Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Guys from the Attic Mini Album - A project that makes me Happy, Happy Happy!

Happy Tuesday, Everyone!

I hope you are having a terrific day!   I am finally ready to share the project with which I have been teasing you with sneak peeks.  The project itself was very time consuming, but oh so fun to create!  It is a Playful Pocket Flip Mini Journal honoring the guys in the attic.  (Full disclosure:  These guys aren't really in the attic; just their photos and little bits of their stuff.)

This is the completed front of the album.  When working on the album, I found the giant washer in a parking lot. With some Remnant Rubs, it makes the perfect grungy charm to hang from my Idea-ology measuring tape ribbon "belly band". 

 All of the papers are from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Lost and Found Collection.   Rather than uploading the 30 or so photos I shot and edited, I decided it would be more effective to share a video.  This is my very first craft video, so judge accordingly!

I kept things really simple, so that the photos and ephemera would be the stars.

Here are a few photos of the highlights:

 These guys like cars.

These guys are serious about their farm business.

These guys like rusty numbers.  (No wait, its me who likes rusty numbers!)

These guys like fishing. (I love my Wendy Vecchi Crackle Paste and Distress Ink.)

 These guys love their girls. 

These guys love train travel.  (I love that this album has pockets for extra ephemera, like this Distressed TH bingo card!)

 These guys love a road trip.  ( The atlas is a copy from an original from the attic. I shrunk it a lot to make it fit.)
 These guys love each other! They are brothers, cousins, friends, and it is clear that they love spending time together. 

These guys love looking spiffy!  The razor blade it is a bit less dangerous in its new custom holder than it was in the bottom of the vintage sewing basket I found it in.  (The ads are from the internet.)

These guys love their pets! ( I love this 1955 dog tag that I found in a button box.)

These guys love mail.  (I loved finding a spot for this pen nib  and stamps that I found in the attic.)

The theme of the current challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie blog is Happy, Happy, Happy!  Here is hostess Georgie's description:

So this is the theme :) This could be a project you love doing, a product you love using, or something that makes you so happy that it just gives you the inspiration to create something beautiful. It really is an anything goes kind of challenge, but remember to make sure you have fun!!
Oh boy!  This theme perfectly describes how I feel about my Guys from the Attic mini album.  From the surprisingly rewarding hours I spend sorting and organizing my family's attic, to combining the junky little bits that I collect there with my Idea-ology and Distress products, to making up stories for my own personal "found relatives", this is the best crafting "happy" I can imagine. 

I made the mini album base by following this video tutorial:


It's really quite simple to assemble, but it takes a bit of a commitment to fill all of the pockets and pages. 

Thanks for stopping by, and sticking with me (if you're still here!) through this rather long post.  I wish you all a beautiful week!



  1. Well slap my thigh and call me Betty!! Thank goodness for the video, there's just no way to capture the never-ending album pages by photos alone. Great job with the video by the way! This album just goes on and on and on...it must have taken you a coon's age to put this together!! Awesome, Love it, Pinned it!!! And congrats on your win at Frilly and Funkie, while I'm here. You do such amazing work Elizabeth!! hugs :)

    1. Thanks, Betty! (You can call me Al!) I was surprised at how many pages there were to embellish, because the construction process was so simple. I never thought I'd be so grateful for the things that my ancestors didn't throw away!

  2. I love mini albums. I love vintage. I really love your vintage mini album. It has so many wonderful elements and the cover is fantastic with that cool belly band. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

    1. Thanks, Cec. I love constructing mini albums, but this is the first one that I actually filled and embellished.

  3. This is outstanding Elizabeth!!! I've just sat forever and drooled over each and every part of this amazing mini album. It must have taken ages! Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie and for being an awesome Guest Designer. Jenny x

    1. Thanks, Jenny! It did take some time, but I enjoyed every minute of it.


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