Hi Everyone! I'm here today with a really cute & VERY dimensional mini-album from My Creative Scrapbook this month. It was a pure delight to make & I split it into 3 creative sessions of a few hours each as there was drying time between each layer.
I used many different mediums on this little piece & am really happy I was prompted to create this teeny book as I generally don't get around to making mini-albums due to the time that they take. Of course they are always well worth the effort & really suitable for keeping complete events in one place, as they are able to tell an entire story.
The story mine tells is of our last bittersweet trip to Cape Town, where we visited my sister for the last time before she died, last year. Here's the kit that I was sent to work with.
The Maya Road mini-album was a combination of raw chipboard & undyed linen so I misted, stenciled, gessoed & varnished each piece before I begun putting the album together.
Mini-Album Tips & tricks by Helen Tilbury for My Creative Scrapbook April 2013 Album Kit
Working on this gorgeous little beauty should take you about 12 hours - I suggest making it over the course of a week (during the evenings if you work during the day) as there's drying time between processes.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN assembling the album you need to do the 'ground work' preparing the raw chipboard pieces, the linen cover & pages & the inside chipboard cover & chipboard pages.
You do NOT need to use the same colours or mediums as I have used so feel free to improvise & use what you have on hand!
FOR THE PAGES - I misted using the 'Driftwood' mist from the kit & also used a PINK mist for some contrast - spraying randomly on each page - once dry I used the Maya Road 6" grid mask (from a previous My Creative Scrapbook Kit) together with some gesso & quickly added some texture/pattern to only some areas of each page. I finished off my page preparation by spraying each page with 'Glitter Varnish' (in a spray can) to seal.
FOR THE COVER - I misted with the 'Driftwood' mist provided aswell as some yellow mist (with the driftwood towards the edges & the yellow mist towards the centre/spine) then toned the mist down by rubbing white acrylic paint over the mist with my finger then using Golden Hard Molding Paste on the cover (using the negative from the chipboard pieces as my mask) & finally sealed with Glitter Varnish.
FOR THE INSIDE COVER - I used Golden Glass Bead Gel then rubbed over with a sponge dipped in the 'Driftwood' & PINK mist for a mottled effect & finally sealed by spraying with glitter varnish.
FOR THE CHIPBOARD PIECES - I painted them with white acrylic paint, followed by Golden Glass Bead Gel followed by misting then glitter varnish (drying between layers). I cut these all into smaller pieces to fit my tiny album too.
FOR THE FLOWERS - I dabbed them with gesso on a sponge then sealed with glitter varnish.
FOR THE ARTISAN ELEMENTS from Pink Paislee (the cream rubber embellishments) I painted these with gold glitter varnish (I use nail varnish & it works perfectly) then cut these elements up smaller so I could tuck them under my flower clusters.
FOR MY ALBUM SPINE - I reserved one flower & hot glued the lace & measuring tape ribbon on first before knotting & inking up the remaining measuring tape ribbon to make the bows.
Once you have prepared all your pieces & selected & printed out your photos the fun begins!
A tip to make sure you have a balanced album = lay out all the photos on your desk and pair with a selection of embellishments until all your embellishments are utilised - that way they will be evenly distributed! (I cut up the black rhinestone swirl into smaller parts too!)
Now cluster & layer to your hearts delight!
Want your mini-album to last 'forever'? Turn on your hot-glue gun & use it for EVERYTHING - it's the strongest hold & it's what's required for something that gets handled often & is not behind a page protector in an album.
Have fun & create your own mini masterpiece!!
Don't worry that your book won't close - that's the whole idea - it's a 3D shabby delight & meant to stand upright on a counter just waiting for passers by to take a peek. It also looks awesome up on a shelf away from little hands :)