Over on the Heidi Swapp blog this week we were celebrating Back to School because in the Northern Hemisphere the kids are heading back to school. It prompted me to get all my boy's school work, art and photos organised and into some folders. I decided to create two original covers for the albums. I started with some American Crafts Modern albums which are plain chipboard.
For My youngest son Larsen I wanted to use some of his art work he has created in kindy this year on the cover.
Once I had cut out and attached the art work to the album with double sided adhesive sheets I took Heidi's Sunshine stencil, some white cardstock and two new yummy ColorShine colors Citron and Navy and spritzed to create an Ombre effect.
Once it was dry I used some old rubons (thankyou LeanneAllinson) with a school theme and filled in the rays with the rubons and then added this to the front of my album as well.
I spritzed a Color Magic banner and added this across the join and added some paper and a Color Pop frame. I also popped on a School flair from Greatest View.
Here's a sneak peak of what's inside my album. I will start each year with a 5x7 photo then a large clear envelope to hold special pieces of art work and other important items.
I took some pocket page plastic sleaves and added photos from throughout the year.
...and also took photos of large pieces of art that could not fit into the album.
For Addison's album I decided to create a Mixed Media cover. I have an in depth tutorial on the Heidi Swapp here showing how I created it.
After I painted my background I added texture using stencils, rubons, stamps and pen. I cut and pasted the school house out of Serendipity pattern papers and old book paper.
I did get messy with some more Heidi Swapp stencils , texture paste and Colorshine.
This one uses the hexagon stencil and Tinsel Colorshine.
These dots are from the 6x6 Polka Dot stencil.
Heidi created the school word and I cut it out with my cameo and spritzed it with Tinsel Colorshine. You can download the school word for free on her blog here.
More texture created with stencils and rubons.
and more sneaks inside the album.
I plan on updating the album at the end of each term to try and keep on top of it.
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