Thursday, March 28, 2013

Staff Project: Diane's Key West Album

 Hello, Memory Bound friends!
I recently had the opportunity to see a project that our store manager Diane just finished: An incredible album about a trip to Key West. Diane's project completely amazed me, and it was evident how much she loved creating it! Each page is packed with details that really capture the flavor of Key West. So grab a cup of coffee (or a margarita!) and join me to take a peek inside her beautiful album! You can click on any of the photos for a closer look.

As you can see, Diane created a lot of pages for her album. She plans to bind it with some very large metal rings.

Diane used the We R Memory Keepers Down the Boardwalk line throughout her album. Choosing a single paper line is a great way to create a cohesive look and feel in a project like this one. 

The cover of the album (a chipboard base covered with patterned paper) measures approximately 9.5x9.5. I love how she combined the metal bicycle and bicycle motif on the cover -- perfect for this trip, as they often rode bicycles while there! Diane also incorporated strips of burlap which she frayed to lend a natural, textured feel.

 As you look at the pages of her album, you'll see that they are all different sizes and shapes. Diane used the Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge to cut many of the page shapes. This variety makes her album fun and eclectic!

  Diane also used the Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Florals die to cut flowers from patterned paper. She layered and secured the flowers with brads for additional texture and interest throughout her album.

Diane always makes a point of taking lots of pictures, including posed and action shots.

It's fun to make a ring-bound album because you're not constrained by page protectors! As you can see below, Diane extended elements off the top and sides of her pages.

I love how she kept track of the food they enjoyed while on vacation, then created a "meal plan" chart on the computer.

Diane used a lot of twine and Washi Tape in her album for a casual, modern feel. She also incorporated several items from her stash, including some "flash cards" which worked great with her theme.

Diane loves to layer papers! This is easy and fun to do if you're working with a coordinated paper line because all the colors and patterns are designed to work together, as you can see in the photo below. She also created banners for several pages using our nesting metal banner dies by Xcut.

This page opens up to reveal more photos!

Simple Stories divided page projectors worked perfectly with Diane's album. She added a few here and there and filled them with wallet-sized photos.

I love how she added the "hanging" banner on this page to capture the feel of outdoor dining in Key West!

Notice the variety of texture Diane created in her album by using different kinds of paper, burplap, and dimensional embellishments.

For this page, Diane ran the flash card through her printer to add the blue text. I love this idea!

More pages from her project...

Diane always makes time for photography on her trips, and it pays off with beautiful images like this one. This could be a postcard!

Thanks to Diane for sharing her amazing Key West album with us! If her project has inspired you to scrapbook your own vacation memories, stop in and let us help you get started. We've got everything you need to create a beautiful album you'll treasure for years to come!

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