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Boat Wood Accordion Shaker Album

Hello! Jennifer on the blog today to share one of the fun Wood Accordion Shaker Albums!  The front section includes four pieces to create the shaker portion: a wood back, two frames, and an acrylic divider. There are eight styles including the Boat Wood Accordion Shaker Album I  am showing today! I   thought it would be perfect for some old photos from our honeymoon when we took a catamaran excursion near Barbados. 

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I  painted the front wood frame with a grey chalk paint as well as lined the wood back with patterned papers.  For the focal point,  I used the Octopus Chipboard Embellishment and I'm going to show you the technique I  used to color it!  I  began with a matte chalk paint in white; I  knew some paint would "show through" the embossing powder plus chalk paint dries fast. 

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Next, I  chose glitter pink and blue embossing powders that coordinated with the paper line I used. I  applied a generous amount of embossing ink and then added my embossing powders.

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Here is a photo of my Octopus with the embossing powders! The downside is that you do waste a bit of powder but I  love mixing multiple colors!

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And here is the result after setting with my heat gun!  I  added in flair,  coordinating stickers, die cuts, and chipboard to accent. You can also spy sequins in each of the sections of the front frame!

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The inside of the front cover is usually reserved for some journaling about my book's theme. I  used one of the 3x4 cards and my electric typewriter to document my story as well as added in ephemera.  All of my pages are covered with patterned paper which I  applied with Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive.  Cutting around the edges with scissors as well as sanding is the easiest way to remove excess paper. 

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Most of my photos range from approximately 4x4 to 3x5. I  like to layer additional patterned paper underneath as well as mat my photos, so that usually means trimming my pictures down. 

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I  always seem to run out of paper before embellishments so I  like to add a die cut or sticker on the back.  It makes a nice place to add your initials and date if desired.

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Thank you for reading today! Check out the Clear Scraps shop to see all of the Wood Accordion Shaker Albums as well as Chipboard Embellishment Shapes! Have a great day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper, stickers, chipboard, washi tape, flair, die cuts: Crate Paper; bakers twine: Whisker Graphics, My Minds Eye; sequins: Crate Paper, Teresa Collins Designs; embossing ink: Ranger; embossing powder: Recollections; journaling pen: American Crafts; adhesive: Beacon, Thermoweb; misc: electric typewriter

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