Always Sisters - AKA Sorority Mini-Album

Caution, MANY images ahead! Sorry for being gone for so long. Summer is over :-( and I have been very busy in my craftroom (3 mini-albums and some Christmas cards for a class so far). I am so excited to share what I have been up to. Today's post will be about the 2nd mini-album that I made this summer. I have been falling in love with mini-albums for a long time now and I still have a lot to learn, below is my first commissioned effort.

A close friend of mine is an Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) sorority alumni and she wanted a very special gift for a soror's birthday. I decided to create a album that celebrates their friendship and sisterhood as part of this special organization. I practiced on another album project before I started this one, and it took me nearly two months to finish. I heard that she cried when she got it this morning, so to me, it was all worth it!

The AKA colors are pink and green. I dug deep into my stash to find the BoBunny Little Miss collection from a couple years ago, the salmon pink, soft greens and browns were perfect for this project. I chose die-cuts based on the images in the paper - tea cups, umbrellas, birds and birdcages, dress forms, doiles, as well as some banners and flourishes. I also focused on symbols of the AKA sorority live ivy, tea roses, pearls and the mirror.

I journaled about these symbols through out the album (see tidbit images), included a smidge of AKA history and asked my friend to write her friend's story and give me a poem to include. I used Jamie Dougherty Bloom Girl Stamps and tried my Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils for the first time to color them in. I love these stamps so much, I want to learn to color a lot better. :-)

Below you will find pictures of album pages mostly without the sorority photos.


Front: Embellishments Close-up

Spine with Cameo

Front Inside Cover:

Page 1 - Flap Closed

Page 1 - Layout

Page 1 - Flap Open

Page 2 - Flaps Closed

Page 2 - Straight Flap Open

Page 2 - Shaped Flap w/Pocket Front Closed

Page 2 - Shaped Flap w/Pocket Back Open

Page 2 - Sorority Tidbit

Page 3 - Flap Closed

Page 3 - Flap Open

Page 3 - Flap Open

Page 3 - Flap Back-side

Page 4 - Waterfall

Page 4 - Waterfall Base embellished

Page 4 - Sorority Tidbit (credit jiGzz Franchise

Page 5 - Flap Closed

Page 5 - Layout and Flap Back-side

Page 5 - Flap Open

Page 6 - Flaps Closed

Page 6 - Flaps Open

Page 6 - Sorority Tidbit (credit jiGzz Franchise

Page 7 - Flap Closed

Page 7 - Layout and Flap Back-side

Page 7 - Flap Open

Page 8 - Flap Closed

Page 8 - Flap Open

Page 9 - Waterfall closed (I spy yellow nail-polish :-)

Page 9 - Waterfall Close-up

Page 9 - Waterfall Open

Page 9 - Sorority Tidbit (credit jiGzz Franchise

Inserts frontside - these fit inside pages 1, 3. 5 and 7

Inserts - opened

Inserts - backside

And a matching photobox to hold it in..

Photobox trimmed with Ribbon

Last look:


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