When I found out this month's theme at Alpha Stamps was 'Gardens,' I thought "Oh, brother. I live in the smack middle of the city - what do I know about gardens? And as far as growing things, I have the least green thumb of anybody I know!" But, then I remembered a funny little song from the turn of the century, "Faeries at the Bottom of Our Garden."
Beatrice Lily singing "Faeries at the Bottom of Our Garden"
So, immediately I realized I needed to do a Faerie Garden Mini Album (what better way to use so many of those wonderful faerie Collage Sheets from Alpha Stamps?) But, as I was looking through all the enchanting faerie images, I came across beautiful butterfly after butterfly and knew that I needed to make two albums this month - one for the Faerie Garden - and the other for a Butterfly Garden.
So, please take a little stroll with me through some of the album pages, and then click on the video so you can see all the interactive pages.
The Faerie Garden Mini Album
The cover of the Faerie Garden Mini Album uses the arched door laser cut album cover, with black Stickles covering the arched door. I hinged the doors with three micro-mini hinges and used a metal leaf for a door knob. It opens on an Alpha Stamps collage sheet with a fussy cut fountain from another collage sheet layered on top with the water lightly outlined with pale blue Stickles. I used the laser cut Brick Wall 2 stencil to put gold mica stucco 'bricks' on the album front and then used Twiggy Leaf Garland to frame the cover.
This is one of the many spreads in the album. The garden image on the left is the perfect spot for a large photograph to be showcased - and framed by more Twiggy Leaf Garland with 1/2" Pale Pink and Bright Pink Roses. On the right, the page base is the Provincial Hedge Scrapbook Paper with a pocket created from a garden gate image. The faerie image is one of many on the Alpha Stamps collage sheets.
Here is a quick little video tour of the album with its interactive pages
The Butterfly Garden Mini Album
With all those winged faeries in my head, I couldn't get the idea of butterflies to go away, so I used a Shellie Geigle inspired album design to create a Butterfly Garden Mini Album. She is also the artisan who created the beautiful gold frame on the cover of the album. I used the glamorous rhinestone ribbon from Alpha Stamps on the cover (down the left side and around the picture frame) and some of the Leafy Twig Garland on the frame. There are two butterflies, both luxurious with 'jewels' and the closure to the book is a vintage piece of jewelry.
Again, on the left side there is a space for a large photograph with a heavily glittered and lacquered butterfly and a side pocket (just out of view on the left). On the right is a flip page with a small pocket using the lovely satin leaf trim from Alpha Stamps and the miniature paper posies, along with more of the white rhinestone ribbon. When the ribbon is untied, there is another pocket with pictures mats for more large photos and again trimmed with the same rhinestone ribbon.
On the left side of this spread there is a 'belly band' which will hold man photo mats. It is decorated with two strips of laser cut ivy chipboard and mini light pink rosebuds. There is also a large 1" white paper rose on the side pocket. On the right side, which is trimmed with white rhinestone ribbon, there is a butterfly, fussy cut from the butterfly collage sheet pack.
I hope you'll take a little video stroll with me through the Butterfly Garden Mini Album
If you are interested in acquiring either of these albums, please feel free to contact me either through my email at this site or through Facebook.
Now, go make something beautiful!
(¸.•´♥ Tristan ♥