“Dream Autobiography” Mini-Album

For this year’s fantastic Find Your Voice class over at rukristin’s page, I got to contribute a lesson project. And when I found out which one I got assigned (Lesson Five: Document Your Dream Autobiography), I was overjoyed. It was the one I was hoping for, and I already had an idea for it: a mini-album full of highlights from my life!

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I already gave you guys a sneak peek of the cover a little while ago, but now that the class is over, I can go ahead and post some of the internal pages, like the “title page,” which I have to admit, I absolutely love.

Title Page

The first layout features a picture of my mom and me, my number-one favorite person in the world. It also features a self-made flair, the likes of which you can find in my shop.

First PageThere were quite a few pages, but I realize that you all surely have lives of your own to attend to, so I will cut it short, haha. My non-traditional Las Vegas 21st birthday party had to be included, though.

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And the beginnings of my relationship with my favorite guy:

Me and JoshI really enjoyed working on this project, and the whole Find Your Voice class in general. It’s a great concept, included some great ladies, and I can safely say I never would have done this project if it weren’t for being assigned it. But it became one of my all-time favorite projects ever, and I plan to continue adding to it as events occur in my life!

My Find Your Voice Lesson is Up!

My contribution to the Find Your Voice 2015 class is now up! Remember, it is totally free, so there’s no reason not to join in!

Album Cover

It is an autobiography mini-album (cover shown above), with way too many pages to post them all, haha. But go check it out; I think it turned out pretty cute (if I do say so myself)!

I will be posting some pictures of the mini-album here in a few weeks, but my break-down of the pages won’t be included. So if you have any interest in my crafting or my personal life story, head on over to Find Your Voice for a little look-see.

Jury Duty Mini-Album

In the dead of a terrible New York City winter, something terrible arrived at my door: A jury summons! I had just been unemployed for five months…why couldn’t I get jury duty THEN?!

Anyway, I actually wasn’t that bummed, and my job was really cool about it. Long story short, I waited to be questioned and selected as a juror longer than I actually sat in the trial, LOL. Yay for settling out of court!

However, the whole thing was so interesting (and so little truly “happens” to me) that I decided to make a mini-album of Instax pictures and notes on the experience.

IMG_4050-2 I included a brief summary of the case, and pictures of the courthouses and rooms we were in.

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I took pictures of the lawyers and the judge (…all of whom acted like I was insane. One lawyer said, “I have been a lawyer for over 25 years, and no one has ever asked for my photo.” I didn’t even tell him how downright sad that sounded). I got a photo of all my fellow jurors (and the court officer!), and recorded as many of their names as I knew/remembered.

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I also used a pocket in the mini-album to store my juror certificate, so I won’t have to do any of it again for another six years, haha!

Concert Mini-Album

Since I started dating my current boyfriend just over two years ago, we have attended quite a few concerts. He is a big supporter of live music, and is signed up for tour date newsletters that I didn’t even know existed.
Anyway, to document each concert separately from my weekly Project Life albums, and in greater detail, I made a concert mini-album. I chose a little grey 4×4 album, and it is absolutely perfect. I have yet to decorate the cover, LOL.

IMG_4046-2 For each concert, I usually put in one 4×4 picture of the performers themselves, and one 4×4 journaling card I designed, detailing the artist, venue, date, and the setlist (where available. I should really take notes while at the concert).

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For anyone who might be interested, I have included below two different versions of the journaling card:

One is a printable PDF of a grey card, sized 4×4. I included this in PDF format because the fonts I used are probably not owned by everyone. This way, you can have a card that looks exactly like the ones I used.


The other file is the .studio file for the journaling card, so you can change the color, etc. yourself, and print it. You must have the Silhouette Studio software to open this file, but it is free, and you do not have to have a Silhouette machine to use it. You can just print it and cut it out yourself! Keep in mind that the .studio file uses fonts that I own, so you may have to change the font to something on your own computer in order for it to display properly.

Mom’s London Mini-Album

When my mom saw my 6×8 London mini-album, she loved the idea and wanted one of her own. 6×8 was a little too big for her to pack home from NYC, so we decided on an adorable purple polka-dot 4×4 album instead.

Stonehenge Grass

Stonehenge Grass

I went pretty minimal with embellishing, because she really just wanted photos of us abroad, not a whole lot of decoration. The most important thing for her was that she knew the date and location of each picture, and my “feelings” on each site we visited (which is such a “mom” request, lol).

In order to keep things clear and simple, I opted to arrange the photos chronologically, with each day of our trip divided by a clear acrylic number page. Then, every few pages, I inserted a 4×4 journaling card with the details of the location and how I “felt” about it.

Notre-Dame Window

Notre-Dame Window + Acrylic Overlay

This was actually a great exercise for me, because my own mini-album didn’t have too much journaling…there were too many pictures, lol! To write out how I “felt” about each site was a perfect way to reflect on the beauty of the trip, and on the fantastic diversity of the sites we visited.

Stonehenge

Oh Man. Flair.

Someone got a professional button-maker for her birthday (spoiler alert: it was me), and has gone a bit crazy making scrapbooking flair and pins.

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But OMG, the possibilities are endless.

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You know those times when you want a flair that says “WTF?” It happens to me a lot. And now, I can have one!

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And so can you! I’ve listed some flair in my Etsy store, so check it out if you need something funky in your life!

Handmade D&D Crafts

Almost a year ago now, my friends and I started playing D&D 5th edition. I wasn’t sure it was something I’d really be into (no imagination over here), but it sounded like a good excuse to make cute things.

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Indeed it was, and as the Dungeon Master, I have made dice bags, stickers, monster miniatures, shirts, full-size maps, and will soon be making pins/buttons (more on that laaaaater!).

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An ogre, a beholder, and a giant spider, all hand-painted by lil’ ol’ me.

We have a really great time playing, and everyone seems thoroughly amused by whatever I come up with for each get-together.

Find Your Voice Kits Almost Gone!

Oh man, I just learned that the Find Your Voice kits are almost gone! I am so glad I grabbed my Insta-Kits last week (more with that later!).

Still remaining are the Embellishment Kit and the Main Kit:

Again, the beautiful thing about this class is that it is free. FREEEE. And you do not need anything special to participate! But I know there are those of us who just…like paper. And albums. And vellum hearts. And there’s nothing wrong with that! Go get ’em, ladies!