Hello Muses! I can’t believe it’s been two months since my last blog post. That is just terrible! I’ve been crazy busy with the day to day life and whatnot. Let’s see if I can try to keep this ol’ bloggity blog updated!
Today, I have a funky, fresh mini album up on the Basically Bare blog. Here on Okinawa, there are many beautiful places to hike and swim. I decided to take the kids to one of my favorite hiking spots, Hiji Falls. The Funky Findings mini albums was perfect for documenting our trip because it has plenty of pages and envelopes to tuck tickets and extra photos into.
I used a bunch of bold, bright colors and patterns for this book. You know me and how much I love loud colors and patterns.
Art Anthology Sorbets and Velvets were perfect for the acrylic pages. I applied it using a make up sponge and dabbed it through a stencil. A super easy and fast way to apply any kind of paint medium and a surefire way to jazz up any background!
These two pages are super easy. Just cut and paste paper! A little bit of machine stitching and stenciling finish off the pages. My Cameo came to the rescue with the perfect floral flourish to frame the photo of my son. This album was challenge because I currently don’t have any Basically Bare embellishments. I had to figure out how to decorate the book without using chipboard embellishments from other manufacturers. Challenging but fun! (Thank goodness for that Cameo!)
If you ever need a quick finishing touch, a quote works beautifully. I found this lovely quote by Albert Einstein courtesy of Google. I typed it out, printed it, and matted it for a simple tie together. I found my nifty, cool little font from DaFont.com.
The bottom half are those amazingly adorable envelopes I was talking about earlier. I plan to have the kids write down their favorite part of the day and tuck the notes inside.
This is a photo of Hiji Falls. There’s no swimming allowed here anymore due to farm run-off and other not so friendly bacteria in the water.
These “falls” aren’t the actual waterfall but it was scenic nonetheless. I used the other two tickets as a background mat. Saving the simplest of items from an outing makes it super easy to use them as unique and relevant embellishments.
Who says Project Life cards have to be for Project Life? I used some as photo mats here. They worked beautifully. I love taking a product and using it for something other than its original intended use. It’s another great way to stretch your supplies and your creativity.
Layer, layer, punch! I did pull several threads of the canvas page to cause the edges to fray a bit. Can you tell that I love to mix up color and patterns?
This envelope is where I stashed all of the extra photos I took of the hike. I used some more Art Anthology Sorbet and a stencil to add some pizzazz. I traced the stencil pattern with a white Uniball pen and added some micro rhinestones for pop. Who says an envelope isn’t deserving of a makeover as well?
My youngest is ever the clown when it comes to photos. She’s in her “nose flaring” phase, I think. Add pops of color and don’t be afraid to mix it up!
Peel off the top layer of the corrugated pages to reveal a beautiful texture underneath! This photo of an ancient fire pit works wonderfully with the “rough” background. I dressed up a couple Prima resin corners with Art Anthology Colorations and Sorbet.
Simply getting back to the basics of working with paper, color, and pattern can make a mini album super easy. Dusting off the punches and getting back to the roots can be very refreshing.
Basically Bare “Funky Findings” mini album
Ribbon – May Arts, Webster’s Pages
Paper – Heidi Swapp “My Favorite Things”
Embellishments – Silhouette, Prima, UmWowStudio Flair, Heidi Swapp