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12 Tags of 2013: March - Accordion Album Easter

Shelly Hickox and I were texting yesterday morning. The conversation started after she sent me sneak peek photos of the absolute MASTERPIECE she made for the Inspiration Emporium blog. After staring bug-eyed at the photos I promptly sent a text to Shelly went something like this:

Pardon while I curse, but HOLY SH**! HOLY, HOLY, SHELLYPIECE! LIKE A FREAKIN' OPTICAL ILLUSION OF AWESOMENESS!

So it's safe to say that I adore Shelly's project.

Heck, I adore everything she makes. Very inspiring. Like the kind of inspiring that doesn't make you say "I can't do that!" (Although, truth-be-told, it's nearly impossible to duplicate her awesomeness) but rather "I want to TRY that!"

So naturally when Shelly shared that she wanted to make the Tim Holtz March Tag out of the Accordion Album die, I immediatedly wanted to try it too. My next project was going to be an album anyway, and I had this idea for using a Movers & Shapers piece through the whole album so the holes would line up when the album was closed. Tim's March tag was MFTI! (Made For This Idea)

At the time I was busy editing a video, so later in the day, when I had barely finished painting and assembling my Tim Holtz Foliage pieces into cute little flower pops Shelly had already posted a photo of her finished project on Facebook! It is now on her blog and you can see bigger photos of Shelly's awesome doublehigh March tag card/album by clicking here.

I am proud to say that, despite uttering a few "I'm not worthy!"s after seeing Shelly's, I still finished my project and am quite happy with it.

Easter Album Closed

The album in the closed position gives the closest approximation to Tim's tag. I used his Bunny & Bow Movers & Shapers piece and created the cute little flower pops using Distress Paints (so in love with these!) and his Foliage pieces. I painted white Distress Paint over the SEI patterned paper to tone it down. So easy, with great results! 

Easter Album Open

When the card is opened you see that it is actually three panels of the Accordion Album with bunny holes on pages 1-2 and a glittery silver bunny on page 3.

Easter Album Side View1

To make the matching holes you'll need to do some work before assembling the album. Start by attaching the outer (square) frames for Pages 1 and 2. Add the patterned paper frame to Page 1 using the companion Frame & Label Bracket die, which perfectly coordinates with the Accordion Album die.

Don't add Page 3 yet and don't attach the small frames to each other. Instead, fold the two pages the way they will eventually be folded and lay the two page set over the Bunny Movers & Shapers piece using the Tim Holtz Base Tray. Die cut the set, which will put mirror-image bunny holes into the first two pages. Save one of the bunnies that falls out of the holes and cover it with chunky silver glitter (or the tinsel twine that Tim and Shelly used

Because you didn't connect the two small frames together yet, it's easy to now re-flatten the album to add Page 3 and do the rest of the decorations.

Easter Album Side View

I'm going to send you over to Shelly's post to get supply links for the Tim Holtz products. This way you can use her coupon code and get a great deal. I'm sorry to say that the Accordion Album and Frame & Label Bracket dies have already sold out at Inspiration Emporium. Check your local Sizzix retailers to see if they have the dies, or the album die appears to possibly be in stock at Blue Moon Scrapbooking HERE

BTW, you still have a few days to get your projects in for the Inspiration Emporium Add a Little P.O.P. challenge. Happy crafting!

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