You know that scene in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when the children and parents first see the Chocolate Room, and they don't know what to eat first so end up frantically running around and eating anything and everything they can get their hands on?
If I'm being honest (and I'm sure I'm not alone with this thought) that's how I feel whenever I open that black and white stripy box of goodness each month.
I'm always amazed at how beautiful our kits are, it's like I'm in that Chocolate Room; it's almost too good to be true. I want to use everything ASAP!
To try and contain my sugar/paper high, I decided to create a mini album for my first project using this month's kit, that way I could use a little of everything.
I've always had trouble making my mini albums feel cohesive, but since Halloween is only a few days away it seemed like the perfect over-arching theme for the album. And also a good opportunity to document some rather terrifyingly, embarrassing photos of me from past Halloweens, much like the photo on the page above!
Obviously the Emeline kit isn't Halloween themed, but by including some imagery like ghosts, witch's hats and Halloween-y phrases throughout the album, alongside the usual FJ prettiness, it's subtly themed without being too over-the-top!
In the process video below, I show how I constructed the album and go into more detail. But to summarise: each page's base is an envolope and they're all bound together accordian-style!
By using envelopes, I didn't have to do any extra paper-trimming and measuring (wahoo!) and it also meant that I had the option of having ready-made pockets in my album, where I can pop things like photos and labels for journalling, in a way it gives me more scrappy space to play with, despite the album being so small in size!
One paper I was really inspired by in this month's kit, was the one with all of the scalloped stripes in different colours from the kit. I absolutely adore it, and I repeated that pattern throughout most pages in the book.
Although each page might have a completely different colour scheme, the scallop borders make the tranisition from page to page a lot smoother. And whether you notice it or not, it's a handy trick that gives the album that cohesion I've be harping on about in this entire blog post!
I'm really in love with this mini album; I had an absolute blast making it. And with Halloween right round the corner, it's a perfect excuse to grab a few supplies and document this "spooky" time of year!
Have a spooktacular weekend!!
- Elsie x
Click below to watch the process video. It's a long one, so best to grab yourself a cuppa!
And click here to watch the flip-through:
Supplies Used: Emeline Kit | Emeline Paper Add-On | Emeline Solid Colour Paper Add-On | Emeline Die-Cut Labels | Emeline Stamp Set | Emeline Puffy Alphabet | Maggie Stamp Set | Maggie Silicone Charms | FJ Essentials Paper Pack | Felicity Acetate Shapes | Happy Day Puffy Stickers | Dots & Hearts Puffy Stickers | Black Alphabet | Tiny Dot Alphabet | Flair - Documented | Flair - Best Day Ever | FJ Witch's Hat Cut File | FJ Ghost Cut File