You might have noticed that lately I've been trying to play around with making a variety of mini books. Since I'm not home that much right now, I've wanted to experiment with different ways of documenting. Last weekend I went up to Oregon to spend some time at Ali's and put together a little mini album beforehand to bring with me.
I used an album I had picked up at Paperlote in Prague and threw just some minimal supplies into the pouch. I knew that I'd be using my Instax camera to take photos, then the plan was to stamp on the pages and adhere the photos in. The stamp set I designed for the Studio Calico Whitman add-on (available here) has been sitting on my desk waiting to be used and this was the perfect opportunity.
For the cover I adhered on some of my new die cut leaves along with overlay frames from my BasicGrey Second City line. The colors are so great for fall. I stamped the small tag with the Whitman stamp set.
Over the weekend I took a good stack of Instax photos. Cheesey as it sounds, it's so fun to see what develops. I have the Fujifilm Mini 90 and absolutely love it.
The weekend consisted of just enjoying time with each other, no plans except what we were going to eat for meals. Ali, Carrie, Katie, Elise. Paolo + Megan. Aaron, Peter, George the cat and Charlotte the dog. I laughed so hard. I wandered around Ali's office, touching every single thing. We talked and ate + drank then talked more and ate + drank more and finally made ourselves go to bed well after 4 am. I left feeling so full of inspiration + ideas... many good plans for the next six months.
After the weekend I spent a few days in Portland and pulled out the supplies to work on in a coffee shop. I'm happy that I put together the little mini album to easily slap my photos into. I've now got a little book that contains memories of good times and really, really great people.
PS: after seeing Ali's layouts using her September Story Stamps, I was sold on a subscription. She could probably sell me a paper bag, but the stamps are awesome and the ideas she's sharing on how to use them are even better. More info can be found here and trust me, you won't be disappointed.