Here’s an admission… I might just be addicted to pocket photo albums. Or decorating them at least. I will get around to adding photos, but for now this is too much fun. The photographer image in the new On To Adventure Stamp Set didn’t help either. So I gave in and made this album…
I began with the sunset, which seems a little backwards but there you are…
First I found a petal pink design in the Perennial Essence 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. I thought this would make a nice base for the sunset so cut a piece 3″ x 6″.
Next I punched the corner of a Full-Adhesive Post-It® Note with a 1-1/2″ Circle Punch to act as a mask for the sun. Then with the mask in place at the bottom of the DSP I got to work with pieces of Stampin’ Sponge.
You can see from the photos how I built up the layers of colour.
Once I’d finished sponging my scene I cut a 1-1/8″ x 6″ piece of the green design from the Floral Essence DSP. Then I temporarily fixed the two pieces of DSP together using sellotape on the back. Now I had a sunset and some ground for my photographer to stand on.
The whole inspiration for this album was the photographer from the On To Adventure Stamp Set, so he came next.
I began by stamping he image onto some Whisper White Card using Tuxedo Black ink then coloured him in using Stampin’ Blends. The colours I chose were; light and dark combos in Mango Melody, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate and Bermuda Bay. I also used light Pumpkin Pie, Flirty Flamingo and Basic Black, and dark shades of Balmy Blue and Pool Party. Finally for his skin I finished off with Ivory.
I wanted my photographer’s sunglasses to really stand out so I coloured the frame with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker. Then I added some shimmer to the lenses using a Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.
Once my photographer was coloured I cut him out with Paper Snips leaving the stamped ‘ground’ behind. Then I attached him to the scene using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
For the title of my photographer album I thought ‘smile’ was very appropriate. First I die-cut the individual letters from Whisper White Card using the Hand-Lettered Prose Dies. Then I arranged them onto my scene. Originally I was going to have them straight but in the end liked the angled look better. With that decided I fixed them into place with more liquid glue.
Finally I could add the completed scene to a slightly larger layer of Whisper White Card with liquid glue. With that done I slid the finished piece into the cover pocket of my album and I was done.
I’m so happy with how this album turned out and it really does make me smile.
UPDATED 2020: Sadly the following products have retired and are no longer available from Stampin’ Up!
- Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper
- On To Adventure Stamp Set