Friday, April 06, 2012

how to dance real graceful

I finished the ballet mini album I've been working on for a couple of weeks now.
It is about Addie Blue's ballet recital two years ago. When she went to ballet lessons on Saturday mornings, she would sometimes say, "today, I just want to dance real graceful". It was the cutest thing. I wanted to document that memory in addition to the few photos I had from her recital.

I admit, I'm not a fan of purple. It is just not my colour. I see other people rocking it, and I just don't understand how they do it. I just can't make it work. Addie Blue's recital costume was lilac purple and I knew I didn't want to have to struggle with my purple issues while working on the album, so I pulled out a whole bunch of other colours until I found a colourway that works. I'm going to post a tutorial in a few days about assembling project supplies when you have colours that are difficult to work with.

Click at the bottom of the post to see the rest of the detail photos!

The front colour has a vellum window with a round cut-out to see to the inside page. I bound the spine in green glittery paper. I painted turquoise cardstock with white crackle paint.

I left lots of texture and layering show at the tops of all of the pages. 

The inside page has a sprinkling of confetti, a banner with journalling, and Dresden silver foil.

I painted silver cardstock and layered punched circles. There are lots of silver accents tucked into the circles, including a tag inside a glassine envelope with the date of the recital. 

This page is vellum.

I love the translucency of vellum and the way you can see the page underneath through.

The other side of the vellum page has a tiny mini book. 

I handwrote the quote that inspired the book, and painted it in ink. I used core-dinations cardstock and I loved that it was already white-washed distressed, and I could sand the edges a bit to bring out some colour.

I made crepe paper "curtains" for the left side page.

And used silver tissue paper for curtains on the right side.

This is my favourite page in the book, and I almost didn't include it because I thought it didn't "go" with the rest. I love that it feels like an old-fashioned scrapbook page -- a true scrapbook, with little bits and pieces collected and assembled. This large tag is actually hinged and opens to reveal some extra photos.

And the last page -- she wanted to dance with grace, and she did.

The rest of the detail shots are posted after the jump!

Lots of bits and bobs stick out of the top of the album pages. Layers of crepe paper, tulle, glitter, stars, tinsel, and scalloped cardstock protrude from the album.

Lots of the texture showing at the bottom of the album, too!

The journalling begins on the front cover, handwritten in a sparkly label holder.

I like the way the vellum is translucent, and you can see through it and the cut-out window to the page behind

My daughter's initials are at the top in silver Dresden foil, in a tangle of silver thread.

I painted white cardstock with silver acrylic paint, and then messed it up with silver ink and blobs of paint. I adhered the painted circles in rows but the texture of the painted cardstock goes in different directions, giving a unique metallic feel to the page. Bits of vellum, foil, tags and other embellishments were tucked into the silver scallops.

The journalling is on a banner, with a little star rising behind the moon.

LOTS of glittery stars, stick pins, and ruffles of crepe paper went into this album. These things remind me of the stage and feel theatrical and delicate.

This mini album inside the mini album contains extra photos and some notes to the ballerina. I love the texture of the rough edges of the cardstock.

All of the journalling is hand written on cardstock banners and flags.

I layered lots of flags and banners. The banner behind the journalling is sprinkled with white crystalline glitter

I really like the texture of these two pages.

More layers! Vellum, scallops, glittery tags, flags and banners.

I added some journalling banners directly over the photo. When I assembled the album I hadn't finished writing the journalling, so had to find a way to fit it all in! I normally like to have everything laid out and completed before I start adhering things, but I just had to wing it and make some decisions with this project! I hate feeling like I'm working without a plan, but sometimes it forces me to find creative solutions.

I tucked some tags and tinsel under the banner layers and journalling.

I love using the little photos from contact sheets.
I tried to fill this tag with pieces that reminded me of the theatre, or things that could have been collected from a stage performance or visit to the ballet. Maybe some of the little pieces could have been ephemera or tokens from an opening or closing night party.... a little scrap of something collected back stage... 

The button card is cut from a piece of October Afternoon patterned paper and I sewed some white buttons to it. The numbers are 7gypsies rub-ons on a office supply Avery tag -- they remind me of seat numbers in a theatre. I dunked the tag in my tea to age it! then rubbed some blue paint in with my finger.

I folded up some blue crepe paper to tuck behind this rose die cut and then glittered up the edges.

This tag had a bare spot.... so I crumpled up a piece of seam binding, dunked it in my tea, and it was just what was needed behind the silver foil crown! 

This little bird tag originally hung from the side of the album, but it was driving me crazy, getting tangled up and banging around, so I ripped it off and glued it here instead.

Supplies: cardstock (Core-dinations, Recollections); patterned paper (Making Memories, October Afternoon, Scenic Route, the Paper Studio); die cuts and tags (ColorBok, Pink Paislee, K&Co, Avery, the Paper Studio); letters (Making Memories); book plates (Making Memories); chipboard (Maya Road); vellum (the Paper Studio); glitter paper (the Paper Studio); photo corners (Canson); stick pins (Maya Road, Making Memories); findings (Making Memories); tissue tape (Tim Holtz); glitter (Martha Stewart, Recollections), acrylic paint, acrylic ink, silver tinsel, crepe paper, tissue paper, seam binding, decorative edge scissors.


Laura said...

I think this is amazing!
I've seen all the little glimpses this past week and admired but not commented. But seeing it all finished it's just too awesome to not comment!! You (and the ballerina) must be so pleased, what a treasured keepsake.
And very inspiring... I really must try a mini album.

Katt aka LaLa said...

Wow!! What an absolutely gorgeous album. Love all the textures and soft colors. I'm totally inspired, Thanks for sharing!

Sylvia Blum said...

Ashley, this is amazing! Beautiful pages with lots of texture and interest. Love your choice of colors, too!
Sylvia xx

Unknown said...

Holy smokes this is gorgeous. Well done! I can't gush enough!

Anonymous said...

Wow. One of the most beautiful paper crafts projects i have seen in a long time. Cant waif to get home to the computer to savour it in great detail - my iphone screen isnt doing it justice. .......amazing.................

Anonymous said...

oh my - i am at the computer now and am in awe! soooooo beautiful.

Jennifer Grace said...

This is so gorgeous and stunning and lovely. Thank you for your comments on my blog, because they prompted me to come back here and look around some more, and I'm so glad I did. This project is of the kind that doesn't just inspire me, but challenges my creative inner self to be a better crafter, so that I can create something as beautiful as this!

I have pinned and tweeted this in the hopes that more people will see it and be in awe too :-)

Brooke said...

This is what I am talking about! So creative and lovely!