Parisian Themed Album

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Hi everyone!

I was thrilled to be asked by Jill to be a guest designer for Scrap FX.  What a wonderful opportunity to work with her gorgeous products, so naturally I was quick to accept!

I have created a special album for my little girl Meg, using the Gate Book.  It has been so much fun, and of course so easy to get carried away with it!  So here are some pictures of the finished album that I’d love to share with you…

I started by applying white gesso to each ‘page’ including that gates.  This gives you a workable platform to work on and apply lots of other mediums and effects.

The gates form the front and the main opening of the album. On these, I have used a special crackle technique which I want to share with you in another post. I promise you the technnique will have you thinking “ahhh, why didn’t I think of that!” – which is exactly what I thought when it was shown to me! So watch this space!  Liquid Pearls were applied around the edges and once dried I swiped them with black StayzOn to get a studded effect.

 When the gates are opened, it reveals an introductory photo of Meg.  The chipboard page was covered with Prima patterned paper and  Kaisercraft paper.  I made the rosette from clay and applied antique gold patinating wax to it to get that French baroque look.

This page opens  to the left hand side.  A double page spread is now visible.


 The left hand page again is covered in Glitz journalling paper, and decorated with a ScrapFX Damask Corner flourish painted white and accented with gold wax.  A handmade clay bird and a sprinkling of flowers and lace add the finishing touches.

The opposite page is one of my favourites.  Once gessoed, I then applied Stucco Texture Paste from Golden and applied a coat of white acrylic paint once dried.  I was trying to get that old French farmhouse exterior look.  The windows were cut from the chipboard page and edges sanded to get a cleaner finish.  Then using my awl and a ruler I scraped the vertical lines into the window to represent wooden pailings.  The handles on the windows are from the Scrap FX Flourish Bits and Bobs pack.

The window shutters all open to reveal an iconic Parisian landmark – the Eiffel Tower and the Champs Elysee.

On the back of this page is another paper covered page, and a couple of little window boxes brimming with blooms.

The next set of pages is made up of 2 tag shaped chipboard pieces.  Covered with Pink Paislee paper and adorned with one of my favorite ScrapFX embellishments – the ornate Provincial Clockface.

 I very carefully cut the clock in half vertically and adhered half to each tag shape.

When the tag pages open up, a triple page spread is visible.  The reverse side of the tags are to the left and right of the central page.

The left tag was painted and stained with Ranger Distress Stain in Velvet Rose.  I had lots of fun creating a Parisian Salon scene here.  The mirror pieces are backed on painted chipboard which is matted on to lace.  The curtain is fashioned from muslin and ‘tied back’ with another handmade clay bird.  Lace, liquid pearls and a pink fan image help to decorate the page.

 The right tag is covered in paper.  I added the cutout bird from and botanical La Rose Double Card then the photo.


 The final page is “Always Be True To Yourself”.  Several years ago I came across an old Anaglypta Wallpaper sample book and saved it thinking it would surely come in handy one day.  Well, it was perfect for this project.  To highlight the richly embossed paper, I gently applied antique gold patinating wax.  The flower vine is from Prima and the title from Pink Paislee.

I bound the album together with hand dyed seam binding as it is so soft and delicate – in keeping with the photos.

My daughter is thrilled with the album, and I hope it inspires you to create one.  If you have any questions please leave a comment and I will answer them as soon as possible.

Thanks for stopping by!


11 Responses to “Parisian Themed Album”

  1. This is really lovely. What a precious keepsake for your daughter.

  2. I just love what you have created again Maggie. You are a very talented and clever girl!!

  3. Sharryn Thomson says:

    Wow Maggie! This is just gorgeous!! I bet your daughter can’t put it down 🙂

  4. Congrats on your guest spot! This album is so sweet and romantic! I love you created beautiful details!

  5. This is absolutely stunning Maggie! I love all of the detail work and exquisite flowers, flourishes, and that gate-oh my!! You’ve created a work of art and a heirloom keepsake for your daughter, my hat is off to you!

  6. Maggie, thank you so much for sharing with us such a beautiful project! You are full of inspiration!

  7. This is wonderful- amazing details, great instruction- a beautiful album to be cherished forever!

  8. This is incredible! I love every inch. So detailed and gorgeous!

  9. Amazing,love,love,love it!!!!

  10. WOW! Absolutely beautiful!!! I’ll definitely tune in for the crackle technique how-to- I LOVE how the gates look in this project!

  11. Beautiful to look at…
    Exquisite detail and mood..
    A journey just viewing..
    Well done Scaevola ?!