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Art Anthology, Basically Bare, May Arts

are teaming up this week with a fun-filled blog hop with
There are 3 prizes up for grabs:
1 spool of May Arts Ribbon, $25 in product from Basically Bare & from Art Anthology
**Start with the May Arts Blog to get a list of the complete hop**

My project is photo-heavy, so hang on :)

 I chose this "Mixed Media" Album from Basically Bare (BB) to get me started!
All of the papers and stickers are from Doodlebug Designs' "Hip Hip Hooray" Collection

To begin, I took the album apart from it's metal comb binding and set it aside.
I traced the pages onto different patterned papers, cut out and then adhered to the album.
For the tree, I poured some of the "Grass" Colorations Spray by Art Anthology (AA)
into a bowl.  Next, I placed the felt tree top (BB) into the liquid and let it sit until the 
felt was completely absorbed.  **Use gloves or tongs** Remove the felt.
(I had green hands for a couple of days LOL)
Lay the felt onto an absorbent cloth and press out the excess ink. 
Use a heat gun or blow dryer to speed up the drying time.  
Make sure that the piece is completely dry before attaching it to the page or the
paper will soak up some of the color.

 After the album was reassembled, I tied on various May Arts' ribbons to the comb.

Pages 2-3.  
Page three is an acetate page.  To the edge I attached two strips of grosgrain ribbon
with a high-tack adhesive.  I love see-thru pages!  Photos can be attached directly to the
page or left blank.

Pages 4-5
Page four is the back of the acetate I'm showing how I continued the
strip of ribbon completely around the page.
Page five has a cut-out panel that I decided to highlight with a few knotted ribbons.
The chipboard sun by BB was dressed in patterned paper cut to its specs.

 Pages 6-7...just showcasing some more of the Doodlebug cuteness :)

Pages 8-9
 Page eight features one of the clear, acetate cut-out shapes from BB.  I traced
the shape onto a patterned paper, trimmed out and then attached behind the shape.
To attach, I pierced a hole through the center and the inserted a brad through.

Page nine is a combination of the canvas portion of the mixed media album.
I used the same grosgrain ribbon to make a border around the edge of the canvas
by attaching with a fabric glue.
Next, I took the two felt clouds by BB and painted them with the
 Aloha Velvet Dimensional Paint by AA.  

Pages 10-11
Page eleven includes four small cut-out windows.  I wanted a contrasting paper,
so I die-cut four squares of patterned paper the same size as the windows.  Once I had
the back page in place, I was able to glue the four panes through the openings.

Pages 12-13
Again, just two plain pages to the album that I accented with stickers from Doodlebug.

That's all for my sweet little mixed media, birthday boy album!
Here is a complete list of this week's hop:






 Hope you enjoy all of the fun!


  1. very fun and cute mini, i love the colors.

  2. FABULOUS album, LOVE the cover, pretty pages and your awesome ribbons on the spine!!!

  3. Absolute, to die-for cuteness! Love that you showed us all the photos!! Looks like the perfect mini album to celebrate a lucky boys birthday!! You did such an amazing job!!

  4. Wow, this mini album is amazing! I love the patterned papers and embellishments, thanks for sharing.

  5. Love, love your album. Thanks for the great ideas .

  6. Cute, so bright and happy. I like the patterned paper, the ribbons and other embelishments. TRS.

  7. Such an adorable little album, so bright and happy. Love all the different ways you did the inside of the album. Thanks for sharing how you made it with us.

  8. Saw this mini album on Pinterest and just had to take a closer look. I don't usually like modern print paper collection. Your use of ribbons coordinated with this collection is an exception. LOVE how you've used ribbons to embellish this album...especially all the coordinating ribbons tied onto the binding...perfect!


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