My First Mini Album

By Marisa Lerin Thu, 09/25/2014 - 14:00

I believe I've mentioned a couple times my desire to make a mini book in the real world. There were so many things to think about, how mini should I make it, what photos should I use, what other stuff should I use, etc, that it was a bit intimidating to start. I had purchased this super mini binder at Staples, which I was planning to use, so that set the size for me (although the pages I made ended up being too bulky to ultimately use it, so I had to just put them all on a ring). I dithered for a while about what photos to use, ultimately I want to redo my old paper scrapbooks, make them smaller and more condensed, but before that happens, I wanted a little practice, so I decided to just go with my Instagram photos from the summer. Since they're already edited and curated, it made everything easy. I just stuck six on a 4x6 canvas, printed them out locally and then trimmed them.

Things are getting real. Attempting my first paper #scrapbook in years. #mini #instasummer

It was pretty exciting to hold these all in my hand. Real life crafts have some good parts.


I mostly just used stuff I had lying around in my craft room. I purchased a few things here and there. But since the photos were all random, I felt fine just being random on each mini page, doing whatever I felt like. This suits me well because the one thing that I miss when digital scrapbooking is the randomness. Doing things digitally is very precise. You can alter anything to make it just right. There's no encouragement to use up the last bit of something, or to get creative with your resources. When I digital scrapbook I have access to anything I can imagine and more. Which is great. But I love those layouts that are all bits and pieces of random leftovers. And that's a feeling you just can't get on the computer. So, for the part of me that really likes the scrap in scrapbooking, you've got to go into the real world.


I did learn a few things. Mostly that the size I went with was a bit mini. Fun, but not really sustainable. On a canvas so small, there's only so much you can do.


I'm really hoping I can get a printer before too long so I can try printing out some things I've made and including those.


I've gotten over the initial hump of getting started on a new thing, but now unfortunately it's back to the scanner to try and get those old books scanned so I can take them apart. Now at least I have a little extra motivation.


What I've Learned About Making Bouquets

By Marisa Lerin Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:32

Lately I've been considering this blog and trying to determine what its purpose is, if it has a purpose, should it have a purpose, etc. Currently I'm leaning towards "obvious observations." Today I'm going to share the wisdom I've picked up this summer about making flower bouquets.

#1. If you have a garden, you can bring those flowers inside.

Taking advantage of the late summer blooms #flowers

#2. Put flowers into the vase one at a time. I use to struggle with getting flowers to look fine in a vase, then this summer I stumbled upon this wisdom and I'm wondering why no one mentioned it to me before. Often it seems like flower arranging is tricky, and if you want fancy, it probably is. But if you just put one thing in the vase at a time, you can notice when it starts to look weird. Then you can fix it.

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#3. Use glass jars as vases. I moved into a grandma's house, therefore there were about 100 million vases. I have rudely ignored every single one of these in favor of using glass jars that I've taken the labels off of. You can use vases if you want, but I find glass jars extra useful if I want to bring a bouquet to a friend. Then when you arrive, there's no flurry of activity looking for a vase and trying to arrange the flowers, when really she'd rather be getting dinner ready. It's ready to go. Also, I like the smaller mouths that most jars have. It creates a tighter bouquet.

Fresh flowers and evening light #beautifullyordinary

#4. If you're bringing flowers inside, probably you're bringing bugs too. I don't mind this too much, but I try to remember to take a closer look before bringing flowers (and the hanging-on spiders) to friends. I'm sure they have enough spiders already.

Evening #stilllife

#5. Flowers have the magic ability to make everything 5000 times nicer. As I mentioned, moving into a grandma's house leaves a little to be desired in regards to furniture choices. I can change a lot of small things, but we're more or less stuck with the furniture, at least for now. But once I started bringing flowers inside, that's all I could see. I no longer noticed all the weird colors in the furniture. Just my lovely flowers with the afternoon light. Total magic.

Success! #flowers