Erica made an album to showcase the funny nicknames her daughter has been given. She used the Bind-It-All by Zutter to punch the pages and covers and to add a coil binding to the book. Erica painted the sturdy album covers with bright acrylic paint.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Font: Industries off the Internet. Covers, spiral, binding tool: Zutter Innovative Products. Stock photos: Ladybugs by Antigain (ladybug), African Animals Cartoons (monkey) by Lee Daniels from iStockphoto.
The book is filled with gatefold pages that contain information about the nicknames with photos to match. Erica used her computer to print the nicknames on white cardstock, often adding little design elements or color to keep the look playful.
Each gatefold page reveals a beautiful patterned paper, journaling about the origin of the nickname, and a single photo. Erica maintained design consistency throughout the album by using papers from the same line and placing journaling blocks and photos in the same spots.
To make a gatefold page, cut a 12x5" strip of patterned paper. (You'll be able to get two pages from a 12x12" sheet of paper.) The back of this strip will show when folded, so avoid using double-sided patterned paper. Fold the strip at 7" and set aside.
The first page of Erica's book is printed with the nickname her daughter was given before she was born. To make the Zs stand out, Erica used an outline version of the font and changed the size and color. She chose colors that complement the page's patterned paper.
When unfolded, the first page reveals a playful patterned paper and a simple journaling block printed on white cardstock. A single sweet photo fills the right-hand side of the gatefold. Erica added a white border to each pic and printed her photos on her home computer. If you can't print photos at home, ask your photo lab to add a white border to each shot. It's an easy way to get a matted look without spending the extra time.
To create this page, Erica used a stock photo image for one of the letters. Search for free stock photos online. If you can't find a photo that works, try clip art. Most word-processing programs come with a selection of clip-art images you can use in your projects. Check the Internet for free clip-art sites for a bigger selection.
For a bit of whimsy on this page, Erica created a circle design that looks like bubbles and placed it behind her type. She overlapped different-size circles and changed the colors of some to make them look like highlights. You could do something similar in most word-processing or image-editing programs.
On some pages, Erica illustrated images based on clip art she found online. If drawing isn't your thing, simply look for free clip art or stock photos that match your message, or dress up pages with stickers, die cuts, or rub-ons.