Friday, November 15, 2013

It's All About The Mini

Hi Friends and Fellow Crafters! For the past 2 weeks I have been hard at work on this mini. I took the Masquerade Mini Class at Noel Mignon and I just loved it! Cassie over at Glue Meets Paper taught the class and she was great! She taught us wonderful techniques! I am very proud of this album and I hope that as the years go by, my great niece, Kaylee, enjoys seeing the photos from her very first Halloween! Warning, this post has LOTS of pictures! I am entering my book at the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge

Cassie showed us how to use polyurethane to strengthen our covers. She also introduced me to YES paste. It is a great adhesive. The front and back covers are super sturdy.

 Of course I had to break out my Cricut for some embellishments. How cute are the Cricut Bats?  They are from Simply Charmed.

Cricut's Rock Princess had the perfect Skulls for my book!

This page is from a ripped box. I used polyurethane on it to stiffen it, I inked the edges with TH Distress Ink, Black Soot and used Ranger Crackle Paint on it. Then for days, I tried picture after picture on it, and just couldn't bring myself to cover the whole page. I finally decided to not use a picture and I am so happy with the results. The glittered Raven is a wood embellishment that I used Glossy Accents and Martha Stewart Glitter on. So sparkly!

The pumpkin border and spider web corners seen on the other pages are from the Circle Cartridge, Paper Trimmings.

I love the pull out page. The material that was included in the Masquerade Mini Kit was fun and very cool. Cassie's idea for the page is super. It was fun trying new techniques and sewing on some pages. I was finally brave enough to break out the Janome Sewing Machine that I bought a few years ago to use on this book. Thank goodness it worked, as I think the warranty may have expired a couple of years ago! LOL! 

Such a cutie pie!

Autumn Celebrations Halloween Trick or Treaters added a fun touch to the page! 

I loved using the burlap to create a page. Cassie walked us through creating the page and using a Adirondak  Silver Paint Dabber.  I also made a Mini Flip Page for this album. I have never tried that technique either! Look at the tiny little witch! She is from the Circle Cartridge, Paper Trimmings.

I even used some of my Graphic 45! 

Kaylee and her big cousins looked adorable! 

Cassie also showed us how to use a border punch to make fun pages. I used a MS Spider punch on my page. I also used some Thickers Scrabble Tiles that I had in my stash. 

I LOVE this picture! I added an Anna Griffin Sentiment and a Pink Paislee flower that I spritzed with Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Amethyst and brushed some Ice Stickles on. Then some lace ribbon finished it. It's hard to see, but the flower is grungy and sparkly!

My niece texted me this cute picture on Halloween night, it was the perfect way to finish my book.

Back cover

Cassie taught a phenomenal class and Noel Mignon's kit was jam packed with goodies. Well worth the money I spent on it. Not only did I use the kit supplies, but I got to use much of my other Halloween stash. This book is filled with October Afternoon Witch Hazel goodies, Theresa  Collins papers, some that came with the kit and some I had on hand, Anna Griffin Embellishments, Graphic 45 and Cricut cuts. It took me some time to finish it, but it was well worth it! Now I am ready to take on Christmas! 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! 

Happy Crafting!


  1. 1This is an absolute treasure! Love you lady

  2. Oh my goodness...this is just fabulous!! You did an amazing job Colleen.

  3. Your mini book is absolutely amazing, I everything about it. Thank you so much for sharing it with us over at FCCB this week xhugsx Nikki

  4. This mini is absolutely fantastic! I love all the details you added. I'm sure your great niece will treasure this for years!! Thanks for joining us at FCCB this week!

  5. Love your Halloween mini. Thanks for sharing all the cute pictures it really brought the album to life. Glad you linked up to FCCB this week. Kim