July Guest Designer - Haley Aubuchon
We are very happy to introduce our guest designer for the July release, Haley Aubuchon. Haley is a designer, illustrator and a scrapbooker so we are super excited to share with you the two mini albums that she made using this months new releases. The kits and stamps this month definitely lent themselves to telling longer stories about the books and breakfast foods that she loves.
But before we do that we asked Haley a few questions about her scrapbooking history and her design aesthetic so we can all get to know her a little bit better.
How long have you been scrapbooking and what is your history with the craft?
I dabbled in scrapbooking before, but I really started in the summer of 2014, right after I graduated from college. I started with 6x8 pocket pages, and I'm still a fan of pocket scrapbooking, but since then I've also started making mini books and the occasional 12x12 layout. I love having a record of my life to look back on and taking the time to appreciate small moments as I scrapbook them.
What are your favorite types of projects that you like to make?
I think my favorite types of projects to make are mini books. It is really fun to put together a project from start to finish on a specific topic and to add in fun interactive details that work best outside of page protectors.
Do you like to scrapbook certain types of stories?
I like scrapbooking regular, everyday moments, which is what drew me to pocket scrapbooking in the first place. Adding photos and memories from my regular life to my scrapbook feels like a celebration of them. I also love to scrapbook travel. I get so much inspiration from traveling and I love collecting travel photos and moments. Trips also tend to go by so quickly, so making a memory-keeping project for each trip feels like a way to make it last a little longer.
What is your go to style of scrapbooking?
I think my go to style is pretty simple, with some crafty, whimsical touches.
What is your scrapbooking philosophy?
As an illustrator and designer, making is a huge part of my life. I love scrapbooking for the memory-keeping aspect, but also for the way it helps me use my creativity in a different way than I do with my other projects. To me scrapbooking feels like putting together a puzzle with photos, journaling, and products.
Yes, Yes, Yes Haley! We love everything about your philosophy especially the part about using your creativity in different ways!
Now its time to turn this over to Haley to let her walk you thru the two mini albums she has made, they are so cool!
So Many Books Minibook
I was so excited to see the Bookworm TN kit, because reading is my absolute favorite activity and I have plenty of book photos to document. I don't document in a traveler's notebook, but I thought that the papers would make a great base for a minibook when folded in half, and I love a minibook.
To make it, I picked out the papers that I thought would make the good backgrounds, folded them in half, made holes in them using my awl and bound them into a book with a needle and thread in a simple pamphlet stitch. I printed my photos at 3x3 inch squares and added them to the book, along with journaling spots cut from index cards.
I used a blade to cut a slit around the beautiful "reading" script and slid my photo in behind it so that the word overlapped the photo. On the back side of the page, I covered the slit with another photo.
I stamped rows of random letters using the Brooklyn alphabet stamps to make a background for a blank white page.
Once had the base of the book set up, I went through and embellished with some of the adorable stickers and stamps that came with the kit, and finished it off by stamping the year on the back of the book.
After making the first one, I had minibooks on the brain, because I decided to make another one with the Breakfast Favorites kit. I liked the idea of using a bunch of different stamps and cards from the kit together, so I decided to make a mini about a bunch of different breakfasts and brunches I've had in different places over the years.
I printed my photos and adhered photos and cards back to back to make my pages. I punched a hole in the top left hand corner to bind them together with a metal ring.
I added stamps and journaling on the cards to describe each meal and my breakfast preferences.
Just for fun I stapled on a few clear embellishments I had around.
Finally, I went through and made sure that the city that each photo was taken in is noted and added the date to each one using my date stamp. The labels were great for adding dates and locations if I didn't have room on the photo or a clear spot on a journaling card.
I had so much fun making these projects with these two gorgeous kits. I love that they were so versatile and would work for the pocket scrapbooking that I do as well as for these mini projects.
Thank you so much for being our guest designer Haley, we just loved your two mini albums. If you want to learn more about Haley and see more of her beautiful and colorful design work make sure you check out her website, her Etsy shop and her Instagram account.