Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Mini Album Post Sandy

Hello my crafty friends!  It is soooooo good to be back on my blog and in my craft space, you have no idea!!!   The past two weeks have been quite a disaster here in Jersey being hit with the horrific and life threatening Hurricane Sandy only to be followed by a tremendous Nor'Easter this past week.

My family lost power as the eye of Sandy hovered over us.  I can honestly say that I was scared while the storm hit, bundling up the kids in whatever hats/gloves/scarves we could find and heading into the basement for safety with water and non-perishables. We continued bundled for 4.5 days; battling a 59 degree house day and night; living off pop-tarts and non-perishable items.  We lost our phone, internet and cable - cell phone towers were hit hard so calls were unable to connect or dropping when they actually did.  Thank God for my battery operated radio - it was a lifesaver and chance to feel that we were still connected to life. 

We are so lucky and blessed that that was the worst we endured here in my town.  

After Sandy hit and we braved the power outtage that time, we got hit with another storm only 2 days after getting our power back on - this one bringing a foot of snow and more flooding.  We then lost our power for another 3.5 days....reliving the craziness of the last week.  It has been quite emotional to say the least.

Anyway, I am finally able to sit down peacefully and create..much needed therapy lemme tell you!  We have a birthday party to go to this Sunday for my husband's cousin's daughter who turned 1 recently, and I thought I would make another mini album and stick a gift card inside it.  I used the tutorial from Marla over at Lake Avenue Design's YouTube video, which you can find by clicking here.  

Here is the front cover constructed with chipboard and covered in patterned paper.  There is also the side view tied up in some lavender gingham ribbon I had in my stash:

Here is what the album looks like as soon as you open it up:

Here is a shot of the album expanded and all the photo mats that are tucked into pockets can be used to hold wallet size photos.

Let me tell you, the directions were simple and so was this album to make - I did most of it in one day while the kids were in school.  They make such a cute little gift idea, don't you think?!

Only 20 minutes from our house is the actual shore where homes have been destroyed and our beaches and boardwalks were washed away. There are so many of us in Jersey that are now homeless, without food, clothing, toys for their children, etc.  My husband has quite a few friends that have been left with nothing.  A severe blow right before the holidays.   It makes me sad knowing that a lot of the places where I made some of the best childhood memories are gone for now until they have the opportunity to rebuild and restore what was lost.  So if you have some extra change laying around and feel it in your heart to give, here is a link to the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund.  I'm thanking you in advance if you choose to donate -it would be a tremendous help to those suffering the continuing, devastating effects of this storm.

Hope you have a wonderful day!

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  1. Beautiful album, Sara!! Love all the purple and fabulous detail!!

  2. How fun! Love the papers and you are so right about great gift ideas!
    I am so glad you are safe and secure. I was worried about you. Hope things start toget back to normal for everyone! HUGS

  3. Oh Sara, I'm so happy you all are ok! This weather has been a beast lately. Like you said, the whole thing really sucks at any time, but especially now before the holidays...

    This album is super cute! I'm glad you were able to get crafting!

  4. So glad to hear that you and your family are now OK, Sara! It's hard to conceive of the impact of these two storms unless you were there. The pictures we've seen are just devastating. Your album is beautiful! What a great design! Happy you are able to be back crafting!

  5. What a beautiful project Sara. I am so happy to hear you and your family and home are safe after roughing the storm. Mwah.

  6. Gorgeous album Sara...what a surprise to see it open up so much and all the photo mats inside.
    Fabulous project.

    Thanks for sharing with us at Make it Monday..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  7. what a beautiful mini book I saw it in MIM and hopped over for a closer look,its so love pretty and will be a fab gift , looks far to difficult for me to do ! x
    #63 #159

  8. Cute design and love the Doily heart too! Thanks for Playing along with us this time at Top Tip Tuesday Challenge, Samantha :0)

  9. Wow Sara! This is Such a Beautiful Mini Album! And I am so glad you guys made it thru Sandy and the Nor'easter too safe and sound! 8-)

    Big Hugs

  10. My heart and prayers go out to the residents of the Jersey shore that lost everything. So sorry to hear that you were also in the path of the storms not once but twice. Take care and my thought are with you.

    Wonderful project that will make for many memories that will be cherished. Love your mini albumn.

  11. Sara, I'm glad you have your power back now. You know I was worried about you guys for a while there. This mini is adorable, perfect for a little girl!