Wednesday, March 18, 2020

You Are My Sunshine

The new challenge begins today at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog.  Jenny, our hostess for this one calls it Little Things and describes it this way:

Sometimes it can be the littlest of things that can mean the most. For this challenge create a small vintage or shabby chic project (or if you're feeling adventurous even a set!) It could be an Artist Trading Card/Coin, a tag or a little card for example, or you may have something else in mind - we can't wait to see them.

I decided to make a micro photo album for this one with a box to hold it. The Sicilia paper from Ciao Bella is very cheerful so I used that to create this little accordion style album. It is 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" and will hold lots of wallet sized photos so it would make a great place to store all the school photos of your child or grandchild.

The construction is simple and here is how to do it:

  • Cut pages from heavy card stock to measure 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" - I cut a total of nine
  • Cut gussets from heavy card stock to measure 3" x 1 1/4" and score them on the long side at 1/2" and 3/4" leaving a 1/2" flap on each side - I cut a toal of eight
  • Adhere the gussets to the pages on the 1/2" flaps alternating the pages between the top and bottom of the gussets to create an accordion

Decorate each page, inking with Faded Jeans Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) as follows:

  • Cover both sides of each page with patterned paper
  • Add a variety of pockets, tuck spots and belly bands to each page except the cover
  • Add a variety of elements to act as journaling spots and photo mats, cutting some from the paper collection

Decorate the Cover as follows:

  • Cut a border from Crochet die (Tim Holtz) and ink with Faded Jeans
  • Punch flowers from the patterned paper and ink with Wild Honey Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
  • Layer petals and add buttons for centres
  • Cut leaves out of card stock using the Garden Greens die (Tim Holtz)
  • Create a computer-generated sentiment
  • Add all the embellishments to the cover and finish with some adhesive pearls

Make the box as follows:

  • Cut box and lid from heavy black card stock using box maker
  • Add patterned paper to top and sides of lid
  • Create embellishments for the lid in same manner as the cover using elements from the paper collection for the sentiment and the flower centres

As this has so many pages, I haven't taken individual photos of each page but here are a few close-ups to give you some idea of what is on the pages.

This little album is simply decorated on purpose as I wanted to keep it as thin as possible with room for the photos.

I hope you will join us and create something little.for the challenge.  One randomly chosen entry will receive a gift certificate to shop at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  The Design Team will choose their Top Picks and the overall winner will receive an opportunity to be a Guest Designer at a future date.  Three picks will receive badges to display on their blogs.

Supplies list with links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Ciao Bella - Sicilia A4 Paper Pad CBCL033
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Faded Jeans TIM21452
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Wild Honey TIM27201
Sizzix Chapter 2 Tim Holtz Thinlits Crochet 664178
Yellow Dotted Resin Buttons - 18mm
Ranger Inkssentials Mini Ink Blending Tool - With 4 Blending Foams IBT40965
Scor Tape
Tim Holtz Garden Greens Thinlets Die


  1. I absolutely adore your micro album Cec and what a treat to see all the extra's with it's box to keep it all safe within. Stunning colour way I just know there would be so much more to see if we could only reach out and touch it. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity again to be a Guest Designer @ TFJB I adore the *Little Things* theme.
    Wishing you and yours all the best during these troubled times Stay Safe now..
    Creative wishes Tracey xx

  2. Wowzer! The front is gorgeous and then it just kept on giving! Fabulous pages in your mini album and so inspirational!

  3. Bravo, Cec! I adore this sun shiney project. Each page shows off this gorgeous paper collection and what a bonus that you created the box,too! What a fabulous project for the Little Things challenge theme! It's funny, that originally it was my plan to make an accordion fold album with my left overs from Sat. SC, but didn't have enough time or where-withal to do the engineering part. So happy you shared your instructions and inspiration, because I still plan to make one! Hope you continue to be safe and well, my friend!

  4. Beautiful, I love the blue/yellow color palette. One of my faves. Love the touches you did add to your micro project. Such a fabulous idea and execution. Thank you for sharing....

  5. What a fabulously upbeat, delightful creation! The colours are fun, classic and bursting with vitality - and I absolutely adore the gingham print buttons.

    Autumn Zenith 🎃 Witchcrafted Life

  6. Well Cec you got me - from the initial photo of the front I assumed you'd made a card but boom! imagine my delight at seeing page after gorgeous page in your accordion album! And then you top it all with the perfect matching box! Above, beyond and then some, and a fantastic way to show off those Sicilia papers at their best x

  7. Absolutely delightful, Cec... like Jenny I was fooled by the first photo - I thought there was just one ATC... but then what treasures unfolded! I love that you created a tiny box too for your wonderful accordion album to live in - brilliant! And perfect springtime colours too.
    Alison x


I love to hear what you think about my work, so please leave me a comment.