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Mini Album: Ombre Style

 It's "Mini Album Week" at PINK PAISLEE
I have an ombre mini album tutorial up today... easy as 1,2, 3 and the best part is that
 it's so fun to put together. And being that it's a mini album there are lots and lots of photos to share!

  I had the pleasure of working the Pink Paislee booth at Create 'N Connect trade show this
 past July and I was able to peer over Heidi Swapp's shoulder as she demonstrated a 
make 'n take with her signature Color Shine sprays; this got my wheels turning and 
I couldn't wait to get home and experiment. 

  To create this ombre effect (or color gradient effect) you will need three of your favorite
 Color Shine sprays, Artisan 8 X 8 Papers and any type of binding system 
(or use a plain hole punch and loose leaf rings). I've used a Bind-It-All. 
Oh and paper towels...lots of paper towels!  

 The colors that I chose closely match pieces from the Cottage Farms Collection
Mustard, Georgia Peach and Tinsel. 

 Place the Artisan paper onto a protective mat and holding the color shine bottle about 6" from paper
 begin spritzing. I found that using a sweeping motion from left to right gave the best coverage. 
 Add the next two colors and then lay a full paper towel over the paper; gently rub
 over towel to remove the excess ink. 

 After the pages have completely dried, fold them in half to create 4" X 8" pages.
 Because I machine stitched mats onto the pages, I waited until the very last to punch the binding.
 You may choose to do differently, but I put the binding on the open-end side of the pages. 
 Now it's time to start decorating your pages! 

 The cover consists of pieces from the Paper Goods pack and Heidi Swapp's grey clear pop letters
And I'm not opposed to cutting up a Portfolio label sticker to serve my needs :) 
After I have all of my main items in place, I begin layering on embellishments such 
as buttons, stick pins, adhesive pearls, ribbon bows, etc. 

  Silver Luxe elements tied in well with the grey portion of the color scheme.
 And keep those bottles of Color Shine handy as you may want to use them to 
color-up some Artisan chipboard! 

 Yep! These are the dots for the I's and J's in the Clear Pop letter set...just attach them with
 a small glue dot...and of course, I had to do a little stitching too :) 

 When designing your pages, keep in mind the sizes of photos that you'll be using and then place your embellishments...or add your photos first and then layer on the embellishments afterwards. 
 Once you're ready to bind the album, you may want to add a strong adhesive to the inside bottom
 of the pages...this will make a nice sized pocket for adding tags or extra photos to. 
As I mentioned before, I used the Bind-It-All system and a 1" metal comb for binding the pages together
 (at the open end side). I then tied on several different patterns of ribbons from 
May Arts and the "Us" album is ready for photos! 

Again, it's Mini Album Week at Pink Paislee, so stop by and have a look!


  1. Love this mini, Shellye! Love the stitched-on dots from the HS alpha set, and love the colors you chose for your resist/color gradient effect...beautiful!

  2. Shellye I've always admired your work espc your mini albums .. But this just tops it all. Simply stunning!

  3. Wow Shellye! This is amazing! Love how you colored the background papers and adore your embellishing style!!! WTG!!


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