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Glitter Girl Adventure 138: On a Minc Mission

I recently purchased a Minc machine for metallic foiling and have used it easily enough for cards and gift tags, but I’m at a loss as to how to use it on my scrapbook pages. I have plenty of foil, so it seems only right to make this investment work for all my paper crafting, including my layouts! Glitter Girl, can you help?

Of course I can! This week, Glitter Girl takes on the challenge to use the Minc on her pages by customising 3×4 Project Life cards with metallic foiled fish to match some toddler artwork that needs a spot in the scrapbook.

I have the full size twelve inch Minc but the foiler is also available in a smaller six inch machine if that better suits your budget, your space, or your needs! This project would work perfectly fine with the smaller size, since the journaling cards are 3×4 inches. Do be sure you buy the Minc for your part of the world: as it plugs in and heats up, you’ll need the version with the right plug. They are available!

Other supplies for this page include the Color Chaos collection and Sand & Surf papers from Bella Blvd, enamel dots from Doodlebug Designs, letter stickers by October Afternoon, word stickers by My Mind’s Eye, flair badges by American Crafts, and a variety of washi tapes.

In terms of kids and artwork, I can already see why this becomes such a challenge over the years! He’s only just turned two and of course I already have a significant stack of paint strokes, colouring sheets, and other creative projects! (Stickers are big here. Of course stickers are big here.) We have a big art-student-style book with plain pages to paste things in and leave a little label with any relevant notes, but I’d like to include just a sprinkling of the actual pieces in our chronological family albums, and it struck me that it will work perfectly to include things that are a) the right size for a 12×12 page and b) have a corresponding photo that helps tell the story. Aside from letting him doodle on a card in my Christmas journal, I’m pretty sure this is the first page where his artwork appears right in the album. It was a delight to show the page to him when it was in the album and he clapped! That’s probably the biggest accolade I’ve ever had for scrapping, so I’m flying high now!

I’ve long had the Paislee Press Mini Masterpieces project in my bookmarks, thinking that big student portfolio may become unwieldy over the years to come and thinking a Photo Book would be a lovely way to keep the evidence without the complication. I’d love to see other ways you’ve kept child art, be it in your scrapbooks or another system of saving things. If it’s something you’ve shared online, by all means leave us a link in the comments. Or feel free to just share a thought of what has worked for you. I’m sure many of us go through this stage of wanting to find some sort of guidelines for which pieces we keep and which ones go from the fridge to the recycling bin!

And of course, links to your projects with the Minc are also welcome! If you have the Minc, do you find you use it more for small format projects like cards and gifts or is foil becoming a definite design theme in your scrapbooks?

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27 April 2016

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17 Comments for Glitter Girl Adventure 138: On a Minc Mission

  1. Mollie Dirig Says:

    Hi! Is there a blog post for your last adventure; did I miss it?? Thanks. ❤️

  2. Andrea Says:

    So wonderful! My daughter also loves seeing herself with her art going into our scrapbooks. I have stacks of creative products to take pictures of and plan to make photo books periodically. And only save a few key projects from each developmental period. Otherwise we’d drown in art projects-kids are amazingly prolific!

  3. Kim Edsen Says:

    When my twin daughters were younger (they’re 9 now), I slipped favorite works of art into page protectors with simple, descriptive tags and included them in the family album. Now they are school age, I photograph our favorites and slip the photos of them into pocketed page protectors for their school albums, done Project Life style. The originals are stored in folders in a Rubbermaid tote. Some crafts, which tell a bigger story about imagination and creativity, may get added onto a page (such as crafting their own paper dolls). Recently going through my own childhood memorabilia has helped give me perspective on what I value – projects that share information about their interests, skills and relationships from that time period are more meaningful. But, knowing that, it is still a difficult process to decide what to keep! Thank you so much for the videos – I enjoy them!

  4. MaryAnn N Says:

    My daughter takes photos of her children’s crafts and art work and made a collage and framed it. Looks wonderful on the play room wall and the children describe it and talk about how and when they did a project. Lovely memories.

  5. Stephanie Says:

    What an amazing idea. Unfortunately most of our artwork is now getting too big for this!

  6. Gab Says:

    Just love this! So so cool that you could get the actual artwork onto your page. And to get a clap for a page is amazing!!

  7. Julia Says:

    Never mind the fridge to the recycling bin – it’s when they start coming home with 3D projects it gets interesting. I’m glad to say we’ve photographed everything before it was thrown out (with permission of course) so one day I’ll make photos books of them all!

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