Client Project | Mares Wedding Album!

Hi guys, so I had the honor of creating a very special album for a client and today I want to show it to you! This is a photo-heavy post so grab a cuppa' something and settle in. First have a look at my flip-through video I made, of the album itself, and then come back so I can tell you the whole back story!

Isn't Kris a beautiful bride?! Kris approached me to create this album for her and her husband's 11th wedding anniversary. Of course I said Yes, please! and we set about the work of conceptualizing and carrying out this plan. I truly believe this was a joined effort because it is Kris' stories and my work with paper and glue that brought this album together. Because there are 20 layouts, I decided to create a gallery for you to see each layout. You can click on any layout you wish to see up close, and it will open in a Lightbox for you.

One of the things I love most about scrapbooking is the concept of telling a story. Anyone can put photos in a photo album, and those are so very important too, don't get me wrong! But the photos come alive when we tell the stories that are attached to those photos!

Mares Wedding Album

Here is one example of how Kris added her own journaling to these pages.

Mares Wedding Album

Even looking at the gallery, these are beautiful pages but they are missing the stories - the Who, What, Where, When, and Why. It didn't take much time at all with Kris to learn what the important stories of their wedding day were: how her son wanted to help throw flower petals and take Communion; how it was Grandma Spohr's birthday that day; so many wonderful, special things that happened that day. My job as a memory-keeper is to not only provide the homes for the photographs on the page, but also to provide homes for the stories that those photos tell.

Mares Wedding Album

This makes me so happy - when I handed this album over to its rightful owner, I encouraged Kris to go back and add her wonderful stories. I had made space for the stories behind these photos and hoped she would write unafraid.

Mares Wedding Album

She did just that! She also sent me her pictures of what she had done to the album. The photos with journaling are hers, I must give proper credit. It makes me so happy to see her handwriting and her stories that make this album complete.

Mares Wedding Album

Here she included words from their song, Broken Road by Rascal Flats. So simple and so beautiful!

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Everything about this project and this album makes me so happy! It makes me so happy to be able to share my passion - creating albums using photos + stories - with others and to see these come to life. It makes me so happy to create, using these beautiful papers and embellishments. It makes me so happy to receive a whole batch of photos, and one by one, begin to make a home for this story. It makes me so happy that Bill and Kris will have this album for so many years to enjoy and remember. This album is a story spark for their whole family and every time they open it, more stories will be told!

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends! I will see you on Monday with a new art journal layout!

~Theresa

 

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Client Work: Texas Summer Travel Mini Album

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!

Travel Mini Album Summer 2015

I started the album off with this adorable vellum from Shimelle.

Travel Mini Album Summer 2015

The convention center features this fantastic gargoyle at the entrance, and it seemed like the perfect introduction page!

Travel Mini Album Summer 2015

This layout I left space on the left for some journaling and I chose photos of them driving down from NC to TX. 

Travel Mini Album Summer 2015

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.....

Travel Mini Album Summer 2015

Every album needs some sequin pockets, so I added the vellum feather plus some gold sequins for fun. Also another transparency, just because!

Travel Mini Album Summer 2015

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.

Travel Mini Album Summer 2015

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!

Travel Mini Album Summer 2015

This photo of the Ferris wheel absolutely needed to be full size. Just a few embellishments at the bottom was all it needed.

Travel Mini Album Summer 2015

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! 

Travel Mini Album Summer 2015

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.

Travel Mini Album Summer 2015

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!

Travel Mini Album Summer 2015

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. 

Travel Mini Album Summer 2015

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. 

Travel Mini Album Summer 2015

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!

Travel Mini Album Summer 2015

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.

Travel Mini Album Summer 2015

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.

Travel Mini Album Summer 2015

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!

Travel Mini Album Summer 2015

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.

Travel Mini Album Summer 2015

For the final layout, I used another transparency - this one from DIY Shop 2. I just love those see-through elements!

Travel Mini Album Summer 2015

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.

Travel Mini Album Summer 2015

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!

~Theresa

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