How cool this album turned out!!! Although it was a bit time consuming, it was worth it in the end. This album I used a tutorial by Xanerro1, but changed up the decorating and embellishing a bit. I did a lot of fussy cutting (a lot!) which Anne also loves to do, so it will take a considerable amount of time. The good thing though, this Graphic 45 collection Home Sweet Home is full of fussy cutting opportunities!!! I will post a link at the end to a source to get this collection at the best price available. This album is a wonderful useable album, and will stand freely to hold your recipes that allows them to be read easily. There are also plenty of places to add photos of finished recipes or to add recipes clipped from magazines or hand written family ones. I made this album for my mother in law for Christmas and she feel in love with it and plans to add many family recipes immediately. She wants to leave it on a stand in the kitchen so she can see it daily. (Does my heart good). I have photos here, but didn't have a chance to do a video...however..she is going to let me borrow it for a little while to do a video to show this awesome creation and just how much space is in it........you will not believe it and pictures just don't show that. So, please check back soon to get the youtube video link.
Some details about this album. The album is overall 9 1/2 X 6 3/4, with a 1 1/2" spine. I have wrapped the album in black cardstock and then the fun decorating began. I added a pocket on the bottom of the front cover and added some mats/tags that can be used to jot some recipes on the backs. I fussy cut the vintage lady, flowers, the statement card she is holding and the 'Home Sweet Home' sentiment I pop dotted at the top for some dimension. The peas, carrots and tomato packets have been matted on to the pocket. The mats/tags are being held securely in the pocket. There is ample space to add several more.
A close up of the mats/tags from the pocket. There are many many of these to cut a part in this collection.
Album open to show the inside. On the inside front cover you will find a clip that is permanently attached and it holds a sweet vintage matted sentiment tag, perfect to add a photo or recipe on the back. Perfect also to hold a recipe you have and are working on. There is a pocket at the bottom which holds several recipe cards. These are ready for your handwritten special recipes and will be kept safely and securely in the pocket to access easily. The inside of the back cover is incredible!!! I will do my best to describe this section, as it's just amazing to me and I hope to you as well. Although this appears to be a basic waterfall design, oh my friends, there's nothing 'basic' about it! Notice there are tabs ready to be written on on each section, well, lift the bottom flap and pull it out and this entire waterfall expands to about 3 1/2 FEET!!!!!! AND... it's embellished and tabbed on both fronts and backs!!!! Honestly, a video is needed to do it justice, so I promise to do one very soon!
For now, I will post some pics of the 'pages'.
The recipe cards I added to the inside cover pocket.
A closer look at the incredible expanding pages.
This is the first page of many. I fussy cut the grandma scene, the frame and the Happiness is Homemade which I popped up for dimension. I also added a cardstock small tag from the collection to the lower part of the page. As you can see, each page will stand up on it's on to allow for reading a recipe clearly and easily.
When I tell you this opens up to over 3 1/2 feet, I'm not kidding!!!
CORRECTION: Actually I measured it today pulled out and it is 6 feet!!!!! Incredible!!!!! With both sides embellished, that's a total of 12 feet of space for recipes!!!! WOWZA!!!!The backside is also just as embellished as the fronts..........amazing, just amazing. hehehe I'm sorry, but heck, I'm impressed. :-)
The waterfall folded down to expose the inside of the back cover, which also has an expanded pocket with an 1/8" gusset to hold many many recipe cards or recipes that have been clipped out. I included some large sentiment recipe cards with so much room left. Each and every page is magnetized to hold everything closed. I'm so in love with this album, and so happy it was a much loved gift for a special lady.
A few more pictures of pages....... I just can't wait to do a video for you all. Each page has been embellished and has inter-actives. Each page has place for recipes to be added. Each page screams for recipes.
Just a few more pages to share............there's soooooo many though, with tons of fussy cutting!
Love love love this collection: Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home!!!
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Here is the youtube link to see this album in a walkthrough and to show you the extent of how spacious it is....amazing!!!!