Monday, April 30, 2012

WRMK baby mine mother's day projects + a giveaway!

For April, We R Memory Keepers is featuring the Baby Mine collection and the oh-so-popular Lucky 8 punch.  Using these products I created some fun little brag books to give to the grandmas for Mother's Day.

I used just the inner cut of the floral burst Lucky 8 punch to add a decorative look to the cover.  For the closure I added an eyelet to the cover tying the twine around the base of the eyelet before I secured it with my Crop-A-Dile II.
 Here's a shot of what it looks like when you first open it up.  The cover has three panels...
 ...and I added an accordion folded page inside for photos.  I'll have the kids add some journaling about their favorite things about grandma later.
 Here's the front side of the accordion folded page...
 ...and here's the back side.  As you can see I avoided adding too much depth so it would close properly, and so I could send it in a card envelope in the mail.  I cut most of these embellishments out of the patterned paper.  That's one of several reasons why I love this baby line--it's got plenty of generic patterns that work great for any theme or subject.

Here's how to create the base of the brag books:

 Cut two 5 1/2 x 12 inch pieces of cardstock--one for the cover and one for the inside pages.  Score them both at 4 and 8 inches. The final dimensions of your book will be 4 x 5 1/2 inches--perfect for a card envelope!  You can also punch the far left panel of your cover with the inner cut of your Lucky 8 punch, if you have one, to add a decorative touch.
Score the cover 1/8 inch apart from each previous score line going toward the outside edges.  This will leave you with a 4 inch center panel and two 3 7/8 inch side panels.  Your book will have a bit of bulk to it, and this will help it to close properly. 
Now take your cardstock piece for the inside pages and fold it accordion or zig zag style.  This is where the photos will go.
 Place some adhesive on the back side of the far left panel and adhere it to the center panel of the cover.

This is what front of the inside pages look like unfolded.

And this is what the back of the inside pages look like unfolded.
And this is what the inside pages of your brag book look like all folded up.

I hope this makes sense.  Shoot me an email if you have any questions--link's in the sidebar. =)

ON TO THE GIVEAWAY!!

I've got two Baby Mine kits to give away--one for girls and one for boys.


If you'd like to be considered for this giveaway just leave a comment below telling me which of the two kits you'd prefer to get.  Comments will remain open until midnight (MDT) on Thursday 5/3/12.  I'll announce a winner on Friday morning.  Be sure to check back and see if you won.  Good luck!

ETA: comments for this post are now closed.  Thank you!

61 comments:

*Jennyfer L* said...

Ali, awesome tutorial. Looks very easy to do and give away for kids and teachers, well, everyone:-)

As for the kit, I'd love a boy's one please. Thx for the chance!

Patricia said...

I agree! Great tutorial- I really like the completed project! Thanks at the chance at your prize- I love the girl kit!

carrie said...

Oh my gosh these are ADORABLE!!! Don't mind if I scraplift the idea!!

Linda Beeson said...

I would want that punch just to use it like you did, brilliant! LOVING the folds on that project, gotta try that too. I think my fav would be the girl collection although both are adorable!

Lynne said...

WOW! I love that card! Thanks for sharing the steps! I love both collections, but especially the boys!

Beatrice Lawson said...

Gorgeos technique and card. Must get a Lucky 8... Would love the boy kit!

Vanessa Babin said...

Thanks for the tutorial on the card! I love it! I would love the boy kit, my daughters is having a boy this August. Thanks for the chance to win.

Judi Markel said...

Love your project, thanks for a chance to win.

NinaN said...

Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing it!

I would love to win the boy line!

Bhawana said...

Loved the style and tutorial. Bookmarked. I would love to win for boy. Thanks dear for a chance.

Hugs
Bhawana

Esther said...

What a creative and fun gift!
I'm going to have to lift this one for sure, thanks for the tutorial!!!!!!

Rita Cortum said...

That is just way to cool!!

Kathleen Norris Rimer said...

I really like them both, but right now I need one for a boy. They are really adorable. Thanks for the chance to win such a nice prize.

Julie said...

The brag book is fantastic! I have the punch! Either boy or girl would work for me... I have both! Thanks for the chance to win!

tblue said...

Wow, thanks for the tutorial! I would love to win the girl...but boy is good too! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Judi Church said...

Mini-books are my absolutely favorite gift to give. I love this one. I would love to win the boy kit. Thanks for the great idea!!

featheredheaven said...

Hi there!
This is a wonderful project! I love it! Might just be something I try for my mother in law for Mother's day! Thanks for the idea, as well as the chance to win.
Choosing a pck is kind of hard to do...I have 3 grandsons, 1 granddaughter, and 2 more grandbabies due in October! So, IF I were to win, I would be more then happy with either one of the paper packs!
Thanks for sharing!
Sue O

sas44 said...

Great project and I have that punch too. I'd like a girl kit. Thanks for the chance to win.

thetaforever@yahoo.com said...

I believe this is a great project..just what I was looking for and here it is. I'd love to have either one..I have lots of friends and family expecting.

Tina said...

Oh My gosh - those brag books are freakin adorable! Love them both!

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trinity210427 said...

This card is so cute! I love both sets, and either would be perfect for me!

Celeste B. said...

What a cute little mini. I like that is can be mailed easily too.

Julia said...

How clever! Love your designs! I could use either set, but the girl kit would be used on my great-niece, who is less than a year old...
Thanks for the opportunity!

Anita Braddock said...

Wow How Supper Cute this is. love the colors and the papers. Love the way this opens. and thanks for the Tutorial on hoe you made this beautiful card. thanks for sharing.
abbraddock@msn.com

Julie F said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful project with such great directions! Super idea! I would love the boy collection!

Linda Magee said...

Great idea. Will use this for a 95th Birthday card. I had no idea how to arrange pictures of my three kids for Grandma. You saved my day!

About Me said...

Great tutorial, love this project! I love the girls kit, it is beautiful! Thanks! Tonya

Monique Leslie The Misfit Crafter said...

That is such a cute project.
Oh so hard to choose one kit. I have a boy and a girl.
But I think the girl version because my son is the oldest and I think I have more boy things than girl right now.

Barb D. said...

This really caught my eye. The tutorial is great, and the projects are adorable. Thanks. Don't know which kit to choose. Being great-grandmother to 9 boys and 5 girls, with 2 more on the way (don't know sex yet), I can obviously use either.

The Farris Family said...

Thanks for the great tutorial! I would choose the boy collection.

Amy Jones #8546 said...

Super cute brag books....I would choose either. I have a boy and a girl.

Juliana T said...

great card! thanks for the tutorial, too! I would like the girl one if I win. Thanks for the chance

jonder at frontier dot com

Deb Denato said...

Absolutely beautiful!!! Love the Baby Mine line. I would love the girl one if I win. My daughter is having a baby girl.

Lisa S said...

Simply adorable! Great step by step instructions as well. I love how your girls' first initials spell ALF! It made me laugh! I would love girl collection as I have a 3yr old daughter and another daughter due in July. My 3yr old already loves to create things with me, and now with two it will be even extra special!

Barbl484 said...

I would love either giveaway. I have a grand daughter and 2 grand sons.

Melinda said...

Cute brag book and great tutorial! I'd love the girl kit! Thanks!

Cindy said...

Wow, cool brag book! Thanks for the great instructions-I see one of these in my future :-) I have both a boy and a girl so either one is fab!

marylouh said...

I'd take either one but I guess I'd have to go for the girl card first.
The card is wonderful.

GinnyPapp said...

Either kit would make me happy. What I love is creative card.

Nicole McNamara said...

Would love to have a card like this! And would love the girl pack!
Just had my first child and hence have.just started scraping, i'm already hooked!

GreenScrapinMachine said...

What an amazing project! I would love to win the boy kit as I just had a baby boy 3 weeks ago :) Thanks for the opportunity.

Hugs,
Heather

Anonymous said...

I LOVE THIS PUNCH!! (and brag book too) I have this punch, and it is my top favorite of all of the one's that came out... (TIP: I LOVE to save the flowers and circles that come out from the punch and run them thru my Xyron "X" and it makes those little pieces into stickers for a card or something... LOVE!!! My son loves to use them too, as they are so easy to punch and fun! I'm weezie13 on Cricut.com and L.r.Smith on FB!!! Thanks for the opportunity for a cute little kit...

Bethany Becker said...

Love your tutorial. The punch looks great. I would love to win the girl kit. Thanks for the chance.

Dyna said...

Cute brag books. I'd love to win the girl kit. Thanks for the giveaway!!

eunice said...

Love the brag book - am going to have to make one. And, joining your blog, too. Thanks!! Would love either kit - but I'll pick boy.

Pammejo said...

Love the brag book!!! TFS pammejo1@yahoo.com

Michele Washburn said...

Great projects! Would love to win the girl kit! Thanks for the chance to win!

Marcia said...

Wonderful inspirational projects. Would love to win!

mb6464@hotmail.com
marciasmemories.blogspot.com

tarabrandl said...

What a great idea! We could use this as our make n take for our Crop for a Cure fundraiser. thanks for the idea!

I would love the baby girl kit as I had my first girl in August. Since I have 2 boys already - I can always use girl stuff!

Thanks!
Tara

Anonymous said...

Thanks for a great tutorial, what a cute line of paper for this little album! Love the boy kit!

KellyG said...

LOVE those brag books! Those are awesome gifts! I would love to win the boy set, thanks for the chance!

Penny said...

Thanks for the info, I love those punches! I'd love the baby girl kit! Love Penny

Kim said...

Wow, this is amazing! I love it, so creative!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for a chance to win this awesome kit. I would like a boy kit please since this is the first boy in three generations in our family. once again THANK YOU!

Veronica said...

Great tutorial and what an awesome gift.

It would be the boy kit for me since I have 2 boys. Thanks for the chance!

Tigerberry said...

I love this project and both sets. Who would not want both sets? Since I only have one grandchild and it is a boy, I would have to go with the boy set. Thanks for sharing this with us.

sharon g said...

The flowery paper you used is so sweet! If I win the prize, I'd like the girl one. THANK YOU!

Mariana kruklis said...

First time here and I loved all!!! Tks for this nice tutorial. I will go for the girls kit :) Mariana

Mariana Kruklis said...

I loved it! First time here and I am sure I will come back =) I would love the girls kit!!! Thanks a lot :)

hbrowncrafts said...

Beautiful!