I had made a lot of photo albums for my mother-in-law over the years...special occasions were celebrated with yet another little hand made book filled with photos of her grandchildren to show to her friends. This time I made one for my best friend who had her first child on the 3rd February...a beautiful little boy. I had already made a gift with her in mind (I had a hunch that she might be expecting back in late May when I made the Baby Steps creation for Our Creative Corner)....but I wanted to make something for her and her husband that featured the new arrival....
I constructed the book by folding a strip of card accordian style, and cutting two strong pieces of cardboard to form the front and back. Both sides of the accordian book were filled with photos.
I began by stencilling some Antique Linen DP - Harlequin, Art is and Swirly Q's. Then I covered the pages with Weathered Wood, Frayed Burlap and Vintage Photo DI. I used a flourish stamp using a Colourbox dye ink in Raw Silk. I stamped some letters and numbers in Antique Linen DP and added some splatters and spray with white acrylic paint. A hedgerow stamp was stamped in Coffee Archival ink and then I randomly stamped my favourite script stamp everywhere using Coffee Archival ink. I kept the cover of the book deliberately plain as I wanted the focus to be on the photos - So the cover was just decorated with some of the same flourishes, numbers and letters and paint splatter - the front of the cover had a film strip stamp and the back had a flock of birds....
A little bit of Walnut Stain DI was dabbed around the edges to add a vintage look and then I was ready to add the photos.
After the photos were stuck into the album I stamped some quotes on tissue paper and stuck them into the book with Matte Multi-Medium. I also added some chit chat stickers that had been dabbed with Weathered Wood and edged with Walnut Stain.
Then I decorated the book with various embellishments...I used a lot of metal items, buttons and lace to keep a theme flowing throughout.
A glittery ribbon in gorgeous blue tones was wrapped around a page and attached to a pendant in which I had placed a photo of the sleeping little one and covered the picture with Glossy Accents glue.
I found a crystal bead in my craft stash and attached it to the pendant along with a silver heart that says the word 'Love'
The album was secured by a ribbon that was glued to the front of the album with a piece of velcro...the rest of the ribbon was left unattached to the book. This ribbon was looped through a metal decoration at the other end with the connecting velcro piece.
Thanks so much for being here and I hope you like this little book that contains a LOT of love!