A week or so ago I got a call from our Head Pastor at church. Here is how our conversation went...
Heather, you know Diana is leaving us and we are having a going away luncheon for her next week? Well we were talking in the office and some one said we should collect all the cards and notes for her and put them in some kind of book or something. A Keepsake Album of sorts. Then someone said 'If she had time I bet Heather Scott could do something cool!'
And I said "Ya I bet if she had time she could!" LOL!!!
I mean seriously - isn't summer supposed to be relaxing and laid back time? Where is my time to chill by the pool and drink frozen Margheritas? I want a refund!
I was actually thinking though when she asked me, well VBS doesn't start til next week, and I have Stamping night out on Thursday. Could I use the album as my Stamping Night out Demo? Yep!
Yes Pastor Kay - I do have time and I will do something cool!
So off to figure out what to do for a keepsake album, a pocket album of sorts. A book to keep notes and cards - which would be great for graduations, milestone birthdays, retirements, job transitions. It will be a great gift idea for any of those occasions.
Thinking about what to do - I wanted to make pockets to slip cards and notes and pictures into. It had to be able to be added to if necessary and the pockets needed to accomodate full sized greeting cards. I started with a regular linen 8x8 album. You can get the just about everywhere - I happened to have had one left over from way back when The Angel Company carried linen albums. Yeah!
I printed the words onto vellum and embossed them in gold. The red center of the flower is a piece of scarlet CS that I stamped and then added crystal lacquer on top.
Now for the pockets...
I took a sheet of Kraft 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock and trimmed off a little off the long side - my page protectors actually heldp 8 1/4 x 8. I then scored the piece at 8" along the short edge and folded over. Then I used my corrugator to crimp just that flap. When inserted into the page protector the flap acts to close the pocket - so nothing slips out.
I REALLY like how it turned out. I didn't want to do too much because it will be very "busy" once you get all the cards and notes added to the pockets. I think it will serve the purpose of collecting all the notes and cards - and if she wants to she can also add pictures and journalling to the back side of the pockets.
So what do you think? Won't that make the perfect keepsake album? What a great gift idea for graduations, milestone birthdays and retirements too! I am very excited and am pondering offering them on etsy for sale - made in custom colors. How much would you pay for an album like that - or a better question how much would you see one for sale at? :-)