A Note From Laurie

As special projects are finished up the ladies will be sharing them with you!

This blog is a note straight from Laurie….

I’d like to share an album I made for our son’s college graduation with you.  The pictures aren’t in it yet  but, hey, he doesn’t graduate until Saturday!  I figure I can put pictures in it all the way to Indiana. This album was designed by Kathy Orta Files of Paper Phenomenon and is part of her Foto Folio 2 collection. I love Kathy’s designs because there are lots of pockets, flips, and flaps – they are very interactive albums which I thought would appeal to a guy.

The left side has a The left side has a “blue” theme and uses the Craft Smith Indigo Gold paper collection. Each of the three sections has its own flap style closure that is held in place with a magnet. Again, there are lots of pockets and photo pages and it just looks so cool. Even the front cover has a pocket! I think the whole album will hold 100 or more photos.

Our son has always loved Star Wars. When he was four, his grandma gave him a light saber for Christmas. He woke us up in the middle of the night swinging that thing around our bed! I wasn’t so happy with grandma at that point. So, when I found some Star Wars scrapbooking paper at Simple Pleasures Stamps and Scrapbooking in Colorado Springs while visiting my in-laws last summer, I stocked up on it.  I knew I would make something for him with it. The right side of the folio has the Star Wars theme. The paper was made by two companies: Creative Imaginations and ScrapYourTrip.com. Back to flips and flaps. I really like that I can include up to 22 pictures in the horizontal and vertical photo flip pages.

The pictures on the pages with paper would need to be cropped so you don't lose the cool flip book look. On the top right, there are four envelopes mounted on a piece of cardstock that slides into a belly band. You can store more pictures or memorabilia here. Very thin magnets are used to hold everything in place.    The pictures on the pages with paper would need to be cropped so you don’t lose the cool flip book look. On the top right, there are four envelopes mounted on a piece of cardstock that slides into a belly band. You can store more pictures or memorabilia here. Very thin magnets are used to hold everything in place.

The album was made completely from scratch using black 12 x 12 inch cardstock, Kraftex for the binding, a Stampin’ Up paper trimmer and score board, a Teflon bone fold, and lots of Scor Tape. I actually did all the cutting, scoring, and taping for the base while riding to Indiana and back in April. My friends can’t figure out how I craft while riding in a car but I can’t stand to just sit still.

 

Finally, if you are ever in Colorado Springs, visit Simple Pleasures. This is a great little store. I visit it every time we go to Colorado (usually 2 or 3 times during an in-law visit!) and they always have new stuff and have even shipped items to me in Kansas because they hadn’t yet  arrived in the store but I knew I wanted them. They are all about great customer service and I like supporting local scrapbooking stores when I can.