Sue has had this cute little file folder stashed away in her cupboard for a rainy day. It was originally bought at Officeworks but was never used for its intended purpose. Sue was looking through her cupboard one day and discovered it, thinking that it would make a lovely monthly record album as a keepsake for her nephew Iziah. The bottom of the file folder is covered in a black fabric and the rest of the folder is raw chipboard. Perfect for covering and altering!
A file folder is a lovely idea as a keepsake as you can keep adding little things, photos, memories etc, into each compartment as you want to.
Sue wanted to create a little photo collage of Iziah for each month of his first year. Her sister provided the photos (most of them just taken with phones so the images were quite small) and she created a 5 inch storyboard in photoshop elements using 9 photos for each month. Sue also converted the images to black and white to create a uniform appearance. She then printed the image as a 5x7 at a store.
Sue decided on a colour palette for the project and found that the MME Stella & Rose collection was perfect for what she had in mind. Sue mixed and matched lots of papers from the collection and also added in embellishments from her stash from other collections. As the size of the file folder is only fairly small and Sue wanted it to be quite colourful, she decided to use a design made up of lots of strips of paper and transparency, some of it border punched and pulled together with lots of stitching.
The photo cards for each month use vanilla cardstock, cut to 6x8 inches as their base. Sue kept to a fairly simple, uniform design for each month, simply switching around the papers and colours. Sue has asked her sister and family to record their memories of Iziah from each month and also to write a letter to him about the way they feel about his place in the family and what they wish for his future. Sue will most likely make up little vellum envelopes to store all of those precious keepsakes.
The Technique Tuesday baby stamps, designed by Ali Edwards are simply adorable for this project. The stamps have beautiful sentiments that portray exactly what Sue wanted to say.