Friday, February 18, 2011

More mini albums!

Awhile back I showed you a new mini-album that I made for my son Jeremy and his wife Kristiana.  I also promised I would finish 2 more albums for my other 2 sons and their wives and finally I have them completed!  Whew...what a time-consuming labor of love!  I will show you all in a minute, but first I want to share with you all what an exciting February 13th I had!  My 2nd son, Brandon called me on the 12th and said he and Elisha wanted to come over and visit me on the 13th and bring me a birthday cake. Well, my birthday happens to be the 21st, but who am I to turn down cake, let alone a visit from my kids.  When they showed is what the cake looked like:
Cute cake.  Except...they don't have any children and....well...I had a 'duh' moment for a second or 2 before it dawned on me I get to be a Grandma AGAIN!  Yay!!  Love you kids!!  Here is the album I made for them:

Brandon & Elisha
lots of pictures ahead. :)

This is the cover.  The flowers are handmade.  I cut various flower shapes with the Forever Young cartridge, coated them with spray starch and used my heat tool to dry them and manipulate them a bit to shape.  I then built them up by layers with little glue dots. I also added a few mini roses from a past tutorial.   The flourishes are done with my I-Rock tool. I added a lot of foo-foo fun stuff on the edge and some Tim Holtz corners to finish it off.

The paper inside this album is all from the Colorbok Neutral pack.  The paper is already foiled and embossed in places so I added just a little here and there extra to make it a bit more special.  I included a special tag in the front of all the albums explaining the album a little and encouraging them to add to it.  The Paper-Bag mini's have lots of pockets and I made tags to go inside for them to add their own journaling or pictures.

More improvising on making each page a litte different. I used various stamps and flowers here and there to add interest.  The ribbon was added as a sort of corner grabber for the photos.
I added a butterfly into the crease on the page fold so the wings would open and close.  There are a lot of extra pockets as well.
I covered some of my flowers with clear embossing powder and using the heat gun, added a lot of shine and thickness to the petals.  I also created the waterfall photo display at the right.  If you pull the string at the bottom, all of the photos flip upwards.  I will show more about this on a later post.

There can't be too many tags!  I added some fun rosette flowers for my tag toppers and finished them off with a heart covered in Glossy accents.
Another pocket with a photo tag.

I tried my hand at making some flourishes with puff paint.  This will take a lot more practise!
I had crocheted the back of the flower.  I thought it had an heirloom appeal to it.
But, wait...that is not all!  Here is my 3rd Album!  While we were all enjoying the cake together on the 13th, my oldest son and his wife showed up and then my 3rd son showed up too!  That was such a surprise because he and his wife live in Washington State where he is stationed in the Coast Guard.  I had no idea they were even in town...they wanted to surprise me!  Here is their album:
Jordan & Olivia's Album
The cover is much like the previous one.
I decided this album would be more bright and colorful.  The papers are from K & Company and the paper is called Citronella.
I found this adorable daisy ribbon at Walmart.  The flower I made at Archivers this morning.  They are having a free make and take and the tag was one of their projects.  I thought it worked out in this album perfectly!
Here is a close up.  The petals are made with the McGill petal punch. Love it.  Of course, I had to buy it!
Some more flowers that were heat embossed to make them more vivid in color.
Lots of variety going on here.  I used the Tim Holtz fragments to cover a few photos here and there.
Isn't she lovely?
Another waterfall photo display
Tags and pockets everywhere.


Wende said...

I lovve it. It is exactly what I need to do for my son and his wife. TFS

Linda Dale said...

Beautiful, I just love it. Thanks for the inspriation. I am a new follower.

Kimi said...

Oh wow!!! I love the minis!!! Too adorable and what a great gift you've given them!!! TFS!!


Pammejo said...

Congrat Shelley on being a grandma again, how exciting. Love the mini albums they are beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Is that how you found out you were going to be a grama again? The cake?! Congratulations! How exciting.

I just love mini albums. Over time they have become more my 'thing' and I just love to be inspired by beautiful works of art like these you've shared.

Love the color combos and all the beautiful details!

Liz said...

Gorgeous gorgeous (and not just your family he-he) Love the butterly in the crease, I may have to try this on my next mini

Pamela Lash said...

Absolutely gorgeous - love the flowers! Please consider doing a tutorial on how to make them.

Anonymous said...

beautiful album and i love the duh moment. congrats gma said...

This is so gorgeous Shelley, just beautiful! and Congrats!!! ~Gaby