Wednesday, April 18, 2012

My first Mini with-Gauche Alchemy

Happy Hump Day friends! 
Here to share with you a mini I made for Gauche Alchemy.

  This was the first mini I have done and I will tell you that it scared the cri-zap outta me!  I don't know what it is about trying something new, fear always gets the best of me at first.  I know that people say this of cards and mini's...they are just a scrapbook page but smaller.  I get that but the smaller part is what scares me.  Do you scale everything to size, or just use the pic embellies still and go with it?  I got this kit and instead of being totally excited about it (because this kit is awesome and full of the best vintage ephemera around!), I was terrified! I literally looked at it every day for a week paralyzed (I'm such a drama queen sometimes), wondering what the heck I was going to do with this small, rectangular book. 

 Finally, I just decided to take Nikes motto and "JUST. DO. IT"
So with some encouragement from my gauche family, I finally started to put something together! In the end, I decided I kind of liked it! 

 I definitely see more mini's in my near future...

So here is my mini using the "SHOW STOPPERS KIT" from Gauche Alchemy, featuring my baby faced grandparents.

My grandma is the one who actually gave me idea for the marquee.  There is a piece below that I was stumped on and she suggested making him part of a marquee.  I still didn't see it, but I thought that was a brilliant idea for the cover. To make my marquee I used flashlight bulbs and punched out holes with my big bite

The "butts" of the bulbs created a bit of a challenge for me so I decided to cover them with a picture frame, envelope and then I made a banner full of Tim Holtz charms (and an interesting little metal piece from the kit).
Her is the smoker that inspired the marquee for the cover...

My beautiful grandma! 


Here is the page that points to the page above...so didn't notice my poor bead was falling off when I took this pic
This is a copy of an actual postcard my grandpa sent to my grandma while they were engaged and he was away in the airforce (full story on the gauche blog)
They were a very happy couple til the day he died! He was the love of her life and they have a love that will last through eternity.

Ok, so enough of the cheezy...

I hope this mini, inspires you to go get a show stoppers kit for yourself and see what you can do!
Show Stoppers Mixed Media Paper Arts Kit
the kit also comes with a project sheet of details that I used to make my mini

11 comments:

Joanna said...

Oh WOWZERS, Misty!!! Beautiful and romantic mini. I got quite choked up looking at it with the love story of your grandparents.

I'm so glad you overcame your stage fright to produce this beauty, well done :o)

Miae said...

You did a fantastic job Misty! I really love that each page is different in color, style, and feel..minis are daunting to me (too) because I'm afraid I can't carry a "theme" throughout the WHOLE book. But you book looks so cool and it really didn't matter if it all wasn't the same page or elements. It still told ONE (love) story!

ingrid said...

this mini is as awesome as all your other work MIsty!

Kory K said...

very nice!

I freakin LOVE making mini-albums. I don't know why...

And was everybody's Grandmother beautiful?! Everytime I see a picture of someone's Grandmother- they always look like movie stars. Great picture! Loved the movie theme, too.

-kory

Cindy Gay said...

You did a great job Misty, and it's a fun heritage mini!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wowwwwwwwwwww!! This is AMAZING!!! I loveeeeeeeeee the photos!!

Marjie Kemper said...

Totally cool! You rocked out on your mini. Love that last spread, especially.

sandi said...

Wow!!!!!!!!!!! This is just fabulous! Love every page! What an awesome job you've done with that kit!

KellyCreates said...

Amazing....grungy, yet vintage and true to your signature style of artsy texture :) LOVE IT!

Jenny Petricek said...

OMG, Misty! I'm speechless by how totally beautiful this book is! What a gorgeous tribute to the lives of your grandparents! It reminds me so much of my grandpa and grandma, who were married nearly 60 years and whose love survived my grandpa's three years in the U.S. Army during World War II.

The film/movie theme is PERFECT...brings back the golden age of Hollywood that was such an important part of everyone's lives back then. And all of the elements look so authentic to the time period! Makes me want to get online and order this kit ASAP! Way to go, girl!:-)

Kate said...

Every page is a work of art! I love the backgrounds on each page. And those old photos... Awesome! Looks like a fabulous kit!