I have had the Graphic 45 "Raining Cats and Dogs" collection stored in my craft room for quite some time now. I had this plan of making a mini album of our 3 cats and new as soon as I saw this collection it would be perfect! I bought almost the entire set including all of the elements and then it sat and sat... Until this week! I finally took it all out and made a mini box and album from it along with a hoarded black 5x5 mixed media box from the Graphic 45 Staples collection.
I measured all of the sides on the box and cut out patterned paper to match. I inked all of the edges with Black Soot Distress ink and adhered them down. I fussy cut out the cat and flowers image for the front and adhered that popping up the large flower on foam dots. I made the corner bouquet with several coordinating Wild Orchid Crafts Mulberry Flowers. After they were adhered, I sprayed them with some Lindy's Stamp Gang in Clam Bake Beige to create some shimmer and darken the white flowers a bit. I framed the edges of the front with black rhinestones.
Below are the pictures of how I designed the sides of the box including the opening flap. I used a Graphic 45 Antique Metal Door Pull from my stash for the opening.
After I finished the box, I then got to work on the actual mini album to fit inside the box. The box came with 6 black cardstock pieces that I used to create the pages of my album. I covered each side with patterned paper and several elements from the collection. All of it was inked again with the Black Soot ink. After I was finished with the pages, I punched a hole in each upper left corner with my Cropadile puncher. I had a silver binding ring in my stash which I covered in black patterned Washi tape to make it blend in with the book more.
The backs of each page (not pictured) were left unembellished with only a 3 1/4 x 3 3/4 inch black mat for my pictures when I get them developed. I am really pleased with how this album turned out. I hope you have enjoyed it and are enjoying the hop. Have a wonderful day!