Have you ever found yourself so excited to start a project, maybe an album, a page or even a home improvement project, that its hard to contain yourself? I spend hours researching so when I have the final picture in mind, I dive in. I might even …..maybe on occasion….have a little tunnel vision. …
I loved working on this album. I didn’t make my personal deadline but, if I totaled up all my time, I would say it took me 1 ½ weeks. I will be making more in the future but for now, let’s get into this album…
The front cover is images from the 8×8 paper pad, and I added some Kaisercraft paper flowers….that I probably went a little overboard. The one thing I would do differently would be to add a hardware clasp to the front cover.
If I had gone with making my binding, the spine would have been much larger to accommodate the most complex pages and bulk. But that is the fun of making your first one; you learn so much. I did some charms on the spine as I just love the look. I am not sure you can see, but I have some keys, hearts and wedding rings.
Opening the book up, The inside cover is a magnetic flap with a border die to make the make a softer edge. I added one of the journaling cards to have a space to put 4×6 pictures. Under that flap, the page opens up to a pocket that can hold more photos or notes.
On the opposite side and throughout the album I finished the edges using a die from Spellbinder’s Scallop Borders two. I liked the softer look given the romantic theme of this album.
On page one, I have a pocket with our anniversary date filled with tags from the “Pocket and Tags sheet.” This magnetic flap opens to another flap going the opposite way than an opening to another larger picture mat.
The next page is a pocket with pull out tags for notes or small pictures on the front and trimmed with a decorative filigree edge from the same Spellbinders set.
The decorative flap opens to a waterfall of pages for a lot of room for photos or notes each side is decorated with paper from the 6×6 pad.
I think this page is my favorite; I love the black and white along with the pattern paper. I used some Graphic 45 floss to finish the button.
I tried many different embellishments for this page but ultimately decided I like it plain.The top flap lifts up opening up to a pocket that holds a tri-fold and bi- fold for pictures. The pocket edge was made with the same dies but with it inverted.
On the next page, I used a journaling tag to make a pocket, and the card opens for more picture space. Then the flap opens to another photo mat in a pocket. The opposite page I did a double pocket, I like having a place to tuck something in securely. There is a hidden spot for journaling as well. Can you find it?
I like the albums that have a side pocket feature as it can hold larger photo mats, so I knew I wanted to incorporate at least one in this album.
On this page, just did a 4×6 journaling card that opens up for pictures and a side pocket for a photo mat. The opposite side I went with a note/ letter theme. I used the pocket and tags to help convey the theme.
The next two pages are inspired by black and white engagement photos I thought would look good with these papers. I made pages with frames and then some…..
This top frame opens to the side to reveal another frame then lifts up to reveal a magnetic swing tab that hides another large picture spot. The opposite page is a triple fold idea with two frames, and a hidden pocket, all of that opens for another spot for pictures. The skinny narrow side opens up as well. On the top and side of this page are more built in pockets for larger photo mats. My inspiration went a little rampant on this page resulting in a bulging book but, it is one of my favorite pages.
This next page I am trying show all the flaps and flips plus a little surprise.This page has a new technique I tried out with a Stephanie Bernard flip it card. The layers of this page are difficult to see in a picture but now here is a bird’s eye view of the whole page.
The next page uses one of the tags from the chipboard sheet as a swing tag. This double closure opens up to a pocket and envelope styled photo mat.
On the last page, I did a straight basic flap style page with a little pocket and tag. The small flap opens up to reveal a larger one which opens to the photo mat with a pocket holding another bi-fold picture wallet. The final flap reveals a large spot for a bigger picture.
Lastly, the inside back cover I wanted a place to put extra photos or notes, so I did a large pocket with one of the large beautiful chipboard pieces. I popped up the center to give it a subtle dimensional look. Inside the pocket is a 4×6 folder covered with another one of the beautiful journaling cards.
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