Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Family Albums

A few years' ago I made a scrapbook album for my sister of old family photographs, mainly our parents.  I still have the originals as I used scanned copies for my sister and they have been in a box ever since.  I finally decided to make an album for myself to house these treasured memories and thought I'd share it with you.

 I have blanked out names and personal details.
I started by cutting large 12" x 12" squares of thick card to give me two 9" x 9" covers.  I then covered both sides of each cover with white cardstock using Mod Podge and trimming the paper to fit once dry. 

Starting with the front cover I lightly inked all over with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and then lightly sprayed with Tattered Angels' Glimmer Mist in Gingerbread.  Next I used a Crafty Individuals' crackle stamp and DI Brushed Corduroy and stamped randomly over the cover. This was followed with a CI clock stamp and DI Pumice Stone.  Finally I used a fob watch stamp and DI Black Soot.
The faux book plate was made using a paper frame covered in Stampendous Frantage Aged Bronze heat embossing enamel.  I aged the white paper insert with DI Old Paper and Vintage Photo after printing our surname on the front.

 The inside cover was given the same treatment except I didn't stamp onto this.  I added a larger bookplate without the embossing but with the same aged paper.  This displays names, dates of birth and marriage as well as names of grandparents.

Finally I punched and bound the covers together with my Bind-it-All and will use removeable plastic page protectors to add my pages.  These are brilliant as you can add as many pages as you want and  can include different sizes to add interest.

I think it's so important, now more than ever, to record as much family information with photos as possible. Not just so future generations can take a peak at how 'life used to be' but to act as a vital link to the present, enabling someone to recall precious memories.


Sunday, 31 January 2016

All That Glitters ...

As promised here are my three ATCS for the second themed challenge at UKATC for January which was glitter.  
Top left - for this card I sprayed Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Walnut Gold then used Crafty Individuals' crackle stamp and Distress Ink in Vintage Photo to create the background.  The CI key is stamped in DI Black Soot.
Top right was stamped with CI clock stamp and DI Black Soot before using a stencil and silver texture paste. 
For the background for the bottom card I used a stencil and Imaginations Sparkle Medium in Diamond.  The image is from CI Miniatures, People and Places 1, with a frame of silver texture
You could probably tell I was in a bit of a hurry when I scanned all the cards for this month, hence the black line.  I'll try and remember to use a piece of white paper over the back next time.