Hi there! I have been hard at work completing a summer project that is about 80% finished now. I'm very happy with the way it's turning out and can't wait until I'm able to share it with you. :)
Last night I took a break from 'my big project' and decided to put together this little Summer Lovin' mini album. I love how it turned out! I love. . .well. . .the 'orange' used throughout (total fav!), the 'list style' on the pages inside, and the fact that I was able to include lots of little pics within.
I really don't believe that it's always most important to have the fanciest layouts, or only use the newest products, or spend a ton of time trying to get it 'just right'. What is important is to get the story, images and memories documented. . .with a touch of your favorite products to spice it up a little. This little album does just that. . .I can't wait to see people flip through it! :)
Here are a few photos:
You can see that I have placed journaling on both the left and right sides of the 'notebook' paper. In between, you can thumb through a bunch of my favorite photos the fit within each category.
I used lots of layers and punches (always a fav) to create the cover. I think that the chalk distress ink really helps give it dimension.
**Tip: I love 'hiding' little secret messages, or symbolic 'stuff' on my layouts. On the cover, I did this by intentionally punching out a portion of DP that had a '3' and '4' on it. As soon as I saw it, I thought about my children. I now have 3 sons. . .but really have 4. . .counting Chase, who passed away 5 years ago, next week. Being that my eyes were instantly drawn to this, I knew that it had to be included. Now, I will forever know a 'little secret' about this album that not everyone will see/understand. It simply helps to personalize my creations. . .and I love doing it. :)
I really love the peek-a-boo style albums (this one is from Jenni Bowlin Studio). They are so fun to use. For this book I chose to cover the heart shaped hole so that the smaller photos/pages inside didn't show through.
In this last photo you can see that there really are a lot of little photos squooshed in between each category/reason. I took kraft paper, cut it down to 3 X 3 1/2, rounded the corners, adhered the pictures, lined-up and punched holes for the rings to go through, and finally inked the edges with distress ink.
You could totally do this too! :)
Album: Jenni Bowlin Studio
DP: Scribble Scrabble, Fancy Pants
Punches: Fiskars, Stampin' Up
CS: Stampin' Up
Alpha Stickers: October Afternoon
Button: Papertrey Ink
Bakers Twine: Studio Calico
Ink: Ranger, ColorBox
Thanks for looking!