Saturday, February 11, 2012

Tokens of Affection. A place for all your sweet memories

I was thinking the other night about something I should have done years and years ago, and got up yesterday morning and made it. If you have little ones then I am sure you have drawings, greeting cards and little notes that they have given you tucked away. Unfortunately, mine are spread out all around the house, some in my office, some in my closet, some in my sock drawer, some in my desk {sigh} :lol: , so I am still hunting for a bunch, but I found a lot and got to putting them in my "tokens of affection" book, where I can keep all these precious memories in one place!
I am thrilled with how it turned out, and I have to say, the Fancy Pants book is just perfect. The greeting cards fit perfectly, I can tuck larger pictures folded in half in the pockets, and use the 4x6 clear pockets for small pictures. If you don't already have something like this started for your kids special things, then I encourage you to get started. It won't be long until those notes are going to someone else. ;) :shock: :cry: I am just so happy that now when they hand me a note I can read it and put it right in my book where it belongs!


A few detail shots from inside. Just an FYI. There are 50 pages (which you can use the front and back of), 15 2-slot pages (enough for 30 photos or small items, and 15 pocket pages to fold larger pictures and out in. Plenty of room to keep adding for years to come!
Shot of how I did the front of my album.

Close up of my title. I used my old Creative Memories cutting system to get my ovals just right. Also, I was only working with the left over Charm School Papers, so I used some Sassafras alphas, some October Afternoon mini alphas, and some Pink Paislee Alphas to to the title. One thing I have found in doing title stuff for albums is that using the flat stickers is the way to go. Thickers, or other "thick" alphabets, tend to fall off and get lost.

This is the only page I made on the interior of the album. I made a shipping tag out of a paper in the kit, a Hambly overlay from my stash, some OA Mini Alphas, Thickers, and a die cut from the kit. I also added a few stickers from my stash and then finished it with the canvas butterfly (I frayed the edges with my fingernails), and the small MF gems from the kit. I tied it with pink twine.

As you can see, even large greeting cards will fit on the pages.

A super sweet picture one of my sons drew for me a few years ago.

Here you can see the 2 slot "photo" page and how it can hold smaller items. I LOVE this feature. Peeking from behind is the pocket page.

This is one of the pocket pages holding a folded picture my oldest drew in Kindergarten. I just adorned it with a few stickers from my stash.

I hope this idea inspires you to create an album just for the "Sweet stuff" in life, and if you create one please share it with us so we can see your take! Questions?? Email me

Get your Charm School kit here!
and your Fancy Pants book here in red . I also have it in black if you like that better.

1 comment:

Virginia said...

I just love this idea. It is perfect!