It is the very last day of Crate Paper's Summer Inspired Mason Jars series. This final project is brought to you by Crate Paper Design Team Coordinator, Christine Middlecamp.
I'll admit that I skipped right over the whole "Summer" thing and went straight way to 'Cats' instead. Over the years, I managed to collect more kitties than I care to confess. I blame it entirely on the "Vet Tech" in me, an old career I left behind in my late twenties. To this day, I LOVE cats more than anything in the world (minus chocolate & my little kiddo).
For the 'Mason Jar Pocket" feature, I crafted a glamorous, warm mini album that focuses exclusively on my current cat collection. It includes Crate products from Poolside, Craft Market, Journey, and Maggie Holmes Open Book. Please allow me to introduce the inner pages....
This 'Craft Market tag' is from the collection's ephemera pack. The pack contains at least two or three tags that can be easily slipped onto a ring as a mini album accessory. The back of the tag is covered with patterned paper.
The album is constructed of different size/shape pages. I love the randomness of it. It leaves open plenty of opportunity to experiment with various page sizes and composition ideas.
The first pocket in the album holds a photo of my boyfriend's sweet kitty, Ruby. Tucked inside with her are large black sequins, the letter "F" for "feline", and the word "love". Around the neck of the jar is a border of zigzag felt & tied twine.
I often buy random 'non-specific' paper supplies to use on projects. This page is an actual 'black' plain mini pocket pouch that is decorated with plain graph patterned paper, light peach cardstock, a 'Poolside' frame sticker, a 'Craft Market' wood arrow, a section of vintage velvet ribbon and finally, a 'Poolside' sequin heart. It's a simple, sweet compilation of exactness.
Tucked inside are the names of my four cats and their age.
Believe it or not, this was the very first page I made for the album. Yes, I'm in the habit of creating pages 'out of order'. Typically, I decide on the order of the pages at the very end. Much easier that way.
Here we have another jar pocket with a photo. Because the jar had a pre-printed title in the center, I focused much of the embellishment work along the neck of the jar. The flower is handmade from felt & netted flowers, striped pattern paper, cardstock circles, a vintage B/W button and a pretty rhinestone.
This tag plays two roles - The front is purely decorative and on the back is a photo with two kitty names.
On the last page, I explain the purpose of the album - 'cat nerd' all the way. The gold glasses befit the theme perfectly!
The final addition, a '#4 Poolside metal clip' (current number of cats) and "Memories" chipboard piece, was slipped onto the ring prior to my closing it off with ribbon.
And that brings us to the end - my love for cats is undeniable, as is my love for mini albums. Both are a treasure to behold.
**A quick reminder; there is still ample time to participate in the "Mason Jar Pocket" challenge! Visit this link to find out more about the event (THREE prizes included!):