A dear friend went to France this last summer and I wanted to make an album to capture photos and journal messages from her trip. Here are some photos of the album and a little description of some of what I did.
I love texture and dimension so my covers always have lots of fun things on them. This included paper clay, wooden word, and the use of burlap. The main driving paper was Fly Away With Me from Graphic 45, but because I hate to see too much matchy matchy, I have lots of other things in there as well.
My favorite material to cover the spine is book cloth. In this case, I stamped it upside down after I attached it, so made some improvisions so it hopefully was not as noticeable.
Every album I make always has a large pocket envelope for storage of materials that don’t fit in otherwise. I also always try to use this luggage tag, because I love how it works for documentation of the trip and starts folks on the process of journalling their trip.
All my pages have lots of flip outs. I have not shown all of them but have shown one of the larger ones. In every flip, there are places for photos, tucks for including snippets. This one also includes two belly bands of different sizes. Generally, I have found that the vertical belly bands work better because then I don’t have to plan on to catch inserts so they don’t fall out of the bottom. I was experimenting with white cardstock for photos, but I found that I really did not like it.
I often try to include some type of waterfall in an album. This album was no exception. I like the waterfall concept because it gives you a place for a photo and a place to use ephemera, samps, and snippets that you may otherwise not use.
I have shown a couple of examples of the what fun things I included in the waterfall. You can see all the fun stamps that in included a little die cuts. These pages are perfect for a little journaling to go with the photos.
There is no reason you can not incorporate all the things we are seeing in the handmade card making that we are seeing right now. Here is one of the pop-ups I put into the album. There is room around the ephemera to add other pictures or write down memories about the pictures. I made the glitter paper that went around the die cut earth and the Eiffel Tower is heat embossed.
I also love to use edge dies and punches to dress up pages and provided secondary tuck options. This page included die cuts, stamping, Prima Waxes There are several flip outs on this page along with pockets on the diagonal.
I think often folks get hung up on making everything come from one collection that they miss opportunities. This collection includes paper and cardstock from three different collections from completely different design houses.
Here is the final photo from this album. It is the back cover. Back covers for me are either very plain or make use of one of the busier pieces of cardstock that did not play well with others and does best standing alone.
I loved the collage and wanted to use it in a way that it wasn’t covered up and the back cover was a perfect place to display this.
I hope you enjoyed the pages that I shared from this album. In this album, I did not include post-it cameras like I had in previous albums. I am debating still if this is a necessary step in the process.
When I posted this I also entered in the following challenges:
Craft Stamper Magazine– Stamp it, anything goes
Crafting With Friends– Anything goes