Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Mini album sketchbook style

Here's my first ever Mini album :) aah am doing a lot of "first ever" posts lately :D
The twist here is it's a mini without embellishments.! Yeah am always kinda scared to use those beautiful goodies ;) & also this is a masculine one.. 
I've heard Many crafty frnds of mine say they are not comfortable with sketching but they love it all the same..
Here's the good news.! U can totally Make a sketchbook style album with stamps & sinple watercoloring..! 
These are the layouts in a nutshell :)

Read on if u would like to know the details of each page :)
(Warning: it's picture HEAVVVYY)
For the album part, i followed this Tag album tutorial by Tanvi for the pages.. i did some research in YouTube regarding mini album binding .. I tried the stacked hinge (or whatever it is called, sorry am really not familiar with them;)) binding system.. It turned out really well..
Used chipboard, blackcardstock, prima epiphany PP & Some black baker's twine..
The pages & tags are 3×4" cut from Iris SG & Linen cardstocks respectively..
Pockets made from Black card  stock & WRMK Envelope punch board
Followed the same steps for all pages.. Did some basic watercoloring (watercolor pencils, gelatos, distress inks) according to the photograph.. I distressed all the photographs with DIs.. Then stamped images by the theme..!! (Used Jet black archival ink) Only two doodles in the whole series are hand drawn ;) 
This is also a great way to use up your little stamps.
Wrote quotes/sentiments with 0.05 fine liner pen.. That gives a complete look..
Again for the tags i used Distress Inks to match up the color of the page.. I was really surprised & happy that it was possible to bring out similar color effects with different media..

So here you go.. The individual pages (it sort of goes in a timeline/ story format) with list of supplies below each one.
(I've added link back to stores in India from which i actually bought them just for my reference & with the hope that it might be helpful to some of you.. No commercial reasons whatsoever)
Hope you enjoy :)
DI worn lipstick.mustard seed, salty ocean

Gelato snow cone, DI broken china

DI wild honey, spiced marmalade
Prima coffee break stampset

Gelato margarita mix (aww i love this color),  Colorbox lime 
I altered the prima stamp a little ;) wrote "green tea" instead of coffee (my frnd's fav drink especially during work :D)

Gelato lemon, DI mustard seed

Gelato cherry, DI fired brick
Snake doodled with Brustro fine liner pen.!

Gelato lime & Margarita mix, DI mowed lawn, IB Under water stamp

Salty ocean DI, white embossed imagesSnowflakes stampset from Varnas creations

DI peacock feathers, Inkadinkado seasideInkadinkado coastal
This is my most favy layout :)

Gelatos bright, dragon is just a rough doodle..

Black soot DI, gelato lemon

Inkadinkado birdhouse stamp set, gelato grape,passion fruit, heart images stamped with memento lilac posies ink
Here's the video :) (click here to watch in YouTube) pls do check out the last page.. A surprise interactive element over there :)

A biiigg thank u for reaching until here :) i absolutely respect your patience :)
Am really sorry for such a looong post.!My new found love for ATCs, the awesome sketchbooks i've seen around in social media & the beautiful photographs of my friend here are the biggest inspirations behind this venture :)
I really hope you liked it :)
Do lemme know your comments about it & also whether i should be doing such detailed & descriptive posts in future.!
Thanks for your time.
C u soon. 
Create.Have fun.


  1. Truly out of the world!! First of first...is the way, the album composed.l..Gosh..such a sequential array with loads of play with colors, stamping, handdrawn images...I absolutely adore this!!!

  2. WOW your drawing skills are awesome and hehe dont apologise for long posts...we crafters thrive on them!!

    1. Thank u ma'm :) glad you liked it :)

    2. Thank u ma'm :) glad you liked it :)

  3. Awesome ris, as ever your stamping, doodling, coloring & creativity are all just fabulous <3 <3

  4. love ur mini album.......coloring too...