Friday, April 15, 2016

"Wedded Bliss" ornate wedding mini album in a box

Prima Something Blue is back--bigger and chunkier!

My project share for today is the second Prima Something Blue (PSB) album and a box I made for the album to sit in. This was a wedding present for a coworker, that I completed in February 2016. I have talked about the paper collection endlessly in my previous Prima Something Blue post so I will let the pictures do the talking this time! :D

Here is the box--I made this out of an A0 sheet of mount board that I picked up at a local school supplies store. [Note to self: Buy a board of higher weight for future box-making projects.] The box feels sturdy on its own, but with the heavy mini album inside it, I am worried about the bottom sagging under strain.

And here is the album--I wish it did not gape the way it does. I went a wee bit overboard with the embellishments. The binding style I have used until now has worked great with other albums but could not accommodate the chunky embellishments we have here. I am switching to a different binding style for future projects--preferably one with a 1/2 or a 3/4 inch gusset between pages. Also, I am kinda tiring of these pocket pages that straddle the spine--the next album will have chipboard pages! Pocket pages are amazing, but I need a break :D I want to have a skeleton book to work on--it may just help prevent crafters' block (if that is even a thing) :D.

The spine:

How I love chunky charm dangles--this one has a world of goodies: from cabochons with wedding themed sentiments to dresses, wedding cakes, purses, perfume bottles, a hand-fan and so forth!

Now on to the pages:
Page 1

Pages 2~3

I am really proud of the ribbons--they were custom-dyed for this paper line at Premier Ribbons, Mumbai. Find them on FB! :) The next time though, I might hop on over to my nearest fabric dyer because ordering these online were a bit of a challenge--of the five colors I ordered, only three matched the papers. The pink and the blue proved tricky to match.
Pages 4~5

Pages 6~7

Pages 8-9

Page 10

The back inside cover: handmade organza ribbon roses, some bling, and black Venetian lace

And that is all for the pages.
I have to admit, this was my most time- and resource-intensive project to date. It was quite the labor of love--as it was meant to be a special gift. And, I did have to battle a kind of exhaustion with the paper line--Something Blue is adorable but two wedding minis back to back using the same papers left me feeling burnt out. Of course, once the project was completed, I forgot the months of agonizing over color coordination, page styles, flaps and inserts, etc.--and I stared dreamily at the box and the album cover.

Watch the video flip-through now!

Youtube link

Hope you guys like this album. Do leave your comments below or on my YouTube channel--it will mean a lot.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

"To have and to hold" summer romance shabby chic mini album a la Ginger

Hello there, friends!
As my city sizzles in the summer heat, I cooked up this pink confection which, to me at least, feels like an oasis of cool summer colors--baby yellows and pinks, soft beige, mint green, and cool gray.

This album is a gift for a coworker who is about to celebrate her first anniversary early next month. I hope she likes it!

I have to admit, I avoided this brand of designer paper for the longest time, (I felt they lacked a story or a theme) until I fell hard for the muted shabby florals in this paper pad. I am so happy I picked these papers up! I bought a 12x12 inch paper pad with 24 sheets of designer paper and three sheets of die-cuts/stickers, and the best part is--I have paper left for another tiny mini!

That is not so bad...considering how paper-intensive this page style is--and I packed in a whole lot of extra inserts too.

Here are pictures from my table before I started the project. I originally planned to finish this project in a day! That turned out to be too ambitious--especially when it's a hundred degrees outside (technically, only 40 degrees Celsius though)--but I did have the outer cover, the hinge, and the base pages ready at the end of the first day.

This album, (again!) features one of Ginger's amazing tutorials. Hop on over to her YouTube channel and you will be hooked! Watch Ginger's Thursday Tutorial - Twas The Night Before Christmas Mini Album Page for the page design I used here.

I used Laura Denison's Stack the Deck binding system for this album--increased the gusset width to 1/2 an inch from the original 3/8th of an inch. With six spots for pictures on each page, and given the 240 gsm cardstock I used, I feel the pages will bulk up when pictures are added. I wanted to give each page enough room to expand :)

Going with the shabby floral papers, I decided to not give this album a vintage look--and picked the no-ink, all-white base instead. It was quite a shift for me, given what a lover of vintage I am. It was difficult to not ink all my edges and load the pages with oxidized metal. But, I held back...and the results are for you to see. 

The front cover: I added a layer of mesh on the design paper before starting to form the cluster in order for it to have a gauzy softness. The wooden flourish has been painted with gesso, and the album title is a Prima stamp from the Something Blue collection. I added a butterfly sticker from the collection and
 pearl sprays and flowers from my stash.

The spine: 

I went easy on the charms--because I was dying to break out my pack of Tim Holtz Ideology jump rings, and did not want this one to give in under the weight of a heavy charm dangle. Isn't it a beauty?

The back cover:

The mini has four page units with 6 photo spots each--two on-the-page photo areas and four photo-mat inserts.
Here are the inserts:

Now on to the pages :D
Page 1

I altered a paper clip and used it to attach a tiny envelope to the pocket.

Oh yes, I have recently bought myself my first Spellbinders Nestabilities die set--the Labels 1 dies--which you see featured here.

The envelope holds tiny journaling cards.

Pages 2-3

Pages 4-5

Pages 6-7

Page 8

A four-page booklet insert for the inside back cover:

And here are the fold-out pages for each page unit:

Page 1-2

Pages 3-4

Pages 5-6

Pages 7-8

Tags and inserts:

I did also use coordinating stickers and metal embellishments, along with the paper pad. All handmade flowers you see here are from Itsy Bitsy. The organza ribbons are from Premier Ribbons (find them on FB!).

And here is the video flip-through! Make yourself a coffee/tea and join in! 

So there! My shabby little summer romance mini album. <3

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