As some of you know from a previous blog post, my older daughter [DramaQueen] finished Grade 9 and is moving on to high school.  

At the end of June, we celebrated at her school with a special Farewell party…which almost seemed to morph into a Prom event! yikes!

After saying NO to a spray tan [among other beautification requests], I gave in and bought DQ a lovely new dress, high heels, a wrap and a clutch.  

To commemorate the event [aside from paying credit card bills] I made DQ a Prima mini album, which I taught as a class at The Urban Scrapbook last month.

These album covers are originally a plain white canvas with a white resist script that stands out when you colour the canvas. 

I sprayed the canvas album covers front, back and inside with 3 Lindy’s Stamp Gang mists:  Tainted Teal, Wild Honeysuckle Coral and Cactus Gold.  Then I inked the edges with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink and misted with water so it would bleed a little away from the edges.

TIP:  A little spray and a little ink goes a LONG way.  Start with small amounts and add more if you prefer darker shades.

The flowers are also sprayed with Lindy’s.

Prima crystals & pearls flourish, I am Roses flowers and leaf, die cut bird and window and cheesecloth.

The bird is from a Donna Salazar Spellbinders die, cut from patterned paper and covered with Clear Rock Candy Crackle Distress paint.  Then I inked it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

The window is cut using a Poppystamps die “Grand Madison Window”, and I cut it out from the Prima album packaging instead of chipboard.  It’s dry brushed with a little gesso and inked lightly with brown chalk ink.

I used these beautiful Prima papers for the album pages inside…

Songbird “Collage”

Here are the inside pages…

Page 1
The pull-out photo (and another pic on the back)
Pages 2 and 3

Page 2 has a little flip book with more photos…

Pages 4 and 5
I made these feathers…I’ll show you how at the end of this post
I will add my private journaling offline 🙂
Pages 6 and 7
A little lacing adds an elegant touch…
Page 8

I plan on adding a vellum envelope to the back inside cover (thanks to Pat’s suggestion) and include the rest of the photos from that day.

Here is a quick tutorial on how I made the feathers…

Supplies:  Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap, Scissors, Brown ink, Glue n Seal
Fold your strip of tissue wrap to create 3 layers
Adhere the folded sections together
Cut out your feather shape
Starting at top of feather, snip inwards towards centre at 45 degree angles.

TIP:  Try to snip as narrowly as possible, without cutting off the feathery fringes.

Ink edges with Brown chalk ink or Distress Ink.
Here is the finished feather!

Whew…that was a loooong blog post!  Thanks for dropping by 🙂

15 Comments on A Prima Songbird Mini Album

  1. Alison
    August 24, 2012 at 7:08 pm (12 years ago)

    Beautiful! Its hard to believe she’s just graduated from grade 9- they look so grown up!!

  2. Jody
    August 24, 2012 at 9:47 pm (12 years ago)

    Very pretty album Kelly – love the colors you used and your DQ is beautiful! It’s amazing how fast they grow up – it seems to fly by doesn’t it? Thanks for all the nice comments you leave on my blog – it’s so nice to have people leave comments and yours are always so kind!

  3. Charlotte Brochu
    August 24, 2012 at 10:26 pm (12 years ago)

    What a gorgeous album Kelly and DQ is just stunning…quite like her mother! This is going to be such a special rememberance for her!

  4. Renee
    August 25, 2012 at 4:53 am (12 years ago)

    What a gorgeous album!! Prima products are so lovely 🙂 DQ is beautiful, hope she has a good time in high school!!

  5. Cindy Gay
    August 25, 2012 at 6:57 pm (12 years ago)

    The album is so pretty as is your daughter. Love the lacing and the feathers. You did good Mom!

  6. Shona
    August 26, 2012 at 11:25 am (12 years ago)

    this is just gorgeous and so is your daughter….love this to bits

  7. Lynn
    August 26, 2012 at 6:07 pm (12 years ago)

    What a beautiful album. Your daughter is going to cherish this for years to come. I love all your techniques..and WOW you did an amazing job with the Prima line. Ohhh I remember the start of highschool with my daughter…GOOD LUCK!!! lol

  8. Lisa Barrie
    August 27, 2012 at 8:33 am (12 years ago)

    OMG your DD is so beautiful and growing up so fast! What a sweet album to highlight such a special event. Love the way the photo of your DD with the white background so all the focus is on her face…so pretty. My DD will be starting high School next year and I’m feeling a little in shock right now that this is the last year of middle school. I have 9 more days til school starts here and I want to just have a few more morning of calm before I have the crazy morning routine start again. I hope your DD has a wonderful year! Hugs, Lisa

  9. Michelle
    August 27, 2012 at 9:53 am (12 years ago)

    OOOO Gorgeous mini Kelly!DQ looked so elegant and grown up. A beautiful lady…just like her mama! Love all the misting on the cover and loved the tut on the feather! Any chance alittle of that tissue paper coul fly into your suitcase before you come to visit me? nudge nudge wink wink 🙂

  10. Miae
    August 27, 2012 at 12:18 pm (12 years ago)

    That looked like some party! Well your daughter is beautiful and you must be so proud of her! That mini album is a beautifully done, precious gift..she must’ve loved it! Your feather looked very cool too…who knew tissue paper could be so versatile? Thank you so much for all your visits and wonderful comments on my blog Kelly, they always bring a smile to my face (and thanks for the encouragement on the Faber Castell DT!) Have a great week!

  11. Sharon Fritchey
    August 28, 2012 at 2:57 am (12 years ago)

    I love your long posts because I get to see and hear more about YOU, Kelly! This mini-album absolutely ROCKS!!!!! Your daughter is going off to high school -such an amazing milestone in her life! Congrats!!!! Thank you so much for sharing how you made your lovely and creative album! I really like your “tips” and think you should be writing a book!!!! I mean it!

  12. cnelson
    August 28, 2012 at 3:17 am (12 years ago)

    Absolutely GORGEOUS! !! What a treasure for your daughter! ! Good luck to her as she starts high school!

  13. Michelle
    August 28, 2012 at 5:06 pm (12 years ago)

    Love the soft color pallet for these photos, it is perfect. Beautiful pictures Kelly as always, great use of ribbon and the cheese cloth adds elegance to the pages. Very nice work Kelly.

  14. misty
    August 29, 2012 at 4:13 pm (12 years ago)

    beautiful mini! She looked gorgeous!

  15. Izzy Anderson
    August 30, 2012 at 4:35 am (12 years ago)

    I remember those gorgeous photos of your daughter. I must say that I looked NOTHING like that when I finished 9th grade. Nope. But I think I remember now that you posted your own 9th grade pic in the original post. Yup, that’s what I’m talking about! Style, baby!

    Your album is just scrumptious. You have so many great details and beautiful touches. I love the idea of a vellum (or glassine) envelope at the end to hold the extra photos. Must remember that for my own albums. The feather is so cute and I so want to make one now. The bird – and the window! – are totally awesome. I hope you sent images of this project over to Prima and posted it on their FB wall. 🙂

    It’s amazing to me that a 9th-grade farewell party has morphed into an almost-prom these days. Had to chuckle at the spray tan request. Oh, kids today. I feel so old!


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