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I'm Lesley and I've been a crafter all my life. I discovered paper crafting about 30 years ago and this is now my great passion.

Friday 18 August 2023

wedding album


Today, I'm sharing something different - a walkthrough video of a wedding album I made as a gift for a special couple. It is 9" x 9" x 3" deep and has room for well over 100 photos.

Sometimes, people see my albums and think I have bought a ready made one and just stuck on a few pretty papers but I make them from scratch - from a huge pile of chipboard, various weights and colours of card, designer papers, magnets, a lake of adhesive, and lots of love. I don't make them to sell usually, as they take so much time and the cost of the "ingredients" alone would be more than most people would want to pay and that is before I have costed in my time, equipment and skill. 

Most of the photo mats are sized for 6" x 4" (a few are 3 1/2"x 5 1/2" or 4"x 4" photos so that minimal trimming should be needed.  I make these to be filled by recipients who are not normally craters so I try to keep it easy I used Stamperia You & Me Collection 12 x 12 design papers and background papers and some of the many Heartfelt Creations dies that I have. You might notice that I am partial to waterfall layouts on pages because you can add so many photos. Every page has a full sized pull out in a side pocket and each one has a decorative punched edge. These are decorated with the beautiful baroque papers by Craft Consortium Ltd. These papers are just so elegant and classic. I do love a deep pocket too - where you can stuff the invitation, order of service, menu and any other keepsakes of the special day. 



I am indebted to Scrap and Create for her method of reducing the design I used on the front cover, to French Gwen for her use of pretty papers and also to countless tutorials and inspiration from generous crafters I have studied over the years to learn  how to make albums. Thank you all. 

If I have inspired anyone to begin making mini albums, feel free to message me and I will be happy to recommend a starting point for you. 


I hope you enjoy seeing this album. Please leave me some love on YouTube if you do and a few kind words below would help my posts be more visible, too. I don't pretend to understand the social media algorythms  - I just know it helps. 


See you soon,


Lesley

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