Monday, July 6, 2009

Flash Card Photo Album Tutorial - Crafty Secrets

Good Monday morning, everyone! Today is posting day for our Crafty Secrets Design team challenge this month! This month, we were challenged to do a tutorial for you on anything we wanted! I've been stressing about this project all week, because I feel like I've done everything there is to do, tutorial-wise (plus my mojo has been MIA)! So it surprised me when I locked myself in my stamp room yesterday and I was able to come up with this kid's school photo album, that holds the mini-wallet size school friend photos. I had a box of school flash cards sitting on my desk, that my sweet friend Bevie Barton had sent me, so I decided to do a flash card photo album with Crafty's new Mice Party stamp set, based on the little photographer mouse in this set!

I tend to save odd-shaped boxes, just in case I can alter them in some way, and it was a serendipitous coincidence that the flashcards fit perfectly in these sudoko puzzle boxes that I had in my cupboard from last xmas.

Aren't these the coolest flashcards? Bevie Pearl works in a school, and I was tickled pink when she sent me these for my birthday in March! See Bevie, I do get around to using stuff eventually! It just took me a while!

The sudoku box was so easy to alter; first, I cut the top flap & the side flaps off of the top of the box, leaving the bottom flap of the box intact.

Then I cut some memo/library card patterned paper to fit the box; this school-themed paper is from Crafty's "Earthy" Paper pad. Since the paper didn't fit completely around the box, I cut a separate piece to go on the backside of the box. I measured the front of the box, and then marked the 2 spots on the paper where I'd need to score it to make a crisp corner. I then stamped "School Photos '09" on the front, and then used a glue stick to adhere the paper to the box front.

I set about decorating each of the flash cards. I cut 6 mats for our little wallet-sized kid photos, and used these as my focal point so that when the kiddos trade photos at school, all you have to do is glue the photo onto the mat. I also had some gold-yellow patterned scrap paper from the earthy pad that I thought would work great for cheese, so I stamped a bunch of cheese wedges on it and cut them out to use on the pages.

I stamped mice and cameras, and the sentiment "Say cheese" over everything, and then added buttons and rickrack as I putzed along.

After I finished the flashcards, I worked on the front of the box. I stamped a photographer mouse scene, and used a Spellbinders deckle-edged nestabilities rectangle die to cut the image out for the front of the box. I stamped "School Photos" with Crafty's "Top Hat" alphabet set, and then colored in the letters & the scene with copic markers.
The other talented design team chickies will all have fun tutorials on their blogs today, so make sure to stop by and check them out!

Have a great week, everyone! L.


Ali Manning said...

This is a fabulous project, Lisa!

Joy said...

You are sooooooo creative my dear friend! :)

Bevie Pearl said...

I knew you would find a way to use the flashcards.
Excellent idea. It is fun to see your projects. :) You are my inspiration!!

Anonymous said...

Lisa, that is just adorable! I could see giving that as a gift to a Mom when her first born goes off to school. Priceless! Thanks for the inspiration. You are so very talented and creative:)

Michele Kovack said...

This is such an adorable idea! Now I need to dig me up some flashcards!!!

JeanFB said...

Wow, what a fantastic idea!! I loooove vintage, and using these vintage flash cards is such a great idea for those less-than-perfect school photos! So neat to leave the numbers of their ages or grades showing, too!

Vicki Chrisman said...

Woo hoo!! FUN project Lisa! I am having so much fun ..seeing what everyone came up with for this challenge. This is ADORABLE!

Valerie said...

How freakin' cute is this!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

Oh my!!! I JUST had my oldest son take all the flash card upstairs to put in a box to be given away at the next homeschool curriculum fair. (I kid you not!!) Now I'm going to go pull them out. WHEW! Who knew I was going to need these. LOL!!!

Julie Campbell said...

Great tutorial, Lisa! Love what you did with the flashcards! Thanks for the inspiration!

Anonymous said...

How cute! Love those flash cards and the little mice on them are adorable!

mindy said...

Makes me want to go dig out all the old flashcards I know I've stuffed in a closet somewhere! Thanks for the inspiration.

Pam said...

My comment just went poof!

Anyway, as I said before....What a cute idea with the flash cards LZ, love it, great toot too!!

I got some of those flash cards at a yard sale last year, they are bigger though, hmmmmmmmmmmm :)

SweetMissDaisy (Anna Wight) said...

Well how wonderful is THIS! Love the altered box, too! You're so stinkin' CLEVER, LZ!!

Marisa said...

Very cute project Lisa. I don't know why you say your mojo is MIA. You have not lost your touch. There flash cardsa are fantastic.

Anonymous said...

OMG.... Lisa how cute is this. Such a clever idea - and vintage to boot.

Darcy said...

This is a really cute album Lisa! Love the idea of using the flash cards.

KAT said...

This is so unique and cute! I would have never thought to make a set of flash cards into a mini album... Adorable!!!

Debmom4ca said...

This is a really great idea. I hope it is an indication that you are getting back into rhythm.

MaGoooo said...

Zappa these are GREAT!! Wonderful toot too! Thanks for sharing!!

Keely Livings said...

This is the most adorable idea ever! I can't wait to try it!

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