the latest project….


i’ve been busy creating a father’s day album for my husband, father of three different, talented, smart, and if i may brag….gorgeous children! they take after their talented, smart, gorgeous dad. i would know this as i have been married to the man for the past almost 24 years and am still ❤

i am loving that i am trying new techniques and products in the making of this album…and kinda creating by the seat of my pants….knowing the photos will be far and few between this time, but there will be tags and letters instead that will all convey the same message….

WE LOVE DAD! and here’s all the reasons why! AS IF he doesn’t already know!

i have to admit that i got my inspiration from a scrapbooker named Kathryn Kreiger. i like to give credit where credit is due cause i am nice like that….. she is on youtube under the name “desdichaedo” and she also has a blog called “Life on the (Scrap) Beach. she recently posted tutorials of a father’s day album that she made using the Bo Bunny Timepice Collection and lots of Tim Holtz elements. it didn’t lend itself to a lot of places for photographs, but it still caught my eye. the album itself (maya road) did come with three chipboard pages and four envelopes which you can fill up with photos/notes/ or tags…. they are also great to hold ticket stubs from say, oh, i don’t know….maybe like the KINGS games? ❤ oh, but i digress…..just gotta get my hockey talk in somehow…..but, seriously….it’s a perfect place to put keepsakes like tickets from concerts, movies, or hockey games…

today i was able to complete the cover….painting the insides around the hardware with a mixture of making memories “buttercup” and heidi swapp’s acrylic white paint. I used the Bo Bunny cardstock called Timepiece Tick Tock for the cover of the album. i added some glossy accents by inkssentials to the clocks to give them a clear dimensional look.

these are the papers in this collection. this is the 6×6 pad….you will need to use 12×12 paper for this particular album.








i also added a bronze timepiece with hands to the front of one of the clocks on the cover and set it to 7:19…0ur favorite numbers and a time on the clock that we always seem to look up at just as it is striking that moment. the timepieces are from the Tim Holtz idea-ology set as are the game spinners and fasteners (hands on the clock!).

i added a thin brown velvet ribbon to the spine that i found in my ribbon stash….on top of it, i added a long bronze key from K & Company’s Life Journey metal art collection. to that, i tied another piece of brown velvet ribbon and added a bronze lobster clasp. these came in a package of four called “industrial chic” by Susan Lenart Kazmer. i then attached some embellishments and charms on that….the number 5, representing our family of 5, a crossline swivel (an offshore angler fishing thingy!), and then three silver charms representing my husband’s lifetime love of sailing….a sailboat, an anchor, and a wheel that i found at my local Michaels- just $4.00 for the 3 of them!


there are four envelopes included with this album. i stained each one of them with tim holtz “old paper” distress ink by ranger….remembering to include the twine in this staining process…and staining both the front and back.


next, and this was an overnight process, i took large manilla envelopes and soaked them in a bowl of leftover coffee. i then air dried them overnight. once completely dried, i crinkled them up to give them that old weathered look. i must say….it’s such an easy process, uses leftover coffee, and gives you a completely different finish to these tags! you didn’t know you could “recycle” coffee, did you? (you can also use leftover black tea to get this same look!)

on one of these tags, i handstamped “love notes to dad”  in lowercase letters using “black soot” distress ink. i tied some twine to the top of the tag. this tag will then be attached to the front of the first envelope…and in that envelope, will be three handwritten letters from the kids.

i  also managed to cover both the inside and back covers, plus the front and back sides of one of the chipboard pages. here’s what they look like:



i used glossy accents on this page with the gears to make them stand out more. i also used a brayer to adhere the cardstock more securely to the page.

finally, i took a couple of life stories journaling tags and inked them up with more of that “old paper” tim holtz distress ink by ranger to give them that same weathered look. here’s what they look like:








i hope being able to visualize this process has encouraged you to give this a try. it’s fun being creative, it’s a good de-stresser, and besides, what dad wouldn’t love a handmade gift?

so, it’s back to creating i go. stay tuned for more on this album…..and, if you have any questions that i haven’t already answered, please feel free to ask…..

finally, a word on last night’s Stanley Cup hockey game between the Canucks and the Bruins. While the Bruins have an extremely talented goaltender in Tim Thomas, it is hard not to root for Vancouver with all of the talented players they have on their team….as we witnessed by Alex Burrows o.t. goal with just 11 seconds into the first O.T. I knew this was one of the fastest O.T. goals ever scored, but didn’t know it was, in fact, only the 2nd time this has happened! i love being a part of hockey history in the making…..but mostly, i. just. LOVE. my hockey!


About 19 Designs

just a girl raised at the Fabulous Forum that fell in love with the Los Angeles Kings; loyal to my boys and passionate about the game; scrapbooker by accident; ETSY seller by choice; happy wife and mom courtesy of my amazing best friend/husband and my beautiful kids!

3 responses »

  1. very nice! i enjoyed reading your “tutorial” and now i shall have to try making one for my husband. well, it would be for me, but i would certainly share it with him! and yay for the canucks, just sayin’! xo

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