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Felt like trying felt … crafting albums with wool

I’m always on the look out for new materials to cover my albums with. Some just don’t work for a variety of reasons – some are way too thick, some are way too expensive and others are just way too out there. I also have to make sure that I can glue them to the board and feel confident that they will stay on the board – never an easy task!

However, I do have this love affair with felt – it has a beautiful texture and can be used in all manner of crafts; I have a felt pin board on Pinterest which I frequently visit for inspiration and well, just to pass a few creative minutes.

SFelt pinbaord on Pinterest by The Scrapbooker

It can be a tricky material, thick, stretchy, fibrous – I should walk away from it but I just love it far too much. I decided to test it out. I glued it to one of my standard album boards to see how it would adhere and whether it would stay on it, especially after being in the sun for a while. I need not have feared, it was a dream to work with.

I set about designing an album using a gorgeous deep rose pink sample. I covered the spine in the felt and the rest of the album in a beautiful French perfumerie paper; decoration was gorgeous vintage lace trims, a paper flower, diamond brad, miniature shoe and an oversized Eiffel Tower trinket.

Felt Paris album by The Scrapbooker

I was really delighted with how it turned out and popped it into the shop at Cherry Tree Interiors in Harborne as a sample album. A week later I had my first commission based on the design.

Paris album

The client who ordered the album was over the moon with the finished product and sent me a quick email to let me know.

Testimonial at The Scrapbooker

Seems like me and felt have a lot of work to do…..

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Handcrafted photographic albums hit the store!

Since I first introduced my handcrafted scrapbooking albums a few months ago, it occurred to me that there may be a small market for bespoke handcrafted photographic albums. At the time, there was no way I was going to even attempt to design a framework or get my head around the process (and the maths!) required to craft something like this – after all, it had taken me weeks of trail and error (and a box of half finished albums) before I got the scrapbooks just right. No, I would shelve the idea and concentrate on new designs for my scrapbook albums, like this gorgeous ‘Weekend in Paris’ album.

Then a couple of weeks ago, the inevitable happened: an enquiry from a lovely lady wanting VERY large bespoke photographic albums to fill with memories of her Mum. How could I refuse?!

I sat down and worked on the dimensions and considered the materials I would need – a very heavy frame for a start as these were to house traditional black photographic leaves AND glassine sheets.  After a week or so, the design was done, the frame board acquired  and the handmade indian paper ordered that would be the cover…oh and some rather wide black grosgrain ribbon.

I started to craft the album…..

 

 

 

 

 

The front and back panels were similar to the scrapbook albums frames but that is where the similarity ends. An additional super-strong spine needed to be crafted to house and carry the weight of the heavy photo leaves and the glassine paper (this album housed 30 leaves and 30 glassine papers).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Securing it all would be tricky. I already had a supplier for my album posts but these simply weren’t large enough OR tough enough: new posts would need to be ordered and, it turned out, manufactured specially for the job.

My client was very specific about the cover – her Mum had been a huge Art Deco fan so the album had to reflect this. A gorgeous olive green paper with burgundy pattern and glittery green diamonds was selected. I had my reservations about the black ribbon but it all worked out so well, especially with it being lined with black paper.

Please with the album, I packed it off to my client and waited to hear what she thought. I was delighted when I received this …

 “Hello Andrea – just to let you know the album arrived
this morning and it is beautiful.
Thank you very much!”

On the back of this little success, I am now offering these lovely albums, with a choice of papers, in my shop. If you are looking for something special and unique, hop on over there and take a look around!

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