I made this album for a client who wanted a gift for her husband on his birthday. Any specific colors, I asked. ‘No but it should be cheerful’. And she gave me some of the captions she wanted. And the size that is 6×8 inch. I got thinking what can be cheerful yet appropriate for a man. It also needed it to be somewhat rich without going over the top. I decided to use ‘Oliver’ papers by My Mind’s Eye. Blue, Turquoise, Gold and Grey seemed to be the right colors and the papers have accents in gold glitter which would serve the purpose of adding some richness. So I started working
It did take me a lot of time to get the title right. For the names I tried thickers, diecuts in different sizes etc. but nothing worked. And then I noticed I had these glittery gold Alpha Stickers which on their own are a bit gaudy but were perfect for this. This alpha sheet had no ‘&’ which I finally discovered on a gold foil alpha sticker sheet. The plaque carrying the title is from a sizzix die. I cut it in chipboard and paper (gorgeous gold). The flowers were fussy cut from paper and these were re-enforced on cardstock. I outlined all the elements with gold glitter glue and it tied in very nicely with the glitter border and swirls on the paper. So without resorting to any co-ordinating embellishments I was able to do a nice cover (well I like it and so does the client).
For the charm I used a Prima piece and a heart and key from an earring (got it in sale at accessorize).
The first spread
I had to incorporate the date given by the Client for this page. Achieved this with some stickers which were layered onto papers which were cut in a banner shape (I like these banner shapes a lot). They did look a little flat so added some tiny blue rhinestones to perk them up a bit. A fussy cut flower, some prima flowers and a brad did the rest.
I designed this page so the picture would go behind a piece of acetate, about 6×6 inch in size. A lot of detail here. Applied gold glitter (which I thought I’d never use, as it is so flashy) to the right edge over a strip of double-sided tape. The left edge has a paper trim I made using one of Martha Stewart edgers (just love this one). Then the word strips. All of these are attached to the acetate by double tape. Some circular embellishments in the lower left corner. I replaced the brad in the blue one with one that says ‘you are special’. And the yellow one is a sticker that I re-enforced on cardstock and pushed a brad in the center.
This is the second spread. The client wanted to put some family pictures and so the caption. The photomats on the right were cut with a spellbinder die. The top mat is not adhered where it overlaps the mat under it so the picture can go all the way on this mat. The edges were enhanced with gold glitter glue (It did grow on me as i worked my way thru the album) and added a couple of Gardenia flowers.
The third spread has an acetate pocket on the left which carries 2 double-sided mats. Do you notice the tabs on top of these. I did those using one of the WRMK tab punches. On the right I improvised a bit. I used a sizzix die to cut the hanging frame. But the original plaque is small so I used the upper part from this diecut but replaced the plaque with a photo mat I cut with a spellbinder label die. Used some co-ordinating embellishments, prima petals and beautiful gold yellow roses and of course gold glitter glue around the edges.
The next spread. Made use of the edger again. Embellished with flowers and brads and so on.
The last page. No photo mats here. The text was given by the client to be placed on the last page. Most of it was done with rub-ons and the rest with the glittery gold stickers and the gold foil alpha. And of course everything was enhanced with gold glitter round the edges.
Hope you found the post interesting. I have another album to share with you but can’t seem to find the battery charger for my camera and so I don’t know when wil I be able to do a post on that.