Friday, June 11, 2010

Here I am!

Hi friends!
Sorry it's been so long since I've blogged. I was on a roll for a little bit and then life got in the way. Why is Springtime so busy? May was a blur...

School is coming to an end soon and the boys are sooo ready to be done. They are tired of homework and the schedule. I don't blame them.

Onto other things--I have a project that I made for a class last fall but never shared. I created a mini album out of refill pages and packaging. These are baby photos of Bryan when he was about 18 months old. My friend Suzanne took these photos in her studio-she is so talented!
All of the pages in the book are canvas refills for Donna Downey's 8x8 canvas albums. Then I backed the last page with a large piece of packaging. The packaging is from our felt stems. The cover is painted on the edges, I added Prima Paradise City papers to the cover and pages inside.
All of the pages are bound with oversized black ribbon.

On the inside pages I painted the edges with lettuce and gold acrylic paints by Ranger. And I used pink paper for a little boy's book-GASP! I don't care-I love it! Most flowers in the book are cream colored or a neutral tone with the exception of a few. I love adding mini roses too.

Here-I have a felt piece to mat my photo. Along with some pearls, stick pins and an envelope.

More packaging is used here with a canvas sheet, ribbon and pearls. This is the last page so you can see the large packaging in the background. I love how it frames the whole book when it's open or closed. I finished the the album by spraying the entire book with Walnut Gold Glimmer Mist for an aged look. It shimmers and shines oh so subtley......

Thanks for visiting and for all the sweet compliments along the way...I love reading them!
I promise to keep this thing updated more with lots of projects!
Oh and be sure to check the Prima blog today for some big news! And a peek at our new mid release-gorgeous swirls!
Have a great day!
xoxo Cari

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Grammie said...

I LOVE your books. I have one of the canvas books but I haven't started it yet. Great inspiration!

Janinek said...

Congrats you flower MASTER!!!! Love your mini here and so glad that Prima are keeping you on as a master!!

Steph devlin said...

hey girly, finally posted ..... yipeeeeee.

gorgeous book .... just finished a canvas book myself, had way too much fun, and used way too much paint !!!! Have a great week.

S. xo

Stephanie said...

Hi! Your kids are adorable and your creative work is beautiful! I'm a lifestyle photographer in the Syracuse area and I'd love to document you and your family someday! My style is natural and creative and all about you! Contact me at for more information and see my portfolio at Thanks!!

Shemaine Smith said...

Cari you are special girl!!! Love ya!