This is one of my most challenging projects. The challenge was not that I didn't know how to scrapbook it. My challenge was: How am I going to "bind" the album? I had to really think about how I was going to bring all the beautiful pictures in a unique and one-of-a-kind mini album that depicted the couple's beach-themed wedding. I had already saved some items from their wedding such as the raffia, starfish, and small seashells. I wanted to place all the pictures on an oversized seashell I had seen both at Hobby Lobby and Michael's. When I didn't find the solution, I moved to plan B - to make an 8x8 album. Until I purchased this month's issue of Creating Keepsakes (tips and tricks section) and...found the answer right in front of my eyes!! As simple as the solution was, I could not come up with the idea myself. All I had to do was - drill out the holes in the album "spine". Yes, it was that simple! So, I went back to Hobby Lobby and purchased the seashells. Then I had my husband, Charlie, help me do the drilling and voila!-- The album cover was designed.
I used the raffia and small shell to attach everything together. I had wanted to use the jump rings suggested in the magazine, but saw that it would be hard to flip the pages. So what better way than to attach everything with a simple, yet original object from their wedding decor. I topped the seashell with the starfish that was used to accentuate the guests tables. The items I had saved from the wedding also added a special touch to the album.
Needless to say, it was hard work, but I loved making and recreating their beautiful and touching wedding. I plan on using the same idea to make our beach vacation album.
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