Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Embrace Imperfection

The free two-week Embrace Imperfection Workshop by Karen Grunberg at BPC is in its final week, and I have thoroughly enjoyed Karen's perspective on imperfections and the perfectionist tendencies that plague us in our scrapbooking. The final project for the class was to create a mini-album.

The purpose was to create an album to tackle the idea of seeking perfection and to remind ourselves that perfectionism is overrated and that scrapbooking is about the memories. I created my mini-album this afternoon using a Mary Engelbreit Chipboard Book along with papers and stickers mostly from the Bo Bunny Flutter Butter line.

I chose five of the quotes on perfection that Karen provided plus added three others from my Quotes Journal. I printed them onto cardstock and then laid out the papers and quotes to go on each page of the mini-album before I started assembling the album.

The chipboard album had five pages. Here are the fronts of each page, with the front cover at the top.

And the backs of each page, with the back cover at the bottom.

And a close up look at the cover.

The entire project took about three hours today. I really enjoyed putting it together and finally using one of the chipboard mini-albums I purchased (for $1 at Michaels) about a year ago. Mini-albums are so much fun to put together . . . maybe that's why I have a stash of them ready use.

Anyone else keep a collection of mini-albums ready to grab when the inspiration strikes?


  1. What a pretty mini-book, and your pages really make the most of those quotes and that lovely kit. I've not been a mini-album maker up until now but I could be persuaded!

  2. I'm a fan of mini-books, but don't make many of them anymore. I enjoyed Karen's class, but didn't add the mini-book to my already long list of projects to complete. I LOVE yours--the tag board book is perfect for this!

  3. I have a little(ish) collection of mini albums ready for a moment's inspiration... but I haven't started the embrace imperfection album yet - thinking I might tackle it tomorrow when I have some kid free time, though

  4. Love your mini album, the Bo Bunny was a great choice! I do have a small stash of mini albums sitting around. I have to have a really cool project in mind to start one, though.

  5. That's a very pretty mini album Melissa! I enjoyed her class too (though I haven't enough time just at the minute to make the album) and I have signed up for Finding Your Way because I like her thinking so much.

  6. Love your mini-album. What a great use of that kit! I don't have any "stash" but I am a huge fan of mini albums and wish all of my projects could be short, sweet, and done like these were!

  7. A gorgeous album that you've made....and like you, I love mini books.....and have quite a stash of them.

  8. Darling mini. I have yet to start on mine, but maybe I'll use Mary Engelbreit paper that I have that is old, old, old. Thanks for sparking that idea.


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