Hi!! We're still going strong over here at VELLUM week! Thanks so much for stopping by each day!! I really appreciate it!
Ok! Today is all about vellum and mini albums. I make a lot of mini albums and mini books and I think each one of them has some sort of vellum element. Most of these ideas have been shared earlier this week, but I thought it would be fun to see vellum used in mini books.
USE VELLUM LAYERS TO SOFTEN BUSY PATTERNS
As I mentioned at the beginning of the week, vellum is a great way to soften a busy background paper. For the cover of this mini album, I wanted the main focus to be my title sticker. I added a trimmed piece of vellum over my paper layers to help the title pop from the cover.
For the inside of this book, I added a piece of trimmed vellum over my patterned paper and then stitched some words onto the page. The triangles in the background are still visible, but the vellum helps keep the words from blending into the background.
STAMPING DIRECTLY ONTO VELLUM
We saw earlier in the week how stamping onto vellum can create a fun effect. The same thing applies to mini books. For this book, I added a piece of vellum in my book prior to sewing my pages together. Then I stamped my sentiment onto the vellum. I love how it acts like a "peek-a-boo" in the book. It invites you to turn the page to see the next photo.
I used a piece of patterned vellum from Elle's Studio for the page in this mini book. I laid my vellum on top of my photo before stamping my sentiment to make sure my stamp was in the correct place.
PRINTING PHOTOS ONTO VELLUM
Printing photos directly onto vellum and then adding them to books can make for a super fun visual effect. Here, I printed my large photo onto vellum and hot glued it into my altered book. I sewed on a few little tags and a die cut to add some interest to the picture.
Here's a look at the back of the vellum photo. It's so fun to see the photo as you are flipping the page.
PRINTING PHOTOS ON VELLUM TIPS: I've found that photos that aren't too busy or don't have busy backgrounds print best on vellum. I usually lower the opacity of my photo in Photoshop to make sure the darker areas of my photo don't print too dark. The lighter the image, the better it will print on vellum. And just like for printing text onto vellum, be sure to allow your photo time to dry. I usually let mine sit for about an hour (and that seems like a really long hour!).
POCKETS, POCKETS AND MORE POCKETS
Sewing two pieces of vellum together to create a pocket is a great way to add hidden journaling or extra photos. For the album above, I just sewed one piece of vellum onto my white cardstock and then added my journaling card. Washi tape works great too if you don't have access to a sewing machine.
Same thing for this altered book. I created a pocket by folding one piece of vellum in half and then stitching down one side. I added a few embellishments on the outside of the vellum and included my journaling on the tag inside the vellum pocket.
Here, I included a vellum envelope full of pretty sequins to finish off this tag mini album. Be sure to save all of those little bags that some of your smaller products come in! They are perfect for adding sequins and little bits to mini books and other projects!!
I'll be back tomorrow to share my final day of VELLUM week. We are wrapping up with ideas for using vellum in your Project Life albums!!