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Getting ready for "Week in the Life" 2011

If you are in property business,
 you may hear this again and again:
"Location, location, location"
Like it is the only mantra.
Location is the most important,
critical and essential things in property.

But in scrapbooking business,
in my experiences over the years,
the most important,
critical and essential things will be :
"Preparation, preparation, preparation"
even when you are get hit by huge inspiration,
if you had not got yourself prepared
with some right tools and materials,
the inspiration means nothing.
It could disappeared as soon as it came,
 no matter how strong it was.

I will share how important the preparation
and some example of that on later post,
but today,
I want to share the preparation I made
for up coming :
a project by Ali Edwards
that will be coming soon this month.

For you who just pass by here by chance
and don't have a slightest clue  
what the project was,
please go here to Ali's website.
She explained it in a way you'll want
to grab camera and start right away.

Me, luckily, had got the chance to join
this remarkable project for three times
(that's mean three years in a row)
and this year is my fourth.
My first album is here
the second year recorded here,
and last year album is here.

Since the essence of this project
is mainly 'to record your life for a week'
and not about showing off 
any new embellishments you have 
or new technique you learned,
I found that the best album to pick
is the one with lots of sleeve
so I can simply slip any notes, simple journal,
name card, tags, bills, announcement,
or anything 'trashy', since life is recorded
in those things too, not only in photos.

like last year, I pick this 3 binder rings album.
Last year I used American Craft,
This year I use Making Memories.
They are basically the same, 
except I pick the one with no frame
on the front cover this year
cause I want to use it differently.
I wanted to do some collage with the cover.

At my last holiday with the kids to Sing,
I found these refill photo protectors
that are not in usual size, 12x12.
They are not commonly found,
so I grabbed them instantly.
They are 6x12 and 10x12.

My last year WITL's album is big and heavy.
So I think on working with more practical album
this year, but still with the sleeves I want.
My solution is to trim the 12x12 album
smaller to 10x12.

Don't let the material or size dictate you.
Work with your own thinking.

Like I said,
I want to do some collage for the cover.
Here is the outside cover

And to make it cohesive,
I also did it for inside cover.

Looks promising, is it?

Life is always get more interesting 
when we get some positive influences 
and good inspirations from others,
For me, lots inspiration coming these days
from pinterest.
One is this cover album, by Nicole Samuels. 
I love love love it.
Come by her blog here to see more of her
beautiful works.

I want to make one of that!
And I choose this year WITL album
to be that album.

I put gesso all over the cover.
And the inside too.

I work on the words now.
I happen to not live in a perfect world,
so I didn't have all the letters
that I need to make all the words I want,
but it didn't stop me.
Found same fonts of Thickers
with other color, so I used it happily.

Even when I run out of letter 'E'
I didn't run to the store or online shop,
I just made it from letter 'C'
And I was perfectly happy.

Work hard with the layering now.
Gesso the green letters 
double time that the whites got,
then spray some glimmer mist chalkboard,
  I used white color.
I add perfect pearls mists (heirloom gold)
to add more depth,
and after it dried, one more layer
(or two? I forgot)
the glimmer mist chalkboard.

After I was glad with the result,
it's time to put more texture.

 Interesting result, eh?

Because I want a clear texture,
I had this beautiful result that I wanted
when it dried.

If you wish to have a white-look texture 
like the first picture before it completely dries,
what you have to do is mix a little bit
white acrylic paint, any brand,
to the granular gel.
Mix them well.
Do it before you put them on the cover.
Or any color you wish to mix with the gel.

I tried to put white mica flakes here,
but not shown clearly.

I love this book plates
from Teresa Collins - Blingage series
It gave a beautiful strong accent
to the whole cover,
yet the color is still monochrome with the letters,
the papers and all.

Put cream paper thread here, 
again, to add texture

And my album cover is complete!
*Blissfully happy*

Next week I will share again some preparation
I did for inside pages of the album.
And don't forget to look over to Ali's web
to see some of her preparation too, okay?
It will be awesome to be ready.

looooooooveee it verrryyyyy muuuccchhh!!! great job, inspiring too.. as always *hugss


yaaaaayyyy am so excited, and this is my third WITL too...can't wait to show mine...am soooo READYYY

wow wow woww... keren banget ka ria, can't wait to see what will you put inside the album ..

i did the same when i ran out of letter "e", i tried to make it work from letter "c" hahaha.
Covernya keren banget Ka Ria...thumbs up!!!

beuhhhh... *pengsan*


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  • I am a woman who fell in love with papers and words long enough before with boys. Therefore, scrapbooking, writing, reading, and art journaling are just things that complete me. I live happily in Bandung, Indonesia, with my husband, Audy Kusnadjaja, and 2 adorable kids adore me. Isn't life sweet?
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  • Tips for dividing scrap time
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  • Christmas album 2009
  • A month to play, a month to learn
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