The front and back covers are topped with beads. I'll write tomorrow on that process and my learnings from the experience. I like the weight that the beads give to the piece - it makes the whole book feel sturdy and it's definitely something I want to experiment with more.
Above is the inside cover and first page. I'm including a list of all of the materials I used at the end of this post but I really loved using a mix of papers that offered textures. This inside cover has some glitter elements on it and it really gives a rich feeling to the book. I also used a variety of different pages. For some, I used 4x6" pocket pages. For others, I used baseball card pages and on other pages, I just used paper + the picture without a protector. I really enjoy the layered feeling that the variety gives to the whole project - it feels more like a collection rather than just a presentation. I'm not sure if that makes sense, but I've always liked my scrapbooks to be touchable and interactive. With all of my photos being digital these days, I also feel more freedom in playing with the pages and I don't have to worry about a picture being the only copy or something that we have to protect forever.
Here's an example of the protected photos and non-protected side by side. The one thing that I was aware as I assembled the pages was layering them in a way so that unprotected photos wouldn't lay on other unprotected photos. I did this to avoid photos sticking to each other, but also to avoid the embellishments or journaling from smudging or sticking. Overall, I tried to keep the embellishments to a minimum and just wanted the story to be told through the photos.
I should mention that most pages measure roughly 6x8". I say roughly because some are 7x8" like this one on the right. I varied how the holes were punched - sometimes I allowed for the extra inch and then other times, I kept the width to 6" and punched right into the pictures like the image previous to the one above. The scalloped edge shown here is a Martha Stewart punch. In my next life, I wanna be Martha Stewart, or someone on her design team - her products are so great. There's my non-paid endorsement. :)
The color on this photo didn't come out true to the actual, but wanted to show another page variation. On the left is a 4x6" single photo, and on the back of the photo, I slipped in a piece of card stock with some of the cuter beads we caught during our trip. I just used mini glue dots to hold the beads to the page. The glue dots also came in handy to tack photos inside the protectors. There are several places where I used them and either hid them behind an embellishment, or just left it visible (or should I say barely visible since they are transparent).
This is one of my favorite pages in the whole book. Emily is developing such a great relationship and bond with her two grandmas and one grandpa. Each relationship is so different, but I think page does a good job at capturing Mawmaw - she's not a woman who uses a lot of words to express how she feels. She SHOWS you through her actions. The journaling reads:
Mawmawjuice getter. belly tickler. story teller. snack maker. boo-boo healer. magic maker. silly dancer. mardi gras cuddler. awesome.
I didn't do a huge amount of journaling in this book, but where I did, it was a mix of my handwriting, rub-ons and a few die-cut alphabets. I also referenced social media to help tell the story.
Here I just went to Facebook and took screenshots of our statuses (with comments). I printed them out on white cardstock and just played around with some stamps to give the page some color. The "Facebook" is rub-ons, but the rest is my writing.
Here's another example of the baseball card sleeves. I used them both horizontally and vertically. Where vertical, I just cut the page down to size and punched holes accordingly. I thought about sewing all of the baseball pages shut, but wasn't entirely thrilled with the look, so instead I used glue dots. See that flower in the middle of the page? There are glue dots hiding in each of the 4 corners underneath.
Before the gulfport parade, we had a little time to kill so we wound up hanging out on the beach for a few minutes. Emily made the most of her time, by chasing birds, digging in the sand and generally just having a grand time exploring. I love experiences like this, where we can interact together and then I can pull back and just watch her. Here's the journaling from this page:
May you always face the world with the wind at your back and your head held high.
And here's a peek at the last two pages:
- K&C Company - handmade Lofty Nest 12x12 specialty paper
- Basic Grey
- solid cardstock
- Provo Craft Slab 3
- K&C Company stick-on borders
- K&C Company handmade floral layered accents
- making memories stickers
- 7gypsies parenthesis card
- Making Memories Shaped Gem Brads
- Making Memories Pebble Clips - butterfly
- Recollections Big Flower Brads
Die-cuts Quickutz Aquarius and 2x2" dies that I can't remember the name
Inks: Colorbox cat's eyes pigment Rub-ons: Making Memories Simply Stated Heidi and Rummage (large and small)
Pens: Pigma Micron and Marvy LePlume
Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives refillable My Stick, permanent and mini glue dots and pop-dots
Page Protectors: We R Memory Keepers (4x6" sleeves and mixed pocket pages) and Ultra Pro 9-pocket pages