Friday, December 24, 2010

NYC Traveler Album :)

I've been wanting to share the beginnings of my NYC birthday album. I am working on it in bits and pieces as I have time. 

This is the front cover. I started with a vintage bingo card. It was already nicely aged, but I inked it a bit more and added some Platinum Stickles to the edges. That blue ribbon and the green and brown seam-binding is hand-dyed.

There is a strip of Jenni Bowlin Date Stickers down the edge. I am thinking of adding in the dates I was in NYC. I need to pick up a nice inky journaling pen. I haven't decided what to add to the tiny tag. I was thinking of looking for tiny metal numbers so I could put 30. 

I added this metal frame piece in the corner after painting it rose, and then sanding it down. The fabric flower is my favorite thing about the whole album. Love the fading colors on it. The layaway tag is a garage sale find. 

The inside front cover is done with pink grid paper which I just love. I think I am going to go back and add the brads to this keyhole. 

I did some journaling about my flight, and layered in this pretty fabric flower. I think the black makes a nice neutral. I mixed in pages from a kraft colored journal to jot down fun memories. 

I added in a dozen or so giant shipping tags for journaling, and an assortment of tags and cards I've picked up at garage sales. 

This is the back cover. I wanted it to blend with the front cover, but it still needs some embellishing. :) The envelope is holding business cards and scraps from the trip that I will eventually work in.  

That's it for now. I will be layering and journaling more soon. Merry Christmas everyone!


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Progressive Album

Everyone is always asking me what a completed album looks like so I am going to share one I made for myself. :)

The first night of Maya Road's Artistic Journey (way back in October) we all worked on a progressive album. There were several stations set up to show newbies how to use different products, and learn new techniques. I really enjoyed it as a way to meet the different teachers and ladies attending the event. I stayed up late the first night and completed my album. 

The album came pre-painted black, my least favorite color, so I added an envelope from the inside to brighten it up. I also painted the edges of both the album and envelope with white and turquoise paint, and then sanded down spots channeling my inner Katie Watson. :) I crumpled up, and then flattened the paper heart and layered from there adding a scrap of Sassafras Lass and a punched out tab. 

The seam binding was pre-dyed with Maya Mist, and those ribbon flowers were made exclusively for our event. They didn't match the turquoise, but green and golden yellow are my favorite colors. :) 

We were given a pre-pressed chipboard tag that said "Artistic Journey" (NICE), but I decided to layer over mine to since I knew I wasn't going to be taking pictures during the Artistic Journey. I misted chipboard letters, and combined them with my favorite October Afternoon alphabet stickers to create my title. 

Cheryl Darrow showed us a few quick tips on using her metal, and I cut up the sheet and used it throughout my album. Love this chocolate bronze color metal. 

I journaled a list of our favorite things to do on family night on the inside cover. 

This is the page Katie Watson designed. She demonstrated how to use Maya Resist, and how to make these fabric flowers that were colored using Maya Mist. 

My favorite parts were the tiny punched out leaves for the misted tree. :)

This is just a page I threw together. I wanted to use this purple flower to bring out the purple in the pics. 

I have had those acrylic wings sitting on my shelf forever, and decided to finally use them with this journaling. 

We inked and outlined tiny chipboard elements at Aubrey Rives station. I used them throughout the album to bring out the theme of my family being knit together. 

The fabric scrap was leftover from Aubrey's station. :) I thought this tiny pop of pink was sweet with the pics of my little ones. 

The background paper is from Basic Grey Basics. 

I like to use shipping tags as my personal signature. :)

Just a page I put together adding in a few pieces from my stash. Those coffee colored roses for WOC are my absolute favorite flower. 

I used the clock embossing piece from Ten Seconds Studio and combined it with this MR sheer clock. 

This is one of my favorite pics of my family. I could scrap it over and over. :)

Layered with a MR scroll and MR turquoise ribbon. 

This page was inspired by Lisa Pace. :) I took one of her classes a few months before, and kept the basic design elements from how she layered her canvas envelopes. I want to play more with doilies and see what I can do with incorporating them into my style. 

Lisa showed us how to put together the ivory rose using MR ribbon, but mine did not turn out! I wrapped mine the opposite way hoping to make it look more organic, but it just turned out messy. Still liked it though. ;)

Annette P. hosted a table with all of TH Distress inks and stamps so we went to town shading and stamping. It was soothing. I then layered over it with the last of my TSS metal. 

I tucked in a few receipts from adventures my family has gone on together into this envelope on the back cover. 

I added a ribbon closure to the front and back pages, and then layered this envelope over the back page, and put a note to my kids inside. 

So, that's what a completed album looks like. Hope that helps when you're finishing one. Maybe next year you should go on the Artistic Journey. :) Happy Scrapping! 


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Maya Road Gate Album

I am back from my trip to NYC, and I am working on the most beautiful traveler album. I will get pics of it soon. It will be a process to finish all the journaling, but I want to show you the process as this will be the first album I have really made just for me. In the meantime, here is an album I made a few weeks ago when I couldn't get into Christmas colors. 

I love the Antique White paint for a little girl album. My bedroom furniture was this color when I was younger. I'd love to do my craftroom in this color. 

I filled the album with Spring colored flowers and embellished them with pearls and gems. These older Prima flowers worked great because the album was already really chunky. 

This page opens up like a booklet, and has two more photo mattes inside. 

I love how this page looks like a window. I don't normally slant things as I like a nice balanced symmetrical look, but I thought it was cute here. :)

I added punched out tabs to all the pages to make them easier to flip. 

Love this bit of hand-dyed ribbon. 

Friendly little caterpillar from LYB, and this photo matte opens up with journaling and photo space inside. 

Love this mix of colors with the muted paper. I used Antique Linen to ink all the pages. 

Back cover - looks like a sweet garden. :) 

Happy Scrapping! Dee2

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Nana's Brag Book

I put together a super sweet Nana album this week for a friend's MIL. I decided on the color combo: turquoise, green, yellow, and sand. I'll just share a few of the pages.

I thought the title was perfect for an album about her first grandbaby. The envelope opens up, and I am hoping she has some little scraps from the hospital to tuck in there. Her grandbaby was in the hospital for the first few weeks of his life so I am sure there were bracelets aplenty.

That ribbon peeking out from under the yellow scrap is a soft ruffled velvet. I inked the letters and then covered them with vintage glass glitter. Then everything got accented with a touch of antique white paint.

 I used some paper layering to create pockets for tags and scraps.
 It tried to resist using flowers since this is for a boy, but I thought these were sweet colors. :)

 The 2x3" matte on top opens up into a booklet, and clips on. :)
 Here's another page showing how I stuff in the photo mattes to maximize space in a mini-album.
 She wanted mostly horizontal mattes which is hard in a 6x6 so I put in a few 2x3" mattes. Love the way this layout turned out. The lighting on the pictures is a little off. The background paper is a rich orange so it doesn't look too girly. :)
 Used some Maya Mist on the scroll - so much easier than painting. I also added in a lot of tiny rub-ons for detailing. Do you see the "Love you" off to the right?
A peek of the back. I added a shaded envelope to tuck a few more scraps into, and stamped over it. I actually made this stamp in Aubrey's class at the Artistic Journey, but didn't end up using it on my album. I think it was waiting to be used here. :)

That's it for today! I have a sweeeeeeeeet girl album I hope to share pictures of soon. Happy scrapping!


Friday, December 3, 2010

In Our Family

 This is a Dick and Jane vintage style custom order I created last month with pics of 6 kids in mind.

I themed it "In Our Family We" and tried to give some direction to the photos with things they like to do together.

Loved the colors of this page and I included so many embellishments. I hope it's a page they find something new even after looking at it a few times. 

I used vellum pockets and for stamping. I also did a lot of outlining and shading to give everything a cohesive look since I pulled supplies from 10 different companies.

 I tried to keep brown and green with accents of red and blue as my general color scheme for all the pages.

I included a ton of tags behind photo mattes. I like journaling on tags better than on the page just in case there is a handwriting malfunction. :)

Lots of paper punching and layering, and tiny embellishments to bring out the family theme. 

Love the warm colors on this page. I relied on a lot of Maya Mist for all the chipboard pieces I included.

The family had six kids so I thought this would be a cute page to put a pic of each of them. 

 I tried to make it interactive with things to open up, pull out, and fold over. 

I made my hubby laugh because I included these sweet characters, but I didn't know what the family looked like so I wondered if they would still like them if it was an African-American family. But hard to be more Dick and Jane than this. ;)

Swoon. Don't those colors look beautiful together?  I have been hanging onto that green snap since the first month I started scrapbooking. I also added a piece of film strip ribbon to clip photos or scraps to. 

I used up some lace I had left over from Halloween projects, and by leftover I mean highly coveted and hard to let go of. ;)

I tried to incorporate a lof of texture since I can't make the pages too chunky. There are bits of felt, fabric,  lace, etc. 

Another full page shot. I mixed in mattes for all the standard sized photos. 

A lot of Maya Road went into this project: tags, rub-ons, ink, chipboard, ribbon. 

I loved these colors together. Funny, I am sad thinking of that tiny scrap of velvet ribbon I used. There is a greedy ribbon-hoarder living in my heart. Haha. 

Well, don't want to overwhelm you with pics. Hope you like, and spend some time scrapping your family over the holidays. Merry Christmas!


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