Hi there! Today I have some summer fun to show you! Are you freezing cold? Are the winter blues setting in? Well I have had the privilege of working on a mini album for one of my clients and it is filled with summertime goodness. My client visited Fort Worth, Texas last summer for a convention for Premier Designs (have you heard of this amazing company? They make the most beautiful jewelry! If you'd like learn more, visit here: Dream Sparkle Shine!) She asked me if I would create an album for her photos, and of course I said yes! So take a look at the flip-through video!
Isn't that so much fun?! After the craziness of December Daily, it was awesome to pick up some summer collections and work on sunny layouts for a while. Let me share a few still photos with you!
I started the album off with this adorable vellum from Shimelle.
The convention center features this fantastic gargoyle at the entrance, and it seemed like the perfect introduction page!
This layout I left space on the left for some journaling and I chose photos of them driving down from NC to TX.
I used a transparency on this layout as the base page for the photo and journaling card. A few spaces for journaling and some stamped sentiments finish this layout. I also added a little turquoise glitter tape, because, you know.....glitter.....
Every album needs some sequin pockets, so I added the vellum feather plus some gold sequins for fun. Also another transparency, just because!
This might have been the most fun layout to create. I added lots of butterflies that I cut using an old Stampin' Up die from several different patterned and silver glitter paper. I also layered some of them on top of a Studio Calico sunburst transparency.
I used a cloud die cut acetate from Bella Blvd. as the base on this next page and I just love how this turned out. I also layered a few chipboard frames from Crate Paper - I cannot get enough of those!
This photo of the Ferris wheel absolutely needed to be full size. Just a few embellishments at the bottom was all it needed.
It might be a little hard to see here, but this page is also based on a transparency, white handwriting on acetate. I loved using this technique throughout the album not just because it looks great, but also because many of the photos were vertical. When creating a 6x8 album with mostly vertical photos, the challenge is in how to make spaces for the vertical photos when there are no vertical 4x6 photo pockets!
Hopefully you can see that transparency a little better on the back, here. I also added a typed description of where these photos were taken, just on a 3x8 insert. I added a few stars because, you know, Texas, and a little tab. These typed inserts were taken from the tourism websites for these historic areas and can be viewed here: Downtown Fort Worth.
On the back I only added a patterned paper from Crate Paper's Poolside collection. This photo too, of the hat sculpture at the convention center, needed to be full sized. Love this!
Another insert here to describe the stars that are shown on the next layout. I think it is important to add just a few details to your albums, and this can be tricky when the album is for a client. I wanted to leave space for her to include her own thoughts, but also add some information about the places they went.
I added another patterned paper here - I love these opportunities to show off favorite papers like this - and I did add a tag here for fun.
Again, another insert and this time I added a glitter star to the top. The photos are a few shots of Fort Worth and I included a star vellum in the other pockets. Very simple, but still fun and bright!
I had used the transparency version of this Hello paper, so here I used the patterned paper version. I also repeated the stars again, with a Clear Cut from Bella Blvd as a base for this next photo.
I adore this photo on the back of the stars. This photo is sort of a good bye to the Texas portion and a transition to Vicksburg, where my client stopped overnight after leaving Fort Worth. They took some lovely photos in this area and saw some poignant parts of American history, and these were wonderful to include in this album.
The pocket on the lower right hand side has a hand-painted transparency that I made using Faber Castell silver modeling paste and a star stencil. I also used some Heidi Swapp stars to fill some of the 2x2 pockets and they fit perfectly!
This layout has another 3x8 insert with photo and a tab. I didn't do much to the back of the transparency, just a tiny banner and that is it.
For the final layout, I used another transparency - this one from DIY Shop 2. I just love those see-through elements!
This is the last page in the album, and I was honestly a tiny bit sad to finish it up! It was so much fun working with these beautiful pictures and knowing how excited my client would be to receive this album.
So a huge thank you to my client, for allowing me to work with your photos and show your album here on my blog! Thank you for letting me create this for you - it was truly a joy and I hope it makes you smile ear to ear every time you open its pages.
Thanks so much for taking a look today at my work! I hope you've felt inspired, and I will see you back here soon!
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