Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Golden Years

Looking for acrylic albums or embellishments? With over a hundred different designs to choose from, My Acrylic Album certainly should have something to fit your need.

The Fire Hydrant book that I received measures 7 x 5 ½ inches and comes with 6 acrylic pages. The cover page is unique in that it has two long vertical rectangles cut from the center to give the illusion of the ribs on an actual fire hydrant. I loved how this added more depth to the overall project. I also received a small package of Puppy Bling Charms; Dog Bowl, Dog Bone, Woof, Fire Hydrant, and Paw. All of the charms are made from the same acrylic material as the book. The acrylic pieces are very sturdy and will not bend or break very easily. Each piece is also covered with a thick brown paper which has a plastic backing to help it release from the acrylic pages. Rest assured this protective covering will not come off until you are ready which means you won’t have to worry about scratches or scuff marks on your pieces due to loose areas of the protective covering. To remove this covering, I found it easiest to use a small pin and gently lift up a corner, making sure that I did not scratch the surface of the album. Once the corner was lifted I was then able to peel away the covering leaving me with a crystal clear page to work on.

As I looked at my Fire Hydrant book and Puppy Bling Charm pieces I was thinking how appropriate this book would be for a fireman or possibly a Dalmatian. Since we have neither one of these in our home I turned to our wonderful Golden Retrievers as the subject of this book – hence the title, “The Golden Years”.

When working with acrylic albums, I find it easiest to start with the pictures first and place them down on the pages with a removable adhesive. Once the pictures are positioned where I would like them to be, I begin adding color, patterns, and embellishments. As I add each embellishment or paper I continue to double check how it will appear throughout the entire book. Once all of my pictures, papers, and embellishments are in place I adhere all of my elements using a permanent adhesive.

Adhesives can be a concern since all of the pages are acrylic and most adhesives will leave a mark. On page 2 of my album (shown below) I wanted the acrylic to be sandwiched between the title and red paper to provide depth and interest to the page. Since normal scrapbook adhesives would show through, I decided to use a spray adhesive on my red paper to minimize any adhesive marks.

 
page-2

Not all mediums will work on acrylic and therefore care needs to be taken when choosing products. Staz-on ink is a solvent ink that will not smudge or wipe away from acrylic once it is dry. Knowing this, I used a black Staz-on pad to ink the edges of all of the pages and embellishments in the album.

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Rub-ons are also another good source of adding artistic elements to the pages, but once again, you need to choose carefully – not all rub-on’s are created equal. If the rub-on is going to be seen from both sides, make sure that your rub-on does not have a white backing otherwise you will either need to place a mirror image or another element on the reverse page.

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Once all of the elements were permanently adhered to my pages I used the binder ring (packaged separately) to bind my book. I added some coordinating felt ribbons and attached one of the Puppy Bling charms to one of the ends of the felt ribbon to complete my Fire Hydrant Acrylic Mini Album.
 
inside-pages
 Fire-Hydrant-Book  
Title: The Golden Years
  • Products used: Cardstock (Prism Prismatics) 
  • Fire Hydrant album (My Acrylic Album) 
  • Puppy Bling Charms (My Acrylic Album) 
  • Patterned Paper (Paper Studio) 
  • Staz-on ink (Tsukineko) 
  • Bling Images (Paper Studio) 
  • Ribbon (Paper Studio) 
  • Rub-ons (7 Gypsies & Basic Grey) 
  • Flowers (Paper Studio) 
  • Stickles (Ranger) 
  • Sticker letters (American Crafts) 
  • Spray Adhesive (Elmer) 
  • Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner) 

The Fire Hydrant mini album from My Acrylic Album was a perfect size to work with. Each page of acrylic was crystal clear and the edges were clean with no rough edges providing a high quality album. The Puppy Bling Charms added fun and whimsy to this album but would also be cute used in a suncatcher, mobile, or even on tags or bookmarks.

Looking for a unique acrylic album or embellishment? 
The answer is clear – My Acrylic Album!
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