Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sparkle N Sprinkle's Anything But a Card Blog Hop

Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle - Anything But A Card Blog Hop!!!

Hope you've enjoyed your hop so far - the design team has
some fun and interesting projects this month.
If you've hopped here by way of Marie Berquist, 
then you're in the right spot.  
If not, you may want to go back to the begining
(or check the list below) to make sure you haven't missed anyone.
PLUS - there are prizes hidden along the way....
you don't want to miss out on those....  
To ensure that you qualify for those prizes along with
the other prizes available, be sure to leave a comment on each and every blog.

For my project this month, I decided to go with a Scrapbook Album.
It was our Paper Craft Club project this week - so
thought I'd kill two birds with one stone.   It took a while
to finish - so seemed to be a good idea.

I used a travel theme and included some photos from
England, France, Italy, Sicily, Greece and Turkey.
It also gave me the opportunity to show off several
different techniques along the way, including:
Faux Patina
Accenting with Glitter
Glitter Masking
and more........

The album uses "back to back book binding".
Full details on that can be found on Heidi Swapp's blog
and U-tube video

You may want to grab food & beverage for this one - I confess I went a little
berserk and it's kind of long LOL.....

Let's start off with the cover....

I used the Graphics 45 Travelogue Collection
DCWV - Tradewinds Collection
CM Wieland Printery Collection
and various other scraps from my scrap boxes.
A few metal brads from Stampin' UP and
embellished with Sparkle N Sprinkle glitter.

Additionally, I used the Faux Patina technique
on the decorative band for the flap.
Sparkle N Sprinkle's Antiquities Embossing Powder is perfect for that.
The Chevron Embossing Folder is Sizzix (Stampin" UP)

This is what you see when you first open the album.

I accented some of the elements from the cardstock with glitter and also added
a band of glitter (Florida Beach) utilizing 1/2" Tear-ific Tape.

Next up - the Eiffel Tower!

Using Antiquities Embossing Powder again, I used Bonjour from Stamp Set 326
and layered it onto a Spellbinder's Fancy Frames Tags Two Tag.
I used the Super Adhesive Sheets for this - laying it on cardstock first, then die
cutting it - slapped on the phrase and covered the
rest with Orchid Rose Velvet Glitter.

The Frame is layered on top of two bands of 3/4" Tear-ific Tape covered
in Black Suede Velvet Glitter and Florida Beach Glitter.

 Since the Eiffel Tower photo has tulips in the foreground, it only
made sense to add the beautiful tulips from Stamp Set 491!
They're colored with Copics - highlighted with Orchid Rose and
Luau Green Velvet Glitters and fussy cut.

Big Ben and the Changing of the Guard - 
Another Faux Patina embellishment on the crumpled manila tag.
The phrase was embossed onto the element from the Graphics 45 DP
and the word Travel was also embossed (both with Antiquities) and
layered onto another die cut - made the same way as the last one.

Here's a close-up  (The Travel tag is actually on the
 page beneath the London page).
The pages are varied in length.

The Appian Way and the Acquaduct....

Beautiful Taoramina, Sicily and the Blue Grotto at Capri...
Grapes & Wine - just a staple there.

I added a white (colored with Copics) Prima flower that's layered onto
an embellishment die cut from Super Adhesive Sheets and layered with
Mountain Mint Velvet Glitter....

The grapes and the wine glass from Stamp Set 449 were colored 
with Copics and highlighted with Glitter and 
the wine glass also has 3D Crystal Lacquer.

Venice - I thought the Asian Accents from Spellbinders (yes, I know LOL)
were perfect - like little waves.   I used a strip of the 2 1/2" Tear-ific Tape
and the Glittered Masking technique to create this fun border...  Two of the
new Velvet Glitter colors were perfect (Mountain Mint & Peruvian Lily)

Here's a close-up - the bottom layer was just designer paper.

The Grand Master Palace and one of the entrance gates to Rhodes is up next.

I highlighted the beautiful flowers at the Palace with  
Orchid Rose Velvet Glitter right onto the photo.

The Trevi Fountain and the Coloseum in Rome (Roma)

Once again - here's the Antiquities Embossing Powder - I used the Sakura
Glue Pen to write my words on this one instead of an embossing pen - finer line.

Again, on the photo - I highlighted the waterfall at the fountain with
Sparkling Snow glitter.

On to the Acropolis in Athens, Greece and the Library at Ephesus, Turkey

I chose to embellish this page using, again the Glitter Masking
but using EmbossingPowder instead of Glitter!  
 A totally different, but fabulous look.
I used some of the flowers from Stamp Set 493 to finish off the page.
Embossing Powders used were Sangria and Copper Peddler.

One of my favorite places - Oia, Greece on the island of Santorini.

I used a vellum greeting from some little booklet I had - attached it to a manila
tag - spritzed it with Glimmer Mist and added a metal brad
and brown seam binding to finish off the page.

Bet you thought I'd never finish!!!
I hope, even though it was a long post, that you enjoyed my little
journey thru Europe & the Mediterranean....

Here's a list of all the designers on the hop.
You may want to go back and visit any you misssed
so you don't miss out on any prizes!!!

Your blog hostesses are:
Brenda Smalle       (you are here)

Join the crew at Sparkle N Sprinkle at one of the Scrapbook Expo or CKC 
shows near you - the album will be there too .....

Don't forget to check back on the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog on Saturday 
to see if you won a prize!!!



  1. Wow! What a wonderful trip! And this book is so beautiful! I love how you incorporated stamps and glitter throughout all of it! This is truly an inspiration. Just gorgeous! :)

  2. Fabulous album project, love all the details and coloring on your fantastic trip around the world! Gorgeous Job!

  3. You did amazing with this mini. I love how you incorporated so many stamp sets!

  4. Brenda, what a fabulous job you did on this album! I love all the wonderful details!

  5. WOW what a stunning booklet. What a great array of stamps used!!Super!!!

  6. Brenda, I knew you would have something spectacular to share (you always do), but I am amazed. The trip was completely enjoyable, but I most enjoyed the scenic tour of techniques - TRULY INCREDIBLE - it's wonderful memories combined with your special touch - Beautiful! hugs, de

  7. What a fabulous book Brenda! (You sure did have to take a lot of pics to capture all of it's goodness ;-) Fantastic job with that too! Amazing details and use of products. All the details you've incorporated are just fantastic! This is surely going to be such a great book to hold onto!

  8. Brenda, what a great idea!! Gorgeous!! The many details and lovely layouts and choice of color is so gorgeous! This blog hope just keeps getting better an better! As usual, your coloring of the tulips is marvelous! I think that you rule when it comes to picking the right shade of magenta! Gorgeous!

  9. I'm stunned! It's amazing project. I'd love to see it in real life. It's awesome on pictures but I bet it's even better on real. All this sparkel is beautiful. It must took a lot of time to make something so fantastic. I love your travel albom. It's so stunning!
    Eret xx

  10. Great album...loaded with technique!! Love it...and the trip looked awesome too!

  11. Oh your photo album makes me want to go there...NOW! LOL! Wow, this is just amazing Brenda! All the details and the way you highlighted certain things with glitter is just amazing :) Really great souvenier!

  12. Fantastic Photo alblum - I love every bit of it!

  13. Fabulous album. So many details and so much sparkle.

  14. What an amazing trip you took us on with this project. Every page loaded with techniques and texture! Just absolutely gorgeous Brenda.

  15. Wow! what a great vacation memory album.

  16. WOW!! This is an amazing album. Love all the techniques and sparkle on every page.

  17. Brenda, my nose was 2 inches away from my computer screen as i was soaking in all the deets, thanks for sharing and loved your deets on how to get the look, appreciated

  18. Great layouts. Love the colors and textures. Great job.

  19. My goodness. I feel as though I was on your trip too. This was fantastic! So many things to see here.

  20. Wow Brenda! Just beautiful. What a great alternative to creating regular sb pages. And thank you for sharing your tour with us.

  21. Wow!! This has been some awesome blog!! All the ladies should be congratulated on a job well done! Yours is no exception...the travel album is just beautiful, and so are the photos! I felt I was with you on your adventure...that was some trip I can only keep on dreaming. Thank you all for sharing this blog hop.

  22. What fun! I've been to most of those places, but I never get my albums done. Thanks for the inspiration!

  23. My goodness! You sure have been busy creating such a lovely album of beautiful pages. What a great way to remember your travels. Thanks for sharing!

  24. That was a great"trip" since I have never left the United States before. Lovely job!!

  25. I like how you add just a tiny bit of glitter. It is very tasteful, and adds to the look. Nice.

  26. You have given me some ideas for my upcoming trip to Germany. I LIKE the glitter that you used.

  27. What a beautiful travel album. Lots of great things going on..I love how you added the glitter onto the pics (flowers).

  28. wow what a Gorgeous Travel Album the details and the layering are Magnificent. love the colors. every Element is so perfect. thanks for sharing this Awesome project.

  29. Oh, wow! I don't even know what to specifically comment on, as the whole project turned out so beautifully. The "waves" turned out great! I love the glitter on the pictures (I'm always too scared to try glitter on my photos). I just love how the whole album flows so wonderfully. Very, very nice work!

  30. Brenda, you show-off! LOL. Fantabulous! The structure of the album is ingenious. Loved the cover. Each page is a work of art! Definitely something to leave out on the coffee table.

  31. Brenda what a gorgeous album each page is just amazing I think my favorite if Im allowed to have a favorite is the fountain I just luv the way the water sparkles. Thanks for sharing.

  32. Had a wonderful time on my (or should I say) your trip to Europe. Whew is right, on my journey, my coffee got cold! Exquisite

    Joanie B

  33. What a beautiful vintage themed album! I love all the pages and the way you used stamps and borders to make each layout fabulous!

  34. Whew, you really did get engrossed in this project. And you did a wonderful job. Well done.
    Candy Meyers

  35. What a beautiful job you did on the travel book, just how long did it take to create?

  36. This is amazing! A whole bunch of creative ideas and techniques all rolled into one.

  37. Phew! I'm wore out from all that reading & studying your pages. Can I hire you? Seriously I'm just starting to think about scrapbooking & you've certainly given me a lot to think about & some fantastic ideas! Thanks for sharing.
    Linda Gibb

  38. Love the scrapbook album. Gorgeous!

  39. You used so many great techniques! I love the coloring directly on the photos.

  40. WOW!!! What a scrapbook! Fantastic. So many ideas to think about. Thank you for sharing.

  41. What a grand finale for this hop!! Your album is gorgeous. I can't believe all the details you added to this. Absolutely fantastic!!

  42. What an elaborate undertaking. I like the way you snuck in some pink.

  43. Thank you for taking us on your vacation! I like how you added the glitter right onto the photos.

  44. What a wonderful display of art, you are sooooo talented! You have a great eye for taking photos so I'm not surprised on how well everything is used on each page. I especially love the way you used glitter on the water in the fountain. Thank you for sharing this!

  45. Wonderful travel folder! Just an outstanding project. Love all the techniques, papers, and embellishments that you used.

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  47. Brenda, what a work of HEART! This album is fabulous.
    Must have taken you forever. Love the vintage feel of the album.
    Your details are all so fun to look at and enjoy. A treasure for sure.
    Thanks for sharing.



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