Last week I shared how I prepared a kit for this mini album and today I'm sharing some of my favourite pages from the album. Advance warning this post is quite long and picture heavy!
The idea for this album came from the Studio Calico Mini-Details workshop taught by Tina from Life.Love.Paper. I wanted to create an album that I could work on while we were away but as we'd visited St Ives so many times before I liked the idea of creating an album that focused on the details we love about the place instead of an album documenting what we did day by day - that part I documented in my project life album.
Some of the pages were based on things that happened on this trip but I also included stories from past trips or compared what had changed over the years.
So to start the photo above is the cover. I created it after the trip using a wooden postcard I'd picked up. The postcard wasn't quite big enough so I cut some chipboard to the same size as the album cover that had come with the Mini-details class kit then I glued the postcard in place using glossy accents. Super simple but I love how it turned out.
This is the first page of the album. A few months ago I'd visited Present & Correct and bought a paper ephemera pack from them. It included this library card pocket and I decided to use this in the front of this album. When you pull the card out it includes the dates that we've visited St Ives before and I can keep adding more dates when we visit in the future.
While this album isn't about recording the trip day by day I did include this one page that documented, very briefly, what we did this year. The other page is a postcard I picked up at Tate St Ives.
I kept an eye out for anything I could add to my album when we were out and I found a leaflet with this great watercolour illustration on one of our walks. I cut it out and paired it with some of the dipped watercolour paper I'd made a few weeks ago and an instax photo to record some of the coastal path we've walked.
We often visit St Ives in the spring as the spring flowers are stunning. The gorse bushes were spectacular this year and I love their smell which is coconut like so I wanted to include a photo of gorse in the album. I'd picked up a catalogue from Seasalt in St Ives as they often have beautiful designs on their pages, one of which I used as the background on the left page. Then I painted the yellow watercolour paper on the right to match the catalogue page and the photo. Then I simply added two labels from my kit.
The photo here is from this trip but the story relates to a previous trip. The seagulls in St Ives have learnt its easier to get food from tourists than hunt for it so they will dive bomb you in an attempt to get you to drop your food so they can eat it. We learnt our lesson the hard way a few years ago!
The idea for the left page came from a post Jamaica shared on Instagram of her Mini-details album were she had used clothes tags laid out to make a collage. Mine wasn't as successful as I was trying to make sure certain bits of the business cards were included to so I could read their details, but in this case it was more important for me to see those details so I can live with it. The other side is quick notes on places we ate or visited.
These pages document the flat where we normally stay. The map is a tape transfer I made from a map we picked up and then I included an instax photo of the key to the flat.
I've been going to St Ives since I first visited in the 90's when I was at art college. I particularly love Barbara Hepworth's museum and sculpture garden. I've probably photographed the same sculptures each time I visit but I love them! This page is layers of images from the museum leaflet, a cut down postcard, some more catalogue pages and an instax of one of my favourite sculptures.
I heard about a new coffee place in St Ives called Mount Zion Coffee via a post I saw on Instagram earlier in the year and added it to our list of things to do this trip. The owner was so friendly and knowledgeable. We talked about coffee places to try in London and Andy tried his first pour over coffee. I went for my normal flat white which was gorgeous. The 18 card is another piece from the paper ephemera pack I got from Present & Correct. The other page is a watercolour postcard. I added some notes about the place and added their address and stamped yum in the space you'd normally add a postage stamp.
I took my Peerless Watercolours with me and I used a watercolour postcard to try out some colours. I decided to include it in the album so I added some more mark making and paired it with an instax of the mini album, with some art books and leaflets I'd picked up on the trip.
On this page I noted some of our favourite things about St Ives. I kept the page simple and added a wood veneer from my kit. I paired it with some more of the dipped watercolour paper and an instax photo I'd taken on the beach.
And this is the album as it is now. It's 'finished' for now but I may add more to it in the future when we visit again.
I hope you enjoyed this post and thanks for reading all the way down to the end!
Supplies: My post on preparing the kit for this mini album gives more details. A few extra items I mentioned in this post are as follows: Present & Correct Paper Ephemera Pack - they don't have any packs in stock right now but you could probably contact the shop and ask about one being made up, Peerless Watercolour Paints, Watercolour Postcard pad (I'm sure if a standard item but in the UK can pick them up from Cass Arts).
Class: Tina’s class is no longer available as a individual class. However it is available as part of the Mini Book Library at Studio Calico.