For this project you will need the following:
- A Cuttlebug or Big Shot
- An acrylic album that will fit through a Cuttlebug or Big Shot (this one is by Papermania)
- Cuttlebug Textile Embossing Folder
- Cuttlebug Love Language Folder
- Cuttlebug Asterisks Dies
- Small sharp scissors
- Brown chalk ink
- An old paperback book (that you don't mind cutting up)
- Double sided tape
- Diamond Glaze
- Glue stick
- Double sided punch tape
- Cotton lace
- Hot fix flat back pearls
- MM tiny alpha stickers - brown ledger
- Paper roses in cream and terracotta
- Large chipboard letters
- Chipboard flourish
- Embroidery floss
- Copper craft wire
Quite a long and extensive list there but for this album I wanted to make as many of the embellishments as I could myself.
Okay, to start! First of all remove the protective cover that comes on your acrylic album.
Now it's on to the fun part of embossing each page. Place the Cuttlebug Textile embossing folder over as much of the page as you can and place in your Big Shot (or Cuttlebug) sandwich. I used a Big Shot so for this I used the multipurpose platform with no tabs, a cutting plate, the page and folder then the final cutting plate.
This is how your acrylic page will look after the first pass. Now re-position your Embossing folder over the unembossed part of the page and pass through the Big Shot again.
This really makes a difference don't you think?
Next, as the album is not being put together in the traditional way (2 book rings on one side of the album so that it opens like a book) an additional hole needs to be put into what will be the middle page.
Because I wanted the album to have a vintage feel to it I rubbed over the raised surface of each page with a brown chalk ink pad. Because the surface had been sanded beforehand this provides a 'key' for the ink to adhere too, so although this is an acrylic album you don't have to use a special solvent ink for it to stay on. Apply liberally then then wipe off the excess with a soft cloth or tissue.
Sorry about the quality of the above picture, but hopefully you get the idea of how it looks once the page has been inked.
Now it's on to embellishing each page. As I mentioned earlier I wanted to make most of the decoration myself so I pulled together the materials shown below and started playing!
An important part to an album like this is obviously the photographs! The pictures I selected were first changed to sepia (in Picasa), then printed onto 4"x6" gloss paper, 4 to a page so that their final size is 2"x3". Each photograph was then matted onto a paper from the book and the edges were then distressed with the edge of my scissors and lightly inked with the brown chalk ink.
'I Miss you & love yoU so much Mum'
So that you can see in a little more detail how each page is made up I have photographed them individually.
On this page I cut out flowers using the Cuttlebug Asterisks die, some in paper and a couple in felt. To decorate I used flat back pearls for the centers of the smaller flowers and made a felt circle and used buttons for the larger ones.
Another flourish was cut for this page and simply coloured using the brown chalk ink.
This is the reverse side of the page above. See how the flourish works for both sides with a bot of careful positioning and clear glue.
Here I covered a piece of card with double sided punch tape and then some felt before cutting out the 'love you' from the Cuttlebug Love Language folder. This makes it far easier to adhere the words to the page.
On this last page I twisted the stems together of some paper rosebuds before adding some copper wire flourishes, also twisted around the stem.
To fasten the three pages together hopefully you've spotted that I used some wider cotton lace, slotted through the holes and tied in a bow.
And just to let you know that for this weeks Be Inspired Challenge on Wednesday (25th) we have an amazing guest DT, none other than Valerie Salmon of Got Sketch? fame.
She has created a beautiful card sketch for us all to work from and the winner for the week, chosen by Valerie herself, will receive one years free membership to Got Sketch? There's gonna be one very lucky person out there!