Somethings I had to buy from the USA and China as I couldn't find them here in the UK or they were ridiculously over priced here.
The frame I used on the cover of this album was from the USA. I couldn't find anything the right size, thickness and weight for this project in the uk.
It's a Designs by Shellie frame. When it arrived it was plain white plastic, I painted it black and applied gold wax lightly over the raised areas.
I cut a piece of acetate slightly larger than the aperture
and glued it to the back of the frame. Then cut the photo to fit the frame and glued into position behind the acetate.
The flowers I made using selection of flower dies by Heartfelt Creations , Delicate Asters, Classic Rose, Ariana Blooms and the few mini rose were made by cutting a circle into a spiral inking the edges and rolling it up to form a rose.
I am not going to do a tutorial on this project, firstly because there are some fantastic videos on Youtube on making these books from scratch. Secondly it would take far too long to describe every step and product used.
The spine of the book is covered in a gorgeous glossy green crocodile skin card.
I used a Tim Holtz frame on the spine of this scrapbook.
The next photo is of the inside cover of the book. Open the magnetic strap by lifting the tassel upwards and fold out two half pages.
One of which is a pocket page which holds the lists of guests. The second half page has photos of the invitations and flowers.
The first full page are all the details of the wedding, which I hot foiled in gold.
The second full page is a pocket page and contains two photo boards with photos of the bride and her father.
The Grooms page I kept quite simple, just a title and some captions.
The die cut flap opens to reveal a full page pocket that contains more photo boards with photos of the Grooms family.
I used Rare Earth magnets in the flap to keep this from flapping around when the pages are turned.
When we gave this book to the couple we didn't show them any of the hidden pockets.
We just let them go through the book and when they'd finished we went through it again pointing out all the hidden places they had missed.
The next page holds the first of two flip up books.
The pages on this book are held down with a magnetic strap.
Each book holds approximately ten to twelve photos.
Because this page is quite bulky the facing page had to be quite flat.
So I created a flip up page to provide a little more space.
The top photo flips up to reveal a beautiful portrait of the bride on the page underneath, with the title "Simply Stunning."
There is so a poem on love and marriage, which I hot foiled in gold.
The second of the flip up books has cotton twill tied in a bow to keep the pages from flapping around.
This book holds another 11 photos.
The decorative belly band page holds three photo boards in varying sizes.
I didn't think the belly band would hold the photo boards securely when making this page.
It was a pleasant surprise to find it did the job well.
The next page holds a waterfall book.
Pull the orange tassel and the pages roll up revealing a photo or a quote on each page.
Any books added to a page creates bulk so the following page has to be quite flat in the middle.
However the bulk in the centre does create a void around the edges of the page, which means bulky embellishments like the large 3D flower can be placed in the voids and they don't get crushed when the book is closed.
I love the heart border punch by Martha Stewart so I had to include it somewhere in this book.
I made a lace border and wove some ribbon through the centre and trimmed with faux diamante.
Just a few layers and two strips or cotton ribbon threaded through a diamante heart slider. I needed this page to be flat as the facing page was quite bulky.
Another pocket page with photo boards.
Decorated with faux diamante and a handmade rose.
The little envelopes on this half page were filled with messages from parents and step parents of the happy couple.
I made the envelopes using Stampin' up's envelope punch board.
In the photo below the half page opens out revealing another pocket page and a flip up page or two. By creating these half pages I am also creating a void between the pages where I can place the bulky 3D embellishments.
Technically this is a 6 page scrapbook, but as you can see with all the flip ups, flip outs and pockets this scrapbook holds a hell of a lot of photos quotes and embellishments.
Now I promised you a link to a video on making these scrap books. Well here are the links for the step by step tutorial. They are long video so make sure you have lots of time to watch them, Shelley makes the most amazing books and her instructions are so easy to follow. She tends to decorate most of her books using heartfelt creations paper stacks. Which have pretty much everything you need.
Unlike mine that was made from a variety of papers and card from wherever I could find paper in the right colours.
I want to make another using a a heartfelt creation paper stack now.
Shelley Geigle is the name of this very talented lady.