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Retirement album for Headmistress

I was approached this Summer by a lovely school who wanted to dedicate an album to a wonderful head teacher who as retiring at the end of the year.

It was an amazing album to work on – collated into years, it contained artwork and letters  from every child at the school, memories on post cards from parents, teachers and staff and diary entries from the previous Headmasters describing the career of the now retiring Head.

The opening page

Retirement scrapbook album at the Scrapbooker

The school provided graphics and photos from around the school, art cards found in the Head’s office and key words that represented the ethos of the school. All were incorporated in to the album.

Retirement scrapbook album at the Scrapbooker

There was so much material, I simply couldn’t fit it all on the pages so I crafted white folded inserts to slip into the album, these folded out and housed every piece of artwork.

Retirement scrapbook album at the Scrapbooker

The school were very keen to make the album as personal as possible so I crafted two bespoke albums to house the pages and the additional material. The theme was one of the sea and relaxation. I crafted a bespoke box to the back and printed both the cover and the lining of the albums.

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The Headmistress was delighted with the album

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and the school sent me a lovely testimonial

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You can find further samples of my work in the gallery.

If you are interested in commissioning a scrapbook album for someone’s retirement, wedding, birthday or special occasion, Email Me , I would love to hear from you.

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New Project – Interactive album

Anyone who follows me will know that I am always developing new products.

I received a request from a lovely lady in Malta regarding an ‘interactive’ album. Would I be interested in crafting a bespoke one for her? I had never crafted an album like this before but was willing to give it a go. The principles are the same as any album – design, colour, structure and finish are all as important – what was needed here was to learn some paper folding techniques and understand how to get interactive sections onto the page.

I set about crafting the first few pages ….

The red page (the colour scheme was ‘rainbow’)

Miniature books that folded out, waterfall cards, pickets and flaps.

Interactive scrapbook album at The Scrapbooker

IMG_5754IMG_5753The ‘Pink’ page – pull our photo frames, sliding tags and Japanese paper folded pull outs ..

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The ‘Green’ pages – secret doors, waterfall cards, secret flaps and pull out tags, secret tag pockets,

 

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The “Orange’ pages – pull out photo frames, door cards, flick flack card pullies, fold out boxesIMG_5782 IMG_5781 IMG_5780 IMG_5779 IMG_5778 IMG_5777

The “Blue’ pages – waterfall cards, pockets, windows that fold out, flip overs

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All in all I was really pleased with how it turned out, especially as this was my first interactive album. I nervously posted it out to my client and waited.

I wasn’t disappointed, I received this lovely testimonial..

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If you are interested in having one of these lovely albums crafted for you – they are now available in my shop.

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Marry Me (with a hidden gem!)

We met Eugene, a lovely client from Parsons Green when we were delivering a large album to clients in Chelsea. Eugene was not your average guy. He didn’t just want to use my Marry Me Package to propose to his girlfriend, he wanted the ring somehow embedded into the album itself.

Never one to shy away from a challenge, I set about working out exactly how to do this and to make it look good. he wanted to use a grey and yellow colour scheme which was lucky as I had some beautiful book cloth in both a mid grey and deep yellow in stock. I also had some fantastic hinges which I had picked up some time ago and had wondered how I could incorporate them into a layout or album.

It all came together surprisingly well …

A heart shaped aperture to the front containing illustrations of their pet names for each other and surrounded by faux gems and a single yellow pearl

 

Marry me album at The Scrapbooker

 

The grey book cloth album showing the box section at the back, all lined with a gorgeous yellow book cloth

 

 

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More of the box section

 

Marry me album at The Scrapbooker

 

The album frame showing the wallets and the box section at the back. The 2 doors opened up to reveal a ring box and ring for ‘YES’ in one and a sad but funny photo for ‘NO’ (should she decline the proposal!)

 

Marry me album with ring compartment at The Scrapbooker

 

The album was a huge success and of course she said ‘YES!”

If you are interested in proposing to your loved one in an amazing, unique and thoughtful way, my Marry Me Package s just perfect for the job!

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Adventure album for the trip of a lifetime

A wonderful bespoke travel company, Brown & Hudson, commissioned me to design and craft albums for a client travelling to Ecuador and The Galapagos Islands for a trip of a lifetime.

The brief was very detailed – 3 albums with similar artwork but personalised to each individual, were to contain pages for a diary and events on a daily basis in phases of the trip, pages to record the different species seen, pages for photos and notes and species reference pages so the children could identify each species they saw on their trip.

It was a complex brief but I was happy to oblige.

The front artwork took the form of one of my canvas covered albums, the interior was lined with hard wearing black book cloth. The design reflected the trip and included elements personal to each family member.

Canvas travel album 1 at The Scrapbooker

 

The rear artwork continued the theme from the front, shown here with Brown and Hudson’s logo…

 

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The internal pages were pre-printed with details of each phase of the trip.

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There was lots of  space to keep a diary and notes about the highlights of each day.

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Printed species sheets for each of the 4 phases are laminated to protect the printed pages from being affected by the humidity – a small but serious detail to consider.

 

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An index at the back to aid easy reference when reviewing the album.

 

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… and somewhere to store the photos.

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These really were amazing albums to work on and brought together many elements from different aspects of my work – a real self indulgence you could say!

Brown and Hudson were delighted with the albums too, which was a huge bonus!

Brown & Hudson testimonial at The Scrapbooker

If these albums are just what you have been looking for, Email Me to discuss your requirements, I’d love to hear from you!

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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.

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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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“Marry Me?” Of course she said ‘YES!”

I have had the pleasure over the years to be privy to some pretty wonderful moments in my clients lives. A few of my male clients have been incredibly romantic and proposed to their girlfriends in the sweetest way  – with an album of their lives so far.

Of course, I am more than happy to craft these albums  – simply and elegantly designed to highlight their journey ….

This is a story

their meeting

then they met

and subsequent lives thereafter

Lives together

the proposal

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The wedding day venue (added in later)

Wedding date set

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and space for a photo from the day (also added in later)

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and many, many pages in between!

The albums always go down a storm and my clients are really cool and always let me know how it all unfolded …

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If you are looking for an original way to propose to your partner, this album is the most romantic, perfect way to do it. Check out the Marry Me package in my shop, or contact me directly to have a discreet chat about how you can build a wonderful album to propose to your loved one.

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**NEW** printed canvas covered albums hit the store!

After months of thinking about it, and endless weeks of sourcing, working out the technicalities and producing pieces for a few brave people who agreed (for a discounted price) to be guinea pigs – my bespoke canvas covered album are now available to order.

As with most of my products, they came about from an enquiry from a client for a scrapbook album cover that would have a Word Art on the front. I had seen canvas printed photographic albums but nothing for scrapbookers, and I had played around with the idea of a photograph with a few personalisations but hadn’t considered a full blown Word Art.

The Word Art, it turned out, was the easy bit – relatively speaking; the difficulty would be in getting a print that could withstand being glued to hard board, maintain its colour and shape and endure everyday wear and tear. Then there was the adhesive … hmmm, wasn’t that a fun (and expensive trial!)

But I ploughed through the tantrums and strops and finally got it to work.

Here is my first album, a vintage style cover in greens and blues was the remit, along with a photo and a Word Art – so very pleased with how it turned out ….

Front view showing banana paper lining the inside

Personalised canvas album by The Scrapbooker

I love how the shadows make the Word Art panel look like it’s stuck on top of the album

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View of the spine which can be printed to match the front (and back) covers.

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The artwork prior to printing…

Bespoke canvas covered album cover by The Scrapbooker

and the testimonial received from my client – such a huge relief!

Testimonial for bespoke printed canvas covered scrapbook album by The Scrapbooker

If you are interested in having a unique printed canvas covered album, they are now available to buy in my shop. Alternatively, drop me a line to discuss your requirements.

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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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New handcrafted albums hit the shelves

Well, we’ve finally settled in. It’s been a busy couple of weeks here at Cherry Tree Interiors but the response has been absolutely phenomenal. Lots of lovely people have already come in for a nose and a browse and made all the right ‘ooh’,  ‘ahh’ and ‘wow’ sounds. We have been quite overwhelmed by it all!

Amidst all the excitement and running around, business has resumed as normal and I have been busy crafting some new albums. One was commissioned by a lovely grandfather who wanted to gift an album to his 7 year old grand-daughter to fill with her stories, drawings and memories – such an amazing idea!

I loved the pretty purple paper with the angels on it, so befitting a 7 year old!

The other album I crafted was for stock for the shop. I had acquired this gorgeous green indian handmade paper some time ago and have been itching to craft something with it. The metal plaques are hardware that we removed from a regency cabinet. A good clean and a polish and I have some fab unusual plates to play with. How fab!

This gorgeous album was so popular we sold out within weeks,  so sorry! Check back though as we are always updating our stock and designs.

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Twitter me …That was quick!

I was sat browsing my Twitter feed one night last week (as you do) and casually noticed a mention I received from @TurnOnSocial. I didn’t know TurnOnSocial but they had very kindly recommended my handmade scrapbook albums to Kelly at VintageFancies who was after a beautiful handmade scrapbook album for a friend’s 30th birthday.

Without hesitation, I contacted Kelly at Vintage Fancies (and thanked TurnOnSocial for the referral) – my handcrafted scrapbook albums were literally hot off the press last week and hadn’t even hit my store. I didn’t want to miss an opportunity; and anyway, it was a good way to gauge whether the new albums would be of interest to folks and what kind of response they would get.

After a brief discussion with Kelly at Vintage Fancies, I set about creating a bespoke album for her. This was the result …

I love this beautiful post-bound album and am so pleased with how it turned out. It is 12.5″ x 13.5 ” and takes 12″ x 12″ wallet inserts or paper pages; I double boarded it for added stability and bound it with 3 hidden metal posts. Purple and gold art deco style handmade paper coat the exterior with a purple and silver mirror trim ribbon and a single large faux gem to the front. The interior is lined with purple handmade paper with a single pocket to the front and 2 tags with 10 internal wallets giving 20 workable sides on which to craft or journal.

This album is now available to buy in our shop.

As I had a bit of spare paper left over from the cover, I crafted this pocket notebook / photo holder as a gift for Kelly for being my first album customer.

I packed both of them off to Kelly and waited to see how they would be received. I was not disappointed, Kelly kindly tweeted

“Oh my goodness oh my goodness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” on her feed when she received it, followed by

“I have just received the most beautiful Scrapbook from the lovely @scrapbookeruk absolutely gorgeous! if you are not following you should be”.

This made my day! It also proves that it not only pays to BE on Twitter but to also read your feed regularly!

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