Sweet Sentiments Mini Album

Craft Hoarders Anonymous February Challenge: Sweet Sentiments Love Book

Hello, Friends!

It’s time for the February Challenge over at the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog! Since February is “love month” the challenge this time around is How I Love Thee!

You may create a Valentine, anniversary, wedding or other love-themed project for this challenge. You may create something that has the word “LOVE” on it. Dig into your hoard and find all those hoarded hearts and pink sequins and doves and wedding paper that you have been saving for just the right project.

Well, I had purchased Graphic 45’s Sweet Sentiments last year…and never touched it.  So I dug it out of my stash along with the new A Time to Flourish papers and created this Sweet Sentiments Mini Album.

CHACB February 2015 18I foolishly cut and designed all the pages before figuring out how to bind this all together, but my idea was always to create a book that flipped up from the bottom as opposed to opening from the side.  Let’s peek inside!

CHACB February 2015 03My pages measure 6 1/4″ x 4 1/4 inches and the base is Canvas Corp 80# Kraft Cardstock.  It’s the perfect weight for mini books like this one.  The first page has a double pocket….one on the side with a tag inserted, and I built a mini file folder that holds hugs and kisses tickets, too!  All my flowers are from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I used dies, embellies and other goodies from my stash.

CHACB February 2015 06I just love the kraft doilies that I cut wit a die from My Favorite Things. They give a project an instant vintage feel, as does this sweet bow made with brown micro gingham.

CHACB February 2015 07The pocket is on the side here…and the postcard has plenty of room for you to write a mushy love note, or mount a photo.  The tags are all written in my own hand.

CHACB February 2015 08This is one of my favorite “love” sayings!

CHACB February 2015 09Throughout the book, I alternated a pocket page with a pretty “look at me” page. I had no idea I had so many romantic embellies in my stash!

CHACB February 2015 10Here’s another pocket page with tags, buttons, heart shaped keys and a heart shaped wooden keyhole.

CHACB February 2015 11And a peeky at the tags! More mushy lovey-dovey stuff!  LOL

CHACB February 2015 12I have been hoarding that wooden heart and butterfly medallion for an embarrassingly long time.  I like that I finally used it.

CHACB February 2015 13Another sweet pocket with tags.  I actually cut my paper for these pocket pages to 7 3/4″ inches, then scored at 1 1/2″ and glued the edges down to form a quick, easy pocket.  Just in case you were wondering…

CHACB February 2015 14I painted all the little silver hearts with Tattered Rose Distress Paint.  And I die cut some pink doilies, too.  Because I like them!

CHACB February 2015 15This pocket has stamped tags…One says “Love you all the time” and the other says, “We go together perfectly, everywhere.”

CHACB February 2015 17And this is the last page…I love the little pocket watch and heart pins that I tucked in here.

CHACB February 2015 02To bind the album, I used a huge binding ring that I painted with Tattered Rose Distress Paint.  The ribbons are all from Really Reasonable Ribbon and if you see one that you want to know the name of, ask me in the comment section and I’ll send you the link.

Now, here are the links for the rest of the team, so you can go and get inspired.

Amber Christy ♥ DebbieDonnaGinnyGlenda Gloria (blog owner)
NancyPam ♥ TeresaWendi

Then, link up your “How I Love Thee” project on the CHACB Blog before midnight PT, Sunday, March 8th.  This gives you a whole month to work up a fabulous love themed project…and I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!







21 thoughts on “Sweet Sentiments Mini Album

  1. Pattie Jns

    Hi Kathy, what a gorgeous Valentine present for someone, with lots of love, work, and joy. How long does it take you to do this gorgeous album.? It would take me for ever. ….hugs
    PS: working on challenge creations, you inspired me.

  2. Nancy Carroll

    Every page is filled with such delicious elements, I just adore your work! I wish I could have the opportunity to watch you create, I just know it would help me see your creative process! Also, would love to take a peak into your stash, when I see all the wonderful embellishments it must be something to behold.

    Do you ever video tape?

  3. Pam Bray

    Beautiful Mini Album of Love…you are so amazing Kathy and make such breath taking minis, just love all the details, hidden pockets and tags along with all the extra layers of papers and embellishments, Gorgeous.

  4. Robin

    I love all the pinks, reds, and whites or creams of Valentine’s Day so much and your little tag album just oozes “LOVE” to me! I also like using browns and kraft papers with Valentine projects – must remind me of chocolate! I’m so glad that special embellies from your stash found a home in such a lovely project. Your work is gorgeous and all your photos let us drink in the many details of your work. Thanks for sharing another stunningly beautiful project! All the love and care you put into it, shine through it – that’s what I love most about the items you create!

  5. Gretchen

    Kathy this is awesome, I am so much a fan of Graphic45, you have done the paper justice with this gorgeous mini album.

  6. Pamellia

    Oh my gosh Kathy! Even if I had all day, I couldn’t take in all the wonderful elements of this fabulous little album!! I am just melting into all the divine pinks, like a luscious silk pillow with feathery fringe, so comfy and girly and dreamy to look at! What an amazing project Kathy, I just love it!! big hugs 🙂

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