My Tradewinds Album

I've mentioned on a previous post that I was working on an album that's a little different for me. This an 8 1/2 by 11 photo album/journal made with the matstack DCWV Tradewinds Collection. I've never worked with an album this size or this exact style. It's been a lot of fun and I've really enjoyed it.

Here's a little sneak peak at the cover and some close up shots. The binding on this album is done the same way as my Tattered Time Mini Album.

I really like these 3 elements that you see here. To do this I punched out the paper with a 1 inch square punch, rounded the corners, and placed a brad in the center. I LOVE how the edges look burnt. I achieved this look by inking the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and Timber Brown Stazon. Then I adding a touch of Black Stazon on the very edge for deeper coloring.

Here's a peek at one of the inside pages. The black pieces are 4x6 photo mats. As you can see in the picture above, the papers have some gold foiling. I decided to add some additional gold embellishing with some gold embossing. You can see that in the pictures below. I really like flourishes so I had to add them to this book. I also used my script stamp on every page.

I used this stamp from a fairy set that Aideen gave me :D I stamped it 3 times here. I really like the look; it matches perfectly with everything else. I'm working on picking out my photos for this album now. I want this album to be a complete reflection of me; what I love, care about, and enjoy most. I plan for it to be expressed symbolically rather than coming right out and saying it.Once I have the album put together a little more I will do a post or video explaining more about it.

Please leave a comment letting me know what you think.


  1. Hi Judy,

    I wanted to let you know that I was looking for just the right gift to make for my brother, who is battling cancer, and I found your tattered time mini. I am really getting into making minis with my bind it all, and love the distress look of tim holtz, etc. I just can't figure out how you bound your cover without the owires showing and as I finish his album to give on his birthday in August, I want to use your technique to bind it. If you could give me any tips on how to conceal the owire as you did so beautifully, I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you for all your tips!!!! I love your work!

  2. nice very nice getting lots of scrappin ideas.......

  3. Looking great, love the vintage style and looking forward to seeing how you've done the spine too.

  4. love this album, really like that you use the mat stacks instead of 12 x 12 papers, so much cheaper and it looks great. can't wait for your tutorial on this one.
    Love all the work you do.
    going to try your paper flowers this week, love them!