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MWL DT: Mini Album | Scrappy Friends (Long Stitch + Twist)

It is my turn up as Made With Love DT sharing a mini album I've hand stitched recently! I am super excited to share this album which features a twisted long stitch binding!

I was inspired by the Kaisercraft 6.5" paper pad #Me collection sitting on my desk, and I love the colors. There were some interesting quotes in the paper pad as well. It is really easy to get started on making a 6" album with a paper pad collection. There is enough pattern papers for the inserts, and some embellishments which are perforated and you could just pop it out from the pack. 

On the front cover, I decided to add the Maya Road wooden mason jar and transparency clock. It is simple to come up with the album cover once you have the main elements decided. Another trick is adding strands of MR jute craft strings behind embellishments or flowers. They act as fillers in this case, fills up some empty spaces and create layers without being overwhelming. Sequins are also simple elements that really cook a storm. Add one or two randomly across the cover, and you get a subtle shine to the page.

There are many ways to construct the album. Each of the methods has its uniqueness, and in this case, I used some fabric to help construct this album spine. The contrast of fabric (on the spine) and patterned paper (on the covers) creates a unique look.

What is an album without stitching? For me, albums with hand stitching complete the look, and add a classy definition. Book binding makes a handmade album extra special! This time, I am adding some die-cut alphabets to my album spine. Like what you see? Want to learn how I did the stitching? Stay tuned to MWL's facebook page for the upcoming workshop in October! *Wink*

Here are some closeups of the album. Add some stickers or die-cuts in the pages - decorating the pages are super fun!

Supplies Used:

  • Kaisercraft 6.5" Paper Pad - #Me
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet - Close Up!
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet - Ooh La La!
  • WRMK Sequin Stickers, black
  • Maya Road jute craft string
  • Maya Road wooden mason jar
  • Maya Road transparency clock, white 

All supplies used are available at Made With Love. Hope you find inspiration from the post today and thank you for dropping by my blog today! 

MR DT| LO: Collect Moments

Hi Roadies, it is Stacy here on Maya Road with a new layout to share. Working with kraft has always been my favorite. The neutral colors make it easy to work with and it pleases my eye while I am crafting. 
Today I am focusing on Kraft and pockets.
LO | Collect Moments
The word "collect" really says it all. In this layout, I have hidden a few photos and journaling which I wanted to collect. Sometimes, I just like to collect some of the memories and relate them on a layout. They can be photos which I have scrapped before, because those are the photos which I remembered at a different point of time. Sometimes, it is fun to document memories at different stages. 
Behind the photo, I added the kraft landscape envelope so I can pocket another 2 photos. The photos are added on the shipping tag. Shipping tags are really useful in making layouts. Change the color to match your layout. In this case, I have simply used distress inks to alter it into an older tag look. 
Inside the same envelope, I added another smaller envelope. This helps me keep the other tag in place, where I can freely add some hidden journalling. I used my good old typewriter directly on the tag. You could also write or print from the computer.
Loving the frame sayings and the vintage just my type pieces. These are so versatile, I keep adding them to my pages. Another new fun piece that you totally need - the love kraft gift tag. I love the positive and the negative portion. Here I used the positive "Love".
Yes, here comes the negative portion. The scalloped top of the tag is so beautiful, it adds a flair when placed behind embellishments like the kraft picture perfect camera! I also like to add some jute cording, tucked between the papers and embellishments. That really gives a dimension to the layout.
To complete the entire look, a little set of embellishment filling up the top left of my layout. Don't forget the scroll frames - these are perfect for journaling or layering. I used this as the base of my sentiment to help highlight it. With flowers there must be butterflies! I picked a few of my kraft butterflies and added them randomly across the page so it seems like they are fluttering around.
Kraft embellishments are certainly basics for me! I used a bunch of Maya Road kraft products on my layout today and we have a special on the website, 30% off for the month of September using coupon code KRAFTY. If you see something you like, grab it while it's on sale!  You can find all the Kraft products HERE.
Hope you find inspiration in the layout today. Thanks for stopping by the blog and have a great weekend! 

MR DT: Mini Album | December Christmas

Hello! This week, our designers on Maya Road blog are pairing with Photoplay to share some inspirations! 

I was very excited and inspired when I received the gorgeous Mad 4 Plaid Christmas collection from Photoplay. I knew I had to get ready for the upcoming Christmas (it is just 4 months away!) 

Therefore I started with a mini album, which opens up to a Starburst effect. One of my favorite is the homemade holidays stamp set. I used it to emboss some snowflakes onto the pattern paper. Other embellishments include the merry christmas diecutFanciful Wish diecutSilver Snow Crystal Charms and Crystal Circle Buttons.

On the inside of the album, I decorated it with red Rick Rack trims, and Christmas die cuts. Here I used the merry christmas steel die.

The album can be opened up fully displaying a starburst effect. I used the gold bulldog clips to secure the ends. Just to add some flair, I have also added the Vintage Crafting Tassels - Fire Red and snowflake charm, held by the mini safety pins.

But I got carried away and made another 2 more albums! I made these slightly smaller than each other.

Each of these mini albums are binded with coptic stitch using Ken Oliver waxed hemp threads.

The albums fan open to a star shaped manner.

Now with these 3 albums I am ready to build my very own Christmas tree! I intend to place a photo each day as I start the countdown towards Christmas, I think it would be fun! 

Hope you are enjoying the inspiration so far. 

To celebrate this blog hop, we are excited to be giving away a $20 coupon to the Maya Road online store! One winner for the prizes will be chosen from entries on all of the blog posts here on the Maya Road Blog about the swap. Winner will be announced here on the blog next week. So stop by and comment each day for a chance to win! Be sure to also stop by Photoplay and social media for lots of inspiration as well! (Be sure to first check out here and you can hop from there on.) 

This same month, use code KOlove to enjoy 30% off Ken Oliver Charms too!

This month is surely a fun filled month, thanks for checking out the blog today. Don't forget to drop by Maya Road blog tomorrow again!