When I was thinking about the theme, I got the idea of making a mini album documenting all the homes in which I have lived, nine in total so far, on two continents. I still need to have the photos printed (I don't print my photos at home), so the album is not completely finished yet. I plan to add outdoors and some indoor photos of each place, as well as journaling. As my base, I used Tim Holtz's Chronicle Worn Cover, which is larger (9 x 6.5 in) than the other worn covers. I had fun decorating it.
To change the background, I used Tim's Bricked Stencil and Dina Wakley's lovely Rosy metallic paint. I avoided the framed circle.
There had to be some stamping on the cover, and I used number stamps, an address stamp, a date background, birds and a compass.
To embellish my cover, I die cut a small globe, and houses from Cityscape Suburbia, Cityscape Metropolis, and the Snowglobe sets from Heavyweight paper, as well as clouds from white wool felt. They paper die cuts were coated with Matte Medium, and I also applied Crazing Medium here and there.
Then I coloured all of them with Distress Crayons.
The globe fits perfectly in the circle frame on the cover. I glued everything down with Matte Medium, since it both sticks very well and doesn't show.
As a base for the houses, I used a piece of Design Tape with numbers and applied a little Matte Medium underneath to make sure it is stuck down well.
The Crazing Medium gives great texture to the houses.
I die cut my title from white mat board using the Deco Alpha die. I really like this font. The letters were painted red and stamped with a text stamp. Then I coated them with a layer of Glossy Accents.
I added some metallic embellishments too, such as this globe. The hearts were done in the same way as the title letters.
I like to mix different textures, and the wool felt, glossy hearts, and crackled houses and globe look fun together.
A little Mermaid Lagoon paint was rubbed into the lock.
I also added some air mail arrows in Design Tape form.
The ring binder was tied with a piece of Linen Ribbon, and I added a key to it.
Here is the back, kept simple with just the bricks and some stamping.
For the inside, I prepared all the pages, so that I can just add photos. I used Tim's Large Assorted Page Pockets. There are three different types of protectors in the pack with great sizes: 3 x 4, 2 x 3 and 3 x 3, as well as a couple of thinner strips here and there. I mainly used Tim's 8 x 8 in paper pads and if you cut the papers cleverly, you can basically use every piece of each paper.
I used one pack of page protectors here, but I need to get a second one to add to the album. I was also out of the large ring binders, and will buy them instead, since the thin one you see here will be too small, once all the pages and photos are in the album.
The Zebra strip by Graphic 45 was a left-over from another project, the rest of the papers are all by Tim. I will add stamping to the inside pages, once I have the photos.
I picked a mix of neutral, number, postage, travel and map themed papers.
You can also alter the inside covers. I stenciled the pretty Floral stencil and added some stamping. I might add journaling later.
And here is the back inside cover.
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