Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Mini book made from Grand Nestabilities

Late in the late afternoon yesterday, I went to check my mail and to my surprise there were two sets of the new large format dies from Spellbinders, sitting in my mailbox.  Let me rephrase, I had two packages of the Grand Nestabilities, which were the Grand Ovals and the Grand Scalloped Ovals.  I may have done a little jiggity jig dance when I held them in my hands.  I know that sounds crazy, but you, the paper crafter reading this has done that same giddy dance after receiving awesome product in the mail, it is like Christmas.  Sometimes I think I may be half crazy for getting excited over paper & ribbon, but at least I am in the crazy boat with a bunch of fun people right!  Anyhow, so after I opened the package, I was in instant agony because I knew I couldn't play right away :( super sad right?  After a major thunderstorm, parents cross country meeting at the high school, errands, dinner, homework, showers & finally putting the kids to bed.  By the time I sat down to play, it was 11pm last night!  I had so much fun, and I cannot wait to create more fabulous projects with these.
Okay, let's get down to business here.  The reason why I was so excited over these dies, is because of their size.  There is nothing else on the market right now like them, basically they are pretty special.  Head on over to the Spellbinders site for more info on the Grand Calibur machine & the Grand Nestabilities.  
The scalloped kraft paper that is cut/embossed was created by using the largest die (die #6), then cutting it in half for my front/back of my little book.  The size of the die is 8 1/4" x 6 1/4", this is major people!  The possibilities of the Grand Nestabilities are endless.  To create the nested oval shapes, I used the Grand Oval dies, specifically dies #4, #5, & #6, which are the three largest in the set.  A lot of you have emailed me asking how I get a nice, deep, embossed edge.  The simple answer is, I use a great card stock, preferably on the thicker side.  For this project, the card stock used is from GinaK designs, she has two weights, and I used the heavy weight.  All of the pattern paper, chipboard, alpha stickers, etc...are from Cosmo Cricket.
I had so much fun making this little book, it really has inspired me to make more.  I think that is why mini books are so attractive to make, you get a completed project in minimal time.  If you have made a mini book, I would love to see it!  Just link it in the comments.

Materials Used:
Spellbinders LF-110 Grand Ovals Grand Nestabilities
Spellbinders LF-111 Grand Scallped Ovals Grand Nestabilities
Spellbinders S4-161 Labels One
Spellbinders Grand Calibur machine
Cosmo Cricket Togetherness Mini Deck
Cosmo Cricket Togetherness Ready Set chipboard
Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type alphas (in natural and teal)
GinaK card stock (kraft, ivory, teal)
Cosmo Cricket Chipboard Alphas


Gina said...

Latisha, simply Amazing . . . I can't wait to get these dies in my hands either! :)

theCook said...

The size of the dies means you can only use them in the Grand Calibur, right? I love Nestabilities but think the ovals are too small, but I bought my big shot less than three months ago so I can't buy a new die cut machine... I would need an intermediate size: bigger than standard, but still fitting in the big shot...

Judy said...

Great job, Latisha, with the Grand ovals!!! Such a cute mini album!

clouds shadler said...

Latisha, i totally luv this! how cute and fun! luv the paper and chip letters to! WTG! I shud really try making a mini scrap book! thanks for da inspiration!

C :)

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asela said...

I love it. It's perfect. Inspirational beyond words.

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

Tisha, this is what you accomplish with your late night start? AMAZING girl! Fun & cute! Need to do this one of this day. Hugs.

Geny (Mommy Geny) said...

Fabulous project! Those dies look awesome!!!

Kathy Martin said...

How fabulous those grand nestabilities must be! Your mini book is awesome! :)

Carrie said...

That mini book is really cute and clever how you did that with the Calibur. Those grand nestabilities are a must have.

the whimsical butterfly said...

WOW!!! Totally enabling me w yet another great use for these things, aren't ya? ;) This book is DARLING!

Ayana Posadas said...

Ohh, wow, Latisha!
What a super fun project!!!
I love all of the fun details! :)

Amylucimar said...

this is soooo awesome. i love your mini. my christmas list just got longer. haha.

Anonymous said...

I am not into scrapbooking, but these minis make would make me want to! they are just adorable!

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