This album feels perfect in every way. It radiates from a sincere place in my heart and each time I look at it, there's an intensity I can't quite overcome. I recently told a friend that often, my best work stems from "real life" - if I'm put to the challenge of both processing and dealing with something outwardly, what ends up coming about is a direct reflection of what's inside. This album speaks volumes as to my current standing, and if it had an actual voice, it'd tell you that I'm ready to move on, make peace, and continue with the search. And allow me to say, it feels tremendously good to craft, again. :) It's been far too long since my last run-in with an album of this size.
A couple of you emailed me concerning the brand of the album used in this project - it's Bo Bunny! I purchased it from a local archivers, but I imagine it's probably available elsewhere (online?). The album includes canvas binding, and a petite binder ring set. It's of a convenient size as well - neither too big or small! It's easily paintable, but I prefer the look of "Kraft" instead. If you've questions about the album or have difficulty finding a resource in which to purchase one, I'd recommend getting in contact with Bo Bunny directly. I'm sure they'd be of great help in locating an appropriate retailer for you.
I've been doing a lot of experimenting with page sizes and page combinations inside the album. I've also taken to evaluating the relationship between each of the given pages - my goal is to have them blend seamlessly and as an individual, cohesive unit. Whatever page you happen to be on, a slight sneak of the page beneath it is within view. This encourages "movement" and curiosity. It also serves as a great opportunity to build varying embellishment set-ups between multiple pages!
* Note that I went digi, too! I've a sizable digi collection on my computer, but rarely find time to take advantage of it. Because of the eclectic nature of this album, I thought it an optimal moment to make use of a couple of digital frames and phrases. Super simple...
Here, I took an individual digital frame, duplicated it, and then partnered the two frames together on a canvas colored digital pattern paper background. As a final detail, a quick digital phrase was added about myself on top the bottom photo.
And the shabby chic paper clip serves a specific purpose...
Between the photos and it's corresponding transparency (situated via staples), is an open space for private journaling. I trimmed to size a journaling spot from Vanilla cardstock and tucked it inside the homemade pocket. To assist in keeping the journaling spot from escaping, I positioned a clip. When you pull the clip, the journaling spot follows. It's a nifty little trick, don't you think?!
I've plans to add a photo to this area, but it's without for now. I guess you could say it's a page-in-progress. :)
It's the tiniest of details that make all the difference sometimes - and there are always ample embellishments available to cater to these kinds of set-ups. Consider some of the smaller stickers you might have on hand - how often do you look past them because of their size? When used alone, tiny items tend to get lost - but when used in partnership, they take on a whole new perspective! The key is organizing them and having them ready at any given moment - cups come in extra handy for storing tiny odd and ends - so do drawers!
If you've any questions about the album or the supplies used, please leave me a comment. I'll try my hardest to provide an answer/response in a day or two. Have a lovely Wednesday!