Clearly, SHE is lovely

Thursday, August 7, 2008

I'm still seriously playing catch-up after the whirlwind of convention. Being gone for six days and missing my kiddos so much, returning to the hub-bub of a houseful of kids, dog and the assorted responsibilities that accompany each. And let's not stop there, my ever-patient husband, who managed to cook, clean and keep everything running smoothly during my absence, including cleaning up the dog vomit, had to leave for a two week business trip the day after I got home. Miss him already.

As promised, the rest of the album I tempted you with a few days ago. This is the new acrylic album that Close To My Heart is releasing on September 1. They measure a tad over 6x6, with four tabbed pages, two small tag pages, one half-circle page and one scalloped edge page. Price is $14.95 with tax, S&H. I absolutely love these albums, there is so much you can do with them, and tons of techniques just waiting to be explored. Below I'll explain some of the fun decorative details I've added.

Once again, here's the front cover. The photo is on the next page, so you get a sneaky view into the album right from the start. I like the fact that I can use a photo more than once in the same book, and take advantage of the decorative details on each page to give it a different look with each view.

If you'd like to view any of the pictures larger, just click on the photo.

Inside, first page. This page is completely covered by the photo and paper. Makes a nice "stopping point" for the eye. I like having a mixture of see-through and solid coverage on the pages, makes for easy viewing.

Pages 2 and 3, with tag page. I used a permanent marker (Sharpie) to write on page two. Works great! And the best part is, if your handwriting is not something you enjoy showing off, print the text on your computer, lay the paper behind the clear page and trace the words. It will be our little secret.

Page 3, close-up. I know, the edge is a little hard to see in this photo. Oh, I know why, it's CLEAR! I've punched holes and laced with sheer ribbon along the edges. The "Pancake Monster" text is printed onto a transparency, then attached with liquid glass adhesive. And...If you don't get the knock-knock joke, don't worry, it's a four-year-old thing. Everything was "pancake" for a few months. Pancake pajamas, Pancake night-night, you get the picture.

Pages 4 and 5.

Page 5 close-up. Where shall I start on all the fun things I did with this page? First, I coated the back with liquid glass mixed with re-inkers. I'm a bit impatient, so the waiting for the drying time was probably my downfall, but I touched the page too soon and left a not-so-pretty set of fingerprints in my nicely tinted background. So... I re-covered the page back with adhesive and attached a solid sheet of patterned paper from the "Perfect Day" paper pack by Close to My Heart. Cool move on my part, it tinted the paper a lovely shade of peachy-red. Totally by accident, loved the effect. Next, the window in the center is cut out with a craft knife. It takes some patience, and lots of passes, and this is slippery stuff to cut so watch it! But eventually I have a perfect little peep-through page. Finished the page by dusting the edge with glitter, stamped on the front with Staz-On ink, and punching holes along the edge and decorated with ribbon.

Pages 6 and 7.

Page 7 close-up. This page has stamping with Staz-on brand ink, and white paint edging. The Staz-on is one of the best choices for stamping, as the ink is solvent based and permanent on the acrylic pages.

When you're designing your album, a back-to-back layout is a quick, easy way to go. No worries about adhesive show-through, since the same-size elements will allow you to hide any adhesive between the layers.

Pages 8 and 9.

Hope you enjoyed the full tour, and learned a few things about working with acrylic albums. I'm not done yet, I have more art to share, and tips and techniques to show, so check back later!


Tiffany Johnson said...

This is fantastic!!!! I can't wait to get mine :) Good luck with your computer!

De said...

Wow! This is awesome! I can't wait to order mine! But you make it looks so easy!


Jeanne said...

Clearly you are AMAZING! This is a fantastic mini album. You are truly inspirational!

Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to see what else you have up your sleeve.


memryscrpr said...

Love it, Love it, Love it!

Stampin n da Hood said...

I was still brain dead from Convention and remembered some of the details, but of course not all!
Can I quote you on a hand out for my Team and website? I've collected tons of other info too!
Love the fact that I knew the "baby" way back when and see her growing up on your samples!

Anonymous said...

I love it, Tresa! I've been a little scared to try one of these, but I think I can do it.

Also, here is our favorite knock knock joke from our 4 year old. Ya have to love how their minds work!!!

Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Chicken who?
Quack, Quack!

Then Cate cracks up for a good minute or two. :-)

Thanks for sharing!
Kristin Marks

April said...

Wow Tresa, this is amazing!
You showed so many different things to try in just this one album. The photos of the project are amazing but with all your explanations... This is an idea packed project!

Pamela O'Connor said...

This album is adorable! I love all the fun techniques you used and your class at Extravaganza was amazing. Thanks for sharing your talent with us all!

Rachel said...

Great job! I loved your class at Convention. You are such a great artist!

Jace and Chelsea said...

This is by far the most creative and impressive acrylic album I have seen! Nice work!

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