Wednesday, March 19, 2008

How I spent my morning

I realized a couple days ago that I needed a baby gift, and it had to be done by Thursday. Eek! I'd seen a couple cute album projects on various blogs and since I'd never done one, I thought it would be a good chance to try out something new. I chose the flip book album that can be seen on Chiaki Haverstick's site here.

First, a disclaimer: I am not a scrapbooker and I don't expect I ever will be. I like that cards can be done (if desired) in a fairly short amount of time; the thought of scrapbooking just overwhelms me! So I'm sure there would have been lots of other things I could have done with these pages, but I was time-limited and just kinda clueless. So be kind. :)

Here is the front of the album. I was trying to keep it gender-neutral because I don't know the sex of the baby - I hope I succeeded! I didn't want to just use yellow and green. I loved these papers and thought they were perfect. All the animals are colored with sponge daubers very lightly tapped into the ink and very lightly sponged onto the white cardstock. I found it very easy to get too much coverage but it was a quick way to color these adorable little guys. The inside ones are mounted on glue dots, but for the cover I stamped the bear once, cut out the colored image and attached on dimensionals.

This is what the first set of pages looks like. The bunny just had to go there since the dashed lines had been left over from the flowers I was trying to avoid on the "guava" DP! Still looks pretty simple, right?

Ta-da - the inside of this album is so cool. You have all these great areas to put your stuff, and I left the inside of the flaps blank for journaling. Tell me, all you scrappers out there, should I have attempted to stamp lines for journaling? I would love to know for next time - I didn't have time to fool with it today.

Here is one more photo of the inside, to try to give you an idea of how it fits together. It looks much more complicated than it is - the base of the album actually came together very quickly. Adding all the rest of the layers and stamped images, not so much - but I think this came out very cute.

Supplies used: Dream Street Forget-Me-Not papers; Bazzill cardstock; sage shadow, so saffron, mellow moss and groovy guava ink; Bundle of Joy, Bundled in Love, Nursery Necessities stamps; Paper Mart organdy ribbon; ticket corner punch; dimensionals

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm a scrapbooker and I think you did awesome! In fact, I would be interested in purchasing some of those from you. Oh, and I would go sans journaling lines. Scrappers don't always journal in straight lines, so it could end up wasted space. I'm having a hard time determining how big the pages are? And it looks like we have the same craft table! We always did have some quirky similarities, Roomie! :)
Great job!