Hello everyone! It’s Sheri Reguly here today to share a closer look at my travel themed album that was featured in the brand new summer issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today (you can view or download the entire issue HERE!).
Doodlebug Design’s 12x12 Storybook Album was the perfect choice for the type of album that I wanted to create, as well as for the hundreds of vacation photos that I wanted to include. The album comes in 7 wonderful color choices, and includes a dozen page protectors in a variety of different templates. This style of album is perfect for practically any theme or occasion!
I really loved the addition of the photo window on the front cover of this album. I had several different ideas on how to fill this space, from the name of our destination to my favorite vacation photo, but I opted for a fun bit of embellishing instead. A dimensional pinwheel, backed with a paper doily was the winning choice. To further embellish my cover, I framed the pinwheel using a scalloped border sticker, and added a row of colorful chipboard flags topped with tiny buttons.
The pages that I created were designed using the 4x6 template page protectors that are frequently used for the very popular “Project Life” albums that everyone is creating these days. I absolutely loved working with this smaller size! Not only did my pages come together relatively quickly, but I also had the option of using standard 4x6 prints to fill many of the pockets. (This is a great way to include all those extra photos that otherwise don’t get scrapbooked!)
My album approach was a little bit different from the typical “Project Life” approach in the sense that all of my pages were based upon a single topic, being our family vacation to sunny Florida. Rather than use a casual mix of random product, I wanted to create a cohesive feel throughout by album, where one page flowed into the next.
Fancy Pants Design’s “Summer Soul Collection” was the perfect product choice for my album. It provided me with many coordinating papers and embellishments that fit perfectly with the fun loving beach feel of my photos. Using a predesigned collection would have to be my number one time saving tip for when creating such an album. All of the guesswork of mixing and coordinating colors and patterns is already taken care of for you. All you have to do is have fun and be creative...what could be better than that!
To add a bit of my own personal touch though, I also introduced some Petite Prints by Doodlebug Designs, as well as a handful of my very favorite miscellaneous embellishments.
As I mentioned earlier, I loved having the option of filling some of the pockets with standard size 4x6 prints. I did this several times throughout my album, being sure to take advantage of any white space within those photos. These areas are perfect for embellishing or adding a touch of extra journaling! If you look closely, you’ll also notice the occasional digital stamp that I layered on top of my photos prior to printing.
One last fun advantage to creating this type of album, is that any full size layouts that I wish to create can easily be incorporated, keeping all of our vacation memories safely stored in a single place.
I had so much fun working with the smaller scale of these pages, that I invite you to join in on the fun! There are countless ideas that can be designed using a 4x6 format, and the best part is, because you’re working on such a small canvas, you can achieve instant gratification in 30 minutes or less. You can create a photo greeting card to brighten someone’s day, design a photo postcard, or even frame a 4x6 design into a home decor accent. I’d love to hear any other ideas that you may have, or better yet, I’d love to see them!
Join me again on Wednesday when I might just happen to have another quick & easy 4x6 idea to share with you. ~ Sheri Reguly
Our fun is not over yet SCT fans!!! Today we have the privilege of featuring a company that has been a HUGE part of SCT and Crop & Create. An incredibly innovative and generous company with some of our favourite people in the industry...it's Xyron of course! There is no doubt Xyron keeps us in a sticky situation (in a good way!) with all their innovative products and we just cannot celebrate them enough. And of course, they would like to celebrate a lucky SCT fan with this sweet package...
What could be better than this? A Mega Runner, a 1.5" Create A Sticker, Magnetic Tape and refills too! To be entered to win this collection, be sure to enter HERE (you only have to enter once for all 12 14 days) and then jump over to the Xyron facebook page and give them the biggest "THANK YOU" for all their wonderful support for SCT over the past 6 years!
Did you notice it's no longer 12 days but 14? Our partners are THAT amazing! Tomorrow we wrap it all up with one final company to celebrate so be sure to join us. Have a great Monday!