Friday, April 11, 2014

Travel Mini Album {In Detail}

I have been wanting to make a mini album that is free from page protectors ever since I did my December Daily album last year. I have always admired those that I see on blogs, in galleries, and on Pinterest. The beautiful pages with elements overlapping and overhanging the pages always make me swoon, but I was certainly intimidated.

I decided that since I had a game plan, I'd step up and make my mini. There are photos that we've taken on our travels near and far that I just love, so those provided my content and theme. I've been wanting to experiment with new (to me) techniques with stamps and spray mists, so that fueled my creative side. I got 2 scrapbook kits from Studio Calico at the low, low price of $10.00 each for signing up for the Big Picture Classes National Scrapbook Day free online event, so my supplies were ready to go. Here is an in depth look at some of the techniques I tried.

My cover page, shown above, was printed on a piece of muslin bag. I did some research on the internet and found both good and bad results so just decided to go for it. I used washi tape to adhere all four sides of the fabric to a regular piece of printer paper, fed it through the manual feed of our laser printer, and held my breath. It all worked out, and I'll definitely be doing that again!

For this page, I wanted to have the appearance of the mist staining the page. I sprayed two different colors of mist onto a piece of parchment paper (next time I'll use something waterproof) and then used a wet paintbrush to add water to the mist. I spread it around in an area about the size of my page and then laid my paper on top. I did it a couple of times in different places to make sure I covered the entire background. I finished it off with spraying mist directly onto the page from a high distance.

I love the doodles and outlining that I've been seeing on projects lately. I have to say, I do not have a knack for making doodles look whimsical, but hopefully with more practice my hand won't freeze up as I scribble on the paper. For those of you that are eagle eyed, those are staples from the Tim Holtz mini attacher that I colored gold with a paint pen.

Masking isn't something that I'd tried before and figured a few letter stickers would be worth the sacrifice if it all went horribly wrong. I love the way the masking turned out, but while I was spraying my mists, I didn't realize how grey the Bronze Heidi Swapp Color Shine is, but it was too late to do anything about it.

Next week I'll share the complete album, but in the meantime, I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Elise, this is going to be one beautiful album from what you've done so far. Glad you went out of your comfort zone and tried new things, they all worked so harmoniously together!

  2. oh your mini looks awesome! love the misting

  3. Your misting turned out great! I like your masked title and the stitching you are adding. HS Bronze is very bronze looking, is it? Oh well, I like her other colors.

  4. Love your frame-sewing with colored thread ! Very pretty sneak-peek... I would like to see the whole album !

  5. Loving this already, can't wait to see the whole thing!

  6. Your book looks awesome.
    I love the sprays and sewing you did on here.
    I need to use my sprays and art materials more as well.

  7. I had no idea about printing on a muslin bag - too cool!! can't wait to see the rest of your mini :)

  8. Wow! This is amazing, Elise! Love the texture and the stitching. Can't wait to see the finished product. :)

  9. How lovely!
    I love the printing on the muslin.
    I definitely know what you mean about colors not turning out the way I want.
    But I have learned to roll with it, too. :)


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