Bird Ballad patterned paper is so pretty!
I didn’t realise until I opened my pack of Bird Ballad paper how much I was going to like it! I mean I have a bird phobia so I wasn’t sure about it but bought it as I thought some of patterns might work out for me. Well I have already made three projects with it and love the colours – there are quite a few in the paper – and have started using my second pack of paper.
My first project was quite ambitious – no starting slowly and building up – I launched in with a mini album! It has six pages and uses a hidden hinge binding. If you haven’t tried this type of binding there are lots of youtube videos to watch to see how to do it.
Here you can see the front, side and back. The album was constructed using a piece of backing cardboard that comes in Stampin’ Up!’s patterned paper packs. The album is 6 3/4″ by 6 1/4″ so that you can fit 4″ by 6″ photos in it. The fastening is simply a piece of ribbon, 3/8″ scalloped lace trim, tied through two holes on the front cover pieces. I had intended to use a magnetic closure but I was so excited by the paper I stuck it on forgetting to add my magnet first! So what do you think of the paper so far – are you loving the fact it is delicate and bold at the same time?
I added a simple sentiment on the front, in the the stitched nested labels dies. The delicate flowers are from the Budding Blooms die set – you can cut three out at time which is always a bonus for me.
The whole Bird Ballad suite is very tempting and if you like to make ordering easy for yourself you could use the “I want it all” code 154290 which includes the Stamp set, Stitched Nested labels dies, a pack of the patterned paper, the Bird Ballad Laser-cut cards and tin, 3/8″ scalloped lace trim and Bird Ballad trinkets.
Six inside pages with hidden pockets as well
The album has 3 pages on the left and three on the right – I hope the photos show it ok. Each page also has a hidden pocket ready for more photos and journaling. I used Basic Gray cardstock to construct all the inner pages.
There wasn’t any patterns I didn’t want to use, in fact I’m going to struggle putting photos on the pages as it will cover up some of the beautiful paper! To add interest to the hidden pocket pages I scalloped the edge using a die from the Seasonal Layers set.
I haven’t added much decoration yet. I prefer to add the photos and journaling before finishing the decoration. However I couldn’t resist stamping the birds on a branch from the Free as a Bird stamp set and colouring them in! It was so therapeutic and enjoyable!
Here are the materials you need to make the album or you could choose the “I want it all” code 154290. Hope you have fun!