Hello you all 🙂
Hope you are doing well. Its time for another Artful Crafting Challenge and the theme is ‘LOVE’.
So I started out with how I would define Love. For me ‘Love’ is the fabric that knits our day to day lives. Its all about family, friends, things we like, the food that we enjoy, the books we love, the jokes we share with friends and loved ones, the midnight snack while watching a movie and other simple things that fill my live with joy. These moments are great Blessings and I am thankful for them.
So when I started planning for my DT project I wanted to make something different. Something that captures the daily routine. And Shereen magically sent me the perfect DT package 🙂 Thanks Shereen!! 🙂 I had this Love Notes instagram album kit by We R Memory Keepers lying around, unused for ages and when I saw the ‘Love Notes’ 6 x 6 paper pack in my kit… I squealed with joy! This is what inspired me to document the simple and sweet memories with my kiddos, their smiles, the cheekiness, and happy moments. They are the sunshine of my life and growing up waaaaaayyyy too fast!!!
And finally, this album which I had been meaning to use for ages, became a reality 🙂
So this album by We R Memory Keepers, comes with clear photo sleeves and has a D-ring binding. Don’t you think such albums are just perfect for recording your everyday memories… you can make them really quickly or spend ages on them decorating and journalling 🙂 What I really love about them is… that they are really interactive… they tell a story… perfectly capture the beautiful imperfections of life… and most of all ‘ANYONE’, really anyone can make such an album (no rocket science involved :-P). All you need is a similar sort of album or even a note book/journal, a few photos, a pen, and some embellishments (for example, patterned papers, stickers, sequins, glitter, washi tape, or anything you can think of, the sky is the limit 🙂 ) The important thing is ‘DOCUMENTING” it all!! and having something to look back to.
So I cut out some of the pages from my 6 x 6 paper pad into size (a few squares of 4 x 4 inches and some of 2 x 2 inches). I started off with adding the papers to the clear photo sleeves and then added the photos in the order that I wanted. Then came the task of decorating and embellishing it all.I also used some of the frames and embellishments from my ‘Love Notes’ kit, die cut the Paper smooches Forever & always die using Gold mirror cardstock and used the ‘Forever’ and ‘&’ in my album. I also splattered some of the pages with watered down ‘abandoned coral’ distress ink. Made a sequin shaker page using some sequins, beads, glitter, a felt butterfly and wooden embellishments and then sealed it using the We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool. (you do no need the this tool to create a shaker page… you could use Washi Tape) I was so happy with how this shaker page turned out!! After I was satisfied with the layout of the album the final task was journalling.
Snap Binder albums are similar to these… They come with 8 pages, 3 chipboard dividers, and 10 Page protectors which have different sized pocket options. I have linked to them at the end of my post in the suggested list. So here are a few more detailed photos 🙂
I added splatters using the abandoned coral distress ink before journalling on this page.
This ‘&’ is actually a die-cut from a Paper Smooches Die ‘Always & Forever’
More Splatters, The red heart in the photo below is actually a DIY wire heart I made using the red metal wire from my kit 🙂
This wooden ‘Memories’ Frame and a few more wooden embellishments ‘love’ and ‘wow’ words are a gift from my friend Amna…Thanks Amna!!!
Phew a pretty long post full of photos here 😛 , I am so happy with how this album has turned out. In fact, my husband loved it too :-). If you have any questions please feel free to ask me. Are you into documenting? 🙂 I would love to see your work!
P.S: I do feel it is important to get kids into the habit of documenting… its a great family activity, and cultivates creativity in them, helps them to improve their writing and spelling too 😛 Both my kids have a Smash book and hopefully one day I will share them with you.
SUPPLIES/ SUGGESTED ITEMS FOR DOCUMENTING
We R Memory Keepers Instagram Album Kit ‘Love Notes’
We R Memory Keepers Love notes paper pad 6 x 6 inches
Paper Smooches ‘Forever & Always’ Die
Abandoned Coral distress ink / marker
Red Craft wire Woodware