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Special Touches for a Gift Album

It is always so sad when a good friend moves away, but it is also a time to reflect on the happy times you’ve shared. I made this gift album for a friend who is moving out of town as a way to help her know how much she means to me (and lots of friends who have contributed photos for the album), and so that she will always have a little reminder of all our fun memories!





Credits Album: EK Success;  digital papers and embellishments: Discovering You Collection by Heidi Williams, available at; fonts: Century Schoolbook, Selfish; black ink: Stampin’ Up; other: English Breakfast tea :).

Tips & Tricks:

  • I created my pages digitally and printed them out so that I could add embellishments to my pages without adding extra bulk.
  • I printed the pages at 5.5″ size to place on the 6″ album pages, this way, I didn’t have to worry about lining everything up exactly and it left a little space to add antiquing techniques along the edges.
  • I inked the edges of the printed pages as well as the album pages to add dimension.
  • The digital kit I chose has colors that match the colors of the album.  I used mostly black and white photos and only used color photos that coordinated with the papers and album. This gave the album a unified look.
  • I turned one of the black embellishments in the kit into a brush so I could decorate the pages with it in various colors.

Technique: Changing the Color of a Digital Element:

I know I’ve showed you this type of gift album before, but this one is a little different, because I used some additional techniques. I used tea to add an antiqued look; my method was similar to the one I described in this post, except I used a paint brush to apply the tea. The inked edges complete the antique/distressed look.

The other technique I used was to alter some of the digital embellishments so that the colors would match my album better. Some of the letters in the Discovering You kit were a reddish color, but I wanted to turn them brown, to match my page and the album cover. There are several ways to do this, but here is my method using photoshop:

1) Open the embellishment you want to change the color of (this method works best on items that are not multi-colored).   

2) Open a new transparent layer.

3) Make a selection (marching ants) around the item you want to recolor. Switching to the new layer, fill the selected area with the color of your choice.

4) With the new layer still selected, go to the blending mode drop-down menu in the layers palette and select “color”.

5) Now just merge the visible layers, and you have a brand new embellishment in the perfect color!!

I know these instructions are a bit simplified, so if you have any questions, please feel free to ask!!

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5 responses to “Special Touches for a Gift Album

  1. malacima May 19, 2007 at 6:27 am

    album looks so fantastic!love the colors!

  2. Wendy May 19, 2007 at 7:28 am

    Your pages are beautiful! I am glad that you linked from Carolyn’s so that I could find you! I am excited about meeting other scapbookers! Looking forward to checking out your blog more:)

  3. Carey May 19, 2007 at 9:17 am

    Absolutely gorgeous album. Ive never seen the accordian albums. they sure are pretty.

  4. Pinehurst In My Dreams May 20, 2007 at 12:23 am

    Stoppin in from the party. Hope you get your prize!

  5. pattyanne May 26, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    I just found your blog and think your album is Very Awesome… and your simplified instructions are awesome, too: i.e., changing colors on elements… thanks for the tip… have a great day!

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