Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Cover, THIRD DAY Vacation Album

I’ve used this cover design on several scrapbooks and I just love it. It’s become a staple in my design toolbox. Inspired by a Jeannette Lynton design, I included some trip photo highlights to provide theme and structure.

The title, The Third Day, comes from Genesis 1:9-13. This represents the day of creation in which God separated the waters and allowed the land/earth to emerge. After this happened, He imparted life onto the planet which has evolved into this wonderful blue ball in our universe. I hope this will become a stepping off point for future trips west that David and I plan to take together.
Cricut’s Old West Cartridge
Neutral Cardstock Base
Dual-sided paper (2 uniquely patterned sheets)
Inkadinkadoo Coffee Bean dye ink
Favorite adhesive
Mini Sparkles

5.5” X 5.5” (1)
1.5” X 1.5” (8)

9.5” x 9.5” (1)
1 5/16” x 1 5/16” (8)
1.75”X 1.75” (16)

To construct this page, I used a buttercup textured cardstock from Bazill Basic Premium Cardstock (#304888) as my page base. I cut a 9.5” square teal-colored mat, which was the reverse side of the beach pattern cardstock, from K&Company Happy Trails paper pack.

I selected a buttercup colored foundation Cut it into a 9 ½” x 9 ½” square.

I selected 2 dual-sided patterned papers for the 1.75 inch squares that edge the teal mat. So instead of four sheets of paper to create my patchwork edging, I only needed two.

I used my Cricut Create to cut out 1” letters from the Old West cartridge. I used Bazzill’s Bitter Chocolate from their open cardstock collection.

1. Crop your photo:
   a. Center piece is 5.5” x 5.5”
   b. Accent pieces are 1.5” x 1.5”
2. Cut your title letters with a one-inch setting on your Cricut or favorite die cut machine.
3. Get your 12” x 12” butterscotch (or neutral colored base) and set aside.
4. Cut 9.5” x 9.5” teal mat and set aside
5. Cut eight (8) 1 5/8” squares from your buttercup cardstock or the stock to match your base and set aside.
6. Cut eight (8) 1,75” squares from each of your two dual-sided cardstocks and set aside.
7. With your Inkadinkadoo Coffee Bean dye ink and pouncer, chalk the edges of your base, your teal mat, your square mats, your patchwork squares and your photos.
8. Glue teal mat 1” from the top and 1” from the right side. This will give you an approximate center on the page.
9. Glue your patchwork patterned pieces with maybe 1/16” showing along the edges.
10. There should be four separate patterns in each row (see sample).
11. Mat 1.5 photos with buttercup 1 5/8” buttercup squares. Arrange and glue them according to your      personal preference on the patchwork squares.
12. Glue 5.5” x 5.5” picture centered on the Teal mat.
13. Place project into page protect and start showing it off to friends and family.