Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Really Reasonable Ribbon Retro Mini Album

Hello!  I'm so glad you're here today as I share a sweet mini album I created for Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I used lots of my much-loved and cherished October Afternoon patterned papers, stickers, and goodies.  As most of you probably know, October Afternoon went out of business several years ago.  I always went to their annual warehouse sales to stock up, and while I do have a lot of their  product, I know it won't last forever.  But for today, I'm sharing some of it in this sweet little mini album all adorned with FABULOUS touches from Really Reasonable Ribbon.
All my patterned papers, stickers, doilies, journalling spots, etc. were attached using a fabulous Adhesive called Scor-Tape.  I love this Adhesive because it comes in several widths to accommodate all my projects, and it really holds together to stand the test of time.  Once all my papers were securely in place, I got busy with the embellishing.  For the cover, I made a bow cluster that includes Bay Leaf Seam Binding, Red Lipstick Seam Binding, and is topped with some Red, White, Pink, Teal and Black Double Head Stamens, and some darling Sweetheart Blossoms.
The next page (like most of the pages in this mini album) is primarily designed as a photo mat.  I try not to put SO much stuff on and in my mini albums that it becomes impossible to actually place photos inside.  I also like the pockets with tags so that you can do some journalling, or tuck in extra photos and trinkets.  For this page, I simply added some more of the adorable Sweetheart Blossoms in pink, red and blue.  Yes, they come in every color of the rainbow...and then some!
Page three is another photo mat (a tea-stained doily), and I added a journalling card topped with some looped Ivory Burlap String and Light Blue Burlap String, two Mulberry Leaves, and some Open Roses in the upper left corner including a Red Open Rose, a Royal Blue Open Rose, and a Deep Ivory Open Rose.  I also hid some Pink, Light Blue, Red and White Double Head Stamens in the little bow/flower cluster.  Then, for the tag that's tucked into this page, I added a tab that includes a snippet of Blue Center-Stitched Burlap and 1/4" Red Chevron Striped Twill that are topped with a red Fabric Covered Button from our Embellishments section.
Flip the page to next, and again you will see the Blue Center-Stitched Burlap and 1/4" Red Chevron Striped Twill peeking through from the previous page, and it's topped with a black Fabric Covered Button from our Embellishments section.  There's also some fun washi tape, and a length of Natural Crochet Lace on this page leaving plenty of room for a couple more photos.
The fifth and final page has a fun antique gumball machine and sentiments (stickers) and a blue button tied with Cherry Baker's Twine and Ivory Burlap String.  And finally, I tied some Solid Ivory Baker's Twine to the tag.  I still think Baker's Twine is a must-have in every color!
That's it for my little mini album today.  I sure hope you'll stop back by soon for lots more inspiration and to keep up-to-date about special sales and promotions, and our monthly Blog Hop.  Thanks for visiting!
This reminds me so much of my Auntie Pam.  She actually has a red antique gumball machine (the REAL version of this darling vintage sticker) on her kitchen counter.  When her Grandkids (and others) come to her house, they can get some gumballs.   This album is going to her so that she can put a picture of her gumball machine on this page, and place pictures of her Grandkids and other loved ones on the rest of pages.


I'm sharing my mini album in these fun challenges:

Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog - June Mini Album Challenge

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge Blog:  Anything Goes


  1. Your album is yummy, Karen! Love the feminine scallops, lace and doily! Thank you for sharing this with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  2. You're so right, Karen, those ribbons and stamens make your pages look so sweet. I love all the fabulous touches you've added to this darling mini album.

  3. What a gorgeous album Karen - so pretty and with all those special touches that are your signature. Love it.

  4. I am wishing now that I was your Aunty Pam, not just to hold this beautiful album in my hands but to own a vintage gumball machine - lol! Your album is beautiful, each page is a delight and I do love that you can actually put photos on the pages! The little tuck spots you created are lovely and the cover paper is beautiful!

    Thanks so much for joining in with us at Mini Album Makers this month. Anne xx

  5. Very beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us on Mini Album Makers this month!

  6. Karen, I just love to see you layer paper! This is another stunning album. I bought a Bind It All at Goodwill for $3 but have no rings. This makes me want to get some so bad! But I think there is a 2.0 version and I'm not sure if the same rings will work... :( LMK if you know. I just love this! We are thrilled that you shared with us at Mini Album Makers and hope you'll find time to play again this month. Big hugs, Autumn PS. Make sure to add our challenge badge to your posts to be eligible to win the prize.

  7. Sweet mini album. Awesome papers and lay out of your words and embellishments. I love your style.


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