Thursday, January 21, 2010

BFF 4EVER (mini album)

Well, this is officially my first project as part of the design team for Frosted Designs and I had so much fun! The challenge this week is using chipboard in your card, layout or project. It totally motivated me to try something I had never done... make my own chipboard album! (I have made them using kits before... but never where I actually cut the chipboard myself!) Have to tell you... I am so glad I did! I got out the deep cut blades for my Expression for the first time! And you know what?! They are so cool! It cut right through that cardstock and before I knew it... I had my very first album! Yippee for trying new things!

Now on to the album... I used Cricut Design Studio to lay the project out (even learned a few new features on that I hadn't used before!) I used Lyrical Letters (Flag-s/loop dee loo feature) to create the rounded rectangles that would be my pages. I then used Lyrical Letters for the BFF 4EVER letters and welded them together. I cut them out on my expression, hole punched them and I was ready to begin decorating.

I covered all the chipboard with the pretty papers, sanded the edges and then chalked the edges to help it all blend in together. I used these papers:
We R Memory Keepers (Tiffany's)
DCWV (Sorbet Stack)
DCVW (Pastels Stack)

And then the fun began! I started embellishing! This book is for my daughter who loves everything sparkly and shiny (I don't know where she gets that!) and I wanted the book to reflect that. On the cover, I cut out leaves from Walk in My Garden using the blackout feature. I sanded the edges, crumpled and sanded some more. I glued the leaves together in the shape of a flower and added some pink gemstones (The Paper Studio) to the center. The Flourishes were cut using Ashlyn's Alphabet and I added some Stickles (aqua) dots to them. The butterfly was cut using Hannah Montana. I used Stickles (Icicle) to cover the top layer of wings and added some more pink gemstones. Happy with the amount of bling.. I moved on to the next page!

The rest of the pages were made the same way. I used a lot of supplies on this project:

Cricut Cartridges:
Hannah Montana
Walk in My Garden
Lyrical Letters
Graphically Speaking
Ashlyn's Alphabet

I used my Cuttlebug to dry emboss some of the photo mats.

Stickles: Icicle, Star Dust, Cotton Candy, Aqua, Distress- Spiced Marmalade

Gems: Heidi Snapp, The Paper Studio

Flowers: Flora Doodles

Marvy Circle Punch, Misc. ribbon, and a charm I have no idea where it came from.

Thanks for taking the time to look at my album. I would really love to hear any comments you may have about it!


Sheila aka SassyLady said...

This is gorgeous! You did a fabulous job on this book and all the attention to detail! This is a book your daughter will cherish for a life time!

Sandy said...

Oh Barb this is fantastic...I'm going to have to come back later and look again. You have used so many gorgeous embellishments...I love those butterflies...and what great are on a roll GF...what a wonderful first project for the DT...they are so blessed to have you!!!!

Nanne said...

That is beautiful.. oh! I love those colors and patterned papers..Wow!!! She will cherish this for ever...

Judy said...

Barb! This mini album is beautiful! I love everything about it! Barb, I left a comment under the award post. You have a good week end.

Sandi Clarkson said...

Barb, what a great first project .. wow, a mini album ... looks fabulous .. she's gonna totally love it. Great flowers and color. That DT is so lucky to have you!

Brenda said...

OMGOSH this is sooo amazing I love everything you did!!!

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