Glee said...

Anna is BEAUTIFUL~and so are your mini pages about her! Adorable!
My Mother-in-Law loves mini albums for gifts, but I usually make a small one with page protectors, like a bound 5"x 7" or 8"x 8", and a "LOVE" word shaped album was her last gift, but these cool Basic Grey mini albums would be a perfect addition to her collection. (And I promise to share photos before I give it to her if I win) !
Thank you for the chance!

Amanda Sevall said...

I loved all the cute albums this week! So glad you declared a "mini week"! :)

Scrapalinquent said...

SOOOOO CUTE!!! You're totally right about those eyes... She is adorable!!! Thanks for the opportunity! xoxoxo, Liz

Annelies said...

Thanks for the inspiration this week! I loved it! I happen to have the some basic grey paper in stash here....already thinking of which pictures I could put in a mini-album!
I hope you will do a mini week again soon!

JJ Sobey said...

thanks for all the fun ideas! Now I want to make minis all weekend, LOL!

Leesa said...

I have loved all of your mini albums this week! I was going back to look at them and see which one was my favorite, but I just couldn't pick! I think my favorite part of any one of them was the clear page with the owl that went over your son's face. That is very clever! I have done 1 mini album before using a file folder. I thought it turned out pretty good for being my first mini album. I cannot wait to do some more!!! Thank you, Kelly, for the chance to win these two adorable mini albums.

Cari said...

Love this album! There is so much satisfaction in getting something like this done!!!

Amy Harle said...

WOW - I'm sad to get to the end of Mini-Week...all of the books were just gorgeous!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

Sarah Mullanix said...

I absolutely LOVE mini's, and your mini's are sooooo inspiring!!! As much as I love them, I have not actually ever made one...I just end up creating a layout instead. I would really love to get started on my first mini-book ever. I have a new baby and two others in lots of activities and sports, so tons of choices for my first mini. Thanks so much for all of your amazing projects and keeping me inspired!!!

Anonymous said...

Love your week of mini's. I need to learn how to down size from 12x12 to minis. Thanks for such inspiration
Jeannie

melita said...

wow! the album is amazing and the baby is so beautiful! thanks for all of your inspiration this mini-week! it might help me get over my fear of them!

Stefanie said...

I have so enjoyed looking through your mini albums this week, thanks for the inspiration. I so naturally reach for the 12x12 papers and need to think differently.

Pat said...

Wow...just stumbled on your website and it is amazing. You have soooooo many wonderful ideas.

Brenda said...

Thanks for all the inspiration this week on making mini albums. Your were so beautiful! I have just gotten into doing minis. They are super fun to make. I have started storing mine in a basket in our living room to make it easy for family members and guests to pick them up and page through them.

Melanie said...

I have looooooved your mini week! I have two girls, and am constantly wanting to do mini albums, but feel sooo overwhelmed. You have definitely inspired me to complete some minis...one problem though...I have no mini's due to being so overwhelmed in the past! I so hope I can win the mini albums!

Melanie said...

Oh yes...and I promise I will share what I make!

Crys said...

Gorgeous albums!! Thank you so much for sharing, definitely a great inspiration right before the holidays!

Anonymous said...

It is hard to choose which one I love the most this week kelly! thanks so much for your inspiration, it was so fun to follow along with you this week...bravo and have a fabulous weekend.

Mary Rogers

Trace Geworsky said...

This was really fun this week(Checking out your minis)
Thanks for the inspiration

ConnieC said...

I'm sad the week is over. Minis are my favorite thing to make. I've enjoyed seeing the different shapes this week. Thanks!

Tabitha K said...

All of the mini albums this week have been amazing! I am totally inspired to get one done in the nexy week or two. I just have to finish putting together my 3 BG calenders first :)

Paper and Petals said...

Thanks for sharing all these albums! I love mini albums and have made a few and I have to say my kids love looking at them and I find that I pick them up and flip through them all the time. I usually still scrap the photos that go into the mini album but I think I just may try your idea to use up extra photos for the minis. THat will make getting those bday photos scrapped a whole lot sooner.

Julie

PamS said...

What a beautiful baby to make a mini album about. Thank you for showing us your products for the week. They are quite the inspiration for all of us.

MNJackson said...

I love the scallop book, great job on your albums.

Anne House said...

This week has been a dream- so much inspiration!! I truly hope I am the lucky one...so many ideas to try!! Thanks!

nooshynooshy said...

What a fun mini week, thank you for all of the inspiration! I would love to play with these minis :o)

Jeanne Ann said...

I loved all the mini ideas. I have been taken over by the mini bug and love making them for friends and family. Mini is just the right size for so many projects. Thanks for the inspiration this week!

TammyB said...

Kelly, those mini's are so amazing. I've only done one so far and now I want to do some more.

Thanks for sharing!

Cecile said...

I don't have those Mini albums either but I would love to make a mini album and your album week has been so inspirational!Thanks for sharing your awesome talent::))
Cecile
cmaner@comcast.net

Jamie D said...

I loved mini week Kelly - thanks for sharing all of your great work. Hope I win the albums, I'd love to start getting into minis too!

Oscar T. Grouch said...

they look so involved, I love the work you did in them.

Scrappycath said...

I've recently gotten into the mini making. And guess what? I fell in love! Just love that you can make them quickly and yet they can be so personal. I'm making one for each of my boys. I also want to do ones for holiday traditions. And them some ad gift albums for family and friends. I am hooked!

JeanFB said...

Your minis are truly adorable! After struggling for years with big, chronological, 12 x 12 albums, I'm convinced.... minis are the way to go. Life is about moments - I want to capture them individually (and quickly)! Thanks for the chance on the great candy!

Denae said...

Oh my gosh. I definitely am not clapping for the end of the mini week. You make me wanna make one. Ha. But I will agree 110% that they are so hard to get rid of once you make it!

Cass said...

Thanks for mini week! I'd love to create an album for my daughter's first birthday using the scallops album. So cute! :)

Gayle said...

Thanks for showing us your work! I really like the basic grey mini albums shapes but have yet to see them in my scrapbook store, so I would love to win some to play with!

Julia said...

Mini's are so hard for me to get going on...but I'm getting better. And those PP's are some of my favorite! Thank you for the inspiration!!

mom2christopher said...

What perfect timing for your mini album week, Kelly! My DS's great grandma is turning 90 in December and I thought that making a mini album of my fave pics of Christopher would be the best present! Thanks for the inspiration!

Heather M. said...

Anna is such a doll! I've always loved her blue eyes too! Beautiful, beautiful mini!

Andrea said...

Love the minis! I have loved looking at all of them. So much inspiration, so little time...

Angela Fehr said...

I've never done a mini but I have that Basic Grey Paper - have been saving it for a special occasion!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing. I haven't tried a mini album yet but you've inspired me to give it a go. We just got back from visiting the grandparents....guess who might be getting a mini of new photos for Christmas? Happy Thanksgiving!

-Jodi

Mel said...

So I do have mini's to use so don't pick me--well, you can if you want :) --But I just wanted to say how much I've enjoyed your albums this week. The Friday one is my favorite--I have that BG line and need to do something with it.

BTW--ADORABLE LO on the cover of Scrapbook Trends. Just came in the mail today. Love it! Congrats!

Dixie Lee said...

Kelly,

I don't have any mini's. I have created my own using chipboard and rings, but I would love to try a black core or a die cut shape!

And I love your simple method...keep the same page pattern and turn it or reverse the pages for variety.

Greta said...

Thanks for all the mini albums inspiration! I love making Minis the most! They are so much funny!

Barbara said...

what a beautiful child...thanks for the inspiration

Robin said...

Love the inspiration of the mini albums - Pick me - I already have the Sugared chipboard stickers :)

Shannon Hager said...

Wow, I have loved all the mini's this week, truly inspiring! I have been wanting to make some mini's for Christmas presents. Thanks for the great ideas!

Kirsten N said...

Your mini albums are just gorgeous Kelly!! My favourite is the Tarisota Owl one though :)

Toni Wever said...

I have thoroughly enjoyed mini-week! Thanks for sharing these beautiful little bits, I have loved each of them.

Haberdawoman said...

Thank you for sharing these wonderful ideas with us. you have inspired me to attempt to make my first mini book.

Tracey said...

I'd love to get my hands on some minis. You have inspired me. Your book is gorgeous!!

2 Worlds said...

This is wonderful work. Really very pretty

scrappinJen said...

nothing makes me happier than minis. love all of your inspo. thanks for sharing!

Jodee said...

Your albums have been wonderful! Thanks for sharing all this inspiration!

Megan said...

Gorgeous. I love how you havn't used photos on all the pages, but put sweet elements instead!!

Angela M. said...

Love, love all of your mini-books you have shared! So inspiring! I am just starting my first one as a gift for my mom. I can see how this could get addicting. Thanks for the great ideas!

Shirley said...

Great inspiration and love that mini! I started one tonight!

ajrunge said...

awww, what a cutie she is indeed! :) I would love those albums, thanks for the chance :)
Alex

Marie-Pr├ęcieuse said...

wow! I love your mini album!!! And the photographs, of course. Anna is really cute, that's for sure! Well, never did a mini before but would love to give it a try. If I don't win, I think I'll give it a try anyway.

Em said...

Your minis are wonderful Kelly! I've got lots of snow pics to scrap, as well as my daughters first year at school...these would be perfect!
Thanks for all your inspiring projects!

Mel Nunn said...

Thanks for the week-long inspiration Kelly... You got me right to work :o)

Bronwyn said...

Wow loved your week of minis I am usually frustrated by how little we get to see of mini books (usually just the covers and not much else) but you showed us it all and they are awesome
Thanks for the inspiration

Anonymous said...

this is gorgeous Kelly, but then you work is ALWAYS gorgeous!!!!

Im a mini book disaster creator, have the ability to ruin ANY and EVERY mini book placed infront of me.I officially stink at mini books:(

Best you come back to Australia for 09 and teach again, infact a mini book class would be LOVELY!

Micaela said...

With work as inspiring as yours Kelly, who wouldn't want to try a mini?? Love them all...

Design by Kim said...

Your album is Gorgeous!!!! I am going to be sharing this with my scrapbooking group as we all love a great creative group project. Thanks for sharing! Love it!

Anonymous said...

Oooh she is a cutie! A shame your mini week is over!
Cheers
Anna D

Sharna_G said...

I've loved the mini week! I'm new to your blog (about 1 month of reading so far), and I'm totally inspired. A friend of mine has the most adorable baby girl. She has pictures, but no real keepsakes yet. I would really love the scalloped mini to do a similar project. Thanks for the tips and inspiration

stephanie howell said...

your talent amazes me constantly. i'm so lucky to have you as a friend.;) and i don't want to be in the drawing, i just wanted to tell you that.
xo

Lisa S. said...

I've loved seeing your mini's this week! I am so inspired, I may even try one myself this weekend! I do have so many of those little photos that don't seem to make it onto a whole page layout.
Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and expertise!

Vicki said...

Thanks for the great insite into the mini album rage! Shelby is one luck lady to be getting a mini album created especially for her by you and to have such a cute little Anna! I love the photos that you used in her album. The one with her little tongue curled up is adorable! Thanks again for all of the inspiration that you offer in your blog and to BG!

Amanda Winchester said...

Oh, that mini is just so sweet! I would love to do some minis as gifts!

Loriann said...

Stunning.. Your work is always amazing.. Love the mini's to use theose extra pictures that I still love but do not have room in the scrapbook. I haven't made the leap to scrap just one picture in a scrapbook-I am a multi gal, so this idea would be perfect.. LOVE, LOVE everything..

Michelle Nelson said...

Thank you for sharing your mini-books and ideas this week. I think I would make one into a holiday book and the other a retirement memories book for my friend. So, I would have one to keep and one to share - the best of both worlds!

Susan said...

I like minis, too. They're hard to find in my area, tho. Love the ones you posted this week. Definitely given me inspiration. Thanks!
Susan (from MD).

Geralyn said...

Really loved your mini week! Thanks for all the inspiration :) It was great.

Carine Hartman said...

I'm number 101 may be it is my lucky day.

Love the mini's you made. I think this is my favorite.

TRace said...

Oh I would love to show you my completed albums :) Thanks for the chance to win!!

Jes said...

Fabulously adorable!! (Anna and the minis :) I absolutely love mini albums when I see what everyone else makes, but have been soooooo scared to pick one up myself and try my hand - and I honestly have no idea why . . but anyway yours are amazing, all of them!!

april said...

I love minis, so far (I only started scrapbooking last year) I only did one (Love, Elsie's star shaped album) and I loved it so much! I love yours too, hope to do a lot more!!

Elaine said...

Awwwww!! What a doll! I love mini albums and don't have these but would love to win them! thanks for sharing this darling little album! I think it's worth bragging about (I would if it were mine!) LOL

Angel S. said...

Wow- thanks for the great posts!
Lots of ideas to get me started~

Maggie said...

This is such a gorgoeus album.
Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for sharing :)
Maggie

Anonymous said...

I could always use a mini or two - the only ones I have done were gifts for my DD volleyball coaches.
melinda@kilgore.com

Thanks so much,
Melinda

AmyInKy said...

Another beautiful mini. I love how you outline the edge of the page with pen. I'll have to remember that! :)

Sara said...

Oh my goodness.....
This album is so sweet! Love it!
I have made one or two mini albums, but I love love love the ones you're giving away, and I haven't tried either of those yet, so hopefully that still qualifies for a chance to win ;) Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!
Sara :)

Michelle Nelson said...

Very, very nice Kelly! You have that "eye" that I only wish I had. Good thing for me scraplifting is legal!

Robin said...

Hello Kelly,
I love the mini. I am a want-a-b scrapbooker. I have some supplies and lots of Stampin' Up stuff, but I haven't made a scrapbook mini or big. I would like to take you up on your offer.. "don't have any minis yet, post here. I'll send you two of BasicGrey's wonderful chipboard albums - the scallop from yesterday's post and the dark chocolate chip (black) swatch mini. You'll love 'em." Please email me for my address. Thanks so much. robinmilhollan@gmail.com

Jennifer said...

I love mini's, but have only done them in a class. Haven't branched on my own to do one. Loving them! Thanks for the inspiration.

Jenn in Vancouver WA

Kimmer said...

Thanks so much for sharing your creativity, Kelly! Your minis are fabulous.

Katie said...

OMG!!! WHAT A CUTIE!!! LOVE the mini!!

Char said...

Awwwww so adorable!! I'm excited....I have everything to make one of these mini books!! Usually I dont Ha-Ha!! thanks so much for sharing your awesome talent!!! Char

Anonymous said...

i keep gathering things for scrapbooks, but have always been too daunted to make one - this would be agreat start, with a mini - the one you made is so cute!

annesatx said...

Thanks for showing us such great minis. Crossing my fingers that I'll win, so I can try some of your ideas. Thanks!

Renee said...

Love all the minis.

Thanks for all the great inspiration.

Tammi said...

Thanks for all of the inspirations. Would love to try a mini now!!

Tammi

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Such amazing and inspiring posts - I am really enjoying your blog. The composition of your pages is so fabulous!! I really need to try one of these - what great little gifts they would be.
hugs, Jami

ShellyJ said...

this is just so cute!!