Saturday, June 12, 2010
I am so glad I'm able to finish my dear husband's Father's Day album. He is an awesome dad and an equally awesome photographer, so it is only fitting that I combined those two themes together and made him a family photo album. This time the album features not just the most photographed subjects on earth (our kids), but also the photographer himself!
I really love doing acrylic albums. My preference is to not cover the album up with paper, but rather use rub-ons or stamping (using Staz On ink) to keep the focus on the photos and also allow embellishments on the next pages to show through. As the albums are generally 8x8 or smaller, photos will need to be cropped in most cases and the 'blank' areas are then open for embellishing. It is really fun when you finish the album, and each page adds a little to the overall album design, and you can see it all through the cover!
There are a few tricks to not let adhesive show. One technique is to put two photos that are the same size on the front and back pages in the same location. That way, the adhesive is 'hidden' behind the pictures. Another method is to paste a patterned paper or cardstock to the back of a photo and let that show through the backside of the page. The patterned paper can be part of the background on the backside design. In this album, I used paper on the film strip of 3 photos and also on the long, slim photo. You can see how the paper becomes a part of the design on the backside. Since these papers do show through, I would use either a vellum adhesive or Zip-dry glue. This way the adhesive will not be as visible.
Most clear albums have about 5 acrylic sheets in total (10 pages). I like to keep the first page embellished, yet not covered up so the whole album can show through. I then embellish different quadrants in each of the following pages. This way, there won't be too much overlapping.
Half of the album focuses on family photos that were taken by the photographer. The other half focuses on the photographer himself:
Clear Scraps Camera Clear Album
Little Yellow Bicycle Lucky Me paper and rub-ons
Heidi Grace Forever Love Rub-ons
Technique Tuesday Ali Edwards Life in Pictures Stamp
Bo Bunny Journaling and K&Co Blue Awning Rub-ons
Making Memories ribbons and button
Staz On ink pad