Finally it seems like we’re getting more good weather than bad. Even my apple trees have finally decided to display their best blossom finery. The scent all around the outside of the house is amazing, I wish you could smell it. So better weather makes for better photographs (for the most part) and my thoughts have turned to photo albums.
I love getting small (4″ x 6″) pocket photo albums from the Dollar Store and dressing them up in various ways. I’m getting quite a collection now, and here’s one with a fishing theme.
I began by cutting two pieces of Very Vanilla Card to fit the front and back cover pockets of my mini album.
For this project I decided to leave the back cover blank and concentrate on creating a scene for the front using inks and sponges.
I began by lightly sponging across the sky using Seaside Spray ink. Then I used Mossy Meadow ink to stamp the sentiment from the Best Catch Stamp Set.
Next I tore some scrap paper and laid in across the card to create the waterline. Then another torn piece of paper was added at an angle to mask off the ground.
I started by sponging the water, first with Balmy Blue ink and then a light layer of Pretty Peacock. Once that was done I used Pretty Peacock ink to stamp the waves image from the High Tide Stamp Set.
With the water done I moved the mask to reveal the area across the bottom right corner, and protect the water I’d just created. Then I used pieces of Stampin’ Sponge to add a layer of Sahara Sand over the corner followed by a layer of Old Olive ink
Finally I needed trees and bushes and found the perfect image in the Rooted In Nature Stamp Set. I chose the tall pine tree and Mossy Meadow ink.
To create a more natural look to my scene I decided to stamp just the left side of the tree coming in from the right-hand edge. Then I added the top of the tree a few times coming in from the bottom.
All that left was the fisherman image from the Best Catch Stamp Set.
I started by using Tuxedo Black ink to stamp him onto some Very Vanilla Card. Then I cut him out using the coordinating die from the Catch Of The Day Dies.
Next I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to fix him into place on my sponged scene.
Finally I used some Stampin’ Sponge to add a little Pretty Peacock ink to the water ripples around his legs.
Then I simply had to slide the completed scene into the front of my mini pocket photo album.
Wouldn’t this make a great Father’s Day gift filled with photos? While I know lots of people keep their photos on their phones and other electronic devices, it’s not the same as a physical photo album, however simple.
Well that’s all from me for today. If you’re in the Wentworth Valley area of Nova Scotia today, do visit my booth at the Wentworth Recreation Centre. I’ll be there until 4pm.