The fun is just about to begin. Each day or two, I will present a list of instructions for a single page from the album. The reason I have decided to break it down into "a page a day" project is because this album is chalked full of details. If I were to give it to you all at once, I feel I would be overwhelming many of you. We're going to keep it simple and enjoy the process instead. So, get out your supplies and let's make a mess together.
1. Locate a workspace where you can make a mess and not feel an ounce bit of guilt. We're going to paint. Take out the Making Memories Red Wagon Paint, Heidi Swapp Flower Mask, acrylic cover, and a paint tool/sponge.
2. Apply the flower mask. It's time to get are hands dirty. Turn your cover over (we're painting on the back side of the cover). Locate a spot for the flowers. I chose the left side of my cover. I wanted to save room for my title and embellishments on the right hand side. Let the flower flow off the cover a little so it's more playful and natural. Place the flower on your cover and make sure it's on tightly. We don't want paint sneaking underneath the flower.
3. Paint. Be silly gals. Have fun. Paint away. When you paint, don't try to paint around the flower perfectly. Let go. Forget smooth edges. Think texture. Notice how my brush just kind of went wherever it wanted. My primary focus was to make sure I painted over the entire image..didn't skip a branch, flower, or leaf. As far as the surroundings go, no biggie. Let loose ladies.
4. Let dry completely before peeling off flower. If you don't, you'll end up with a few smears like me. You can't tell of course how impatient I was because I fixed it up with an awl. I love this tool..I use it for all kinds of things..that's another topic. I scraped away a few bits of paint here and there to make the image more crisp. If you let it dry completely, you shouldn't have to worry about fixing the image. Once it's dry, peel off the flower. You're going to love what you see. Don't worry about adding a fixer, it will stay there ladies. It won't peel as some have suspected.
5. Add the title. Use rub-ons, stickers, chipboard, whatever. There are no rules here. I used Daisy D's rub-ons. My album is about "fun with the family" and the rub-on was perfect for this theme. Choose lettering that supports the theme of the album. Make sure it stands out from the flower - make it "pop". Use a contrasting color. The black really stands out against the red flower.
6. Add the swirls. I used Prima's rhinestone bling. Add one underneath the title and one on the back end of the title. The bottom swirl curls in and the side swirl curls out. This is important because the side swirl is going to serve as a path for the second part of the title.
7. Add second part of title. I used Marcella Clear Epoxy Letter Stickers from Target. They still sell them, but if you don't have them in your stockpile, feel free to substitute with different epoxy stickers. You can also use Cloud 9's Clear Epoxy Bubble Stickers and add letters to them. Line them up along the rhinestone swirl.
Congrats! You've finished the first page. Come see page two tomorrow! Let me know if you have any questions via email.