Happy Anniversary To Me

It's hard to believe, but tomorrow I will be married for thirty-seven years. Thirty-seven wonderful years with my one and only. I met Rick when we both worked at JC Penney. Honest to God, the very first time I saw him, I told one of my friends, that also worked there, that he would be my future husband. Rick would come over to my department at the end of the evening and make small talk . One day he hung around after we closed and said "When are you going to go out with me?" and I responded "When are you going to ask me?" We had our first date the end of January, he asked me to marry him in May, and we married in September. I have had the most wonderful, blessed life with Rick. Looking back we both say our early years with raising our kids and making ends meet, were some of our best days and happiest moments. I found a sign and we have it hanging in our living room. "If I had my life to do all over again, I would meet you sooner, so I could love you longer" 
When I saw the Echo Park "Beautiful Life" paper collection in the Flamingo Scraps online store, I knew I wanted to make a small mini album for our upcoming anniversary. I wanted to keep it simple with lot's of room for pictures and journaling. I started with a 12" x 12" piece of designer paper and cut it down to 9.25" x 11". On the 9.25" width I scored it at 2.50" and 6.75". On the 11" width it is scored at 5/8", 7", and 7.75". After trimming away both two opposite ends on the 5/8" score line and removing both sides starting at the 7" score line to the ends, I rounded the corners of both opposite flaps and folded the center section together using the scored lines, and then brought the 5/8" tab up pressing firmly after applying adhesive.
The liners for the outside and inside cover measured 4" x 1/2", 3" x 4", and 4" x 6 1/8". 

For my inside pages I used the coordinating solid card stock measuring 12" x 12".  I trimmed five of these to 7" x 9.25" and then scored them on the 9.25" width 2.50", and 6.75". On the 7" width at the 5/8". My liners measured 4" x 6 1/8" and followed the same instructions as the cover.

 Once assembled I used a 1 3/8" circle punch and cut a half circle out from each page for each 4" x 6" mat that was inserted into each pocket.

I inked the edges on all of the liners and mats. On each mat I used a small double hole punch and tied a bow using several pieces from the seam binding sampler. I used my Bind It All and bound the mini with a brown coil.

I used the plentiful supply of coordinating stickers to decorate the mini using mounting tape and then one magnetic closure for the cover.

This was a very easy, non fussy, non complicated, but sweet album to make. The papers were so pretty that other than inking the edges using my favorite Prima Dark Rust chalk ink, seam binding, coordinating stickers, Heidi Swapp Banners, and the Fancy Pants Cork Hearts, the paper collection spoke for itself.
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Barb S. (FL) said…
Cheryl, this absolutely gorgeous!!
Happy 37 yrs together
Barb S (FL)
Barb S. (FL) said…
This is absolutely gorgeous!
Happy 37 yrs together - may you have 37 more
Barb S (FL)
Love the mini album. You did an awesome job.

Tammy S.
Cathy said…
Happy anniversary my friend!!! Love the mini, and the story of how you and your honey met :)
Sharon Burt said…
Cheryl this is so cool. I love it and you are extremely creative. Enjoyed reading your story of meeting Rick and the early years of just making ends meet. Happy 37 years and here's to the next 37. Beautiful Creation.
Sharon Burt (MI)
Old School Buddy.
Sharon Burt said…
Loved the creation Cheryl. Very beautiful and enjoyed reading how you and Rick met and the early years of just making ends meet. Happy 37 year Anniversary and here's to the next 37 years my dear friend.
The album is awesome.
Sharon Burt (MI)
LauraLee said…
Happy Anniversary Cheryl! Love the mini!!
Linh C. said…
Awww...what a sweet story! The mini album is beautiful and thanks for the detailed instructions!
Carolyn said…
Cheryl...this is one of my favorite minis of all the ones you've done!! It is so special....that would be a good one for the fair! I LOVE it! Have a great day...hope Rick took the day off to celebrate!!
Linda Milroy said…
This is awesome Cheryl. Totally love it and going to have to try it. Sure wish we were closer to craft together some day.

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