Saturday, February 28, 2015

People, let me tell you 'bout my best friend. . .

This project for Altered Eclectics is  very special to me.  I was lucky enough to live in a neighborhood growing up that was full of children.  But my very best friend lived right next door.  I made this little book to commemorate our long friendship, so grab a cuppa whatever and settle in - this is a bit photo heavy!
This is the album and it's case - it's only 5x5 and it is so cute!

What I Used to Make this Project:
Silhouette Cameo Cut File - Lori Whitlock 5x5 Mini Album (Item #'s 34172 & 34171)
Lori Whitlock's Tutorial (here on YouTube)
White Cardstock (try to use strong cardstock!)
Me and My Big Ideas - Specialty Card Stack, PXT-08, Black & White
Reprinted Pictures
Sayings, typed out in Word, using the Homework font
Tim Holtz Alterations Die, Labels, 660060
Brads - silver with gems (2)
Various Embellishments

we are in our late teen's, early 20's

I typically go through how I make my projects, but since the tutorial posted on YouTube is fabulous, why reinvent the wheel?  Instead, sit back and relax - as I said before, this post is going to be picture heavy, and I am going to show you what each page of the album looked like (don't worry, there is only 6 pages).  I did make some changes to how the album is put together; I used brads instead of string and as you see in this picture, I had originally cut out a white "spine", but I changed it to black.  I cut everything out and assembled the book and the box. I think cut out a bunch more of the cover sheets to use inside the book.

First, I want to and a disclaimer as I am not a scrapper. I have all the stuff to become one, but, I don't scrap.  Second, the photos I used are reprints of photos that at least 30 years old so they aren't the best. 

I chose black and white as my main colors because they are favorite colors of both Diane and I.  We have been friends for 48 years, literally from the day I was born.  I can't remember a time in my life when she wasn't there.  Here are the first layout pages.
Not such baby pics, but it was the best I could find. Pages 1 & 2

Dig those Halloween Costumes from Caldor or Bradlees - before Walmart! Pages 3 & 4
 We played together all the time. I don't think more than 2 days in a row passed without us seeing each other.  We had so much fun, I feel badly for the children
Diane is on the left; I remember that seal!
who weren't as lucky as we were - our imaginations were very active and we rarely played anything that we didn't make up.  We had elaborate story lines and plots with our games; using items we found or had at our disposal.  And we would play the same games each season, for example, fall was always Acorn Hospital. We each had a hospital at the base of her oak tree.  Our yards were fenced in, but there was a passage way between them so n one had to worry about us roaming away (I actually did roam away with a bunch of neighbor hood kids once, but that a different story. Diane wasn't there).  My mother would being home old business forms from her work and we were in our glory! We would use a piece of carbon paper until there was not a smidgen of carbon left on it - how we treasured that paper!

Ah, the yearly trip to Riverside! I think we are 10-12 in the bigger picture. Even our shoes (Dr. Scolls of course!) are the same, but different colors. Pages 5 & 6

The beginning of the Boys - there is a list hidden on the top of page 7, hidden between the page and the decorative page (hehehehe) - can't publish everything! Pages 7 & 8
We did have a few years where we weren't close friends, but we eventually repaired the friendship.  In fact, I think we have gotten even closer as time marches on.  I can count on her to listen, to give me advice and to just commiserate with me, whether it is a health issue, a relationship issue or the silly things the cats did.  Obviously, there was no way I could document a friendship as long as ours, but it was fun to document some of our childhood.  I had a blast digging out different embellishments, making secret compartments (the boys page) and typing up a document that sort of sums up how much fun we had. 
I was worried I wouldn't have enough room and I was right, so I wrote a document that tells more of the tales of the things we did, the mischief we got into and some more stuff that I can't print.  

The cover - I know, it's a bit backwards showing the cover at the end, but. . .

I had so much fun putting this together - I used paper and embellishments that I have had in my stash at least 10 years - the paper on the box is done in a fuzzy print (so fingerprints won't mess the box up - is what I was thinking!) and the black & white theme was super easy to work with. This has to me one of my favorite projects ever - if not my most favorite - since I had a blast putting it together and it showcases my friendship with Diane, something I treasure very much. I hope the album makes Diane happy - I can't send it to her yet - she made me promise to wait until the addition on her house is finished (at the rate it's going, I'll be holding on to this for a long time!).  Lastly, I want to thank her and her parents for making my childhood so happy, fun and exciting ~ xo

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my little trip down memory lane  fondly, Christi

I would like to enter my Best Friends Album in the following challenges:
Allsorts -#300, Brads (used to bind the album) 
As You Like it Challenge - #48, Your Favorite Project that is not a Card & Why (see above for the why - last paragraph)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes (2nd entry)
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - No Rules (2nd entry)
Not Just Cards Challenges - #13, Always Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - #48, Always Anything Goes


  1. What a wonderful way to commemorate a treasured friendship Christy. Not everyone is lucky enough to have such a good friendship last so long. I am sure your friend is going to love seeing this and you will both be reliving the memories and laughing lots in the days to come. I am looking forward to sharing the TTC Journey with you! xx

    1. Thank you Diane - such sweet comments!! I actually showed her the blog post before I published it (I wanted to make sure she was OK with everything) and she loved it - she was amazed that I went through so much trouble!! After 48 years!! I am very blessed :) And I am looking forward to TTCD as well!! :)

  2. What an amazing creation, she will love it. Thanks for joining us at Allsorts, xxx

  3. What a fabulous idea I bet your friend will love it and even have a tear of happiness that you made something so special for her! great job!
    and thank you for my comment at AYLI
    thanks for playing along with our challenge
    hugs Samantha :0)

    1. Thank you Samantha - she was shocked, to say the least! :)

  4. I am so envious of you! Growing up with your best friend right next door - that's so awesome. And what a beautiful little book; she will treasure this for as long as she lives.

    1. Thank you :) She hasn't seen the real thing yet, but she loved the post :)

  5. What a wonderful project and an absolute treasure for you and your best friend! I really like how you made it in black and white because the pictures pop against the backgrounds so beautifully! I also love your format and how the book slides into that beautiful case. This is a really inspiring piece and I'm so glad you shared your talents with us here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

    1. Thank you Andrea! It means so much to get such great feedback from such a talented artist!

  6. This is wonderful Christi - your friend must have loved it lots.
    xxx Hazel.

    1. Thank you Hazel :) She hasn't seen the actual album yet, but she loved the pictures of it :)

  7. Stunning creation Christi, so lovely memories in it.

    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts;-))m

    1. So nice to see you Mervi!! Thank you for your kind comments :)

  8. Oh what a beautiful album.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  9. A wonderful treasure perfect for your treasured friendship. XOXO Zoe

  10. I love black and white also so this is right up my street - fabulous xx

  11. Great friendship album - loved sneaking a peak at your photos!! Steffi :o) xx

    1. Thank you Steffi - they aren't the most flattering photos, but they were us :) LOL

  12. Waw this looks so pretty! thank you for joining us at As You Like It Challenge. hugs! Mojca


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