Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Reflections: An "UP"fold Album


I hope everyone had a creative National Scrapbook Day last weekend. It’s one of the few “holidays” we can call our own, and gives us license to be uber creative (and maybe a little silly too!). I was fortunate enough to attend a weekend event in Newport Beach called Reflections – a wonderful scrapbooking retreat that brought innovative teachers to intimate teaching settings (about 20-25 students per class made it really enjoyable and fun!). One of the teachers we were immensely entertained by was Stephanie Ackerman – a long time friend of Zutter – who taught her family album using the Bind-it-All, Dreamkuts and Teresa Collins’ line of Family Documented papers.

If you are still on the fence about why you might need/want a Bind-it-All, this album should help convince you. In Stephanie’s unique style, you can see how you can create an album that opens to the left, and also up on the right. It’s more than a gatefold ….it’s an UPfold….I guess. You can only get a customized album like this using the Bind-it-All!

My album doesn't have photos in it yet, but Teresa's paper are so warm and versatile that my photos will look so great....and Stephanie designed this album to be interactive in unique ways. The journaling cards, tags and file folders are placed so they fold out. Pages are scored to open like doors (and punched with border punches to give them a pretty touch). The paper letters are adhered to scrap chipboard and cut out (then covered with Glossy Accents) for an easy, shiny homemade embellishment. All of Teresa's papers work perfectly in the Dreamkuts....just cut in halves or thirds and you are done - you don't need your other trimmer or make complicated measurements when you cut! It's a dream! The right side of the album with the little 4X6 flip top is so clever, and adds a unique element to the album that you can't get in a ready-made book. The piece de resistance is the Antique Brass Owire that is perfect with this homestyle album.







So remember, with the Bind-it-All you can bind your projects in multiple variations to add that special tough to your book! Have fun!

11 comments:

Lea Sanders said...

Cool project, Nan! I'll have to try this. =)

Scrappin Cheryl said...

Really cool book! I may have to try this, too!

Thanks for sharing!

Margie said...

Uber cool lil book!!! LOVE it!
TFS :*)

Eveline said...

Looks wonderful.
Eveline.

Kathy said...

I am always amazed at the talent that surrounds us every day! AWESOME project!

TxScrapAddict said...

Beautiful job Nan! I love Stephanie's work and Teresa's papers!

CarinaCina said...

I've followed your blog for some time now and envied all the nice things you've created with the machine... Well, I've finally ordered my own Bind-It-All so now I'll be able to try out some of your creations :) Thanks for all the inspiration!!

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leeannk said...

I love this, I am making a birthday present for a 6 year old and have decided to do a take on this with a colouring pad and place to hide pencils, THANKS for the inspiration!!!

cannycrafter said...

This is great! Will definately give this a go!

kraftyladyincali said...

you need to make this into an album kit...so i can BUY it! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Scrappy Nan said...

You can email stephanie@homngrownhospitality.com to see if she has any kits left over from the event!!