WOYWW 160 – mini-album progress


Happy WOYWW day again! Stop by Julia’s Stamping Ground for your weekly look at wonderful workdesks across the globe.

I pushed on with the decorating of my mini from yesterday.  I like pre-making mini-albums, so they are ready for the re-sizing of the photos and complete in a flash.  My plan for this is recording a scheduled trip at the end of the summer to take DS back to Uni up in Scotland.  We are stopping over for Insomnia again (his 3-day gaming event) then carrying on to drop him off and returning.  I’ll be working on it more today.

If you read back to yesterday’s post you will see that I am using a box of SUKIE labels for the embellishments and the colours echo the colours of the labels.  I have one little scrap of a 6×6 piece of patterned paper that has some of the same colours so am suing that to add a little flag.  The trip will include some walks and garden visits so I think the decor will be appropriate.  I am planning on using the Nestie Grand label shapes that form the spine of the book (the rusty brown) for my journaling and the “empty areas” on each page for smaller un-matted photos.  I’m thinking I will print them and cut them with a thin white border.

A couple of things worth mentioning.  First, when pre-making a mini, if you embellish OVER the photo mat, as I have done, it’s best to adhere the bits and bobs only on the half that is outside the perimeters of the mat.  Placing your adhesive that way lets you slip the photo under the embellishment at a later date without having to pry them up off the mat.

I actually added a bit more adhesive to the bottom edge after I took the photo. But see how you can slip something under?

And a nifty little trick with the Martha Stewart leafy border.  I punched it as normal.  I’m using scraps so forgive the extreme wonkiness of the sample.

Now trim the non-border edge right close to the leaf shapes.

Snip and shape the leaf to get this!

It really takes only the tiniest snip and moments.  But then I don’t mind this sort of scissor-work,  Like hand cutting letters it’s actually much more relaxing to do than the doodling, at least for me.

So that’s what I’m doing.  Now I’m off to see what YOU are doing.  I think I really need to be briefer in my commenting.  I tend to rabbit on.  If so I may actually make it to more desks each week.  I’ve been getting better and better, now I’ve worked out a way I can do it pretty reliably (different browser for different blogs is the key) but we are doing a sponsor blog hop on UKS next week and planning behind-the-scenes for a UKS Cyber Crop in the fall, and DD is off for a Challengers sleepover this weekend, DH is off the same night to a Folk Festival (hello? can you say the house to myself?  Oh yeah!) then DD is off for a week in Osmington Bay and DH is off to the Litchfield Festival where the Melodala app he coded is being projected on to the side of a Cathedral.  Phew.  So lots needing doing, clearly.  But desks first! I didn’t have too many people feedback how they pronounce WOYWW but I did find out Julia calls it DESKS – simple and elegant, don’t you think?  I wonder if she would have named it WOYWW if she knew the weird thing people do to the unpronounceable acronym?  It’ll always be WOWEE in my head……

52 thoughts on “WOYWW 160 – mini-album progress

  1. Wow fantastic work! So neat & professional looking! Love your scissor work, I need more practice with mine! My desk has some, not a lot yet, of mess on so no new look no more! Have a crafty week!

  2. hi there Maryann well done on being numbero uno bit late here but better late than never love the book you are working on and great Martha Stewart tip and working though archival footage very interesting huh, happy WOYWW Shaz in oz.x #50

  3. Your mini album is looking great and I particularly like that you are using just a little patterned paper – thanks for the useful tips too. Hope your trip up here goes well – hopefully the sun will come for you. Elizabeth x #17

  4. The mini album looks beautiful…a treasure which will hold wonderful memories.
    You are so organised it’s untrue!
    I’m wondering about your route to Scotland…my daughter is in Edinburgh and I lived in Aberdeen for many years. Have a safe trip…
    Thanks for sharing ~ I enjoyed my visit 😀

  5. Your mini album looks lovely – and what a great idea with the leaf border!

  6. I must’ve missed the question originally, but I came by this week because you’re number One! Congratulations on being the earliest bird of all! 🙂 (I truly hope that calling someone an early bird is not an insult in another country! Cuz it’s not here, in the States…)
    I’ve always called it woy wo, said like soy so, but with w’s instead of s’s…have to admit desks is much simpler! Speaking of desks, thanks for the tip on the MS border punch…I don’t have any of the shape border punches but always wondered if something like what you’ve done could be done so now that I know it can I’m going to *need* some in the future, huh? 😉
    Deeyll #153

  7. WOWEE, seems very appropriate for this Wednesday madness. I am loving the mini book you are working on.
    Finally finished marking exams, so now I can get to visiting a few of you.
    Happy WOYWW

  8. A lovely album with so mush to look at and a ‘how to’ as well! Thanks for my snoop! Bit late as didn’t have must internet connection yesterday!!! Have a fun day!
    HaPpY WoYwW ((Lyn)) #32

  9. Hi Mary Ann. Thanks for the generous tips this week for mini albums. I’ve never thought about doing it ahead but it’s a fine idea.
    All the best for the trip,
    Ros #121

  10. Wow, so organised! And I love the border leaf tip, thanks 🙂

    Belated happy WOYWW, Di xx

  11. You really do some wonderful work …I like your style
    I think pronouncing it Wow-WEE is good for me too
    -KAT-# 156

  12. clever idea with the leaves punch. I love the way this is coming together. Bella no 145

  13. love your blog. you are so organized in both work and space.

  14. Great post, Mary Anne, with lots of eye candy and information! Thanks for visiting me already! Have a great week! Darnell #55

  15. happy woyww, love the album, i can never get my projects to look so pristine.
    as for the rest of the skulls, they are under the patio 😉

  16. Gosh I can’t believe how organised you are! Most people are months if not years behind in their scrapping and mini books!! Interesting to see the construction of the book on the earlier post, and yippee to having the house to yourself… I like that too once in a while!

    Brenda 5

  17. Happy WOYWW (pronounced “Wowah” in my head) to you. I like your fun little mini albums. I like it when all the colors and bits and pieces coordinate. I’m so glad you showed the trick with the Martha vine punch. I was so going to ask you about it as soon as I saw it. I thought, “I didn’t know it was freestanding, I thought it was part of a border.” I love it stand alone. I am so buying myself that punch!!! And YIPPEEE! the house to yourself. I love it when that happens. #135

  18. This is a sweet little album and love the way you are adhering the pages. So clever of you to get ahead and have it all ready to start using. Enjoy you time away. #118

  19. To me WOYWW is simply Wow, because that’s what I often say when I visit blogs. Like in your case, wow, your book is beautiful. And you’re very smart to make it in advance. Lots of handy hints. Brilliant.

    cheers, rachel #68

  20. Hi Mary Ann top of the charts this week! Thanks for the tip to create a second use for a border punch I will remember to look at any prospective new punches I buy to see if they can be altered in this way. Two uses is better than one! WOYWW Hugs from Helen 89

  21. Some sage advice indeed! Certainly a couple of useful hints… Try not to have too much fun when you have the house to yourself this weekend!

  22. What a great project, I hope you enjoy your trip.

    Helen #96 xx

  23. aren’t mini albums? great works of “little” art yours is so pretty have a great day!

  24. I love your album! Its so pretty! High fives for getting the top spot!! I got number 100 – which I like, its a great round number. xx

  25. More genius album spines, it’s a really nice idea. Please don’t make me need the grand nesties!! Wowwee, wowers, deskers, the scarey part really is that if you’re in on it, whatever it’s called, you get it!!

  26. Great idea snipping the other edge with scissors. But then again you make albums before they are needed. I think you may be far more organised then moi.
    Sandra @105

  27. Such a great informative post – I say wow-ers, cos many desks do wow me! Take care, enjoy this week’s snooping extravaganza! Zo xx 74

  28. I wish I was that organised to make an album before the trip. Well guess that’s just not me, acceptance is the keyword 🙂
    Looks great and thanks for sharing your punch idea.

  29. Really fab to see your work in progress. Lots of patience needed I guess.
    A x #83

  30. You’re so well organised to get the mini books ready before you need them so that you can just add photos – beautiful crafting. Thanks for letting us have a peep into your workspace today. Hope you have a good week. Hazel, WOYWW #27 x

  31. Thanks for the leaf border tip…i love the way you used the journalling tags for hinges they look really good….I hope that you have a pleasant trip…enjoy zeffy#97

  32. This is gorgeous, thanks for sharing and happy WOYWW. x

  33. WOWEE does it for me!! That sums up the fun that desk hopping is 🙂
    You must have a very good colour-memory if you can premake an album and haven’t taken the pics yet! But actually, that’s something I can do…I can see a fabric and know exactly what it will tone with at home. I can’t remember poetry etc etc but I have got a photographic memory for colour. Handy at times!! Useless at others….lolol!
    Thanks for the great comments btw,
    LLJ #3 xx
    PS My son went to Insomnia when it was at Newbury – he was bug eyed on his return!

  34. I love those pages of your mini album, gorgeous colours and thanks for the very useful tip, so simple but one I would not have thought to do! Happy WOYWW, Anne x #57

  35. Love the mini book, and even better the WOWEE! I just call it whats on your desk… LOL
    Happy woywwing!
    Jennie #80 ( such a good number! )

  36. Love your mini album work this week.Yes lots of trimming, but it’ll be worth it.

  37. Happy WOYWW. You certainly have a busy life – makes me tired just thinking about it. That mini book is gorgeous. I have good intentions to try something like that one day, but for now it is just in my head. Congrats on being No.1. Ali x #70

  38. wow no 1! your mini album looks great!
    have a great week.
    ps i have some nearly a year anniversary blog candy! trace x 58

  39. Your mini album is wonderful! Love the tip for the Martha punch too.

    Congrats on the #1

    Happy WOYWW

    Zoe #54

  40. That’s funny about how you pronounce WOYWW in your head, for me, it’s wow…lol…and kudos for getting the house to yourself for a while! yay! Love the mini albums, it’s beautiful, and I liked the tip on the border punch! waving the number #49 from the hills of North Carolina 🙂

  41. congratulations on having the top spot this week! Julia was really early! your mini album looks great, with all the embellishments. great tip about the adhesive. and my sister and i pronounce it “WOYWA”. happy WOWEE!
    blessings and hugs from #24
    peggy aplSEEDS

  42. Congrats on being number one!!!

    Your mini book is beautiful. Aren’t you smart with the leaf punch! Thanks for sharing.
    Happy WOYWW
    Hugs, Kay #36

  43. Can’t wait to see the finished product. It is going to be gorgeous.

  44. Beautiful mini album to die for
    Bridget #27

  45. I love the colors of your mini. It is so pretty. And the intricate border work, WOW!!! dani31

  46. What an adorable little album! I don’t mind cutting too. Sometimes I bring a pair of scissors (a small one) and stuff to cut, then I’m as happy as can be waiting at the doctor or the bank or wherever! patsy #22

  47. Well your albums are coming along beautifully. My what an active family you all are. Thanks for adding the link to Insomnia, even though it’s an U.K. event I am happy to share it with my Son who is wishing for more friends that are like him and boy would he love this type of event! Happy WOYWW!

  48. Gorgeous minibook, really love the colours. I have loved the idea of scrapbooking for ages but I really just never get it together. No excuse really. Lpved the comment about the house to yourself. I have to admit I er, actually have a little dance I do when they all go off and leave me on my own!! It’s very rare I get the chance to do it though!! Happy WOYWW Cindy #12

  49. Seems like a lot of work to trim that leafy stuff, but if you like doing that sort of thing, it’s great. I don’t have that kind of patience, OR the ability to hold scissors that long. But the album is coming along nicely.

    I never thought of WoWEE. Have a great WOYWW from # 6.

  50. What a beautiful album. I would love to see it finished. i too love making albums ahead but just never get the time ;(

  51. It’s beautiful and nothing like a bit of snipping……..BJ#4

  52. This is adorable I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

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