Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Mini Portfolio in a Travel Bookcase for Eileen Hull

Hello Blogland, I hope you are healthy & safe during these terrible Covid-19 times. I want to start with a prayer for Nova Scotia which has recently seen the deadliest mass murder in Canada, &  has rocked the country. I lived in Halifax for 6 years & as you will see further down in this post, was the poster child (with my brother) for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Centennial Celebration. I have big time fondness & pride for the RCMP. My heart goes out to all those families that lost a loved one & especially RCMP Constable Heidi Stevenson, who served 23 years. Thoughts & hope of healing to the people of Nova Scotia. It is hard to just continue on with a blog post. This book was made in December & is a random snapshot of travels throughout my life. When I look on it in the future it will link to this tragedy & not be easily forgotten.



Let's take a look on the inside. Using Eileen's newest diecut The Tiny Bookcase by Sizzix- You can see the outside case below but here is a photo taken when you open the flap of the Book Case. This project was definitely inspired by Tim Holtz who has had 2 larger size portfolios that were made of kraft & could be designed any which way. He also revealed a new Travel Folio in January at Creativation which measures 8.5"x5" and is already covered in patterned ephemera style paper. 



This project was sneaked at the beginning of April during Eileen Hull's blog hop. I will link the hop even though it was just a peek because there are links to many amazing projects as we celebrated the release of The Tiny Book Case & Tiny Book that fits in it. The word diecut is Eileen's & was cut out then embossed with her Glistening Glass Emboss.

 
Here is the portfolio book that I made to fit inside the Book Case. The case opens up & inside is this flip book which is removal-able & has mini pictures of some of my travels. It is soooooo small & delectable.  You can see by my thumb how tiny the photos are. For the photos I created a 4x6 page & copy pasted the pics sizing down then printed them out on my home printer. This was me in New Zealand, we lived there for almost a year when I was 8. 


Here is a photo from a trip down to Myrtle Beach. We stopped en route to visit DC. The ephemera & metal bits, most of it comes from Tim Holtz's Ideology line. I have printed out some postal stamps as well to add to the travel theme. 

Here is the photo of the poster that was on billboards around Canada & the world. My brother & I were in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia rowing about & saw the RCMP Officer & went to investigate. They interviewed us & took photos. Little did we know the RCMP were looking for a picture that could represent almost anywhere in Canada for their Centennial Celebration. They were taking photos all over the country. One of the reasons this photo was chosen was because we looked so natural in our life jackets.


Back in my athlete days I spent a month training in the USSR. We spent a week in Moscow & did a sponsor photo shoot in front of St. Basil's Cathedral. An incredible trip, it was a glimpse of Soviet life before the Iron Curtain fell. The team photo was taken by a member of the Australian Team Vicky Craig. 




Next up is Morocco where we lived for a year. So fortunate to get to know some of the Moroccan people, make friends & learn about their customs, culture & food. Oh the food!!!! 



My favorite thing to do in any books I make whether it be art journal, junk journal or photo journal is to add flips, tuck spots, tags etc. I love the interactive look & feel. It is easy to add these using washi tape for example. The metal word band not only makes the tag easy to flip but the weight helps hold the tag down.


The then tag flips up & shows just a few photos from our "Great Trip". An adventure that took us from British Columbia on the Pacific all the way across the US to West Virginia. The quote was printed from Pinterest & flips down to reveal... 



Ski day that was done just before leaving Vancouver. Did you know there is a ski hill, Mt. Seymour in Vancouver? It was a crazy fun day. 64 degrees in the city 32 degrees on the hill. Some of the movie Snow Buddies was filmed there!



The back page of my portfolio is from Canon Beach, Oregon. This was taken towards the start of the "Great Trip" adventure. One of the things I find as a Scrapbooker, it is difficult to resist putting every photo on a project & resist putting the photos in chronological order. This book shows it is just as wonderful to have an overview snapshot of travel. 




Here is the back of the Book Case just after cutting it out. It folds to create the box. I just didn't glue down the sides so my box simply opens up. There are so many possibilities with these dies!! I hope you check out what my teammates have created this month. So many great ideas can be found on Eileen's blog. In fact I have another blog post next week & we will be making a Tiny Fabric Journal!!! I hope you subscribe & check back. Now go create!

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*Affiliate- some of these companies have given me product to use, play & experiment with. The ideas are my own but I tend to work with companies whose products I like so enjoy the inspiration.
**some of these links are affiliate, I receive a small percentage from the company at no cost to you. This helps me deliver free content!

Eileen Hull Tiny Book Case by Sizzix
    -Journaling Words (retired) but maybe you can get them here.  
Glistening Glass Embossing Powder
Tim Holtz- papers, metal clips, paperclips, ephemera. 
Mat board by Sizzix

16 comments:

  1. Wow, wow, wow, so much detail on such a tiny scale, you have inspired me to want to make, make, make. Thank you for sharing...💕

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    1. So glad I could inspire!!! thanks so much for checking it out.

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  2. I know this was a hard week for you because of the tragedy, Karen. Thanks for sharing this amazing project anyway.

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    1. thanks Susie and yes it is but I do love this project but the timing was very bizarre.

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  3. I can not wait to try this!!

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  4. I love this, Karen! I really want to make this!

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  5. Karen this is such a fabulous idea and so poignant too. A wonderful way to keep safe such precious memories, particularly those of your childhood times in Canada. I love the flip folio idea - such a quick way to put together a special scrapbook. Thank you for sharing. Sending huge hugs to you across the pond xxx

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    1. Thanks so much Jenny! It is so simple but you are right a good way to document... I feel a series coming on. thanks for the hugs my friend.

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  6. Karen, I'm so sorry for the tragedy. Thank you for sharing this amazing little book. I hope the good memories can help you cope. hugs!

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    1. Thanks so much Lisa. I appreciate the kind words

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  7. Karen, this is the most amazing mini interactive album! The wonderful detail in a small scale is so fabulous! Absolutely inspiring! So worth the visit over to your blog!!! Thanks for sharing this amazing little masterpiece.

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    1. Thanks so much Donna! So glad you took the time to come visit!

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  8. My goodness Karen - you packed so much into this little portfolio it looks like a full size project! love how you made the box a little valise to hold it! You have certainly traveled and lived in a lot of places - what a lovely book to remember it all. xx

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    1. Thanks so much Julia! I know the scale is kinda crazy. It was really fun to go down memory lane while working on it.

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