Altering the cover of mini albums is one of my favorite things to do. I love how little things here and there can completely change the look of a pre-made album. With this particular mini book, I decided to first use Sakura Souffle pens to color in the camera image. I then added the wood veneer asterisk at the center of the camera lens. Even with the added color and texture, the image still looked a bit flat so I decided to do a little hand stitching with the last of my orange thread. Then came the titling and colorful polka dots with Amy Tangerine stickers from the Yes, Please line. I LOVE those stickers because they’re slightly transparent and are more forgiving in terms of repositioning. Here’s the final result:
I actually had a really tough time with the dark aqua Souffle pen–it just would not work for the life of me even though there was plenty of ink left! I noticed the ball at the tip of the pen wasn’t rolling anymore. My fiancé came to the rescue and somehow popped out the ball tip using a hammer, needle, and wrench. Don’t ask me how….. Afterwards, I tapped the itsy bitsy ball back into the tip of the pen and, voila, it started working again! So, if any of you out there have gel pens that stop working, here’s one more thing you can try before throwing your pen out. For those who are unfamiliar with the Souffle pens, they dry opaque and are legible on dark surfaces. The appearance has a slightly chalky look which is unlike any other gel pen I’ve tried. The pens actually work better now than when I first bought them 3-4 years ago (for the most part…). Go figure!
After finishing the cover, I went ahead and worked on its back side using patterned papers from Studio Calico’s Here + There 6×6 pad. The wood veneer arrows are from the Citrus Twist Main December Kit. Both the letter stickers are from Amy Tangerine–the red corrugated Thickers are quite old while the mini block letters are from last season’s Cut & Paste line. The blue striped “ribbon” lining the top and bottom of the title block is actually a drawstring I took out of an old shirt I got rid of a while back. I love the contrast in color and texture it provides.
Because the left side is so busy, I decided to keep the right-hand side simpler. The chipboard star and arrow stickers are from Amy Tangerine’s Cut & Paste Chipboard Accents. The letter stickers are from the same pack as those I used on the cover. The ribboned paper clip is an exclusive from a previous Citrus Twist Main Kit. After the photo was taken, I added more of the gray chevron washi tape across the top edge of the pocket. I also added journaling on the pull-out paper with the paper clip attached. Thanks for looking 🙂