Ho hum! Still no baby! I’m getting lots and lots of paper crafting done in the mean time… not to mention, my house is spotless, my fridge is stocked, my laundry is done. C’mon Baby B!
I spent all day yesterday making this album. And let me tell you, it was FUN.
This video with Heidi Swapp was the impetus for the album. The back-to-back method is really easy and versatile! You could do this in almost any shape or size.
Most (all?) of the papers are from the latest Studio Calico scrapbooking kit, with a few picked out of my scrap pile.
I’ve had this mini album pinned for a long while now… the colors just so happen to be the similar to the Studio Calico papers I pulled out. As you’ll see, I pulled things like the accordion embellishment, banners, tags and labels from this piece of inspiration. My Silhouette got a lot of use yesterday.
I also kept this mini album in mind when putting the pages themselves together. I love the simplicity and focus on the photos.
I cut all of the papers I wanted to use into 4×6 strips, scoring them at 2 inches, so they were divided into a 4×4 square and a 2×4 rectangle. Note that for the cover, I used a strip of chipboard that was 4.25×12 to completely cover the inner pages.
I got excited and pasted the papers into the cover before considering what I was going to do with the plain chipboard. I decided to paint the cover and not worry about avoiding the pages themselves. I ended up with a whitewashed look. The amount of paint that got on the pages was minimal and subtle.
This far in and I hadn’t picked out any photos or a theme for the book yet. I spent about 30 minutes going through Lightroom, and I just have to say all hail “Finding Photo Freedom” and Stacy Julian’s Library of Memories methodology. Once I decided on the theme of travel companions, it was super easy to find these photos from throughout the years.
Then I set about assembling the pages themselves, referring to my inspiration pieces often. I like the repeated location + date strips on each page. (My new favorite technique is journaling strips, and my new favorite font is Courier New, in case you haven’t noticed!)