Went very, very simple this year. Very unlike me in terms of scrapbooking design. I like abundance in the way of embellishments and design but for some unknown reason I wanted clean and simple this time around.
I decided on the Parisian Anthology Portfolio Album by Pink Paislee.
I love this album for so many reasons. For one it's a canvas album. That means I can paint on it. For those of you who know me you already know how much I love to paint.
Last year's 2009 album was the Donny Downey canvas album and I did indeed paint it. I sketched one of my favorite artist's lettering and Santa upon it.
And the boys loved it once it was finished! (reminder to self-need to paint 2009 on the spine soon)
This year I thought I would paint again. I thought maybe the painted album was going to become a tradition. But when I recieved the album I thought the canvas album was so beautiful in and of itself I decided not to mess with it very much.
I also love this album because it was a full 8 1/2 by 11 in size. I wanted my stuff to all fit inside this year. I don't usually mind my pages extending beyond the album itself but last years contents were getting a tad bit crumpled as you can see here..
Even my 2008 album contents are getting a little shabby around the edges. And I really don't mind this I just wanted this year's album to enclose and protect everything for a nice little change.
So to keep it simple I did this. First I removed this cute little locket sort of thing ont he front. It just snaps right off. And now I can re-use it on another project.
Next I grabbed this ribbon that has been calling my name for years now.
Found it at Michaels a few years back and I love the berries. It has a burlap sort of texture of it. Somewhat of a vintage look. The red stitching on the edges is very pretty.
I simply (there's that word again) glued it to the front of the album.
Then I layered an additional coordinating ribbon on top for texture.
For a little embellishment I stacked two the the Parisian Anthology Flair Variety Pack "florets" so to speak.
I also added a brad to the top. (this one I believe is an old Making Memories brad)
Very simple and clean. I will add a green felt 2010 under the ribbon and embellishment later.
To cover the ends of the ribbon I covered the inside with festive paper.
And for now added just one small embellishment to the inside.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas wouldn't you say?
Next up will be a few of the pages. The page protector's for this album are wonderful. And another reason why I chose this album.
Those up next.
That's all for now.