Saturday, 2 May 2015

Indigoblu Emporium of Curiosities Mini Album

Before I started this album I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do with such ornate papers. Like the Steampunk Botanica they didn't need much embellishment but showing them off to their best advantage, that was going to be a challenge
For the basic construction of the album I recycled an old hardback book cover, the corners were all bent so I cut them down to 6½" square and added a 2" spine and the pages are envelopes I made from kraft paper. This was covered in kraft paper then the design paper was matted on to black card and attached over some red satin ribbon which formed the closure The doily is a pre-cut from Dovecraft, the metals from my stash and the flowers are from Sweet Lilac Flowers. The corner punch is a lip shape and it says it's made by Craftstoo
The spine was also matted onto black card. For the charm I used some parts of a necklace I found for 25p(!) in a local charity shop and hung them from some gorgeous gourd shaped safety pins attached to a jump ring. The heat embossing is done with a Stempelglede stamp and Stampendous pearlised ruby embossing powder
Inside the front cover is a plain pocket with a small booklet. Honestly, these papers are so beautiful and complex that you need hardly any embellishments. Page 2 is a magnetic flap concealing a photo mat pocket. All the photo mats in the pocket pages are 5½" square. There are 3 tiny roses in the corner which have been slightly altered with Frantage Embossing Enamel in Shabby White ( a lovely off white with flecks of gold)
Page 3 has a magnetic 3 flap insert which also lifts off the page to reveal a full page photo mat
And page 4 is another envelope page with a magnetic flap. I have used a spellbinders corner flourish die cut on the point with some teal half pearls and a bronze butterfly from my stash
Pages 5 and 6 are both simple pocket pages, one edged with some black lace from my stash All the photo mats are made from kraft card

On page 7 I mounted design paper onto black card then fussy cut round the typewriter and postcards. I then glued down the 2 outside edges onto the decorated page to form a pocket to slip the small booklet into
Page 8 is a pocket page with a triangular opening and a little tag glued on the 2 outside edges to hold another small tag with a miniature rose from Sweet Lilac Flowers
On page 9 is a small pocket type envelope made from kraft. The flap is held down with a butterfly punchie on a brad. It's glued down on 3 sides to leave room behind to put a tag. 
Inside the back cover is a corner pocket holding a tiny notebook with another Spellbinders corner flourish which has been heat embossed with Stampendous Ruby embossing powder

This album was so easy to make because the papers were stunning, it's what makes papercrafting an absolute pleasure, so thanks to IndigoBlu and thanks to you for looking 

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