Sunday 10 April 2016

MINI ALBUM - 'Make Life So Sweet' Simple Stories, Jillibean Soup & Tim Holtz Distress Crayons

Hi Thanks for stopping by to view the MINI ALBUM 
It was made as a project for the

The Summer Red Raspberry Soup Paper Collection Pack from Jillibean Soup 
& Distress Crayons from Tim Holtz inspired me to make this 
bright, fun album.
The Album is a 6 x 8"  SN@P Binder from Simple Stories.

The vibrant colours made me immediately think of making a light, bright Album that I will give as a gift to my Sister in Law to display photos of her Grandchildren.

I will comment on the other products I used as I write this tutorial.
Most of the products used are readily available from HOBBYSEW ECHUCA.
I have included lots of photos, so this is quite a long post.  
Grab a coffee!  Hope you enjoy.

For the Base of the Album I chose to use a 6x8 SN@P Binder in Yellow & Kraft from Simple Stories.
These binders are very sturdy & come with 3 thick kraft divider pages as well as an assortment of plastic pocket pages & other base pages.

To start decorating the cover of the Album I masked off the Yellow Canvas Binder with 3M blue painters tape & applied a layer of Prima Art Basics White Gesso with my new Texture Brush from Finnabair & Prima Marketing.

The cover was then coloured using the bright set of Distress Crayons from Ranger & Tim Holtz. 

I smeared on stripes of the crayons in a Rainbow pattern, overlapping the colours slightly.
I used my finger to blend the colours.  
As the crayons dried out on the surface the pigment was harder to move.  
It was necessary to just moisten my finger tip with a baby wipe or to dip finger in a small amount of water to get the pigment to move.

If it became too wet, the pigment was diluted & rubbed off.
I suggest working on a small area at a time.
Add more pigment as necessary to give a deep rich colour.
They glide on softer than lipstick.

Stencils from Wendy Vecchi (dots & stripes) & Studio Calico (circle mesh) were used to create a Tie Dyed effect over the rainbow coloured background.

This was achieved by wiping away the colour through the stencil with a moist (not too wet) baby wipe to reveal the white gesso layer underneath.

My fifteen year old son is very into Tie Dye effects at the moment. Might have to use this effect on some backgrounds for cards as well.
Once I was happy with the effect I lightly sprayed the cover with a Sealer to protect the surface.

This is a view of the paper collection used - Summer Red Raspberry Soup from Jillibean Soup.

To finish the cover I layered die cuts from the collection above with Prima Flowers.
The Tim Holtz Sizzix Bigz Die Postage Frame was cut from Thick Foam sheet & sprayed with Perfect Pearls mist from Ranger. (I love the way it cracked & appears to be sunk into the cover)
The sentiment in the frame is from the collection pack.  
It is covered with an acetate sheet to appear as if under glass.
The blue ribbon & the bike die cut are from my stash. 
Pieces adhered with Prima Art Basics Soft Matte Gel, Double sided tape & foam squares.

The inside dividers were masked off  about 1" in from the edge & coloured with distress inks.

The tape peeled away some of the kraft paper when I removed it.  This was easily fixed by attaching a strip of patterned paper to each divider.

The Summer Red Raspberry Soup Collection Pack contained all the papers that I used inside the Album combined with some kraft cardstock from my stash & pages included with the SN@P Album.

The Collection pack also includes Journaling cards, Font sticker sheets, & Die cuts that were used throughout to decorate the Album. 

I repeated the use of the frame & ribbon from the front cover on the first few pages of the Album 
to add some continuity.

I alternated the double sided papers & made various flaps & pockets to add interest to the pages.
A scallop border punch was used on a few different pages as well.


All of the pages coordinate so can be made up in any style you choose.
Hope this gives you some inspiration to make your own Album or to try out the new
Distress Crayons.

KEEP ON CREATING                                      CHEERS FOR NOW



  1. Deborah.. how beautiful I wish I lived closer to you xoxo

  2. This is just lovely, and very inspiring!

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