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Today I am here to share a special project I created using the Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss collection. Isn't it just beautiful?!?
I decided to use the Gold 4x4 album to document my babies Baptism. When I say babies, I mean my children ha. They are now 2 and a half and NEARLY 1 year old. Time flies! Anyways, this was the first time I had created an album in this size and I must say I loved it!
I loved the convenience of printing the Instagram size pictures at a 4x4 size. It meant all I simply had to do was add a little embellishing and my journaling to the pages.
Here is the front of the album:
I used the stunning Gold Alphas in the collection as well as the chipboard frames in the chipboard pack. The 'xoxo' within the frame is actually a 4x4 insta card cut down. I backed the title 'baptism' on Vellum so it had something to adhere it to the cover.
This is the cover at a closer view. I also added a die cut tag I made with a tag die set and my cuttlebug, and a circular layer cut also on my cuttlebug. Purely to add more detail to that little cluster.
What I loved about the album was that you could have things sticking out of the pockets like tags and they are still well contained within the albums covers.
This is my title page, when I saw the veneer I thought it was literally perfect for this 'the perfect day' and it truly was. We were very blessed. A couple of layers of patterned paper behind the veneer and some chipboard hearts and it was done.
A closer view. I love this picture I snapped of my 2 kiddies before we left the house that morning.
I chose to use the 6x6 Paper Pad to create some of the 4x4 cards to fit within the pockets. I loved this pink designed paper. The label was cut from a 12x12 paper also. I added the C to the photo to represent her name.
And my little mans page. I used a touch of the pineapple vellum, but covered up a majority of the print due to it not really matching with the theme but wanting to add a layer of softness there. The blue patterned paper circle was leftover from another project and added another nice layer.
For our family photo I layered the acetate tag from the ephemera with a circle journal spot cut from a 12x12 paper and a chipboard piece. I love being able to easily and quickly type journaling on a portable typewriter and I prefer the look of strip journaling. The bonus with typing journaling in strips is that if you make a mistake you can just retype it without worrying about ruining what you are journaling on.
For this card, I used a 4x4 card from the Insta pack plus a glitter word. I loved the softness of this.
I created a little insert out of vellum, I made it the same height and width as an entire pocket. I then used my 'document' Heidi Swapp die and cut it onto a Bazzill foam 12x12 sheet. To attach this into the vellum I simply stapled it, then punched 2 holes to add it to my album. It is just purely for a little fun element in the album, it does not really suit any other purpose, ha.
As well as my children being Baptised I also confirmed my faith too. Something I am so grateful to have done. I stuck the 'life is good' puffy sticker directly on top of my photo there. I also created some hidden journaling on a tag that can be pulled out and read.
This page contained two photos and was embellished quite simply by using ephemera and paper scraps.
Simply adding a chipboard sticker/ephemera piece to a busy photo can be embellishment enough. Sometimes less is more!
I created another transparent element using the 4x4 card from the insta pack, a tag I die cut and embossed, some scrap paper, and puffy stickers. I cut the word 'happy' using a Heidi Swapp die and a piece of the 6x6 paper pad. I think this is one of my favourite parts of the album.
Pictures of the children when we were celebrating back at home. Very simple embellishing here, but I certainly wanted the focus to remain on the children.
We had such a lovely day and I am so pleased that I was able to get this memory recorded so quickly after the event (that never happens for me! ha). I think it was purely due to the ease of the 4x4 album size. Now my family has a little memento to look back on and see our special day.
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