"Decide to Be Yourself" Album Idea
We've already seen a few of you share your Portrait of a Lady projects on Facebook now that it's hitting stores. What gorgeous work! Today, Kathy Clement shares a swoon-worthy album that is a stunner on each and every page! Let's take a tour of this gorgeous project:
"I have never seen a more beautiful paper collection than Graphic 45’s Portrait of A Lady. I love every itty bitty detail from the color palette, to the printed patterns to the amazing images and even the typography. I literally gasped out loud when I first laid eyes on it and could not wait to work it up into an album.
I wanted to make something that could showcase photos, but also wanted a format that would lend itself to display on a bookshelf, desk or side table. That’s why I chose to work with the Graphic 45 Staples 8x8 Easel Album. It stands all on its own, which is wonderful. If I want to be inspired by a fresh view, I simply have to flip the page and there it is!
I also create the album to be “reversible”. By that I mean it can be viewed from front to back or back to front as all pages are decorated on both sides. I had such fun creating this jewel of an album, and I hope you enjoy viewing it as well." ~Kathy
Tip: To create paint spatters like the ones on the cover, do as follows:
- Cover the face of the image with a Post-It Note.
- Dilute a dime sized portion of acrylic paint with water. Dip a paintbrush into the diluted paint. Hold the paintbrush loosely as far back on the handle as you can. With your dominant hand, tap the bristle end of the brush lightly to create spatters. Move to another area, dip into the diluted paint again and repeat until you are satisfied with the results. Remove the post it from the face and let the paint dry on its own.
Tip: To create titles for your pages, use dies or freehand cut blocks of text from the typography pages in the collection.
Tip: Cover Kraft Staples Tags with designer paper to create fun, interactive photo mounts and journaling spots for your album.
Tip: Save time by fussy cutting and inking all your images before you begin designing your album. This way you’ll have a pile of them on hand to use as needed.
Tip: To create unity in your album, use the same colors of matting cardstock and the same embellishments throughout. All my pages are matted on pale pink and deep green cardstock. I also used the die cut banners, doilies and fussy cut roses throughout the album.
Tip: Die cut all banners and doilies before you begin. Once again, it will save you time in the long run.
Portrait of a Lady 12x12 papers
Portrait of a Lady
Graphic 45 Staples 8x8 Easel Album (retired)
Graphic 45 Staples Regular Black Policy Envelopes
Graphic 45 Staples ATC Black Policy Envelopes
Staples Kraft Alphabet Banner Tags
Cardstock (several sheets each for photo mats) pink, green, kraft, white
White Botanica Blooms x4
White Hydrangea Blossoms x24
DIY Ivory Burlap Picks
Tim Holtz Ribbon Flags Strip Die
Prima Doily Dies
Ribbons and vintage lace
Small ornate frame (Prima)
Thinned down white acrylic paint
Foam dimensionals or cardboard packaging to back images
This week we are giving away an amazing prize pack filled with our retired collection A Proper Gentleman! Also, it has some great Tag Staples and Stamped Metal Brads. Who wants to win? Just comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page to take part! This is a super fun prize pack, so make sure to enter today!
We love that gorgeous album and all of Kathy's great tips and tricks. What an amazing project! We cannot wait to continue seeing your projects with this collection, G45ers!
The G45 Family
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