Monday, May 30, 2011

Start Summer with a Splash

I just finished another fun summer album for my Etsy shop, Heartspeak. I love the colors in these papers, so bright and cheerful. I think orange and blue are the ultimate summer colors, don't you? I bound this chipboard book using my Zutter Bind-it-All. This is definitely one of my favorite tool purchases. It cuts through the chipboard very easily and lines up perfect every time. The paper is from Echo Park Paper Company, which has some great paper collections this year.

As for the album itself, I always have a lot of fun with ones that have cutouts on the front. The first two pictures below show the front page and then the page the window looks onto. I love the little wave showing through, but it would also be fun to put a photo of a wet child there to show through the window.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

School Days

Another album just posted in my Etsy store, Heartspeak. This is one of those theme albums I've been wanting to make for a while but couldn't find paper that I really liked. This paper is from Bo Bunny Learning Curve collection and it was so fun to use. I've always loved Bo Bunny collections and this one did not disappoint. Great chipboard embellishments, along with the cut outs made this come together easily. I just LOVE this one! The chipboard book came from Maya Road, of course.

I do want to share something new I did with this one -- I used cutouts by gluing them securely at an angle, cutting off the overhang, then sanding the edges so they blended right in with the pattern paper. The photo just below this, with the cut out with the saying about teachers, is a good example of this. A good use of the cutouts.

Thanks for looking!

The Beach House

My latest creation for my Etsy store is this fun beach album. I used a line of Cosmo Cricket paper and embellishments to decorate a house-shaped album from Maya Road. I like this paper because the colors are a little different than the usual bright primaries you see with "beachy" paper. I love the primaries, too, and will be making a few albums in the very near future using that kind, but I loved this for the beach house theme.

This project was a little more time consuming because of the shape of the album and the need to cover the chimney and trim separately on each page, but worth the effort, I think. Thanks for looking.