Summer's here and I can't believe how fast it's moving already! The 4th is just around the corner and I got this mini done just in time. A few months ago I grabbed up an incredible steal on one of those daily scrapbook deal sites for the entire K&Co Americana collection. I had a few of the mat stacks from this collection already that I bought last summer, but I could never find much more of it in the stores last year and I was a little bummed. Imagine my delight when I saw the whole thing listed!
So... I know I just finished that baby album with K&Co papers, but I've been itchin' to use this collection so more K&Co it is!
I changed things up a bit on this one. For some reason, whenever I think of Patriotic type albums, I always envision them with a landscape orientation so that's the direction I took. I used the 6" binding on the album with 10 interior pages. Every page is different and I've designed 8 new features with lots of flaps and pockets, while still offering many of the base pages with room for large photos. There's 4 large pullout photo mats in side pockets, 5 smaller photo mats tucked inside of features and 6 journaling tags throughout.
I used a lot of embellishments from the collection, but I also incorporated the new USA 1776 stamp set from WaltzingMouse. This is my favorite patriotic stamp set to date and I couldn't wait to use it!
As I was making this album, I was thinking of all the photos that could be showcased so nicely in this. Besides the obvious 4th of July picnics, parades and fireworks, I could see using this for vacation photos of a trip to Washington, D.C., national parks, Mt. Rushmore, etc. One of my favorite ideas was using this for photos of a service member. I can especially see reunion pics after deployment going in an album like this. We always threw a party after my or my hubby's unit returned and I have so many photos of the friends we served with and the good times we shared upon a safe return and they need a home!
This album is listed on eBay HERE ending on 6/30, if you're interested,but no worries--I've made myself one too!!
I'll be doing the tutorial writeup for this album this week and hope to have it in my Etsy shop by Friday. HERE is a link to the YouTube video of this mini showing all the little details.
Hope you all are enjoying the first weekend of summer!