Oh! My! Wow! Yup girls. That’s precisely how I feel about TODAY’S STEAL, the 7 Gypsies Mini Album Creation Kit. You know, I have the *best* job ever. Truly. I do! When Melodee brought me the 7G’s kit to photograph, I begged her to save it for a Friday so I could make a blog post showing only an ounce of the potential that this kit has. I’m just wishing for more time in a day, cause I certainly have loads of other ideas to put to creation!
I have to tell you, I have *never* made an acrylic album before. Quite frankly I was a little scared, but wanted to make one so that I could ease the worries of anyone that hasn’t made one before. And do you know what? It really wasn’t that hard to do! Just a little envisioning what you want the final product to look like and you’re well on your way.
The beauty of an acrylic album is that you can see through the pages, which makes it so much fun for a display. I decided that I would make a little mini-album for baby Owen, one of our wonderful Facebook Fans newest addition! ( I hope Jana likes it!) I printed out the photos to the appropriate size then worked from the back page to the front page, layering the photos and elements so that I would be happy with what I would see from the front when the album was all put together.
One thing to keep in mind while creating an acrylic album is that adhesive will show if you are sticking something down on one side of the page, and don’t have plans for anything on the other side. So it ends up being a great idea to mirror photos or papers from one side of the page to the other.
Another delish addition to acrylic pages are RUBONS! No adhesive mess to cover up and shows through to the other side!
I haven’t made a chipboard album in positively years. In fact, I have never made an accordion style one so this was super fun for me. I was inspired by the example on the back of the packaging and thought it would be fun to put a letter on each page, spelling out a word. I am the photographer for my girls’ marching band (hooray band geeks!!!), and have soooooooooooooo many photos. I thought it would be fun to work with some of my favorite photos from this season so far and try as I might, I couldn’t come up with a 6 letter word, so thankfully I found a flourish to finish off the final page!
I thought it would make a fun little keepsake to have the bandlets sign the back of the album to turn it into sort of an autograph book.
This would make such a great idea for a baby shower gift as well. You could pre-make the album, leave spots for photos taken at the shower, then invite all of the guests to write pieces of advice on the back of the pages!
Now you may have noticed that today’s kit comes with a TON of jump rings.
Not only are they great for binding together albums, but I *love* them for organizing my scrapbooking supplies. I went to IKEA and bought some truly inexpensive towel racks in the kitchen section, along with the hanging hooks. I like to organize my supplies by ‘category’, so I put everything similar on a ring, then hang them from the hook! I often crop away from home, and like the ease of grabbing the full ring of supplies, rather than having to unclip and re-clip something individually.
This method makes it super easy to flip through similar items and then hang them back up for easy reach!
Today’s kit also comes with a bunch of envelope pockets. I truly wish I would have had more time to use them as I had ideas for, but I was able to make a card which you could easily include a gift card in the pocket.
Other great ideas to use envelope pockets are:
* Pocket Mini Album
* Journaling pocket on layout (I even have one sketched out!)
* Pocket to hold extra photos on a layout (Would be great for Christmas photos, for those so-so shots that you don’t want to scrap!)
* Create a ‘memory’ game for kids
Truly, the ideas are endless!
Thank you 7 Gypsies for such a fun kit to work with!
Enjoy, and happy scrappin’!