Monday 21 March 2022

Enjoy Life handmade album

I have acquired a lot of the tracing papers that co-ordinate with the Craft O'Clock paper ranges but have usually left them neglected in the draw and so I decided it was time to get them out and do something with them and thus this project was conceived. I started with a premade album which meant I could then concentrate on decorating rather than album construction - yes a pre made album base may seem extravagant but the reality is by the time you add the cost of greyboard and carstock for the pages it is a very cost effective way of creating and it does mean you have a very sturdy piece to treasure long term.

The papers I have used for this make are from the 12 x 128 x8 junk journal extras,  and set of extras Ominous Marshes collection. I then used a selection of the tracing papers from a number of different collections: tracing papers set 3tracing papers set 2 and some from the set that co-ordinates with the paper collection set 7. The chipboard titles are from decorative die cut inscriptions.  For consistency through out the project the edges of the papers were distressed with the edge of a pair of scissors and photomounts of white watercolour paper 4 x 6" were used.

The base of the album required papers to be 15.5cm wide and 20.5cm tall which meant I could only get one page per 12 x 12 sheet and so rather than getting another set of the 12 x 12 papers.  I chose to use the tracing papers on some of the pages strips 7cm by 20.5 and papers to 10cm by 20.5 overlapping the paper over the tracing paper - not only does this conserve paper it uses up the strips of the 12 x 12 cut making the whole pages and also adds a beautiful decorative element.

Through out the album I then added torn elements of the tracing papers to unite all the pages and decorated the photomounts with embellishment clusters made with fussy cut elements and die cut insriptions.Adding in some chipboard elements and taking advantage of the fact that Fabrika Decoru elements are a natural brown on the reverse side. - I used elements from forestry leaves, lavender and some from Botany Autumn.

Inside front cover and page 1:

Page 2 and 3:

Page 4 and 5:

Page 6 and 7:

Pages 8 and 9:

Pages 10 and 11:

Page 12 and inside back cover:

The front of the alubm was created by layering tracing paper, chipboards and fussy cut elements with pieces of scrap card board used to add height. Paper elements were then used to decorate the spine and back of the album.

All that is left for me now is to wish that you stay safe and enjoy what ever you have planned for this week and the future.

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