Thursday, January 01, 2015

Heartfelt Creations "Raindrops on Roses" Album

This is my first girly, frilly and over the top decorated mini album.  This was SO much fun to make except for the glue gun.  The tutorial is free from a lady named Shellie Geigle on YouTube.  The paper is hard to find and I was happy to support her Ebay store to get the supplies needed.  She left no waste and every page is gorgeous.

I've discovered I despise glue guns.  I wanted to smack the computer as Shellie would take her glue gun and with ease glue down trim, ribbon, lace, pearls, flowers, and other items.  I had glue everywhere but where it was supposed to go.  It wouldn't come out evenly and by the end I've sworn never to use a glue gun again. 

I made several changes as the metal glue she used made me gag and it wasn't working.  I pulled out super glue and within a few seconds had the metal parts taken care of.

My flowers are Recollections from Michaels and the metal flowers are from JoAnn.  The ribbon is from Tim Holtz and fell in love immediately with it.

The cover:    

I added keys to my cover and changed the closure since I couldn't get the metal glue and gears to work.  The key hole is from Tim Holtz as well.  The keys are from Prima.  And I did add the "Bling on a Roll" to the bottom of the paper once I realized I'd missed it.

I changed the spine and made it more intricate.  It's probably overkill, but I figured I'd go out on this album.  Brads are from Recollections.  The punch is from Martha Stewart and has become one of my favorites.

Inside pages:

I changed this page to make use the metal butterflies.

This album is much easier to make than it looks as she used the paper in ways that they follow the different sizes.  It's the stupid glue gun that killed me.  

Graphic 45 "Raining Cats and Dogs" Gatefold Album

Well, it's a new year and I realized I hadn't written in months.  I've been pretty busy doing mini albums and it takes time to make them.

I taught my first class in November.  It was a LONG day.  I'm not sure I like teaching but it was 20 people in a small room with different needs.  I'm more of an individual helper and trying to help 20 people at various stages of the project was overwhelming.

I taught a class on PaperHoarderDisorder's Gatefold Box tutorial.  You can purchase the tutorial and box from her Etsy store.  Her tutorials are fast and easy.  I used Graphic 45's "Raining Cats and Dogs" paper line.  She's really great to work with and is super sweet as I purchased a one time class fee that was reasonable.

The top of the box:

Box open:


I LOVE this paper line and should have bought more of it.  Most of the ladies purchased Graphic 45's Christmas and "Time to Celebrate" paper to make the gatefold album.

I managed to make this in 3 days so I would have a demo project for everyone to look at before the class.  The only thing I wish Graphic 45 had added was a Scotty Dog.