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Studio Calico: 30 Days of Me - Part 1

Good morning! Sorry for the delay. Thanksgiving at my house on the 4th, work grand opening on the 10th. It's been pretty crazy around here. Hopefully things will start to slow down now that work is open. Or they'll get crazier with Christmas coming.

Here's what you see when you open it up. It's not a very good display of the dividers along the side, however I love all the ribbon, and twine sticking out along the top. If I'd have angled my camera a little to the right, you could see the four dividers along the right hand side.

I tried to angle this so I had as little glare on the pocket page as I could get, but still got a bit. This page was inspired by Maggie's title page, while keeping it more my own.
I took a small portion of a leftover page protector (I save the scraps when I trim a page down to make an insert in my weekly spreads) and trimmed it down to 4x4. I painted it with some purple acrylic paint, but had to be extremely careful. The paint doesn't adhere to the plastic very well, and chips off easily. I had to touch up a few places more than once.
I carefully adhered the thickers and the wood veneer over the paint, and gently slid it into the page. Then I added my sequins behind it and stitched it shut.

I used some silver glitter thickers I had in my box of alphas (I cut the tops off, so I'm blanking on where they're from). The wood veneer frame is from Freckled Fawn, I just painted it with a bit of white acrylic paint. 

In the back of my title page, I added sequins and wood veneers. The sequins are in some of my favorite colors and the wood veneers are music notes and a heart that says "me" inside.

Here's my first divider. I used a cutfile from Marcy Penner's minibook class at Studio Calico. I added the words "live simple, dream big, be grateful, give love and laugh lots" to the divider and cut them out of vellum. I love that you get a glimpse of what's to come on the next page. I painted over a portion of the words with some water colors.

When Maggie Holmes released the first PDF for the class, she told us that she wanted the prompts to work for us, and encouraged us to use them in anyway that worked for us. I rearranged the prompts to fit within each divided section, and as I share the different parts, you'll hopefully see that. I usually do things in order, but for this album, it was about me, and I wanted it to reflect that sometimes I do things out of order.

Sorry for the delay in posting this. I wanted to get it done before work opened, but didn't quite get it finished in time, but I hope it was worth the wait. There will be four more parts to this. There's a lot of stuff crammed into the tiny little album, and I'm so excited to share it with you!

Have a great day!


kvh said...

Very cool Alex! I love the acrylic paint technique. I never would have thought of that. Love the sequins and veneer too. Can't wait to see more! --Kristie from PLCanada

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