Hi Creative friends!

Back on the blog today with a very special share… Special for a couple of reasons, firstly, it is my very first project using the DIVINE new Bohemian Dream collection for Cocoa Vanilla Studios, and more importantly, it’s special because it’s a project 10 years in the making!

I am a huge fan of tag mini albums and I have always wanted to do one featuring my little Miss and all of her birthday celebrations.  I wanted to create one project that would show just how much she has grown up over the years and of course, birthday photos are a great way to see that!  It took a little bit of work to sort through 10 years of photos but so worth it!  As you can imagine, there was quite a bit of inconsistency in the photos due to them being taken over such a long period of time over many different cameras. I thought the best way to work with that would be to print them all in black and white and edit with the same filter.  I’m really happy with the consistent feel they now have.
I then went about putting the photos in order from birth to 10, this gave me a really good starting point for the design of the album and dictated the layout for all of the pages.  Some of the photos were not that great quality wise so they had to be printed smaller, others were the square format and some were 6×4.  I really love the mix of sizes and I think it really adds an eclectic feel to the album.
Now that the photos were sorted, it was time for the fun stuff!  I ADORE this new collection especially the mix of pink and purple and the floral in the “Abundant” paper is to die for!  I thought it best to stick with a small selection of papers, “Abundant”, “Dreamer”, “Wild and Free” and “Bo Ho Bits” and teamed these with a piece of bright green cardstock from my stash.  I was going for bright and fun just like my Miss 10!

I have used a set of pocket page plastic sheets as pockets for my photos and went about inserting these and adding my pattern papers to the back.  I created tabs for the photos to attach to the ring at the top out of rectangles cut from the “Bo Ho Bits” pattern paper.  I simply fussy cut them out, folded in half and punched a hole in them.  I have also used quite a few of the elements from this cut apart sheet for my embellishments.  The number of each birthday came from my stash, it was good to finally get a use for those!

The bones of the project were coming together at this point so now was the time to go page by page adding lots of elements.  I started with the tag from the Sticker sheet that says “You Brighten my World” and added that to a scrap of pattern paper, next came a tag that was die cut and then I’ve added the word “lovely” from the chipboard accessories sheet.  For the next sheet, I’ve added a sticker tab to the right of my photo and a flair button.  I really wanted to use lots of bits from all of the parts of the collection, they go so well together and I just love the dimension they all bring.

This part of the creation process was so fun, I simply went page by page adding bits until I was happy.  Above you can see chipboard, fussy cut pieces of pattern paper and die cuts to create this cluster, finishing it off with some enamel shapes.  It was so nice to be able to just pick pieces and add them, there are just so many choices and with everything being so new and so well co-ordinated it really was hard not to add everything… I did use quite a bit though and I love that!
Here you can see a side view of the album.  I’ve added quite a few words and tabs down the side for interest and you can also see that I have added A LOT of sewing details to keep the album together.  I have also included a few shaker pockets with sequins which are really fun.  Sewing them really helps them stay together as they are handled so much more than pages in an album.  I think this is one of the reasons I love making them so much,  I seriously could make these all day every day!

I do hope you love what I have created with this new collection, it was so fun to make!  If you haven’t had a chance to see it all, be sure to pop over to the Cocoa Vanilla Facebook page, it really is such a stunning collection.  If you’d like your very own album just like this, be sure to check out the details of my upcoming class at The Stamper Hut Ashmore later on in the month.  Details on Facebook 🙂
Until next time,

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