Echo. One of my most memorable moments from this year! Echo is a Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Vermont that we visited this summer! I had taken quite a few photos, but never even printed any of them out! Isn't that the way, now that everything is digital? When Helene approached me with the topic, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to showcase our summer trip to Echo!
I used the Buzz and Bloom 11"x8" Chipboard Book Kit to make my album. I also used Buzz and Bloom's Swirly Snails Pointers, and Tubby Chipboard Alpha to embellish my album. For stamps, I used Buzz and Bloom's Dotti, and Tubby UM Clear Stamps. I just gotta say, that when I was first made aware of clear stamps, there was a lot of talk about only being able to use certain inks on them, and having impression problems, but I have been thoroughly impressed with the quality and stampability of Buzz and Bloom's Clear Stamps! They take any kind of ink I want to use, and they always stamp perfectly!
I first decided on a color scheme, brown and aqua. I covered the chipboard book kit with cardstock, and sanded the edges to get a nice clean edge. I cut 7.5x10.5" pieces of white cardstock for page blanks, and used a corner rounder on all the edges. When I decided on background paper, I covered each page blank, giving the final page more stability in the end. I also corner rounded all the photos, and cardstock mats, to keep everything uniform. Everything must match!!
I used the Dotti stamp set to randomly adorn the cover's front and back, as well as many of the photos/pages inside the album. I used the Tubby UM Clear Alphabet stamps to label many of my photographs.
For the chipboard Swirly Snail pointers, and Tubby alpha, I painted them with two coats of general craft acrylic paint, and sanded them lightly before adhering them to the pages. I LOVE those Pointers, and how they look on my pages! I distressed everything (big shocker there!!) with a dark brown dye ink, and stamped some Dotti accents on some of the photos themselves.
I finished the album off with three loose-leaf rings, and some ribbon snippits, as well as a ribbon tied around the front cover.
My main goal in doing this album, was to make sure I did not leave anything out. I wanted to be able to show it to someone, and have them look at it from cover to cover, and know exactly what our experience held. I used the inside cover as an introduction, so the observer would know how I was feeling, and what we did that whole day back in July. It was truly a day to remember!!