Good morning! Ann here, sharing the next part of my vacation album scrapping process. Yesterday, we got all of the pictures into the album. It is a little bare and boring so next we’ll be working on turning the pictures into a story by adding titles, embellishments, and journaling.
I really wanted to keep this album SIMPLE so I decided to work with a very small set of supplies that could be kept in a basket for putting away. Below is the list of supplies and my reasons for choosing each one:
DSD Retrospect Digital Kit: I am a hybrid scrapper and absolutely love the rich colours in this digital kit. I printed the patterned papers as 4x6 pictures with the rest of the pictures and planned to use them as framing mats and for cutting decorative strips. I also printed the digital elements on 4x6 pictures to be hand cut:
Patterned papers in similar colours as the DSD Retrospect kit: These are to be used as journaling blocks. I trimmed each 12x12 sheet into 6 4x6 blocks:
Stamps: SU! Around the World, SU! Mosaic Madness, SU! Six Sided Sampler, SU! Tape It, a couple of lined stamps for journaling:
Paper punches, including 2 SU! Punches matching the Mosaic Madness and Six Sided Sampler stamp sets
Various inks in colours matching the papersMy Silhouette SD cutter for titles
That’s it! Yes, that is really all I used for the entire album! Here is a picture of all the supplies tucked neatly in their basket:
Creating the Embellisments Bank
One big goal was for the assembly of the album to be quick. In order to achieve this, I created a “bank” of embellishments that I could pick from and glue down as I went along. Here are the items I created, assembly line style:
“Die cuts” from the digital files: I printed these as 4x6 pictures and spent a few sessions fussy cutting. I find hand cutting to be oddly relaxing so I didn’t mind this activity at all. The results:
Stamped embellisments: I mass stamped the images onto 12x12 sheets and then punched the images out using the matching punches. Some images were fussy cut. The results:
Small banners: I trimmed strips of paper and used my SU! Hexagon punch to notch out the ends. The results:
Small Labels: I trimmed strips of paper and used a hole punch to notch out the corners. The results:
Titles: Using the Cairo and Magneto fonts, I created my titles in Silhouette Studio by welding the letters together so that they would be easier to glue down. Here is a good tutorial on welding: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzLIAF6kpUY The cutting process took a long time but overall I really think I saved time by using my Silhouette and I love the consistency that the titles bring to the album.
I worked on these piecemeal, over a few evenings. The process was mindless enough that it didn’t require much concentration to execute so I took advantage and watched YouTube documentaries as I worked. Once completed, all of these items were unceremoniously thrown into a tin box for future use: