Anyway, after all that rambling, I do have something stamping related to share as well...what a relief, eh? This is a picture of the Designer Print photo album that I'll be sending to our oldest son and his beautiful bride, Danielle, for some favorite photos from their honeymoon trip to Oahu enroute to their new AF assignment in Japan. This is the polkadot 6x6 album which was featured in the Summer Mini....it was SO popular that it sold out in a matter of weeks but they did get some more in stock in mid August so if you missed out on them, you can still order. And at $10.95, the price is definitely right! It's only 10 pages so they'll have to be selective on their favs but refills are available if she really really needs room for a few more photos. ;-) I will confess right up front that I was inspired by the photo on page 26 of the Summer Mini when I came up with this idea....it came out quite different but I loved the idea of the chipboard letters and the pumpkin pie striped ribbon. I was very pleased with how it turned out and our new daughter-in-law seemed to like it or at least was smart enough to pretend that she did. lol! She is a sweetheart and enjoyed a brief afternoon of stamping with me when they were home visiting over the Christmas holidays so I'm pretty sure she was sincere. Inside I used the Island Oasis Designer Series paper and before I send it to them I will stamp a few palm trees and coconuts (from Tropical Party stamp set) and put some dimenstionals on them so that she can stick a few embellishments wherever she wants them.
Ok, so are you finally ready to see the album? Here it is and I hope that you like it, too! I used the chipboard backing from the Designer Series paper packs and Island Oasis Designer Series paper for the letters on the front and the extra wide pumpking pie striped ribbon to wrap around the spine and jazz it up a little. I had thought about copying the Spring Mini sample and adhere a coconut tropical drink image over the "o" in aloha but haven't remembered to try it just yet....what do you think? Fine "as is" or should I serve up a coconut beverage to go with it? I would love to hear your feedback! Jan