Jul 282012

This month, fellow Blogging Business Artisans team member Janet of Bird in the Hand Art challenged us to create anything summer-related, love-related, or “Grease” (the movie) related. My response was to create a mini pocket album made of envelopes called “The Love We Share.” I previously created an album like this for the January challenge, but not with a theme. I chose Country Boutique papers designed by Jodie Sanford for Fancy Pants Designs because I love the delicate interplay of brown, blue, cream and yellow colors in this line. Two of the papers, Loved and Wallpaper, form the front and back covers of my book.

I decided to add journal tags with writing prompts to the album, which was a lot of fun. I made so many tags, in fact, that I will probably have to make a second album so they can find a home!

As I assembled the pages of the album, all of which include a pocket for a journal tag, photo or some kind of memorabilia, I kept track of the supplies that went into this project. To my surprise, I learned that one of the biggest costs was the adhesive. I used a full roll of tape runner (40 feet) just for the journal tags. One of my goals will be to reduce costs without sacrificing the quality as I make more of these for Mister PenQuin on Etsy. You can find the completed album in my shop.

I think that this type of album could work with different themes. The album shown above would work well as an engagement, wedding or anniversary gift. I can imagine a very colorful one for a child, a friendship book for a student, or a family holiday album. Thanks, Janet, for coming up with this month’s Blogging Business Artisans challenge!

© 2012 Judy Nolan. All rights reserved.


9 comments on “Summer Lovin’ BBA Challenge

  1. Rose on said:

    Beautifully done! This would be great for so many different occasions. Adhesive has been one of my biggest stumbling blocks with paper crafts, too. I buy double stick tape in bulk, which is the more affordable option that I’ve found so far, but it still adds up quickly.

  2. LeAnn on said:

    Beautiful album! And I love all the journal tags.

  3. Great piece for the challenge! I always like love themed items that aren’t always pink and red…makes them more versatile 🙂

  4. Sarah ~ Magnolia Surprise on said:

    Such a sweet album — it would be lovely to look back and read after being married for many years! I really like the subtle neutral colors too.

  5. Erika on said:

    I like the pockets and the great paper! I have a love album with prompts in my shop; I got the idea when I thought of the journal that my husband and I kept for one another when we were dating. It is fun to look back at it.

  6. Zuda Gay Pease on said:

    Beautiful, Judy!! What a lovely keepsake this would be for some sweet couple. 🙂

  7. Kaili on said:

    Wow, that is beautiful! I love that design.

  8. Nancy on said:

    Wow…those papers really are fancy & delicate! I love the mix in there. Masterful work, as always! Isn’t it surprising to find out what your most used materials are sometimes?

  9. Splendid Little Stars on said:

    a beautiful album!
    The prompt cards are lovely and fun as well. (“We’ll never do that again!”)
    so many different possibilities, too!

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