Recently I've had seriously itchy fingers to create a mini album again. It's been a long time coming but by my nature I simply cannot create without a purpose and unless it's going to be a gift or have some use, I can't just create for the sake of it. That's why I've been art journaling so much as it's a chance to let go and create art freely on journal pages.
I've always loved to get involved in swaps as it's given my art a purpose and I've found I've loved the deadlines. I went back to my old yahoo swap group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mini-books/ where it all started for me and jumped right into a swap. I was happy to find all the same names were there and it felt just like coming home.
The swap is to create a mini with an Autumn theme. I've made a mixed media book using lots of scraps, card, envelopes and of course stitching.
Until my partner has received it I can't show you the whole thing but I can show you my favourite page which I'm also entering for the challenge this week at Wednesday Stampers where the challenge is stitching.
The stamps in the background and on the leaf have been partly hidden by the stitching but they are there! The page also includes some paper beads.
In creating this mini i've reconnected again with some old friends like my Cricut machine (I had to blow the dust off first) and Bind it All which I've now brought down a shelf.