Tuesday, July 17, 2012

All About Circles

This fortnight at Top Tip Tuesday Tammy Louise is our hostess and she'd like you to create a project using circles. You can submit up to 3 projects and 3 tips, if you leave a tip remember to put (TIP) beside your name when you link up and please turn off word verification so we can leave a comment for you. My teammates have amazing inspiration to share with you on the Top Tip Tuesday blog  and we're also celebrating a special some one's birthday. ;) Happy Birthday Samantha!!! I hope you have a very happy day that's filled with family, friends and lots of laughter. Be sure to stop by her blog and leave a sweet birthday wish, she'd love it!  You'll also want to check out Tammy's amazing tutorial over at TTT!

For this challenge I've created a keepsake mini album for my DD featuring my Top Tip which is to save the paper coasters your waiter/waitress gives you next time you dine out. They are useful in crafting and here they've made an excellent base for my "mini" album. Each coaster received a coat of white gesso which gave me a  neutral base to start from. Here's another tip for you, I discovered that the largest circle in the Spellbinders Std. Circles Lg. was the exact diameter of my round coasters which made me happy. :) Here are before and after photos...

various coasters from restaurants

one coat of gesso

For my front cover I used a kaleidoscope accent stencil by Deco Art featuring circles that I got in a mixed media kit a while back. I used bright pink ink then toned the color down with antique linen distress ink. Die #3 from the same Spellbinders die set cut out a round window and I placed a dp behind it and spelled out my daughter's name in alpha's. I trimmed it with ruffled pink ribbon and it adds a feminine touch. A corrugated chipboard bird was painted with white acrylic paint and I added a button & burlap bow. A tag is the perfect spot for my stamped sentiment and tiny hot pink pearls were added for color. Paper flowers, a rhinestone heart and silk ribbon are sweet touches but my fave thing on the cover is the crepe paper ruffle trim. I {heart} this element and can't wait to use more of it on future projects. I cut two long strips and accordion folded it along the perimeter of my circle and used X-Press It tape to keep it where I wanted it. To make it stand out more I used silver stickles which added the perfect finishing touch. Here's a close up of the front and inside cover.

Top Tip Tuesday - All About Circles


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Here are photos of my individual pages...

dp's-5th Avenue by Melissa Frances

dp-Sugar Chic by Heidi Swapp

dp-Amy Tangerine's Sketchbook for American Crafts

dp's-Annalee by Prima

dp-Spotted Owl Soup by Jillibean

dp-Little Girl Collection by Echo Park

dp-This & That by Echo Park
(designed by Lori Whitlock)

dp-Be Mine by Echo Park

Phew! Thanks for hanging in there with me today for a super long post. I hope my project will inspire you to create your own coaster "mini" album. ;) This would great to record photos of your children, pet(s), inspirational quotes/Scriptures or your favorite things. You can personalize it to suit your taste and if you decide to make one I'd love it if you dropped me a link to your album so I can take a peek.

I'm linking this project up with Make It Monday Challenge #98, Tuesday Alchemy-Whose Got a Button? challenge and the Old Back Porch-Week 28.

Have fun crafting today & remember to save those coasters! :)
Lisa xx

Note: Verve stamps were used exclusively on these pages and my dies are from Spellbinders and Verve. If you have a question about a product send me an email and I'll be happy to pass the deets along. Please put "Circles" in subject line. Thanks!


Sandie said...

So gorgeous Lisa!! Love the pinks too. You should enter your card into the 'circle' challenge at Joanna Sheen...its stunning!

Mona Pendleton said...

Oh dear Lisa! What a darling mini! Love all the details and sweet photos! I so want to create a mini right now! Thanks for the inspiration!

Sue Lelli said...

Lisa, WOW! WOW! WOW! Each and every page is just FABULOUS! Now I want to unpack my crafty stuff and create! LOVE your mini!

Lisa Minckler said...

What an incredibly fantastic post you've made L1!! I think this has GOT to be the neatest mini-album ever. I love that you didn't worry if the pages laid flat against each other..you allowed for so much texture and volume on each one...absolutely ADORABLE!! I can tell from the comments already, this is going to be a HUGE hit.
Beautiful work, I'm truly inspired by my teamie and friend.
big hugs,
L2 :D

Shannon White said...

Wowie Lisa! this is Beautiful! Love your Darling Mini! Such Fabulous dp's and embellies and What Precious pics too! Love every Darling detail! 8-)


Margaret said...

Saving coasters from drinks?! You are my recycling hero!! I can hear my DH groaning now!!
This is absolutely GORGEOUS! Love the ruffles and frills making this super pretty and girly!! I was drooling over every single page!

Nicecrane Designs said...

Wowww Lisa so cute mini album, love your idea to use coaster,,,,Thanks for your comments at Lisa blog about my Child Garden of Verses picts. So you can choose one of the 8 different on the collection and ask me your favorite for free.

Patrice said...

What a great tutorial - they all came out great!

BlackLissi said...

What a fantastic mini album! So many incredibly beautiful pages with many wonderful details! Simply beautiful!
Thanks for sharing with us at Tuesday Alchemy

butterfly said...

The coaster projects are great... lovely tip!
Alison x

Corrinne said...

WOW, Lisa! You really are amazing! All of your creations are just stunning, inspiring & a perfect way to recycle :)

I'm oh, so happy you shared this with us at Tuesday Alchemy this week. I invite you to join us at {PIN}spirational Challenges http://pinspirationalchallenges.blogspot.com as well!

Lots of joy!

Meihsia Liu said...

Wow, these are such gorgeous creations., Lisa.

Tracy said...

WOOHOO! I'm a HUGE mini album fan and this is absolutely gorgeous Lisa! I think I started to drool the minute I spied that pink ruffle on the front cover. Bee-utiful! This is incredible inspiration for this weeks challenge. You done good girl! :-) Hugs!

Julia said...

I saw your beautiful creation on Make It Monday and had to come visit and take a closer look. Gorgeous! TFS! My entries are: #89, #90, #91, #151, #154, #155, #173, #254, #255 and #282.
I would love to have you visit my blog!

Shelley said...

Oh my goodness!!! so much work in this. It is just stunning!!
Thank you so much for sharing with us at Tuesday alchemy this week

*hugs* Shell x

Katya- Ангел в кедах said...

Wow this is just amazing!

Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Alchemy

Monika/Buzsy said...

What a neat project! Love the altered coasters.

Sandy Ang said...

what a precious mini ! love the pink ruffle fringe you used

Anonymous said...

FLIPPING AWESOME I totally love this Lisa you have done your self totally proud! AWESOME I have spent about 20 mins looking and re looking and awesome! also wanted to say a huge thank you for the Birthday wishes and also for my STUNNING card! hugs me xx

~Tammy~ said...

Holy smokes this is amazing!!! All I have is wow!

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