Recently, my good buddy, Jon, celebrated his big 50th birthday. Of course a special occasion like that calls for a very special gift, and I’ve been pondering for quite some time just what I should do. But when I heard that Maya Road was teaming up with Therm O Web this week, I had my answer. Why not use one of Maya Road’s fabulous chipboard albums to create a mini album for Jon with all the photos I took when he came out here to visit? Bingo!
Now Jon came out to North Carolina to visit me oh, about a year and a half ago, so you can see I don’t move too quickly on things. I’m sure that boy had given up on the notion that I would ever send him a photo, let alone an entire album. So I think he was truly surprised by his gift.
I really love how it turned out, too. I used Maya Road’s awesome 5-ring album, which was the perfect size. And with 9 chipboard pages, I was really able to add a lot of photos. Just what I needed.
Besides using a lot of photos, I also used a lot of old stash goodies I’ve been hoarding forever. For the first time ever, I actually used up every single sticker from a sheet, including even cutting up some of the negative shapes to use. And I believe that alone deserves a small congratulatory pat on the back. ;)
For the inside pages, I stuck with my usual plan of attack for mini albums….coming up with a basic design and repeating it throughout the album. I think the whole album really flows well that way, and it does cut down on overall design time. A definite plus when you’ve got a lot of pages to cover.
Papers, alpha stickers, and word strip stickers are from an older boy line from Authentique called Strong. Maya Road Kraft Library Cards and Envelopes keep my journaling hidden and hold extra photos, too.
I went a little crazy with some grungy stamping, and oh, my word, did I ever use some old stuff. Maybe you recognize some of it?
Lots of pockets for hidden journaling, behind the photos as well as from the envelopes and pouches. I’ve got all the details and how-to’s up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.
I’m so tickled with how it all came out, but best part? Jon said it was the best gift he’s ever received! Now how awesome is that?
Thanks for stopping by, my friends! Wishing you all a fabulous day!
Therm O Web SuperStik Glue Stick
Therm O Web SuperTape™ 1/4″ and 1/8″
Therm O Web 3D Zots™ Clear Adhesive Dots
Therm O Web Mini Tape Runner
5 Ring Mini Album
Kraft Library Cards w/ Envelopes
Patterned Paper, Alpha Stickers, Word Stickers: Authentique
Cardstock Stickers: Teresa Collins
Stamps: BasicGrey, Studio Calico
Journaling Cards: Little Yellow Bicycle, Studio Calico, Crate Paper, October Afternoon
Stitched Pockets: Studio Calico
Ink: Stampin’Up, Clearsnap, Ranger
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