The universe is a wonderful thing full of mystery, knowns and unknowns and I think that the Stamperia Cosmos paper collection epitomises this concept very well. In my stash I found a collection of oblong MDF pieces in A4, A5 and vertical half A4 pieces and so I decided I would make an album using these pieces and deliberately layering them in an off set manor so that you can see parts of the page below before you turn the page. As these are standard sized pieces it should be relatively easy for you to cut paper or grey board to form your own bases and therefore to recreate this album which along side the paper pad also uses the co-ordinating cosmos die cuts along with lots of different chipboard pieces and features chipboard elements mandala, feathers and butterflies and some lovely flowers from my stash but I would suggest you look at the wonderful new Little Birdie flower packs that are now available on the website and pick the ones you love from the new arrivals area.
I started by covering each side of my base pieces with paper from the stamperia pad - creating in the process 7 "pages" and then set about decorating each page in turn. Throughout the album I mat and layered my focal images using a dark blue card stock as this helped the images pop off the page.
The front page is as seen and the reverse of this page carries a simple flipout piece.
Page 2 features page topper pieces from the pad secured as a waterfall giving multiple places to put 3 photographs in the future.
Page 3 is the long half A4 piece and features 3 tags from the pad mounted onto blue card and secured so that they each lift up revealing a second tag beneath creating a total of 6 places to put photographs.
Page 4 is A5 in size and features small pictorial pieces from the pad mounted onto blue card and adhered as flaps thereby creating a further 3 photograph spaces. The reverse of this page carries another 3 waterfall style flaps and another 3 photo spots.
Page 5 is A5 sized set in landscape orientation and has been embellished with a focal image and chipboard. The reverse of this page carries two flip up focal images.
Page 6 is a long half A4 piece again in a landscape orientation with a total of 6 flaps each covered with pieces of paper from the focal images sheets from the collection.
Page 7 is an A4 piece - this page has a large area for a photograph and a small flap on the left side which opens to reveal a further photo or journaling spot.
I bound my album using large book rings and embellished these with lots of ribbons simply tied in place. If you watch the website then a collection of shabby ribbons just perfect for doing this will soon be available.
I thoroughly enjoyed making my album which is in spite of its apparent complexity quite simple to construct especially if you take it one page at a time and use the focal images/tags/topper pieces from the paper pad as a starting point for deciding what you will do on each page. As Stamperia paper pads all follow a similar format it should be possible for you to lift the concept above and customize it with your chosen papers and embellishments so go on why not have a try.