Happy Thursday, everyone! I hope you've all had a wonderful week so far!!
Yesterday, I showed you all the mini-albums I made for the bridesmaids, and promised that today I'd show you the finished scrapbook I made for my sister.
As I mentioned yesterday, I had a little trouble with this scrapbook, but only because the 12x12 layout size can be overwhelming and indimidating at times. At least for me. I've read scrapbookers' blogs where they have trouble making cards because they're too small - cards are actually my forte for that very reason.
Before I show you any of the layouts, I want to share with you the coolest thing I've discovered to date. Now, these could have existed long before I found this gem, but I seriously almost screeched in Michael's when I saw this.
Au contraire, my good friends. This album is made with KRAFT PAPER as the cover. Do you know what you can DO with kraft paper?????? ANYTHING YOU FRIGGIN WANT.
You can stamp it. You can spray it. You can ink it. You can PAPER MACHE it. ANYTHING.
And......BOOM goes the dynamite.
Seriously. Could not contain my excitement for making not only a super-awesome scrapbook for my sister, but making the actual album just as awesome and personal!!!!!!
I had so many ideas, actually, that I overwhelmed myself and had to wait a day or two before I started working on it. The idea came to me in the shower, when I was still half asleep (don't our best ideas come at the strangest times???), and trying not to get face wash in my eye.
Vintage paper. That's what I was going to use. So, armed with my bottle of Mod Podge, I went to work.
This is the spine...
The paper looks a little wrinkly in this picture, but I took it before the Mod Podge dried, and I assure you, it dried perfectly smooth & totally awesome.
Ok. So now...for the inside pages. Again, I'm not gonna show you every single page I did, but I'll give you a good sampling of the fun :-)
This is the front page on the inside. I saved my "Save the Date" that Rachel sent to me, took it apart, and put the pieces on this page. Then, I got out my trusty Cricut & cut out the "Celebrate" that I put at the bottom of the page. This layout is a perfect example of how I just had to accept & embrace negative space. It friggin killed me, but I did it. The paper was just too pretty & elegant to clutter it up with too many embellishments for the first thing you see when you open the album.
I cropped these pics & had them printed as squares - how cute did they turn out!!! Here again I used my Cricut for the "Shower" tag to pull all the yellow from the border print behind the pics. :-)
....And this is when we got the party started. Woop woop!!!! This was the front page of the section for the bachelorette. Obvi. We went to the Phillies game & had a room reserved for a pre-game partaaaay & drinkies. It was great!!!! I even saved my ticket for Bean so she'd have proof we were in the Hall of Fame Club for her festivities ;-)
Remember the shadowbox I made with the wedding invitation? Well, I saved the invitation Beanie sent out for the rehearsal dinner, but instead of making it into another shadowbox, I used it as the divider to start that section. Boom.
That wraps it up, folks! I hope you enjoyed the books I made for the other girls & for my sis. I think they turned out great! Believe it or not, there is only one remaining thing that I have to show you from the wedding -- the stitched piece I'm working on for Bean's wedding gift. It's 95% complete, and like I said before, once it's in her hands, you'll see a post here about it, since I want her to be the first to see it before everyone else.
I hope you all have a fantastic fall day! Go forth & be crafty & do something creative!!
Much love ~~~