Happy weekend stampers!  Today’s project was a hard one to make, not creative wise but more emotional.  One of my best friends recently lost his dog to a tragic accident and I wanted to do something special for him and his girlfriend.  I knew just a card wouldn’t be enough as I loved his dog and was heart broken when she passed away.  I decided to make a photo album instead of a card.  

I do not have a lot of experience making photo albums so wasn’t sure how it would all come together.  I made a very basic constructed album and am happy with the end result.

I started with 8.5 x 11 inch soft suede cardstock and cut two pieces in half on the 8.5 side to give me 4 pieces of 4.25 x 11 sized cardstock.  I then scored three of the pieces in half at the 5.5 mark.  I only needed three of the four I cut.  After scoring at 5.5, on two of the pieces I scored them again at the 1/2 inch mark from each long side so when you folded the piece in half the result was a 5.5 x 4.25 card with score marks at the 1/2 inch on each of the long sides.  
I then glued one piece to the other by adhering two of the 1/2 inch score marks together to form one long accordion style piece of cardstock.  For the outer cover, I took the remaining piece of cardstock and scored it at the 5.5 mark but then scored another 1/2 from each side of the 5.5 score mark.  This would allow additional room to glue the other pieces to the center and still be able to close the cover.  
I cut a heart shape out of the front cover using some retired heart framelits I had in my stash.  I then cut a heart frame from some real red cardstock using the same framelits and glued to the front of the cover.  I cut out the love sentiment from the Sunshine Wishes thinlits out of some silver glimmer paper and adhered to the front as well.  I then added the pictures and some black frames I made using basic black cardstock and retired square framelits.  I added some hearts made from punches to decorate the pictures.
I am so happy to have this project completed.  I have been looking at the pictures for a couple weeks and was just too sad to put the album together but I really wanted to do something special for my BFF.  I hope this brings them smiles and memories of all the times they shared with sweet Savannah. She was a great dog and will be missed.

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