Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Flower album created for Shesasassylady Blog

I was asked to be a guest designer on Shesasassylady blog several month's ago, and this is what I came up with for my first post.  Thank you Sheila for letting me guest design(I love being a Sassy Lady!).  It is such an honor, and I am very excited about it. 

The inspiration for this project came one day when I was looking thru dies on a webpage that had a lot of amazing dies, that were quite pricey.  I saw a petal album die that I decided to create my own using my Cricut, Gypsy, George cart, and Hannah Montanna cart.  I really like this album because it had one petal on every page for a total of six pages.  In order to get the petals of the album just right, I needed to get just the right heart shape.  Using my Gypsy, I looked thru all of the hearts available on the cartridges and decided that a heart on the Hannah Montana cart would be perfect.

I created a circle using George and sized it to apprx 5" then I added the heart from the HM cart at 2.52x2.43 on the left hand side of the circle and welded it.  From this I created the other 5 pages, using the group and copy feature available on the Gypsy. The first page had one heart on it, but the other pages had 2 hearts, one for the spine and one for the petal.

The above pic is only one page in my Gypsy.  It took 2 pages to get the whole album.  I offset the petal on each page so when I was done, I had an album with six petals.  I cut the base out of fed ex envelopes that I get used at work.  I only cut from fed ex material each page once.  For the cardstock I cut one page printed side up, and one page printed side down so I have a cut for the front and the back of each page.  I attached the cardstock to the fed ex album using zip dry glue(love this stuff.)  Front page to front page, back side to back side.  Below is the album before I emblished it.

I wasn't happy with my choice of cardstock, so I recut and attached new cardstock over the album again.

I cut the emblishments for the pages using Song Bird and Picturesque.  I cut the petals by themselves and attached over the petals that were already there.I created circle frames by taking the original circle I created with George, copying it, placing it directly over the circle I copied from and making the second circle smaller on the Gypsy, this created frame that fit perfectly. I attached the frames, but left the top side open so when I get my garden pictures, I can slide them under the frame and emblishments on the page.

Here is the finished album.

I hope you enjoy this project, and as a special treat, the Gypsy file is available under the cut file tab at the top.  You will only need George and Hannah Montana to cut the album out, and you can emblish it anyway you want.  If you have questions, let me know.



Ohhh Snap said...

Wow!!! That is gorgeous! I would have never guessed it was a circle with hearts.

I have yet to do any mini-books. TFS :)

Lori Apgar said...

Awesome mini album!!! Left you some blog love over at Sassy's.

You should submit this to Audrey Frelx's Showcase over at!! She has a weekly showcase to feature projects to a larger audience!! We would love to have you!

Pam aka TheBugBytes said...

Beautiful album. Love the flower petal idea. Nice colors too.

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

This is just beautiful!!! I love your design, paper choice and the way you decorated this lovely album! Thanks so much for sharing this on we are always delighted when you share your designs! You are a very talented lady!

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

You know I love this design1!! Please stop by my blog I have a little something for you!