Petaloo Pets Week: All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album
Hello, Friends! Are you enjoying Petaloo Pets week? Yesterday I celebrated dogs with a sweet little shabby chic folio. Today, it’s all about CATS! This All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album is purr-fectly shabby chic, filled with fun interactive elements and loaded with simple techniques you can use in any crafty endeavor. Let’s take a look,. shall we?
While straightening up the Closet of Shame, I ran across this nifty mini album base. Made with heavy book board, the album had plain kraft covers and a handy ring binder mechanism. I dressed it up with papers from Authentique’s Devoted collection, a canvas spine and lots of shabby chic details.
The focal image is this pretty kitty in an altered Prima frame. Paints and seed beads add whimsy and texture to the formerly white frame. The frame is surrounded by gorgeous Petaloo flowers, custom dyed seam binding ribbon, novelty buttons and a second, smaller vintage framed image.
Every shabby chic project needs flowers! For this album, I’ve added Teal Mini Wild Roses, Blue Mini Wild Roses, Teal Forget me Nots, Antique Beige Wild Roses and Ivory Burlap Textured Blossoms from Petaloo, of course!
I didn’t like the plain kraft spine, so I dressed it up with a strip of canvas that I attached with Scor-Tape. The nubby texture and ivory fabric add to the shabby chic vibe. This little antique bronze lion charm added just the right touch of whimsy to the spine.
Thinking outside the button box
If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know I have a “thing” for buttons. This love for buttons started when I was a child and my mom let me string buttons from my grandmother’s button box while I was sick in bed. In later years, I inherited that button box along with all the beautiful vintage buttons inside it. Like most collections, it grew…and grew…and grew! Thankfully, I love to use buttons to embellish my projects.
For this fun button feature, I encircled a “framed” image with pretty buttons. But do you want to guess how that frame was made? Yep. It’s a big button! I used a paper punch to cut out the sweet vintage image of the girl and her kitty, glued it into the center of the button and then filled the button with Glossy Accents. That’s how you think outside the button box!
It’s OK to Stagger!
All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album YouTube Video
Because I find it hard to really get a feel for the flow of a mini album with still photos, I created this YouTube video tour. In the tour, I share tips for using scraps, creating custom embellishments and making interactive elements. I hope you enjoy!
Thank you so much for joining me here today! If you have any questions about this project, feel free to ask in the comment section below.