To begin, Shellye started with the Artisan 4×8 Album Covers. She than took a scruffy walnut ink pad to distress around the edges. The canvas-like texture of the covers really takes the ink well and allows for even blending. Next, begin layering and die-cutting different papers. Shellye used the Portfolio Collection from Pink Paislee for the entire album. She than embellished with an Artisan chipboard heart misted with Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine. How perfect, just a simple brush of gold.
For the Artisan butterfly, Shelly removed the nozzle from the Tropical Teal Color Shine and touched the tip of the ‘straw’ to the edges…this allowed a ‘wicking’-type of action… I love the way it turned out. For even more distressing, she brushed the edges with the same scruffy walnut ink pad. Before adding the remaining embellishments, she flecked on some of the Tropicana Teal Color Shine to the doily shape.
For the inner-workings, Shellye used the Artisan Album Tab Dividers for the actual base pages. Each one was distressed with either Heidi Swapp Color Shine Gold Lame, Tropicana Teal or Tinsel by spritzing the page and then blending in with a soft cloth. The edges were inked with walnut ink pad.
Shelleye machine-stitched the papers and then attached them to the front of the tab divider sheets with a high-tack adhesive. For variety, she left some of the Artisan elements in their original white state. Photo Tabs from Pink Paislee’s Portfolio Collection were added over the actual page tab dividers…
I love the pop of black that the font brings!
Using a ruler and black pen, draw on lines for journaling to the backs of each page. The design was kept simple by distressing the edges with walnut ink, flicking on various colors of spritz and adding a label sticker or stamped image.
A permanent black pen was used to color in the center of the star. Tropicana Teal was the perfect choice to color the background tab divider of this page.
So many of the designs found on the Portfolio papers do the work for you! By adding just a few buttons and a Tiny Tab, the top is complete. She rubbed on a bit of Gold Lame over the Artisan chipboard heart and then attached it along the ephemera die-cut.
Here, one of the Portfolio Photograms was used, this will be the perfect spot for a 2×2 photo. Don’t you just love the zig zag stitching around the frame.
There are so many ways to dress up and transform the Artisan Albums into your very own unique art-work! Add more pages to create a detailed Project-Life style journal. Add a pocket to the fronts of the tab dividers to customize a coupon or receipt holder. Tons of possibilities…enjoy creating!
- Portfolio 12×12 Paper Pack (Pink Paislee 12×12 $19.99)
From your own stash: Walnut Ink Pad.
I hope that this one of a kind mini album has inspired you as it has me.
Thank you for visiting and have a very creative day.