mini in the making

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Big thanks for helping me get rid of not just 2, but 4 boxes of scrappy goodness! They went to the first 4 darlings to comment (y'all are quick!). Will definitely let you know when I do this again, as it is a fantastic way for me to share & make room for all the new stuff. 
Thought I would share how my Hawaii mini album came together. 
I am a big fan of:
1. prepping the book before leaving for a trip.
2. being able to work on the book while on the trip
3. being done with the mini album just days after getting home.  
Typically I like to gather all the supplies that I think I want to use for the project. I spread it all out in front of my and enjoy starting with the beginning, which is usually the cover of a mini book. 

The protective cover must first be removed from the acrylic. Because the acrylic wouldn't fit into my Clix paper punch, I first used the Clix to punch the holes in the patterned paper.

I lined up the paper with the acrylic and used a sharpie to mark the holes.

Then I took my crop-o-dile and used the 3/16 hole to punch through the acrylic.

Then I got lost in the excitement of the cover coming together and had the fantastic idea to punch a little hole through the acrylic for the Dear Lizzy flower brad.  And unfortunately, that's when the photos stopped because I was just having so much fun. Here's the cover & first pages (the acrylic and flower brad sit on top of and protect the papers & stickers)

Supplies:
Hambly - black & white flowers and yellow pattern papers, doily rub on
American Crafts - Hello Sunshine kraft pattern paper, mixtape, pink tag, pigment ink in black, lime green rose brad
Jenni Bowlin - stars label
Studio Calico - letter stickers, airplane stamp Jetsetter
Lawn Fawn - banner, bird, Polaroid 

others: washi tape by Mark's, postcard by bonbon, Bic Mark-It permanent markers, cloud by hello hello!

Tomorrow I'll share with you the various ways the book came together on the trip (and on the airplane) as well as the inside pages. Thanks for looking!