Thursday, November 21, 2013

DCWV and Clear Scraps Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to my stop on the DCWV and Clear Scraps blog hop! If you've arrived here by chance and would like to start at the beginning, click here. If you are hopping along, you should have just paid a visit to Thomisia.

I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Clear Scrap's All Mixed Up album. It's a cascading album, one where each page has a different edge. I also worked with DCWV's Jolly Whimsy stack, available at Michaels stores. Jolly Whimsy is an adorable Christmas stack. The soft colors, the cute illustrations, and the pretty patterns inspired me to create this baby's first Christmas album:



My baby girl won't be celebrating her first Christmas until she is nearly one year old, but my little niece, Isla, is just a few months old and celebrating her first holidays now. Her mama is a big instagram fan, and since this album is a great size for filling with instagrams, I thought I would make her an album ready for photos.



I had some fun working with the acrylic pages. First, every I backed the acrylic pages with patterned paper, rather than covering every acrylic surface. This took some tricky planning so that my adhesive didn't show through, but it was worth the extra effort. Second, I bought some paint pens to doodle on the pages with. I used a gold metallic paint pen to make polka dots, and then I used a white paint pen to doodle and write with. I loved that technique!



Here are a few of my favorite details:




If you'd like to see every page of my album in detail, I shot this little video for your viewing pleasure. I used my iPhone instead of my tripod and video camera (it's just too hard to set that all up with my belly sticking out so far!), so I apologize for the bumpiness ;). Also, baby girl is making it hard for me to fill up my lungs, so I tend to get a little breathless ;). At any rate, here goes!


If you'd like to be in the running for one of two prize packages from DCWV, be sure to leave a comment on every stop of the hop. Please note: I screen my comments, so if it looks like your comment didn't go through, it likely did and I just need to approve it. You have through Sunday to enter at the DCWV blogs. Don't forget to hop through the Clear Scrap's team Sunday and Monday.

Your next stop is the lovely Rita! Enjoy the rest of the hop and have a great day! Tessa

77 comments:

  1. This is a precious album for a 1st Christmas...make one for your expected precious gift! Mahalo for the hints on designing w/ acrylic pages.

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  2. BEAUTIFUL album and a DELIGHTFUL, very THOUGHTFUL gift!!!
    SO CLEVER adhering your pretty papers to the back of the acrylic pages {well worth the extra time & effort}, the shine looks great and your golden dots and white doodles look FABULOUS, a GREAT idea and PRETTY effect that I look forward to trying :)
    THANK YOU sharing for your inspiration and FUN video!!! It was great hearing you talk us through each page and I think you did a great job with it, even with your little girl getting in the way of things and YES, I feel the NEED to add some Jolly Whimsy to my stack collection NOW :)

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  3. What a perfect 1st Christmas album. It's beautiful with all the fun papers.

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  4. What a beautiful album! Loving that gold doily!

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  5. Such a sweet album. You are so clever with your use of those paint pens. I love all your details and that paper stack sure is sweet. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Tessa this so sweet and clean..nice job ")

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  7. The book is so cute, I love that stack. great job

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  8. Love your album. I would like to try making one of these. Thanks for sharing.
    scrappinlaurie@yahoo.com

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  9. So creative Much talent!

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  10. Such pretty colors

    Thanks for th chance to win

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  11. Love this stack, and your cascading album rocks!
    Best wishes on that special Christmas prezzie for you this year!

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  12. Love your mini. Have yet to do a cascading mini. One of my projects on my growing list of things to do.

    Vickie Bryan

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  13. Love this stack! The cascading album you created is very cute too!

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  14. Tessa, this is so adorable to have such a gorgeous album for baby's first Christmas! Love the stack you chose and this wonderful varied paged acrylic album! It is beautiful!

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  15. Great job on the cascading album you created . It's beautiful and so detailed. Love that Jolly Whimsy stack, too.

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  16. This is ADORABLE!!! Isla's mom is going to be delighted and what a lovely keepsake for Isla to enjoy when she is older, too! Absolutely precious.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

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  17. What a fab cascading album! Loved it! I'm having fun hopping along!! Stacy H-W stacyhwatson(at)aol(dot)com

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  18. Great album! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Super cute album! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  20. Wonderful 1st Christmas Album! I also make !st Christmas Albums for the great nephews and nieces!

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  21. Fabulous album!! Perfect for baby's first Christmas :)

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  22. Great album! Your niece will positively love looking at it for many years to come.

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  23. A gorgeous album! I really like the different edges on the pages and the doodles you made on them.
    Beth
    Beth's Beauties

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  24. I have not gotten the Instagram bug yet but I love the look of your album. The different edges are delightful.

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  25. Simply perfection! I would love to make this for my favorite 1 year old!

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  26. What a darling project...I LOVE your work!

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  27. What a darling project...I LOVE your work!

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  28. Your sister will love the album...it's gorgeous! Thanks for including the video, I loved being able to see the album in a little more detail.

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  29. Love the album! I think I'm gonna need that stack.

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  30. What a great gift for your sister! I love your album and your idea to doodle!

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  31. Fantastic! I love the cascading albums, but I've yet to do one. Yours is adorable!!

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  32. So cute, love your album! What a great project!

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  33. How cute! I'm sure your sister will love the album ready for her new babies holiday moments! tfs

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  34. Cute! I like the variety of edges.

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  35. Lovely baby album.
    Carla from Utah

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  36. What a cute album, the doodling looks really great on the pages.

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  37. Nice album and love the colors in this stack!

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  38. I just love everything about this album. I'm really draw to the albums with different size pages and different edges. You did a fabulous job!

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  39. Gorgeous album! I love the details, thanks for sharing.

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  40. Love the colors you chose. The little album is darling.

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  41. What a great album. super duper cute

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  42. Such a whimsy album one that can be treasured for years to come of all the memories. Thank you for sharing.

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  43. So pretty - wonderful papers - love the colors.
    isoscia at aol dot com

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  44. Adorable pages, love the album...

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  45. Sooo cute... i love these albums. It'll be an adorable 1st Christmas album for your little one :)

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  46. What a sweet baby album! Great idea to use it for this purpose. Thanks for the inspiration!.

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  47. Love the album.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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  48. I love these layouts!

    Meredith245 at yahoo dot com

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  49. Oh Tessa, this is beautiful!! I really love all the details and special touches you added! So clever! Your sis and her baby will love this! Thanks for the video too! That was fun to see the album like that!

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  50. Beautiful album! So adorable for a first Christmas memento.

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  51. I absolutely love love LOVE these type of albums but have yet to make one myself!!!! You have truly inspired me to do so :-) Beautiful work!!!
    Thanks soooo much for sharing :-)

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  52. The more hops I make on this blog hop, the more I like the acrylic album! I really like the cascade style and that pink and gold plaid page is awesome! Isla's name is so unique, love how it's pronounced, pretty. :)

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  53. Love this adorable album. Any Mommy would love to add pictures to it!

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  54. Your album is a beautiful gift to your niece and your sister for their first Christmas together. I really enjoyed your video because I was able to get a close up of the Clear Scraps album and the DCWV Jolly Whimsy stack. I love the gold foil in the papers. Beautifully crafted!

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  55. What a pretty project, love the idea of creating a baby's 1st Christmas album.

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  56. Such a great album for a baby's 1 st Christmas. It is sure to be a treasured keepsake

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  57. What a wonderful gift! Beautiful mini album, love the colors and details!

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  58. What an amazing gift!!! I'm sure it will be cherished!

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  59. Love this album love this type of album thanks for sharing.

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  60. Great album. I know it will become a treasure. Haven't used acrylic pages but they look like they work very well. Have to put that on the "to try" list. thanks for sharing.

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  61. Neat album to store your memories! I love the gold doily

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  62. Lovely minialbum Tessa! TFS
    have a wonderful day!
    Liz O.
    unikebyyes{at}yahoo{dot}com

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  63. very pretty!!! love all the details...

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  64. Tessa, this album is absolutely adorable. I love it!! Congrats to you and your family!!

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  65. So many wonderful projects to look at. Awesome.

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  66. Great mini. Thanks for the chance.

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