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Monday, August 18, 2014


Hi, Patti here with another design team project.  this is a mini album I created using the Ahoy There collection from Carta Bella  
Since I live in Florida I have a lot of photos of my grandsons either at the beach or in a boat on the lake and this collection was the perfect choice to document those memories.  I took my cue from the collection and wanted to create an album that replicated a life preserver.
I started by cutting my cover using the Quickutz nesting circles dies using the 5.5” circle and the 2.75” circle in the center leaving a 1.25” rim to create a life preserver. If you don’t have the Quickutz dies any circle dies would work.  I then covered the covers with white craft tex  I then wrapped (4) 1” strips in red around the white rope and the ring to recreate a life preserver.
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I then cut 6 more circles out for my pages alternating between the life preserver and the porthole look.
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For the porthole pages, I used brass colored, mirrored cardstock cut with the 5.5” die then surrounded the page with brass brads to complete the look.
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I embellished the pages opposite my photos with a variety of beachy die cuts   and stickers from the collection.
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I left the photo pages unembellished and just adhered the photos using foam adhesive.  I think it helps to keep the focus on the photo.
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I molded the seashell die cuts  much in the same way as you would die cut flowers using the McGill stylus and molding pad to give added dimension.  I then lightly inked the edges with antique linen distress ink then lightly sprayed them with pearl perfect pearls mist.
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I just used the cropadile to punch a hole and put in a brass binding ring to bind the book.
Thank you so much for looking.  ~Patti~


  1. i love this! I lived in Destin for a very long time and love anything and everything nautical! So cute and your guys are so handsome! I bet you have a lot of fun!

  2. What a clever and wonderful album! And great pictures too!! I love it!


  3. Really it...great idea...

  4. this is lovely, you really have showcased the pictures very well

  5. Oh, I love it! So cute. The life preservers and port holes are great.

  6. This is so stinkin cute. You go girl, Patti. HUGS