So I had this going already, and WordPress decided to eat it. Thanks for that. What is the use of “save draft” if you can’t retrieve it?
Anyway, I see I haven’t posted since before my interview. I got my job, and whilst I love my job, I have been exhausted trying to get used to working again.
But this post isn’t about that. It is about what has been occupying my time for the past couple of months. My dear friend, Kara, is due to have a baby any day now, and I wanted to create a special keepsake for her. So, I went about making her a baby (scrap)book that she can just pop photos into – but not only did I make one for her, but for her own mother as well. You see, Kara is from Canada, but is living here in the UK as she’s married to a British man. But her mum lives in Canada, but is here for a few weeks to help out, and I thought she would also like a book to take back to Canada to show off to friends and family. The books are pretty much identical.
This is going to be an extra long post, as there are 20 pages (plus the cover) so apologies in advance, but I hope that you enjoy viewing my pages and maybe gain some inspiration from them. I know I am very pleased and proud at how they came out. Click on the thumbnails to view the larger image. Also, sorry, but I couldn’t figure out how to get the thumbnails to sit side by side on the double page spreads, which would have been so much better. OH WELL. Stupid thing.
1a. This is the front of the album. I used Papermania’s “Salisbury” in Lavender. It is an 8×8 inch fabric covered album that comes with 10 page protectors for 20 sides/pages. The lettering/wording are some fabric “motifs” that you normally sew or iron on. I just used glue and glue dots. Kara and Nick have referred to the bump as “Mr Baby” since they found out they were pregnant, not knowing if it was a boy or a girl.
1. This is the “Family Tree” page. I did not actually attach the leaves, but included them in a little pouch so they could write family names on them and attach them themselves (so they could use as many or as few as they want). Did I mention that everything is cut by hand? I would have killed for my die-cutting machine for this project!
2a&b. I’m sure all this is self-explanatory, but these are the pages that tell about mom and dad. The big white space is for them to include a photo of themselves, and to fill in what is relevant – I think it will be interesting for them to read it in 20 years time!
3a&b. Hello World! This is sort of a geeky homage, as both Nick and Kara are geeks themselves. The big cloud on the Hello side is for the little one’s photo. The small clouds on the World side are glittery, though I don’t know that you can tell from the scan.
World of Warcraft 1
World of Warcraft 2
4a&b. More geekiness, as we play World of Warcraft with Kara, we had to include something WoW-themed in the book! The first page is a screenshot of the “Achievement Window”, and we edited it to say “Obtain a Level 1 Human”. The second page, the background is a screenshot of the human starting zone in the game, and then I’ve created a “character portrait window” from the game, with paper. The small circle is the “head/face” photo, and the big black area is meant for the full body image. This is obviously very “stylized” but I think it came out very cute. Not to mention the “tool tip” in the corner about the abilities of the Level 1 Human! (That’s what we’ve been referring to Mr. Baby as. One of our guildmates even got them a shirt with a “quest window” on the front, and Level 1 Human on the back! SO CUTE.) Sorry if it looks a bit blurry – it looks really nice in person! (think it must be the 3d embellishments – hard for the scanner to focus on what is behind.)
5a&b. Sorry about the blurryness on the Shine page – really think the 3d elements make it hard for the scanner. Anyway, the Shine page took AGES as there are so many layers. Baby’s photo goes into the orange circle on the sun. Since Shine was so “busy”, I wanted it’s opposite, Twinkle, to be a bit more “subdued”. I’m surprised that you can see the effect I achieved on the background of Twinkle, and glad, because it is officially my new favorite technique! I started out with a piece of plain black cardstock. Then I took a bit of blue mica pigment powder (that my SIL, Katy, got for me! <3 ) and mixed it with water to make a watery “paint”, I took a paint brush and with a “swirling” motion, painted the cardstock – it looks AWESOME and so perfect to add just a touch of dimension to this otherwise quiet page. Baby’s photo goes inside the star.
Little Child 1
Little Child 2
6a&b. Little Child is a poem I wrote. All the blank squares are just for whatever photos they want to include.
Precious Moments 1
Precious Moments 2
7a&b. Precious Moments – I wanted to do a black and white layout, and thought that black and white baby photos would look really nice on these pages (or on any of the pages really!) – but obviously they can put what they want! But I know that Nick likes to get a bit arty with his photos sometimes, so thought he might enjoy these pages.
8a&b. For photos of baby’s feet and hands. Very simple looking pages – but pairing up and attaching those TINY TINY feets and hands took SO LONG. lol
Wee Togs 1
Wee Togs 2
9a&b. Wee Togs! Oh the dilemna, because whilst they are “pretty sure” they are having a girl, they don’t KNOW for sure, and I wanted to do a layout with baby clothes… but everything is either boy or girl related! (This needs to be remedied – hello any of you out there in the embellishments industry??? We need some neutrals baby stuff too!) So what was I to do? Well. I think this solved the issue nicely, by mixing both pink and blue together.
Love Notes 1
Love Notes 2
10a&b. I wanted to have a layout where Kara and Nick could write some messages, or first thoughts, etc for Mr Baby to read later. I struggled with the actual design for awhile, until one night when I was in the shower it came to me (like great ideas always do ) - to put an envelope on the page with some pieces of paper for them to write on – so that is what the second page is. It has an envelope made out of handmade paper, with some papers inside for them to write on. This way, they don’t have to be stressed about making “mistakes” directly on the page, and their personal messages can remain hidden if they wish them to be.
Shh... Sweet Dreams
11. This is the last page in the album. A photo of baby sleeping is meant to go inside the cloud.
Well, that’s it. I hope you have enjoyed viewing the book! I was a little bit sad to have to give them away, but also very proud and pleased with how this project turned out. I know the scans don’t do these pages justice – seeing them in person is something else, but not really an option for most of you out there. Thanks for looking and let me know if you have any questions or issues viewing!