Hello. This is Celeste here, and this is going to be a big blog! So get comfortable, grab a cuppa, take the phone off the hook and be prepared to be wowed :)
This is an album I made for my sister, who lives in America. We are only 14 months apart in age and are very close. I miss her very much. Anyway this is for her birthday!
In the above picture is the front cover of this album. I have used numerous dies and the paper is from My Minds Eye, Sunshine collection. I used the Judy's Blooms die for the cover adding a pin and a photo of myself with my sister. Thickers were used for the title.
On the first page, above left, I used the Sweetheart Frame with the Medium Rose and Large Rose dies. These were glued down flat so that they would not get ruined in transit. On the second page, above right, I used my all time favourite die, the Fanciful Flourish, in gold and added Darling Daisies in gold and black card stock.
For the third page, above left, I liked this paper too much to cover it up! So using the French Flair-Classic, I just cut out one of the nesting dies and popped a photo on and used a rub-on up the top which I will put her name in. To make the fourth page, right hand side, I wanted it to look kind of uniform. So I just cut another of the French Flair-Classic dies and put a photo on that one too. I added ribbon and some bling because you always need bling somewhere!!
For the fifth page, above left, I used blue (also in the Sunshine Collection) to break up the album with. The English Tea Party die was used as the base while the inside of the Dainty Dutch Deco Frame was popped on top. It was fun taking these two dies and putting them together to get this great outcome for the page. Another one of my favourites is the Tropical Flourish, which I have cut in black for contrast. I added the Olive Branches and Stacker Flower #1 Leaves and then making (with great effort!) roses with the Cuties 2 die. The sixth page, above right, the Fanciful Flourish was used again! with the Darling Daisies and Olive Branches. This time I used the larger two French Flair-Classic dies, inked around the edges and put pearls around too, before adding the photo.
On the seventh page, above left, I made a pocket for some tags and journaling. I used again! the French Flair-Classic nesting dies and the Lace Light Deco Border, which is fast becoming another favourite!! I kept this page nice and simple so that the tags could be the focus. They are shown further down the blog. On the eighth page, above left, to keep uniform again, the French Flair-Classic die was cut and a photo of my sister's dog, Gordon, was popped in. For the corner of this page I used the Victorian Romance Flourish with the Olive Branches and the Large Rose die, popped on top.
For the ninth page, above, I used the French Flair-Classic nesting dies and used them to make a frame for the photo. I loved the way it turned out and as you can see I LOVE the French Flair-Classic die. Until it's out of my system you will be seeing it everywhere LOL.
For the back cover, I cut around this bird that was on one of the papers, and just popped him on the back. Seeing as the album will be mostly sitting on this side, I didn't want anything on the back that might get caught.
These are the four tags that are inserted into the spaces between the pages. From left to right, the first tag has the Tropical Flourish with the Medium Rose on the front and on the back, photo below left, I used a transparency and some rub-ons. In the second tag, Judy's Blooms and a Large Rose die made up the flower, while the French Flair-Classic nesting dies made for the photo mats. On the reverse is space or journalling. The third tag has space for journalling or small photo, and I cut the Medium Exotic Butterfly out of gold and popped it onto the black background of the tag. On the reverse of the third tag I used the Judy's Blooms leaves with the Miniature Rose die, the French Flair-Classic die and the Ribbon Eyelet Border Die at the bottom with yellow ribbon wound thru. The last tag on the far right has the Lace Light Deco Border up and down both sides with a photo at the bottom and pearls at the top. On the reverse of this tag is a picture and a left over part of the Lace Light Deco Border that fit the photo perfectly.
The photo below is just a close up of the Cuties 2 die and how it should come out. I believe Sandy put up a quick tutorial on the blog (which was invaluable) sometime last week. You must check it out and have a try.
And lastly here are the two tags that sat in the pocket on page seven. One was made from the French Flair-Classic, again! nesting dies. The other tag was made using a shipping tag and covered in my collection of papers.
Well. You have made it to the end of my blog! I thank you sincerely for reading it all and coming on this Cheery Lynn Designs journey of dies. I had such fun making this album and I know my sister will be thrilled with it.
XL-12 FRENCH FLAIR-CLASSIC NESTING DIES (Of Course)
Ok folks, thats it! Please head on over to the Cheery Lynn Designs blog and look out for the weekly challenge. Using these dies you could create an album like this. Have a go!
Till next time Celeste