Monday, May 17, 2010

Hudson's Mini Album

Hello Monday - Hello World

Hope everyone had a great weekend, I sure did. Bill & I invited my mom and her husband over for fresh fish yesterday evening and my younger brother was able to come too; we had a real good time. I think we all ate as fast Bill could fry, and boy it sure was good. I guess that's one of the things I love about where I come from, I don't know a whole lot of people who appreciate fresh fish {bass, crappie, etc.} but growing up a little bit country, man I sure do. Then for desert I baked a short cake and had Bill go get some strawberries & cool whip; topped it off with a bit of coffee to wash it down and if I do say so myself - it made for quite a meal.

Anyways on to the album for today.
This is a baby album I made for my brother & sister-in-law to celebrate the birth of their youngest son, Hudson. This is in fact the 3rd mini baby album I have made for them, I made each of their girls one too when they were both born.

The albums are made the same way and all bound the same way. I started with 2 chipboard pieces cut to the size I wanted, cut 2 more chipboard pieces that I used for the spine, and then covered them all with whatever paper I decide to use. With this particular album I did a whole lot more than I have with the other two {be cool to see them all together - might have to see if I can do that}. On this one, first I stitched the paper, the pattern already had a thin criss-cross line in it, so I used that as my stitch line and used a soft green thread; to me it gave it more texture and an overall quality to it.

Next I layered 2 pieces of ribbon {white & blue} and stitched that down one side of my pattern paper. This was a tad bit tricky because I had to align it the right way on the pattern paper so that when I used the paper to cover the chipboard, it would all fall into the right place for the covers. As you can see in the photo below I think that I did pretty well with it. Once I got both pieces of chipboard covered with the patterned paper, I finished the inside of each cover with a matching piece of card stock, which I think gives the album a tailor-made look.

In each book I think I put 12 pages, and similar to the wedding album that I shared with you last week, this album was the inspiration for that album idea; which is to use this as a place to keep track of stories and funny little mishaps that will inevitably happen throughout his childhood.

As you can see, the final touch I made to the album was to add the charms along the side once I bound the whole album together. My picture didn't turn out so well on the close up of those charms but you can see one says 'star' and the silver heart says 'love', both are fitting I think. I also added the name plate on the front, I printed his name out on my computer and then cut it to size. On the inside back cover is where I put the cute little tag, 'frogs & snails'.


Last but not least I did make a card and yes it matches the album, not sure why I did it that way but it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Hope you liked this album, that's all I have for today. Have a great week and thanks for peeking!

Just B

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