Make a Wish Album, page five

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Today is the final day, it’s time to share the details of the last page on my Make A Wish Album!


If you haven’t seen the video, it’s a must watch to really appreciate the album “in action”. Watch it here.

These follow-up posts are for those die hard detail lovers who want to see things up close and personal. I’m talking about you, Miss how-did-you-make-that?

Before I get started on the last page, here’s a few pics you might enjoy. I snapped these photo of the pop-up castle in progress, when it was just beginning to take shape.


First sketch, with a more fortress-like castle. Meh… too predictable. I went to bed after this sketch and woke up with the idea to make the castle more curved, with a smaller base to appear like it was sprouting out of the page, and a different angle of pop-out so it would lean back, away from the reader.


Much better. I’m so tidy – like my workspace?

Alrighty, let’s move onto page five, shall we?



Lots of handmade flowers here. I particularly like the cardstock roses. I made them from Colonial White cardstock, then inked the edges in Smoothie. I also snuck in a little nod to CTMH products by using the package insert from an embellishment pack to create a rose. It’s the little rose next to the letter L. You can click on the photo to make it larger.


The page above is one of those I couldn’t remove from the page protector, because of the interactive element. So it’s a bit shiny in the photo here.

The album was displayed at convention to prevent too much handling, so all-in-all my artwork was in pretty good shape when I received it back. This element is the one that probably got the most abuse, because it could not be displayed opened up, so it had hundreds of opens-and-shuts. I tried to make it as secure as possible, so there’s only a bit of paper tearing and fingerprints, I’m pretty happy about it. My heartfelt thanks to all the consultants who were very careful, I appreciate it!


Well, that’s it! Just 5 pages in 14 days. I’ll admit I’m a slow scrapper, but this album is a bit unusual. I estimate that I spent between 20-30 hours per page on the construction. And I’d do it all over again, in a heartbeat. It was so much fun to dive into the creative process, and come up with a one-of-a-kind scrapbook that felt personal yet I could share it with the world.

Now that I have it in an album, you might wonder how thick a 5 page scrapbook could really be?


Yeah, pretty thick.


Connie J Miller said...

0 comments? That's because we are all speechless ! It's to awesome. Means so much to so many

Heather said...

I said this before - but it is absolutely stunning and beautiful. And hey - I think your scrap space might actually be cleaner than mine.

Faye said...

I agree. I'm speechless, that's for sure. I am going to go experiment with white cardstock and see if I can make roses. I didn't see any instructions so I'll have to wing it. Your work is stunning.

Mare said...

What a treasure!!! That kind of time is quite small to compare to the treasure you made. :)

LMcBurney said...

BEautiful and so creative. Good things are never easy but I can tell this was a labor of love. You are an inspiration to me.

Gloria said...

Love the album...duh...but I'm happiest to see that your work space looks just like mind does when I'm knee deep in a project. Ok, so it looks like that most of the time. LOL! Thanks for sharing - love it all.

LeAnne said...

Wow! i saw this at convention but really seeing the video and hearing your story about all of the time, creativity, sweat and love that went into it. I am in AWE and so inspired to do something amazing using our products! Thanks for sharing!

And I agree with the above post about your workspace. It looks totally normal to me. Mine even has a sign that hangs about it that says, "Creative people are seldom tidy."

Haley D. said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to share this amazing treasure here in the blogosphere! It is truly amazing. I hope that your family enjoys it for generations to come (and Robert Sabuda had better watch out)!

Jackie Lupien said...

I agree with LeAnne, it is such a different album than we saw at convention after watching the video and a break down of each page. Thank you for posting each day :)

Anonymous said...

You are an amazing artist!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!


krafty kitty said...

This is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. Every Mother can relate. Congrats!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Tresa, for sharing the details and story of this fabulous creation of yours. Love it!
Carol West

TINA said...

You so deserved your win!!! This album is a beautiful treasure to your children and all who see it! Thank you so much for sharing your art so freely with us less creatively blessed :)

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