G is for Grateful

G is for GRATEFUL. There are a lot of things I am grateful for but this mini-album will start with 4 of them. I’ve been wanting to make this album and when my class at WeScrap posted challenges for us to make a layout or project that showcases the techniques we learned, I thought it would be a good idea to incorporate those techniques in my Grateful album… hitting 2 birds with 1 stone so to speak.

This is the first time I used an acrylic album and boy was it a challenge! It’s fun but you really have to think things through coz you’re working on both sides of the page. Plus, I have to make sure I’m applying the techniques I learned in class! This took me a couple of weeks to finish. Maybe it took longer coz I don’t do sketch, I just dig in and play! 🙂

The cover uses October Afternoon PP. Now, I don’t feel guilty using two sided PP coz I can use both sides with acrylic albums! The shape is patterned after Basic Grey’s chipboard album (the one I used for the field trip mini-album). I’m currently loving paper with scallop edges or different shapes. It’s such a fresh take on the regular 12 x 12 cardstock. I used the native fiber ribbon and put the brown flowers and title. The PP is adhered on the other side of the page so I can still see the native fiber, it just adds depth and “interestingness”. The bling on the flowers just adds the needed sparkle.

First on my Grateful list is FAMILY and this is what the journaling says:

Different faces yet similar features; Different personalities yet familiar traits; Different lives yet the same goals – for each to be happy. We are branches of one tree. We are FAMILY – built on the foundation of LOVE, TRUST & RESPECT.

Caryl Hope Balsomo 08.08.08

The technique shown here is the use of Paint + Glossy Accents + Glitter, using paint as border and tearing. Throughout the album I used GA+glitter for the title to unify the pages as I have different elements going on each page. The letters are wood words from Plaid which I painted black then applied Glossy Accents and added the glitter.

On the next page, I adhered the negative side of the Grungeboard (swirls) and adhered the pictures on the other side. This makes getting the faces in the gaps easier. And to show the grungeboard pattern, I lightly run brown pigment ink over it.

The next on my list is my SCRAPTUARY. I used Fancy Pants PP to cover the back of the photos, painted the bottom of the picture white and used it to jot down “for this I am grateful….”

I wanted to play with fabric for this album so I used it as the background on the second page. The journaling throughout the album is written on torn vellum which is another element that unifies the pages.

The third on my Grateful list are FRIENDS. I would have put more photos but due to space constraints I have to limit to two and really all my work on the background would be wasted if I just cover it up. 😉

For this page I played with Perfect Medium(Ranger) + Glitter for the background. The image is actually on the other side of the page. I did this coz I want to keep the glitter from coming off. As you remember the other side is the fabric so under the fabric is this image. The back of the fabric also serves well to showcase my stamped image. All I need to do is adhere my pictures.

The second page shows GA + Glitter for the title (you can tell I love this technique :P) and masking. I used Heidi Swapp butterflies mask but instead of painting the whole page brown I just painted the edges, it emphasized the image more. I rounded two of the corners of the vellum with the quote and put bling flower and a bit of doodle on the other two corners. The masked butterfly is actually on the other side under the paper to protect the image.

The fourth on my grateful list is TRAVEL. And here’s the journal written on the torn vellum:

Travel is beyond going from place to place. It broadened our horizons & opened up opportunities to experience other cultures, meet people from different races & taste food from various cuisines. It makes life interesting & drew our family closer. This is what traveling has brought us and FOR THIS I AM GRATEFUL.

This page shows distressing, GA + Glitter, Faux stitching & tearing techniques. I distress the back page of the paper to have that old feel. Two of the corners of the paper has been rounded off and the other two I used Fiskars Threading Waters border punch. I used daisyd’s rub-on tape for the stitching on the edges of the map pp. Again the title uses black acrylic paint, GA + glitter.

For the next page, I used Versa Mark + MM passport clear stamps + Junkitz Destinations clear stamps for the watermark technique. I did not adhere this page but used MM Butterfly pebble clips so in future when I add more pages to this album, all I need to do is transfer this page to another acrylic page and clip the last page here. These album will “grow” as I add more stuff to my Grateful list.

Finally the back cover. It’s basically the same design as the front cover. Here, I embossed using a bronze UTEE over chipboard and used the cracked glass effect technique on the letter G. I enjoyed playing with this technique and will most likely repeat it on my next pages.

There you have it, hope you’ll get some ideas that you can use on your next creative play. Thanks for dropping by, ’til the next post ta-ta for now!


2 Responses

  1. love all the techniques used here!!!! the mini album is very artistic!

  2. great job on that mini

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