Last evening, while out cropping at one of the local Archivers with a friend, I started working on a mini album project that will find it's way to California by National Scrapbook Day. It's for "Scrapbook Oasis" and it will be sold as a "kit" once it's completed. I know I've mentioned this project a couple times, but unfortunetely, I still don't have exact details as to how this kit will be sold. It may turn into a class..I'm not really sure. I figure as long as I'm working on it, I'll share it here. I know many of you anticipate seeing new projects on my blog. I'll be posting pictures of album pages as I continue to make progress on the project. My goal is to complete a page or two a day. Each page will be full of the usual details and layers I create on my larger layouts. The only real difference is the size of the page, which I love because the details stand out more. I'll post "kit" info later.
I completed the cover and started the first two interior pages last night. I'll admit, I struggled a little bit. Laugh. Anytime I start a new project, I always feel pressure. It's difficult to avoid, but it pushes me to "think outside the box". It can also prevent me from producing work. We all know what it's like to stare at a blank page and not know where to go with it. Often times, if we just move forward and experiment, ideas will start blossoming and the creativity block will evaporate. Before you know it, a page is complete and you're ready to move onto the next project. Here's last night's progress:
I did some playing with stamps. If you find yourself not finding the right embellishment, turn to your stamp collection and make your own embellishments. Don't alway accept a stamp image "as is". Dress it up a little bit with pens and ink. Don't just "color it in" either, add pattern to a preexisting stamp image and combine with other stamps and layer it up with cardstock. I actually drew in the mini scallop border and the tiny little dots on the inside of this scallop frame that you can see above in the photo. I also added a thin gold border with my handy-dandy gel pen (ok, I can't do a single layout without using my gold gel pen. A little bit of shimmer goes a long way.). The stamped Capri blue frame looked plain to me, so I made a few additions to bring it to life.
The cover is included with the first two pages of this album. They're actually all separate pages. I haven't started working on page two or three yet, but they'll eventually have photos and embellishments similar to the cover..though I intend on keeping the "graph" page simple because it sits behind the transparent cover.
More pages posted soon. Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend! Take care.