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My Albany - Mini Book

"Anne Marie makes a mini book of her first 18 years growing up in Albany"


Oddly enough, I had no clue what this album was going to be when I started it as part of a "use your stash" challenge. I had a dozen sheets of heavy print paper from a stack that I knew I would never use in a layout. I played around with painting a piece of paper in broad strokes using a pale blue acrylic paint with a 1" wide brush. Immediately this color wash of blue over these mauve & rust papers reminded me of colonial times ... which made me think of my hometown, Albany, New York. It's been more than 30 years since I lived there, but I realized that other than my high school yearbook, I have no pictures of all the places I went to school, my church, my first job, where my friends and I would hang out, etc.

I frantically searched the internet for images of some of my most memorable places, and I was shocked to find a dozen or more photos ... even including one of Woolworths, my first paid job! I decided to print all the photos in black & white or sepia and use vintage style ephemera for accents. I used a bracket page from another mini album as a template for the painted pages, and then sewed two pages together.

I honestly don't think I could have dreamed up a better mini book that captured the look, feel, and memories of the place I lived for 18 years, and it's one of my favorite mini books.

Products used

 DCWV Olde World Stack, Basic Grey Phoebe papers, K*Company journal tags, and miscellaneous collage papers & ephemera.


The title was created using handmade letter tile -- cardstock glued to chipboard with rub-on letters which were then sanded, inked, and mod-podged for a satin finish.


Anne Marie Gross
Oviedo, FL

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