Good morning and welcome to Day 2 of my mini mini-week!
This little mini is by Scrapworks and is truly a mini, mini! It's an adorable 2" x 3" size with a postage stamp border and the perfect way to get into doing an acrylic album if you're a bit intimidated by the whole "see-thru" thing like me!
I did this originally for Tarisota as a guest designer there in September. Tamar puts together absolutely amazing kits and this one had my jaw on the floor. It was unreal. I love guest designing because it gives me an opportunity to play with things I normally wouldn't have and this little album was one of them.
The original mini includes five acrylic pages and because I wanted to make it a little more substantial so I added solid pages in between each of the acrylic ones. As I mentioned yesterday I'm all about a pattern, so it was acrylic page, solid page, acrylic and so on until I finished with an acrylic page.
The fun of a clear acrylic album is getting to see hints of things to come on the following pages, but it makes page planning completely necessary. I laid out the base for the entire album until I had the look I wanted before I ever started adhering anything down. The great thing about this particular album is that it's tiny size allows for a fairly quick assembly, even with having to page plan.
I started with chipboard letters on the front cover (only the RU). The next page is solid and I deliberately cute the paper so that the owl was visible as the main component to the cover, then I added the rest of the title directly onto that solid sheet as you can see here.
The backside of the title page was my first photo and next to it on the acrylic page was just a little strip of paper with some journaling so you could see the photo coming up. It might be good to say now that this little album was about my oldest son and all the the things I think make up who he is...Funny is most definately one of them (silly might be more accurate!) The next pages are just a repeat, but in reverse. It's that pattern thing - what can I say?!
The photo on this spread is actually mounted on top of the acrylic sheet. As you'll see in the next image, I actually mounted the photo onto black cardstock then used Glossy Accents to hold it down invisibly. I also love to add little elements that hang off the page. I think it gives it a bit more visual interest. You'll notice that I did notch all the edges to mirror the border of the album. I did this simply by lining the pages up and using a hole punch. Super easy!
Here you can see the black cardstock I used on the backside of the photo...I then added a sticker and another little chipboard piece to the acrylic side. The other side is another solid page made mainly of the photo. For fun, I added a bit of pen work around the photo borders rather than stitch. Besides pattern, I'm all about speed and ease! (Surprised?!)
I think this next page is probaby my favorite in the entire album because it uses one of my favorite techniques when it comes to acrylic - RUB-ONS!! Rubons that can be read both directions are perfect for acrylic albums. I picked this cute little owl - and when you see the other page through it - it almost looks like my son's eyes are the owl's eyes. Too fun!
Because of that cool owl was so cool (hee!), I didn't add anything to the other side of the clear page - I wanted it to stand alone so to speak. The next page is the final photo page and finishes up the journaling. By the way - these minis are great for those extra photoshoot pics you might not know what to do with. These little albums make great brag books or keepsakes! Moving on...
The final page was one more owl (in keeping with the WHO theme) and then it was finished with a ring and a few ribbons. This took only a brief afternoon and was such a fun project. The best part is that when you get these albums, they come two to a pack so you can make one and give one away!
Enjoy and thanks for letting me share. I'll have BasicGrey's Scrap Pink album tomorrow :)