Honfleur, France Mini Album

Friday, November 22, 2019

The holiday sales have begun at scrapbook.com! I was sent the Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting Machine and Wafer Thin Metal Dies Bundle (all bundles are pretty much 50% off during the holidays - WOWEE!) and I created a pennant-shaped mini album using the Heritage collection by Maggie Holmes/Crate Paper to document our day in Honfleur, France.
First, check out the process video so you can see how this mini album came together from start-to-finish:

I began by die cutting the pennants from Heritage patterned papers - two of each size. I lightly adhered the pennants back-to-back and then machine stitched around each pennant using a Brother sewing machine with white Coats & Clark thread and a basic running stitch. Then I punched a hole through the top of each pennant to eventually slide onto a binder ring. For reinforcement and an extra pop of color, I punched 18 hole reinforcers using a Reinforce Hole Punch and glued them to the tops of each pennant, both front and back. Time for photos and embellishments!

I tinkered with not using this tiniest 1st pennant because I couldn't think of what to add to it because it's so small, BUT!, there are lots of teeny tiny embellishments in the Heritage collection that were perfect sized! I should mention: before I began embellishing, I used the PixScan feature with my Silhouette Cameo 3 to have it cut out flowers, leaves, and icons from patterned papers AND I stuck some transparent stickers onto white cardstock and had the machine cut those out too to turn them into die cuts which saved HOURS of fussy cutting!! Reason enough alone to own a Silhouette Cameo 3, just sayin' :) So those blue and green leaves tucked on either side of the gold epoxy heart sticker and the flower on the right side were all cut out using the PixScan feature. I machine stitched white satin pico ribbon to the bottom.

This 2nd tag has a ransom-style title made with the Thickers and clear alpha stickers from the sticker book backed with white cardstock and fussy cut. I machine stitched yellow flower ribbon from the stash to the back bottom edge.

On the back side of the 2nd tag I layered a flower chipboard sticker, gold glitter butterfly embellishment, and sentiment from the sticker book backed with white cardstock and trimmed in two.

The 3rd pennant is still a bit too small to start adding photos of reasonable size so I piled on the embellishments: a house sticker, gold wreath epoxy sticker, vellum wreath die cut, and butterfly. I added brown crocheted ribbon from my stash to the bottom edge.

On the back of the 3rd tag I started adding journaling. I copied the text from our blog post re-cap of our day in Honfleur, France, pasted it into a new document, changed the font to Remington Noiseless at size 7, and then printed it out. I trimmed the journaling into strips and then trimmed them down further to fit the space of the pennant. At the bottom I added a leaf sticker trimmed in two and placed on either side of the hole reinforcer.

4th pennant: Yay, time for photos! I printed my photos at different sizes, mostly 2" square, using Picasa to create collages and got them printed at Costco. Here is the tutorial for how I do this. I wanted to add two photos of Jane so I backed the top photo with a floral paper from the 6x8 paper pad, added washi tape between the photos, and zigzag stitched over the tape to add additional stability. I created a tab trimmed from both ends of a label sticker to the right edge to help make flipping up the photo easier and added a round "XO" chipboard sticker on top. Die cuts and stickers were layered under the photo and I added a bird epoxy sticker as my little nod to Jane absolutely loving birds.

On the back of the 4th pennant there is teal crocheted ribbon stitched across the top and a bunch of layered embellishments in the middle.

The 5th pennant features a 2" square photo of macaroons - when in France! - layered over die cuts and stickers along with ribbon stitched to the bottom. You'll see a theme from here on out: it's all about the clusters and layers + ribbon! Using a single collection ensures everything will match and coordinate perfectly together. Again, I used the Heritage collection by Maggie Holmes/Crate Paper. The colors are so fitting for Honfleur!

Here is the back of the 5th pennant.

The 6th pennant features a purple door - swoon! Fittingly placed onto purple paper :)

This ruler sticker was a fun find because the journaling talks about how the buildings were taxed based on width, not height, hence the super skinny, tall buildings everywhere.

The 7th pennant features one of my favorite photos of the day - an iconic view of Honfleur. It's 3x4" so a bit larger so you can see it better. I strung a charm onto a "Remember" epoxy sticker so it dangles and creates an interactive element.

I always, ALWAYS, have more photos that I want to include than can seemingly fit in my mini albums so pockets are a must. The Heritage collection has a package of cards & envelopes including this vellum pocket. I actually trimmed off a bit of the bottom and re-sewed it closed to make it a little shorter. I backed all of the photos with patterned papers just to spice them up and then tucked them into the pocket. I need to go back and add captions and maybe little stickers/embellishments to the photos. I dressed up the envelope with a butterfly sticker flanked with leaves.

On the second-to-last pennant (so the 8th pennant), I layered lots of tags found throughout the collection and two 2x3" photos. Plus a few other little bits!

On the back I added another favorite photo printed to 4" square and layered embellishment clusters on opposite corners.

The last (9th) pennant includes a family photo and border of embellishments across the bottom.

Here is another look at the six smallest pennants:

The fronts of the 9 pennants:

And the backs:

I would guesstimate this album took about 10 hours to create over the course of a week and I enjoyed every minute of it! I am slowly but surely getting all of our travels documented. Thank you so much for stopping by and be sure to visit scrapbook.com for their daily holiday deals - especially the Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting Machine and Wafer Thin Metal Dies Bundles which are hugely discounted!

SUPPLIES: Die cut machine: Spellbinders; Pennant dies: Scrapbook.com; Patterned paper, stickers, embellishments, washi tape, charm: Heritage by Maggie Holmes/Crate Paper; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark; Font: Remington Noiselesswhite cardstock; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo 3Reinforce Hole Punch

1 comment

  1. This is BEAUTIFUL!!! Loving how each page is a different size, the colors and those photos!!! You are AMAZING!!!


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