Remember the coaster photo album that I was working on for my Mixed Media Studio group? Well it was coming along swimmingly, I was so happy with how it was turning out.
I had decided on a vacation theme so my swap partner could use it for their summer vacay photos and I was incorporating a lot of elements from the 'Destination Adventure' August 2013 Digiscrap Parade and the 'Playful' May 2014 Digiscrap Parade contributors (I have a full list of the designers who's elements I used at the bottom of this post).
The scrapbook papers are from a Recollections 'Tattered and Worn' cardstock paper pack and a Colorbok 'Flea Market' paper pack, I adore both of them, they are so pretty! I purchased the Recollections pack at Michael's and the Colorbok pack was a Dollar Store score last year I think?
And it was all going sooo well until I finished this page and tried to close the album. Riippp! The binding system that we were to use for this challenge/swap let go!
Arghhhhh! But I have only myself to blame as I made two fatal mistakes. The coasters I used were ones I was recycling and they are significantly thicker and heavier than the drink coasters you get at bars or restaurants. The weight of the coasters alone put too much strain on the cardstock hinges and then when I 'overstuffed' the album with my pockets and envies (or envelopes, just found out what that means LOL!), I was sunk. The only good thing about this, is that I have plenty of time to make another as I was actually getting something completed before the due date for a change :O)
So my hubby has gone 'bar hopping' to get me some PROPER chipboard coasters (he didn't seem to be too upset when I asked him to do that for me :O) and I will start all over again. Think I will double up the cardstock hinges this time just to be on the safe side and may even give myself a 1/8" bit of play so I can add my embellishments. Hopefully that will forestall a repeat of this incident, I don't think I could take another disaster.
And now I am trying to come up with a way to rescue this coaster album; I only have one more page and the covers to embellish so I don't want to throw it all away. I'm thinking I will cut all of the cardstock hinges open and trim them as best I can and then use either ribbon or split rings to make a new binding for it. Wish me luck!
Hope your day is going a little better than mine and I'll be back when I can to show you the (hopefully!) completed coaster album. Thanks for stopping by and happy (?!) creating :O)
Here's the list of designers who's elements I used in the making of this coaster album. Thank you all for your great designs!