Paul and I love going to Hot Air Balloon festivals and feel fortunate to have gone to five of them. I have lots of photos from each event just sitting on my hard drive waiting to be scrapped. Most of you that watch my videos and read my blog posts know I rarely make anything for my own use. This time was a perfect exception!
When I saw Heartfelt Creations Celebrate the Journey Collection I knew I had to make something for my Hot Air Balloon photos. The bonus was as I was surfing Sa Crafters Zibbet store I found the clincher! She had just released a Hot Air Balloon chipboard mini which was going to work perfect with the papers. I have to tell you this was so fun, doing a shaped mini this way! I was a little stumped how I was going to open and close it, I punched the four holes across the bottom basket on each page with my Cinch and tried the coils but I pulled those out instantly, it just wasn’t the right look. I had already used the jute cording on the basket and decided I’d lace the holes through each page and knot them below leaving them hang. This was perfect.
I still needed some way to keep the mini closed when not looking at it. and since it opens downward that meant something had to attach to the top. The solution ended up simpler than I had thought. I had some Tim Holtz Grungeboard, I guess you’d call them latches. I painted them with Distress inks and then sprayed them with Mission Bells Brown and Time Travel Teal Starburst Sprays from Lindy’s Stamp Gang, perfect colors, in fact I used this duo several other places in the book to tie the colors into the papers. Adding the brads on the back was fine but hindsight is always better. I should have done this before any papers were laid so now I had the ends showing inside but I just trimmed a saying from the paper and glued it with Beacon’s Fabri Tac and Scor-Tape, I don’t think it’s moving any time soon. I punched a hole in the front flap, adhered a Tim Holtz hitch fastener and now I can simply slip it on and off when opening and closing the mini!
The balloon is pretty good size measuring 7 1/4″ at the widest point and 11″ from top to bottom. Since I had 5 events to house photos for I had to devise ways to incorporate more than one or two photos on each of the 5 pages (10 sides). This is accomplished the easiest by making flipouts, flipups, waterfalls and tuck in booklets, each of which hold 6 to 12 photos.
There is nothing better than working on a project that makes you happy the whole time you’re doing it and that’s how I felt as I made this mini. I wish time had permitted me getting the photos printed and in the book for you, perhaps I’ll do a later video and share that with you as well. Each page just seemed to take on a life of its own and I moved through the pages. Of course, using Heartfelt Creations, Celebrate the Journey, certainly made my job much easier. The papers lent themselves to this type of project and the pictures, sayings and cut aparts were perfect for what I had stirring around in my brain. I used the die that accompanies this set, the Heartfelt Creations Luggage and Tags, they cut the printed pieces out in a snap.
As I said earlier there were five pages of chipboard giving me ten sides to work with, so to try to show you each page and everything that’s on it would take up so much blog space I’m going to content myself with just sharing a taste of the fronts above and the backs below. I hope you’ll join me on the video which will give you a total walk through of each page and scads of photos for inspiring you to create a shaped mini of your own.
Thanks everyone and Happy Scrappin’!
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HCDP1 242 – Heartfelt Creations Celebrate the Journey 12×12 paper pad
HCD 745 – Heartfelt Creations Luggage & Tag dies
TIM32823 – Tim Holtz Distress ink Gathered Twigs
90910 – Tim Holtz Distress Ink Evergreen Bough
95910 – Tim Holtz Distress Ink Peacock Feathers
Supplies from my stash: SaCrafters Chipboard Hot Air Balloon mini, arrow words, mini hot air balloons, wood sayings; Lindy’s Mission Bells Brown and Tim Travel Teal Starburst Sprays, jute twine, extra cardstock for matting, Scotch Quick Dry, Beacon’s Fabri Tac, stickles, glitter, Aleene’s Paper Glaze