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Nov 28, 2012

Baby Mini Album

Hello once again fellow scrappers & happy belated Thanksgiving to you all.  Although it seems that everybody is pretty much already in Christmas mode!

Today's post is a mini album that I made for Clear Scraps.  I've used their new Acrylic Recipe Stand 4"x6" Kit & their Acrylic Mini Word Album Baby.  What better way to use both these items than for a mini album showcasing my newborn baby boy.

I've embellished this album in numerous ways!  Here are just a few: ribbon, alcohol inks, stamps, Stickles, Liquid Pearls, paper, lace, transparent elements, flowers & more...

As always, the cover lends itself to be decorated the most.  For the album title of 'Baby' I've embellished the acrylic with alcohol inks.  In my opinion alcohol inks really do add the best & most unique texture to acrylic.  To keep with the color theme of my album which is white, blue & yellow--I used Sunshine Yellow, Sailboat Blue & just a bit of Silver alcohol inks.
In this close up you can really see the texture the alcohol inks gave the acrylic cover.  In person, you can certainly appreciate it much more.

To make my cover stand out more, I highlighted the edges with a white Sharpie paint pen & dots of White Opal Liquid Pearls.
One of my fave embellishments lately has been mini glass vials.  I've added one here filled with blue & yellow seed beads.  I tied some twine around the neck of the bottle.

The flowers on the cover are a combination of mulberry & beaded flowers.  I spelled out my little boy's name with some square alphabet beads that I found at my local A.C. Moore craft store.

I added dimension to my album by adding transparent elements that fall off the page.  Don't be afraid to add embellishments that go beyond your page--this is what gives your project extra dimension.  My transparent elements are a combination of Hambly Screen Prints & Fancy Pants Designs.
I've used ribbon all over this mini album.  I've tied a couple of wide, sheer organza ribbons to the rings holding my album together & I've also cut snippets of ribbon, folded them in half & adhered them to my cover as shown here.

I've punched a couple of holes into the base of my album and run ribbon through them...those are the ribbons you see peeking out from the sides in this close up.
I guess you can say the first photo I had of my son was his ultrasound--so I began my album with this photo.  I've embellished the inside of my album mostly with flat embellishments.  If I add embellishments with too much dimension--my album will become too bulky.  So I've used mostly transparent elements, stamps, Stickles/Liquid Pearls & flat flowers to embellish my pages.
Oh yes, almost forgot.  I've also used a couple of paper piecings.  I've had these puppy, blue bird & yellow duckling paper piecings in my stash for many moons now.  I always knew that one day I'd have the perfect project for them--this mini album was it! On most of the acrylic pages of my album I've added some kind of paper piecing and rub ons to embellish it.

As you can see in this close up--my photo behind the acrylic page peeks through.  That's the beauty of acrylic!  My little guy was just 1 day old here.  :-)

You can get some really unique & creative projects done by strategically placing items on or behind acrylic.
Here's another acrylic page decorated with a blue bird paper piecing and white flourish rub ons.  Again you can see my photo peeking out from behind as well as the script stamping I did.  The script stamping looks like it's part of the acrylic page--but it's not.  I've added the stamping to the page holding my photo.

Behind each page containing my photos I plan to do some lengthy journaling/story telling.  Just conveying my thoughts & feelings on the new chapter in my life.
Here I'm showing several more pages from my mini album.  As you can see, rub ons is what I've primarily used to decorate my acrylic pages.

As a side note--I love the little yellow duckling paper piecing!  :-)

My album still has several blank pages.  I'm in the process of taking & developing pictures of my son--however, the album is pretty much prepped!  All I have to do is add my photos as I develop them and add a bit of flat flowers, stamping, rub ons and/or transparent elements to add a bit of visual interest to my photos & I'm done.

Also, I'd like to note that on all of my pages I've randomly added dots of either Stickles or Liquid Pearls along the edges.  This helps further define the borders of my pages.

To the bottom of my album I've adhered some light blue lace & a bit of white pom-pom ribbon.

Thanks to all of you who stop by for a visit!  I hope this project inspires some of you to get creative with acrylic mini albums.  Enjoy the rest of the week!

1 comment:

Melinda said...

awww...this is absolutely adorable! Just love all the blue and gosh there are so many gorgeous details to discover. You will treasure this album always...take care :)xo