May 20, 2013

It’s A Blog Hop!!

Welcome to our blog hop!  If you have arrived directly here and were not aware of the blog hop, jump back to the start at Suzy’s Blog - Sea Glass & Sand and join in the fun. There are prizes!!

If you have arrived from the lovely Julie’s blog – Notes on Paper  then you are on track!

Suzy has organised this blog hop to mark the launch of her new jazzy blog. I’ve been helping her re-design the look of her blog to better reflect her and her favourite things and to incorporate her fab art journaling work. What do you think to her new look ?  Fab isn’t it, if I say so myself. I’m no expert by any stretch of the imagination but I can find my way around PSE and the geek in me loves to dabble in a little bit of HTML / CSS.

So onto my project for the blog hop. I wanted to share this project with you, it’s something that I have been wanting to do for a while and have thought about loads of different ways / formats for doing it but never really settled on one final idea until I came across a second hand photo album in a local charity shop. The minute I saw it I had one of those ‘light bulb’ moments. I snapped it up at a bargain price of 20p!

It obviously once belonged to a set of 3 (or maybe more) judging by the ‘three’ printed on the cover, but that was not a problem as the cover was going to be completely hidden.

Here are the materials I started off with: the second hand photo album and various papers from Echo Park’s The Apothecary Collection. Yes, they are Halloween papers but my album is not Halloween themed. The colours on these papers just happen to fit my theme perfectly . . . . all will become clear.


Firstly I covered the back and front covers with some of the paper which I inked with Walnut Stain & Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks to give it a more aged feel. I covered the spine with a coordinating piece again inked with the Distress Inks. To add interest to the spine and to give the illusion that my internal pages were ‘tied in’ I used some twine and wrapped it around the album and tied off in a knot.image-2

I added some more layers of patterned paper with some pearls and a decorative pin. The metal trim corners add texture and the paw print stamp in the centre of the heart completes the look. Any idea’s on the theme of the album yet? (If your a regular visitor to my blog I'm sure you will have guessed already . . lol)image-5

And here is the finished altered album. The heart shape with the paw print tells you the title of the album without using words.

Paw Prints On My Heart


So why the Halloween papers ? Well the browns, oranges and blacks just happen to be the perfect colours to coordinate with all of our cats and dogs.  Im using this album to record each and every one of the furry family members who share our home. Everyone has a double page with a photo on the left and a record card on the right where I have recorded a little bit of information such as name, D.O.B. etc and a few details about their individual characters. Here is Murphy’s entry:



And just a few of the other furry family members:

BeeGee, Baily, Lincoln and Sookie


Now for those of you who don’t know me I’m sure your wondering how many more furry members can there be in that book ?  Well, at present the book holds 25 entries and yes there are spare pages in there  - just in case!! Our home is somewhat of a kitty and canine haven / sanctuary. We have 16 rescued cats and kittens and 9 dogs (5 chocolate labs, 3 Shih Tzu’s and a very senior Yorkie). I do plan on doing another album to hold the photo’s and memories of those who have crossed The Rainbow Bridge so that they are forever recorded too.

I hope you’ve enjoyed watching the transformation of an old unwanted photo album . . .  it’s amazing what a bit of pretty paper can do. The album will now sit with pride of place on my mini album display shelf for all to see. Who knows, I may even carry it around in my handbag to show off to people when they ask about my furry babies.

Before you head off on to the next stop on the hop please leave a comment to let me know you stopped by. I will chose at random one lucky reader to receive a prize from me. (entries to the draw will close at midnight on Tuesday 21st May)

Your next stop is Claire’s Blog  – The Crafty Alchemist



  1. That looks just fab Dee. What a grsnsformwtiont and a great way to record all those furry details

    Thank you so much for my look and for joining in with my first blog hop

    Suzy x

  2. Wow love your album! Those papers are so pretty, I really like the colour combination. Hugs Frea

  3. What a brill idea Dee. Love the idea now to head to the charity shop

  4. Having met most of the furries, I just love this idea! beautiful album, Dee x

  5. The new look that you created for Suzy is gorgeous, I love your design, the colours and her artwork is amazing.
    Your Paws book has caused a light bulb moment for me, too, thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Suzy's blog's looking great! And your project is a great way to rehabilitate that album.

    No need to enter me in the draw - I'm happy just visiting all my fellow hoppers. :-)

  7. I don't remember what Suzy's blog looked like before , but it looks AWESOME now - well done you!
    Love the new look to that album - totally transformed from something ugly to an amazing, beautiful record of your animal kindness!

  8. Wow I just love the transformation of Suzy's blog you are so clever - might be asking you to do mine next. another fabulous book Dee and a great way to transform a boring little phot album

  9. Wow this is gorgeous, I love the colors and your distressing. The binding of your book is neat and looks great. Awesome animal photos to go into it!
    Hugs Kelly

  10. I have to say you've done a great job on Suzy's blog and an equally great job on transforming a little photo album that I don't like into something I love.

  11. great transformation! hopping on to the next one... jenx

  12. Hello there Dee, you've done a fab job on Suzys blog & I love your album, great idea for re-inventing an old photo album. Cxx

  13. This is lovely - great do over

  14. Great post - I love how you transformed your album!

  15. Dee what a brilliant idea, I can't believe I've sent similar albums off to the charity shops!!! Purrfect record of the furrbabies. X

  16. Loving the upcycle of an old photo album.... and I do love a mini album or two lol

    Thanks for sharing

  17. Thank you for the make over of Suzy's blog, she is so happy with it. Love how you have changed a boring, ordinary photo album into an interesting, unique piece of artwork. Thanks for the inspiration.

  18. What a gorgeous way of recording all your beautiful fur babies - the papers are just perfect for the album x

  19. Oh this is lovely and so are all your animals:)

  20. You've made a fabulous job of Suzy's blog. :o). I love that upcycled photo album.
    Sue x

  21. I really like the idea of using an old album to make a new trendy one

  22. Wow Dee, love the album and sure i have several old ones in the house somewhere the may need sprucing up :)


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