On this sunny Saturday morning, it really feels like summer is truly and finally here. Everything is green after our recent rain, and the fragrance of lilacs is in the air. I can see the blossoms growing on the cherry tree just outside our kitchen and family-room windows, and I can hardly wait for them to open so we can enjoy their short-lived sweetness. What a perfect time to be working on a project with paper named “Taste of Summer”, for I truly can taste it!
The minute I saw this special paper collection from Close To My Heart, I knew that it had to be showcased with an album. I chose the 8 x 6″ mini-album format, “Snapshots”, from the Artbooking CTMH Cricut cartridge. I did choose a few elements from other pages, but the main album all came from those two pages. How easy is that?!
There was a long list of compatible colours (from the CTMH collection of course), so I chose Sunset, Pear, Canary, Hollyhock, Topiary, Thistle and Black. Throughout the album, you will notice that I used many of the stamps found in the Taste of Summer stamp set, which I stamped on Daisy White. With the exception of one small piece of Hollyhock, which I used to highlight the strawberries on page 7, and the Daisy White I used for accents, all paper is from the collection. Other than what I have described above, I will list any particular supplies/materials that I used under each page.
The three rings are from Staples, but I’m sure you could find them almost anywhere that office supplies are sold. I was lucky enough to find some coloured ones! The flowers are all from a Recollections Floral Embellishments collection that I purchased at Michaels (while on sale of course!). All of the washi tape you see throughout the book, came from one Recollections set, also from Michaels. All the washi tape on the cover was backed with Daisy White to make them pop a bit more. All of the flower centres come from my stash. They are a variety of brads and gems that I added before adhering the flowers to the page. All of the ribbon used on the rings comes from my stash. I used a variety of colours that coordinate with the papers and stamping. The title was stamped and then fussy cut. I also used dimensionals to adhere, just to add some depth. The little flowers were purchased from Michaels (What can I say – they had a great sale that day!).
I used two of the “zip strips” in the collection for the border at the top and bottom of the page. The embellishments are from Michaels. The sentiment was stamped and then fussy cut. I used dimensionals on both the sentiment and the lemon. On the right side of the page, I covered two of the tabs with washi tape from the collection.
On page 2 I used the pink dotted washi tape to cover all three tabs. The little flower matches those on the cover.
This page is the full 8″ long, but only half the width. It comes from the “Elegance” album set in Artbooking. I used Sunset ink to stamp the oranges and then popped them up on the page.
I kept this page simple, using one strip of orange shimmer trim left over from Halloween.
I added a tab at the top of this page, which I punched from the same “lime” paper that you can see on the tab below (next page). I added a small piece of washi tape on the top photo and then matted the bottom photo with a piece of the “strawberry” paper.
You can see the green tab from the other page, peeking out above my granddaughter’s photo. It ties in very nicely with the paper on the opposite page. I matted both photos. For the top photo I used the back of the “strawberry” paper, and for the bottom photo I used the green paper with white flowers (again to tie in with the page right beside it). I attached “Bubbly” enamel shapes in the bottom corners of both photos (these are retiring in August, so make sure you get yours before it’s too late).
This is the first pocket in the album. So easy to create when you use the Artbooking cartridge! I chose to adhere the side of the pocket with a pop dot. That way nothing will fall out, and you won’t rip the pocket adding or removing items. The arrow was cut from the “Travel” album collection. I stamped the strawberries in Hollyhock and Topiary, fussy cut, and then popped up to add some dimension. This is where I added the one piece of Hollyhock card stock, trimmed as a banner. On top of that I added layers with another piece of “zip strip” from the collection, and some red shimmer trim.
All I added to this page, were three layered banners. The stripes are a piece of “zip strip”, the “Yummy” sentiment is stamped with Thistle and fussy cut (although you could have used the Cricut to cut this one), and a piece of purple shimmer trim. Just to add some visual interest, I rounded two of the corners of the bottom photo, and then popped it up.
This might just be my favourite page! Firstly, this is my gramma doing what she loved best – preserving! I love how her dress just “works” with the Thistle colour in the background. And the overlay that I used to mat the photos really adds a nice dimension to the page. So easy to do with the Artbooking cartridge. For the overlay, I used the “lemon” side of the page and put everything on the Thistle squares side of the page. Cool! The top photo is featured using a border cut from Artbooking, and then embellished with some washi tape and purple Glitter Gems (also retiring in August). Finally, I rounded all four corners of the bottom photo, to tie in with the shape of the border on the photo above.
On this page I had the “lemon” paper, so I used the “thistle squares” side to mat the photo of my grandson. I added some lemon slices, stamped in Canary and fussy cut, then popped up. At the top of the page, I cut out the sentiment banners from the collection and omitted the “photos” word. I used the “canary striped” paper from the covers, and then backed it with some of the “thistle squares” paper.
This is the second pocket in the album, which has flaps on both sides that you can use to adhere it to the main page so that all your photos and memorabilia are kept secure. For embellishments, I stamped orange slices, using Sunset ink and fussy cut and added to the top of the page. The bottom photo is attached right to the pocket. I added some white shimmer trim and flowers to match the cover. Finally, I rounded the corners of the photo for visual interest.
This page is another kind of cool one. I had a 4 x 6″ photo that I really wanted to use on this page. No matter how I turned it on the page it just didn’t look right. So I decided to cut it right down the middle. Worked like a charm! The top photo of my youngest son is matted onto the “orange striped” paper with a generous allowance on the bottom. To that I added some green gems that I found at Michaels (surprise, surprise). For the bottom photo (my middle son), I tucked in two tickets that I punched from the same paper I had used for the matting above. Then I stamped the sentiment using Sunset ink and fussy cut. It was adhered right on the photo with pop dots.
When I first started this album, I didn’t plan on putting anything on the back cover. However, when I got to the end I had one photo left that I really wanted to include. So this is where I put it. Sort of made sense too. With many people from the album sitting together. The only problem that I had was the colour of the back cover was very light and so was the photo. To fix that I matted it onto a photo mat cut from the Artbooking “summertime” album and using the “thistle squares” paper. Looking back, I think I would have made the matting 1/4″ bigger, but I didn’t want to waste the paper! Since I started the album with flowers, it only seemed fitting to end it the same way. So I found these really cute ones in the Artbooking “Love” collection and they were a similar shape to the white flowers on the lemon paper. I cut them out of the canary striped paper that I used for the outside covers, then added gems that I used elsewhere in the book, just to tie things together.
Well here we are at the end. You get a much better look at the ribbons I used on the rings. I chose not to put anything on the back cover, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t. I might have to rethink that choice since my run in with some adhesive!!
One thing to keep in mind as you are putting your pages together: When you look at each page, what else are you seeing? Can you see tabs, ribbon, embellishments, etc., from the opposite page? From a page elsewhere in the book? Try and keep a continuity across your pages.
I hope you have as much fun as I did putting this great mini-album together. All that’s left is to add some journaling … and go have a snack. For some reason I am feeling hungry!
Until next time