The Art of Marriage: 10 Years

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Hi Friends! How's your week going? Mine has flown by because I have been so busy making the project I want to share with you today. My dearest friend is celebrating her 10th anniversary next week, and she asked me to make an accordion fold card to give to her DH to commemorate the occasion. (I also made a card for her 9th anniversary, and blogged about it here.) Well, I never do anything simply that can be complicated, and that accordion fold card quickly turned into a mini-album! Whew! I've never made a mini-album before, so I had no idea what I was in for, but now that it's done, I am so glad I did it. It's a beauty, and truly unique. So...grab yourself a cup of something delicious and settle in for an extended post--LOTS of photos! I think you'll enjoy it.

This is the album all tied up. I dyed seam binding with Distress Ink reinkers and glued it behind the burlap. It wraps around the back to tie on the right side. I was going for a more masculine look, since my friend is giving this to her DH, hence the burlap, rough twine, and lack of flowers.
I couldn't resist adding a couple of pins, though, since I just learned to make them. ;) Here's the tutorial I used, if you're interested in making some for yourself. It's fun, and soooo easy! Thanks, Anita!!!

There are 12 panels in this album. When I started this project, I planned to keep everything flat so it would lay flat when closed, but CAS is not my strong suit, so this baby turned out to be a bit on the chunky side! :)

When the album is opened, this is side one. We decided to print all the photos in sepia tones to give the album an aged look. See those numbers on the pages? Well, each panel represents a year of my friend's marriage. She chose photos from each year and gave me a few details about things that happened during each year so I could decorate accordingly. Everything that is on each panel represents something in that year of my friend's marriage, but to respect her privacy, I won't necessarily reveal what all her details are. ;) I will, however, show you each panel individually, so you can see everything close up.

The first two panels are of the wedding and Year 1 combined. I was glad she had used Calla Lilies in her wedding since I had this gorgeous Flourishes stamp. I colored the lilies with Copics, and made the ribbon purple to match the color of her bridesmaids dresses, then heavily distressed the edges by tearing them, running them through my Distrezz-It-All, inking with reinkers, then wetting the edges with water. Once all that was dry, I inked the edges one last time with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I love distressing!

Each panel features one word that represents a characteristic that my friend felt was important during that particular year. I printed those words on a transparency to make rub-ons, using a font called Lover's Quarrel.

The next panel is for Year 1--part 2. The numbers were die cut with purple cs to match the covers of the album. I inked each one with embossing ink and used UTEE and my heat gun to give them some dimension. Some of the numbers didn't turn out as well as I'd have liked. I think it's time to invest in a melting pot for my UTEE. That would have worked so much better! (Ha! I just noticed that one of the photos on this page is of The Melting Pot restaurant. What a coincidence!)

For Year 2, I colored another Flourishes image and added a string of pearl beads. After coloring the image, I turned it over and used a stylus to emboss several of the individual roses, so it has a lot of texture.

I'd been wanting to try the faux leather technique using masking tape, and Year 3 provided me with that chance. I couldn't get it as dark as I'd have liked, but all in all, it was a success. The black and red strips are Washi tape. I added eyelets as a fun element, but also to help hold the tape on. This tape is repositionable, and being on a heat embossed bg, it didn't want to stick very well. Recognize the little black element in the upper right corner? Three black circles, and you have yourself some Mickey Mouse ears! I covered the entire embellie with Glossy Accents (which is why it looks a little bit red in places--reflection from something, but I don't know what).

I colored the rose image (yep, another Flourishes stamp) with Copics, and embossed it the same way I did the heart shaped roses in Year 2. It's amazing how much nicer stamped images look when they are embossed with a stylus! This Year 4 photo was perfect for printing part of a love song on, but there were more photos from that year, so I decided to make a tag for them. To make sure the tag would slide in easily, I added 2 narrow layers of kraft cs strips to the side and bottom edges of the panel to serve as shims. Then, I sewed the top of this panel before attaching it to the cs base. Finally, I sewed the rest of the panel directly to the base, sewing through the shims. I could have glued it, but I needed the tag to be fairly wide and sewing left me more room inside than glue would have.

Here's a look at the tag pulled out. Now, see that little thing at the top of the tag that looks like a tag? Well, it's not actually part of the photo tag. It's another tag, inside the photo tag. Confusing? I'll explain it in just a minute. Oh, and remember I said we printed all the photos in sepia tones? Well, there are three photos in this album that do have some color in them. In this one, the balloons were left pink and blue because the colors have special meaning. Can you guess what it is? That's friend had just found out that she was pregnant. She had filled her foyer with pink and blue balloons as a surprise to her unsuspecting DH!

For Year 5, I wanted to have a "wood" bg, so I went to Lost and Taken and printed one of their images. If you've never visited that site, you should. Fantastic, and FREE, photo images. I especially like the wood, vintage wallpaper, and grunge images.

In case you are wondering, yes, that is Elvis renewing their wedding vows. Seriously, cool! My DD, who just discovered Elvis last month, was duly impressed!

I added silver brads to the corners of this panel. This is the one thing I did in this album that I wish I hadn't. The brads exert a lot of pressure on the fold when the album is closed.

Here's a look at the other side of the album. Keep going for deets on the individual panels. Need a refill on that beverage? ;)

I made a flap for Year 6, with photos on the front, and text inside. To keep the bulk down, I created the text in Word and superimposed it on a digi paper bg, then printed the top part onto the back of a piece of dp, and the bottom part onto plain cs. I glued them together before adhering it to the bg panel, and once it was creased for the fold, you couldn't even see the seam. I added the flourish stamp last.

The gems on the panel are Swarovski crystals that my friend provided. They were clear and I colored them with Copics. I used them throughout the album, and now I'm totally spoiled. Regular rhinestones just won't cut it anymore!

The dp I used for the Year 7 panel made for an easy layout. I incorporated the gold glitter corner element on the paper into the design. I tore the corner off the beach photo to make room for the photo of the house, and it's a little hard to see here, but for this year, my friend received a pair of copper colored earrings, so I glued copper beads to the photo to look like earrings. :)

The Year 8 panel is one of my favs! I needed a bronze element for this year, so I cut a frame for the stunning photo of my friend, then used Distress Inks and Perfect Pearl Mist to color it. Even IRL it looks like bronze metal! The bg dp is lace, but I also put a piece of real lace under the edge of the photo.

Remember I said that there are 3 photos in this album that have color? Here's the second one. The family made a trip to the Sesame Street Theme Park that year and in the photo they are sitting on the Sesame Street stoop that you always see in the shows. In the entire photo, you can see the lamp and street sign, but it is so far from the family that the photo had to be too big for this project. So, I grabbed a color pic of the lamp and sign off the Internet and superimposed it onto the sepia photo. Also, I used Glossy Accents on the globe of the lamp to give it a glassy look.

I actually participated in Year 9 a little, myself. This is the year that I made an anniversary card for my friend to give to her DH. Her request was that I include the elements of china, willow, and leather. You can see the full size photo of the card in this post, but that little photo in the lower right of the Year 9 panel is the card, sepiatized (is that even a word?). It's the third photo that I left color in because it is a "Blue Willow" plate, and it kind of loses something if it's not actually blue. Oh, and the blue rhinestones on this panel are the only ones that aren't Swarvoski crystals.

For this panel, I used a blue Sharpie to draw thin border lines on white cs, stamped Blue Willow images in a couple of places, then embossed the entire panel. There were more photos that wouldn't fit on the panel, so I made another tag for them. See it sticking out of the top?

Here's the photo tag. Because one of the 9th anniversary traditional gifts is leather, I embossed the kraft cs tag with the same embossing folder that I used on the panel, then colored it with Distress Inks, added a large eyelet, and tied a piece of leather cording to the top. I used an edge punch to create the scalloped top.

You still with me? Almost to the end, I promise.

The bg paper for Year 10 is from an old dictionary. I wanted to emphasize the word "love" on that page, but it's at the very bottom, just under the "10," so I couldn't do too much with it except not cover it up. Ironically, when I trimmed the paper for the panel, the word at the top right hand corner was "louse." Don't publishers know that cardmakers are going to destroy their books in the name of sentimentality. I mean, surely they could have done something to avoid that faux pas! Well, I couldn't trim enough to get rid of it, but with all my distressing, unless you know what it says, you can't read it. Maybe I worried about that too much, but having "love" in one corner and "louse" in the opposite corner just seemed wrong to me in a project like this! :)

The characteristic my friend chose for Year 10 is Faith. That gave me the chance to color another beautiful Flourishes stamp! It's a large stamp, though, so I needed to put a large photo with it so it wouldn't be overwhelmed, which didn't leave room for any other photos, so I made hinges from a tab die and created a flap. These photos are underneath the Year 10 panel.

The final panel is one of my friend's favorite quotes, by
Emily Bronte. It seems to sum up their marriage perfectly. I typed the quote in Word and merged two different digital pages to make the bg for it, then printed it out. The black dots are Enamel Accents.

Did you happen to notice all those tags and pieces of twine sticking up all over the place? I love the look, but they are functional, too.

When my friend asked me to make this project for her, she spent a lot of time looking for photos, and just trying to remember when different events and memories took place. And, although many of those things are represented in this album now, years down the road, she may not remember why there are pearl beads on the Year 2 panel, or what the significance is of the characteristics she chose to feature for each panel. My friend plans to display this album in her home, but she didn't want a lot of personal information written in it for just anyone to read, so I made some narrow journaling tags for her that can be left in or out, as she chooses, and I left the top of every panel open so each year can have it's own tag. She'll be able to write anything she wants on these now, while everything is fresh on her mind, then when she's ready to store the album away, she can easily slip each tag behind it's corresponding panel, knowing the memories are preserved for her.


I decided to make a gift box for the album, using my Martha Stewart Scoreboard. The flowers came from my stash. I hot glued the small flowers to the leaves, then glued the large flower to the bottom of the stems so I could tie the bow across the center. made it to the end! Thank you so much for hanging out with me today. I hope it was fun, and I hope it inspires you!

Happy 10th Anniversary, Jessica and Mike!

I'd like to enter this project in the following challenges:
Robin's Fetish Challenge #124: More Than One Fold
Do You Stack Up Challenge #89: Kraft & Twine
Paper Play Challenge '12 - Week 37: Fancy Folds
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge PWC223: Paper Punches
Simply Create Too Challenge 21: So Old or Vintage
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #180: Anything BUT a Card!
Tuesday Throwdown #115: You're A Gem
Whimsy Inspirations Challenge #51: Anything Goes
My Time to Craft Challenge #188: More Than One Fold
Technique Tuesday: Faux Leather Using Masking Tape Challenge
Cupcake Craft Challenge 209: In Stitches
The Pink Elephant Challenge 165: Wedding / Anniversary

Now, I'm off to pack for my trip to Greenville and the stamp convention!!! See you next week!

Stamps: Calla Lilies, Hearts & Flowers, Sweet Nature; He is Risen (Flourishes); Wedded Bliss (Creative Imaginations); Scroll (Autumn Leaves); Blue Willow (Kodomo)
Paper: Moulin Rouge, Reflections, Annalee (Prima); Lost & Taken; Faith Paper Pk (The Paper Studio); The Shimmer Stack, Once Upon a Time (DCWV); Que Sera Sera (K&Co); Shine Digital Paper by Karen Funk, Ticket to Ride Digital Paper by Mye De Leon (Design House Digital); kraft cs; chipboard
Ink: Copic markers; Distress Ink; Memento; white gel pen; gold calligraphy pen
Dies: Curved Rectangles, Labels 21, Labels 3, Labels 18, Std Circles Lg & Sm, Fancy Tags 3, Lotus Pendant, Classic Ovals Sm, Classic Rectangles Sm, Fleur de Lis Squares, Classic Squares Lg, Heart Circles, Romantic Rectangles, Classic Bracket Edgeabilities, Bird Flourishes, Creative Page Tabs (Spellbinders); Mark Your Spot Bookmark die (Taylored Expressions); Alpha Bubbles (Sizzix)
Accessories: Postage Stamp Edge Punch, Diamond Lace Edge Punch, Parisian Edge Punch (EK Success); embossing powder (Zing & Distress); UTEE; Tropical Paisley embossing folder (Sizzix); Distress Ink reinker (to dye seam binding ribbon); seam binding (Hug Snug); burlap; lace; leather cording; household twine; Swarovski crystals; rhinestones; pearls; beads; brads; eyelets; pins; sewing thread; Glossy Accents; Stickles; Enamel Accents; Pearl Pen; Perfect Pearls Mist
Size: Covers are 4" x 6" x 1.75"; each panel is 3.5" x 5.5"
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susan said...

Very lovely project! Thanks for joining us at THE ROBYN'S FETISH CHALLENGE!

Anonymous said...

Wow, what an amazing creation, it must have taken you ages...thanks for joining us at Cupcake!
Helen x

Maria said...

Wow!!! This project is truly amazing! You put a lot of work into this for your friend! I love the aged distressed look to be more masculine! Lovely pins! I'm sure your friends will treasure this mini book!!! Happy 10th anniversary to them!

Carla S. said...

This is absolutely stunning, Cheryl! Such an amazing design! Very creative work! I am sure your friend is going to love it, as will her husband. It's sure to be a treasured keepsake for them! Enjoy the stamp show!

Winnie said...

This is absolutely a stunning project i am sure your friend will love it you've put so much work in it and its such an awesome design thank you for joining our challenge at Stamptacular sunday this week

Hugs Winnie DT

scrappingnana said...

This is fantastic. What a great mini album for your friend. Something to be cherished.

Elizabeth Hart said...

WOW - this is a fabulous project - thanks for the pictures. And, thanks so much for joining us this week at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge.

Mynn xx said...

This is absolutely amazing!!! LOVE all your elements--and your use of the faux leather technique is amazing! I am so grateful that you linked up with Technique Tuesday--please do so again SOON!!! :)

Crafting Vicky said...

OHHHHH my!!!! This is a work of art. What a beautiful present! So unique and wonderful. What in the world are you going to do to surpass that in the future lol I just had to become a follower. Looking forward to your next creations!

Thanks for joining us as Tuesday Throwdown this week. Hope to see you again next week. DT Crafting Vicky

Melissa Craig said...

Oh my word Cheryl!! What a stunning accordion fold mini. I love the aged look, I really like sepia toned photos. It just looks so cool. Each page is a work of art. Your friends are very lucky.

I love the pins and I think I need to just make a ton of these! Gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

Very well done, another masterpiece.

Debbie said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, Cheryl!! What a keep sake for them!!

WencheP said...

WOW - what an amazing project. Can't imagine how much work you have put into this! Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


Jessica said...

What an AMAZING minialbum!! So beautiful, just love every page! You got me really inspired!

Hugs Jessica

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

WOW!! This is just stunning & I'm sure it will be treasured!

Thank you for sharing with us at My Time To Craft this week, good luck!
Hugs Shell xx

Conniecrafter said...

Oh Wow you did an amazing job with this, what a wonderful, beautiful gift for her to give to her husband, I bet they both were just thrilled with your lovely creation!

Marybeth said...

Cheryl, this book is amazing! Wow, all the love that went into this book for your friend. The blog post alone must have taken for ever. ( It always does) Thanks for sharing this beautiful project with us.. maybe someday I can make something like this.

Karen said...

Hello Cheryl, thank you so much for joining our challenge at Technique Tuesday this month, we really appreciate your support and hope you will be back for the next challenge.
OMG this is absolutely gorgeous, all the different techniques, the distressing, everything about it - this will be a treasured family memory forever. Absolutely wonderful, your friends must love it, it's such a special thing Karen x

Helen Berry said...

Cheryl this is just absolutely out of this world gorgeous!! Thankyou so much for joining us at DYSU and Tuesday Throwdown this week!!

Céline said...

absolutly stunning!
thanks for playing with us at stamptacular sunday this week

Vanessa (aka V'ness, Nessa, oldschool) said...

thanks for joining us at MTTC!!!

Anne-Elise said...

Wow, Cheryl! Your project is amazing! Stunning work! Love it! Have a great Sunday!

Stacey Schafer said...

beautiful project...and so special! thanks for sharing this at The Pink Elephant!

Julia said...

Beautiful Card! Love the colors, image and style!
Thanks for joining us at My Time To Craft!

Frances said...

Wonderful creation, Very good pictures with so many details! Thanks for joining us at Paper Play Challenge Blog this week and good luck! hugs, Frances.

Peanut said...

Seriously gorgeous and oh so romantic! What a beautiful adorable keepsake. Will definitely be much appreciated! Thanks for sharing, Cheryl.

LORi said...

Your work is fantastic!! I am so happy you shared with The Pink Elephant this week! Hugs -LORi

Unknown said...

Stunning! Such a beautiful creation...certainly a labor of love. Thanks for joining us at DYSU this week!

Sue Lelli said...

Wow, Cheryl! THAT was simply AMAZING! She must be a very dear friend to be so lucky! Have FUN at your convention!

Rebecca Mosher said...

Gorgeous! What a fantastic project. Love all the details you incorporated.

L.Wilson said...

What a STUNNING project book! Wow, every little detail is absolutely amazing. An incredible and special keepsake!

Katy said...

This is fabulous! It looks like so much fun to make. Absolutely wonderful and I love how you incorporated the faux leather. That's a great idea! Thank you so much for joining us at Technique Tuesday! :)

Shannah said...

Oh what a BEAUTIFUL creation! I LOVE this idea - what a wonderful keepsake. So glad you joined our Whimsy Inspiration Challenge! Hugs, Shannah xox