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!

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9 thoughts on “Summer Lovin’ BBA Challenge”

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

  3. Sarah ~ Magnolia Surprise

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

  6. Splendid Little Stars

    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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