Monday, 8 September 2014

Beach Bliss mini album

Hi all,

When I saw that this month's challenge at LOTV was "pretty papers", I knew immediately what I wanted to do. After all, there are few things that show off papers as well as a mini album, no?

Deciding on which papers to use was pretty easy too. While the Bear necessities pad is my favourite, it has been discontinued, so I'm hoarding what I have left for all I'm worth, lol.
Thus, my next favourite right now (it does change with my mood, the seasons and the direction of the wind, etc.), which so happens to be the Beach Bliss pad. I just adore the blue and kraft colour combo!

So I grabbed me a chipboard album and started by inking the edges with Brushed Corduroy Distress ink, before cutting papers from the pad and inking them too and sticking them to the chipboard pages.
Out came kraft card, a whole lot of flowers, punches, alphabet dies (I finally have me one!) lace, gems and a charm to produce this:

Page one and two

Page one has a set of cascading photo mats and a little journalling card (also from LOTV).

As you can see, the photo mats on the left fold down to show the ones behind (excuse the chipped nail varnish!)

On page two I added a belly band with two photo mats tucked behind it and the word "Smile" die-cut from the same papers.

Page 3 and 4

On page three I added a simple photo corner and tucked a large tag/photo mat into it. I embellished with some scrunched up seam binding (from The Ribbon Girl) to add a little extra interest.

Page 4 also has a large tag/photo mat, complete with seam binding, but this time I made a more fancy pocket for it. I also added another journalling tag and some gems.

Page 5 and 6

Page 5 and 6 are different, in that they each open up to another page - i.e room for some lovely full-size pictures. Like this:

Page 5 has a simple belly band with photo mat on top of the flap, embellished with some more flowers.

And page 6 was given the same treatment.

And finally, I left the back blank, except for the same punched borders as the front for continuity.

And there it is!

As you can see, using papers from the same pad really does help give it a uniform look, and I helped that along even further by inking everything I could with the Brushed Corduroy ink before sticking it in. I think it really does help pull the whole look together.

This was soooooo much fun to do. to be honest, I was a little sad when it was done, so I may have to do another very soon!

Naturally I'm entering this into the LOTV challenge.

And while I'm on the subject of LOTV... I was in the shop on Saturday, and it totally made my year  to see that the card I made for their 10th birthday was on display on one of the shelves!! I'm talking serious happy dance moment here, lol.

Well, that's it from me for today, hope you're all getting through your Mondays ok!



Bridie said...

Brilliant album, I love the kraft and aqua colour combo

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Happy Monday!!!

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Bridie@BGPayne Crafts

aussie aNNie said...

STUNNINGLY BRILLIANT design Sammy, loving the colours and added goodies...xx

The Journey is the Start

Jacee said...

Fantastic work Sammy, you have done a wonderful job on this I love it, superb work!
Hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Sarah said...

Jawdroppingly fabulous Sammy!! xx

Inkypinkydelights said...

Love this Sammy! So very creative. Judy x

Pia S said...

This is a great idea for a personal gift. Beautiful pages that will not take away the focus of the photos that are going to be put on here.

Andreja L. said...

WoW Sammy, what a lovely album you made! I like all details :-))
Hugs, Andreja

cotnob said...

This is absolutely stunning Sammy, such gorgeous papers and details.

Sue said...

Absolutely gorgeous Sammy love the colour of the papers so pretty..huggles Sue x

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous creation and love the colour combo, beautiful flower display too.

Kath x

Wishcraft said...

Oh wow Sammy! What an absolutely gorgeous creation... love it :o) Hugs, Lisa x

Irish Cherokee said...

Awesome Sammy. An album will bring out the creativity in a crafts person. Well coordinated colors and composition. - Jim

Jane Savage said...

Oh wow, Sammy, I’m lost for words!! This is AMAZING! I want one!! I love this paper pad and it works so perfectly for your stunning project!
How wonderful to see your card proudly displayed in the shop I would have squealed my head off then been politely asked to leave!!! :) xx

Mary J said...

This is gorgeous, Sammy! I love the soft colours and how you used the elements!

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

This is a beautiful memory album!

Donna Mosley said...

A stunning creation Sammy, love the colours & design.

Donna x

Elise said...

Oh Sammy! What a STUNNING project! So much work put into this .. it's BEAUTIFUL! And I agree .. I love these papers also!!! Good luck with the challenge!! :)

Big Hugs,

Lozzy said...

This is stunning to Sammy, all your cards and project are but do love how you have made this beautiful memory album. Stunning colours and love all the detail you have added. Gorgeous..Hugs Lozzy xx

Jane Savage said...

Just read your comment (thank you for letting me know) and I am squealing embarrassingly as we speak!!!!! :) :) xx

Kat W said...

This is really stunning - the papers are gorgeous and all your page designs are so fab :-)

Huge congrats on having your card on display in the LOTV shop; I hope one day I will get to visit and that it's still there for me to spot!

Big hugs, Kat x