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!

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