Last year I was all over crafting in December. I folded a huge pile of little origami Santas, Fröbelstars, origami stars, gift bows and origami Christmas trees, made seven different types of pralines, drew snowflakes on our living room door and took everyday at least one photo for my December Daily album. It was a crafty and happy time. I had fun trying new things, making things in bulk and writing Christmas greetings to friends and family.
I have to smile seeing all these pretty little Christmasy things. What are you crafting this season?
What a night, what a surprise! I got this surprise night gifted to my 30th birthday. I had no idea what this night would bring. My friend picked me up and we ate at my favorite restaurant. Afterwards she even put a sleeping mask on my face, so I wouldn’t see, where we were going. It was a fabulous surprise.
We saw the unbelievable wonderful a-capella choir Perpetuum Jazzile live in concert. If you never heard of them, please watch this video. This is the one song, that got them famous. Now they travel the world.
The book I used as minialbum, was a little journal with golden stars printed on every page. It was much too thick to add the photos, so I ripped a third of the pages out from the middle. That way the book with the photos was almost as thick as original. At the end of the book I added a CD with videos and music from the concert, thus I have everything together when I want to reminisce about this amazing night.
In November I had a low, thanks to the darkness and my thyroid problem. To get myself out of this low and focus on the good things in my life, I made this little minialbum or notebook. I put it on my nightstand and as soon as I would go to bed, I would write everything down, that made me feel good on this day. It helped getting me to sleep with positive thoughts in my mind and maybe even let me sleep a little better. After a month the pages were filled with positivity and good thoughts. I felt better thanks to the medicine and Christmas time, so I didn’t fill it up with new pages. But I really liked it. Maybe in time I will do it again.
For the minialbum I used mostly Project Life cards from Stampin’Up and made some myself with stickers and washi tape. The minialbum is 4’’x4” and has around 30 pages.
Looking for more inspiration? Here you can find more minialbums.
My newest mini album creation. It is one of those projects I started over a year ago but only finished now. Last year I had the idea to use neon in a minialbum and created pages in 4×6 size from grey cardboard for it. Then I used neon tapes (in orange, pink and green) and neon markers to draw patterns on the pages. Sometimes messy, sometimes almost ordered. Because I hadn’t any specific photos in mind to fill in, I created a whole bunch of pages, not knowing how much I would need.
The pages sat almost a year in my backlog until I stumbled about the photos of my 31th birthday party with the photo booth. Perfect for this fun kind of mini. Additionally I found this beautiful neon rainbow string to bind the mini with the japanese stab binding. Although I changed the traditional way up and did it with five holes. I knotted the long loose ends of the string along the book spine with simple knots. Everytime I met a string crossing the spine I integrated it into the knot, therefore the knot string is fixed at the spine. Really treasure this little fun minialbum.
After the big move I was tired of sorting through endless rows of boxes and putting everything into place. So I did a little scrapbooking. On Pinterest I had a collection of motivational posts and quotes for the new year. Because I couldn’t choose between all these helpful and inspiring quotes, I decided to select more and turn them into a minialbum.
It was fun to use my two stamp and all of my sticker alphabets for this project. I love most about this mini, that it’s that simple. Just typography plus a little color and black & white patterns on the left side for contrast. Now it stands on my shelf above my desk and reminds me of my mantras for this year. Now and then I turn the pages to choose another quote for some time.
If you have any questions, write me an email (blog [a] momentstolivefor.com) or leave a comment.
I love Ali Edwards idea of a summer manifesto and her idea to write down a goal on one side and leave the other side for the proof with text and photo. You can download the cover of her new summer manifesto here and purchase the entire pages here.
Although I find her pages lovely, I decided to make a similar book without printing pages, but using my beloved stamps and scrapbooking papers instead. The layout is similar to Ali Edward’s pages: left side the goal, right side room for proof. Here are some pages of the minialbum. If you want to know, what my other goals for this summer are, then read on here.
For the minialbum I used Amy Tangerine‘s Alphabet stamp set, the ‘I love’ stamp by Elise Joy and papers by echo park paper & co (from the set Summer Days, Playground and Little Girl) and by Bella Boulevard (from the set Sunshine Happiness and Socialite).
have fun creating your own summer manifesto minialbum
Here you can find more summer inspiration:
Spring is here and I had the urge to create something beautiful to honor spring time. Because I love my Summer love minialbum, I tried to craft something alike for spring. And this is the pretty result, naturally in light and bright spring colors and with lots of washi tape:
I thought about things, I’m happy to see or experience in spring. Little details like spotting the first snowdrop or the first ladybug of the year. It was more than inspirational to go through my photo collection and search for spring photos. Although the raindrops and snow crystals are monochrome pictures, they bring out the statement pretty good – that changing weather from snow to rain means, that spring is back, don’t you think? What do you love most about spring?
For the minialbum cover I used simple cardboard and covered it with washi tape. The pages are grey and white papers, which measure 10 cm x 10 cm. The stamps are from Elise Blaha-Cripe and Evalicious.
Do you need some more spring inspiration? Then look over here:
You can find my other minialbums here:
I don’t know, how you call it – Fußball, soccer, football – but it’s about 22 grown-up men running after one black-and-white ball. I like to watch the European championship or World championship on TV, preferably with some friends or in a big crowd on a public screen. But I always wanted to watch a match of my favorite club Werder Bremen live in a football stadium. Last November this dream came true. Although it was very cold and they lost big time, it was fun – singing with the crowd and cheering for my club.
Yesterday I finally had the time to turn the fake Polaroid pictures – I edited my normal pics with the free software Poladroid – into a football minialbum. On my vacation in Denmark I found the perfect football cover and naturally the minialbum had to be the shape of a ball. As background for the pictures I used grass, because that’s the substrate of every game. As embellishments I only used some football cutouts, apart from that the minialbum is very clean and simple. So without further ado, here is my new minialbum:
This is one of my favorite minialbums made by Jaszmurka ‘Yummy Spring‘ – it’s simple, it’s fast to make and it’s simply beautiful. Don’t you think? It’s not designed in the usual spring colors like pink, light yellow, light green and so on. But I think, that makes it extra special.
If you look for more typical spring minialbums, these beauties might be the right kind for you. Love the little bugs and butterflies (1, 3) and the typical color combinations (4, 6), but also the soft peach colors (2) and the combination of yellow and turquoise (7). And I love the idea of a spring adventure (5), don’t you?