I also knew I wanted this to be a 6x8 album. I went back and forth between the pink Simple Stories Snap Binder and the Becky Higgins Gold Album that I ultimately chose.
I stumbled upon this glittered chipboard 8 at the $1 Hot Spot in Target of all places. It was perfect for the title page. I took the page protectors and chipboard divider pages from the Simple Stories Snap album and used them, so grateful for the uniform style that fits the 2-ring binder. The pink is just extra wide washi tape that I had leftover from the stripes I put up in Maya's room awhile back.
For the tag I used my typewriter that I purchased from an antique sale last year -- only to discover it doesn't have an "!" key. TRIVIA: Did you know that the exclamation point key was only added to keyboards after 1970? I had to do the old apostrophe and period trick.
"This is what it's all about" is a rub on with a vellum heart.
The glare on the page protectors was hard to overcome, but I didn't want to take everything out of the pockets to photograph them.
Lots of my embellishments are on top of the page protector just to give it a more layered look, and to keep it laying flat on the page.
I kept a lot of this album transparent with just a few embellishments added to the pockets. I also stitched directly on the page to close the pocket or add tags.
One thing I loved about using Maggie Holmes' products is that many of her products are already premade and textured for you. In this case, all I did was add the star to the tag and rotate the happy diecut.
Another example of Maggie's premade embellishments: the Love banner and the rosette.
Putting this album together was so much fun! Each picture was so beautiful and soft. I loved the way it turned out!
She really just bounced around from place to place, and I followed her, camera ready. This was my first real photo shoot, and I was more than pleased with the results. I didn't want my embellishments to detract away from the photos.
I included her baptism invitation in the album as well. Just layered the front and back together.
The gold transparencies are from Heidi Swapp, not Maggie Holmes.
I'm sad that I didn't capture a picture of her playing the violin at the baptism. I was busy on the piano, but she did a wonderful job.
For Maya's birthday banner I got some inspiration from Anthropologie's je 'taime banner. They were selling it for $48, but it's now out of stock. Seriously, what a racket. Who buys this overpriced stuff? I made mine for about $4.
First I cut out her name using my Silhouette Portrait. I used their adhesive gold vinyl. Next I just selected some sheets of cardstock and cut them into a banner shape. Strung it on some gold curling ribbon, and voila! I was going to make some tassels out of the same gold ribbon, but to make things easier, I just took some of them off a Oh Joy! Happy Banner from Target that I already had, and it saved me a bit of time. It still hangs in her room. It was so beautiful I couldn't bear to throw it away.
I added a list of people who attended, and the last page of the album is a copy of the program.
This album truly fills my heart with joy. It will definitely be one of my treasured keepsakes.