Tuesday, 15 February 2011

I know they aren't canaries....

I made this little album for one of the friends we went away with recently. It was her birthday at the weekend. We went away to celebrate two other birthdays and I haven't made either of them an album, mini or not. Luckily, as none of them read this blog, it's unlikely to cause them to clamour for ownership of one my erm, works.
It has all the usual suspects for a mini album, some obvious but hidden tags for comments pertaining to some funny or compromising situations and a smattering of something to give it some cohesion. In this case, that's all the papers, by DO Crafts, their Birdsong collection under the Papermania banner. Very nice too. See, we went to Tenerife, which is one of the Canary Islands. Or more correctly, Islas Canarias. I know the papers don't actually show canaries, but hey, they'll do won't they? Hear me chunter if sweet friend recipient rings me to say that they're parrots! 'Artisitc' license please?
You can see clearly in my lop sided photography that I've used the Cropadile to punch the holes instead of a BiA. It's a tedious job. Paige knows this: you have to clean the bloody hole each time to see the next location. If you have a Cropadile you know what I mean. If you don't have one, pardon my language. This technique also means that the pages don't turn quite as easily as they would; but never mind, it'll make them handle it more gently, thinking it's not as sturdy as it really is!
Thing is, I'm ready for my next holiday now. Long weekends in the sun are the business, huh!

20 comments:

Scrapcat 1 said...

Your friend will love it, and sorry to say they do look a little like a parrott but with artistic license they could be canaries. Hope your next holiday isn't too long to go.

Auntie Em said...

Love your album...you will have friends paying your way to take you along so you will make albums like this for them too, if you let the word get out how awesome they are! :D

Thanks for sharing! :o)

Wipso said...

What a fab job you've done with the album Julia. I'm sure it will be very loved.
Hugs,
A x

Dotty Jo said...

Looks great! Jo x

Helen said...

What a labour of love. The album looks fabulous, and of course they're canaries!!

Sheilagh said...

What a delight, lovely and fresh looking too:)

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Wonderful mini album Julia, I love it ;-)
Anne xx

Kim Dellow said...

Fabulous mini-album Julia! You have more patience than me using the cropadile to bind it with! LOL!
You asked what I coloured my Childhood ATC with today - Prismacolor pencils :)
Have a fab day.
Kim

Jovita said...

Beautiful album, I'm sure your friend is going to love it.

Sue said...

Hi Julia
a fab album they will luv it, a lovely gift & keepsake, must get round to doing one meself, sue,x

Poppit said...

What a great mini-book! Your non-blog reading friends don't know what they're missing!! :-)

Claireliz said...

Gorgeous album there Julia
C
xx

LadyBug said...

Bet your sorry you sold your BIA now ;) just let me know and I'll pop over for you to borrow mine any time you want :) you have more patience than me I would have given up trying to line up all them bloody holes and trying to bang the dots out!!!!! :)

misteejay said...

Super book Julia - parrots, canaries? what the heck they're birds and they look great.

Toni :o)

Darcy said...

Great job, I want to try this with cropodile, but yeah picking bits from the hole annoys me, also how do you work out placement of holes?

voodoo vixen said...

A lovely keepsake album Julia and birds of a feather and all that...
Now we both know you were a nutter to get rid of the BIA as you have made more mini albums since doing so than you ever did when you had it! Oh and I was making mini albums before BIA's were invented and had a little tool which hammered out each individual square hole and took o'wires... now that was tedious as you had to use this plastic strip to get the holes evenly spaced apart... and it didn't do more than a couple pages at a time unlike our trusty Cropadile!! ;)

Chrissie said...

What a great gift, memories huh!
Almost as good as being there!
Chrissie

Sue from Oregon said...

So much patience to use your cropodile for a zillion punches! I would have gone crazy! I am sure you friend will love this!!!

mckinkle said...

Love your super mini album, the bird theme is great!
Lovely to see some blue sky and sunshine somewhere at least!
Keryn x

alexa said...

Such a sunny bring-a-smile-to-your-face album. I have happy memories of Tenerife too. Thanks for the post on the Crop-o-dile - as I am slimming down my craft stuff and checking out the worth of each, I have wondered whether it would do double or triple duty. You've convinced me I don't need one - heavy, very wide grip - not going to suit my hands!