Thursday, 31 January 2013

21st Album inserts

Hello :D Hope you are having a great day. Today we had a really wild, windy, wet day, I'm really looking forward to Spring!
As mentioned in the previous post, here are some more photos of the album I made at Christmas.
The Cover

The first page, a spot for a photo from birth! I used my Big Shot to cut out the numbers and also to emboss the background strip.

The second page I used as a title page for the 5 photo insert pages to follow, one pocket for each birthday over the past 20 years. I did a combination of stamping, layering and stickers to decorate.

The page that follows is for a photo from the 21st party. Again, I used a corner punch to create a pocket for putting photos in. I also embossed a strip and again used the Big Shot for cutting out the numbers for the year.

I created a pocket sheet so an invitation keepsake could be kept safe.

Some photos of the pages that follow - 

I created another pocket sheet, so that anymore keepsakes could be saved. I did a combo of dry embossing and heat embossing for decorating. On the pocket flap, I used a ribbon  punch and threaded a ribbon through.

For the last decorated page, I again used it as a title page for the couple of photo insert sheets at the end. I used layering, embossing, embellishments and outline stickers.

I then used a Bind-it-All to bind it and I stuck it into the Cover All. This was my first scrap album to create using a Cover All, and I learned a few lessons along the way, the one that sticks out the most, I'm going to share. I used very thick board for the single sheets (approx. 300gm) and a lighter board (220gm) for the pockets. This allowed for a very sturdy sheet, but a little bit more difficulty when punching on the Bind-it-All. I added thick stickers too close to the bound edge, so when punching the sheet I had to remove them. This is something I will remember in future, as I had to replace a few stickers as I tore them taking them off.

Anyway, it is late here in Ireland, and I fear my little ones may have another night of wake-ups, so I'm going to bid you adieu! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoyed the rest of the album. You can also look at a youtube video here.

Have a great day,

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

21st Album - 8 x 8 bamboo album

Hello. Thank you for stopping by :) Today I am showing you the cover of an album I made. This is the second album I have ever made, so everything is still new to me!! It was for a friend for her 21st. I used an 8 x 8 black Bamboo Cover-it-all.

I die cut a large pink scalloped oval. Using a beautiful Japanese influenced rubber stamp, I stamped it in black. I had to keep repeating the image as the stamp was not large enough for the oval. I also had to finish off some of the design by hand, as I didn't always stamp it evenly! Oops!

To tie in with the stamped flower image, I used an outline sticker of the same image for the next layer. This was placed onto the purple card. It is a beautiful, beautiful image of the flowers, but a total pain to take out all the negative part of the stickers! It ended up being very delicate, and despite taking nearly 40 minutes of picking out the negative of the stickers, I think it is truly worth it!

I cut a strip of lime green card and embossed it with the smaller honeycomb folder from Cuttlebug. Arranging it at a diagonal, I always feel gives it a bit of character! I stuck some flower embellishments on, and used some brads for the metal flowers.

I used a Tim Holtz die, styled labels to cut out the centre white piece, and embossed it with the honeycomb embossing folder from Cuttlebug. I then punched two holes on each side, laced some ribbon through, and inked the edges. I stamped on "st" in silver, and wrote "my". I die cut the numbers 21 from glittery purple foam and stuck them on. I used foam pads for the whole label, to give it a bit of depth.

I thoroughly enjoyed making this second album. This is only the cover, but hopefully in the next few days I will get showing the rest of the album.

I hope to enter this into the following challenges

Inky Chicks - anything goes
Lady Anne's Challenges - inspired by favourite stamp
Stamp n Doodle Challenge - Anything Goes
Whimsy inspires - Fancy Edges

Thanks for looking, and please leave a comment. I would love to hear from you! Have a great day.


Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Happy New Year

Hello everyone, happy new year! Now that we have all survived the end of the world, think it is ok to come back blogging!?!?!!

I had wonderful hopes of getting back to blog land weeks ago, only between colds and flu's, no camera and no time it didn't quite work.

Wow, can't believe Christmas has come and gone! We had a wonderful time, thankfully we were all well. As usual, there was way too much eating of this stuff . . .

and this stuff . . .

and not much time for any creative, crafting stuff. Every year I promise myself I will be more organised, and yet again December comes around and I am so unprepared. Next year will be better, ha ha! I might even get to send some of the cards I spent many nights awake until all hours finishing!!

I have great, positive hopes for 2013! One of them is to create something every week. I would love to think on a daily basis, but realistically some days the only creative thing I get to do, is cut my kiddies sandwiches into triangles! Exciting eh?!!

Anyway, I'm heading on to finish off an album. Hopefully next post I will be able to share the finished item! I have recently started creating albums, so this is my second one. Loads of time spent making them, but I think it's really worth it. Definitely will be making LOADS more of them in 2013. Is there anything new you started and wish to make more of?

Hope you are keeping well, and thank you for stopping by.

Have a great day :D