Gypsy Moments Sails of Life Mini Album

Looking for a special gift to make for a special friend or loved one? Tired of resorting to a store-bought card and a gift card when it’s a friend’s birthday or celebration? Well, Christine has a solution for you – a handmade album! Today Christine gives us little peak into a beautiful album that she made for a loved one containing photos from different stages of her friend’s life. Who wouldn’t want to receive this as a gift? The rich colors that she choose mixed with the sepia, black & white and color photos is absolutely gorgeous. Using a mix of Tattered Angels paints, Canvas Corp items and 7gypsies items, Christine creates something truly spectacular.

Hi, I’m Christine and I’ve created an extra special album for a loved one’s 60th birthday present named “The Sails of Life”.


What you will need:

7 Gypsies Materials:
Gypsy Moments 4×6 Printed File Folders
Gypsy Moments 8×8 Paper Pad
A Novel Thought and Poses & Reflections 12×12 Papers
Ladylike Mini Ephemeras
Antique Brass Mini Round Hanger
Antique Brass Vintage Pin
Princesca Hardware Crystals

Tattered Angels materials:
Black Orchid Chalkboard Mist
Admiral Chalkboard Mist
Hot Pink Stained Glass

Canvas Corp materials:
Canvas Portfolio 5×7                                                                                                                                                                                          12×12 Damask Printed Canvas
12×12 Canvas Sheet
12×12 Light Pink, Ivory & Chocolate Burlap Sheets
Black Canvas Flower
Natural Sisal Rope
Black Waxed Cotton Cord
Natural Twisted Hemp Rope
Black & Kraft Tile Reverse 12×12 Paper
Solid Silver Metallic on Kraft 12×12 Paper                                                                                                                                                  Stamp Set – Grateful

Other Materials:
Chipboards, Metal Peacock, other mediums

I managed to get hold my loved one’s gorgeous photos in different stages of her life. From sepia to black & white and color, every single picture has inspired me to make this album filled with pockets & pages for her to journal on, and add extra photos and other mementos if she wishes. The Gypsy Moments collection was perfect for this, along with a variety of canvas and burlap sheets, charms & the deep colors of Chalkboard Mists.

Front Cover: The Damask Printed Canvas on the cover is added with a splash of color of the Black Orchid Chalkboard Mist. The chipboards are given a treatment of Chalkboard Mist as well, using the beautiful deep Admiral shade. Once the chipboards are dry, some parts are given a extra layer of glazed color with a light brush of Hot Pink Stained Glass paint.


Pages 1-2: The Gypsy Moments Printed File Folders provide the perfect backdrop for all the precious captured moments, from vintage to more modern photos. Tie some Sisal Natural Rope through a small Prinscesa Crystal Hardware which has been painted with the Stained Glass paint. This paint will tint clear items such as acrylic, crystal, glass and plastic and is available in a rainbow of colors.  The crystal has been securely tied to the Natural Twisted Hemp Rope as a beautiful front piece, & is a functional bookmark for inside as well.

Cut out the polariod style frames from the Poses & Reflections paper to enhance featured photos and slip in your own photos. Isn’t she absolutely gorgeous!

step2Pages 2-3: Add pockets to all the file folders. You can never have too many photos in this “ages & stages” album! There are lots of inspirational quotes & statement on the Gypsy moments paper.


Pages 3-4: Layer some Ladylike Mini Ephemeras for an extra pop of color & layer. Keeping with the printed Damask Canvas on the cover, also add another strip in a file folder.


Pages 5-6: The Black Waxed Cotton Cord is tied in a bow & added in a file folder. Also use this to tie & secure each file folder in the album. Trim a couple of frames from the “A Novel Thought” paper.


Pages 6-7: The Antique Brass Round Hanger Clip is great for holding extra photo in the file folder.

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Pages 7-8: Stamp the Blessed stamp on a strip of Canvas Sheet.

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Pages 8-9: I absolutely love the metallic on the Solid Silver Metallic on Kraft paper. I also added some Burlap Sheets behind strips of words for a special touch.

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Pages 9-10:  I love the thickness & quality of Canvas Corp Kraft papers, & the Black & Kraft Tile Reverse paper is ever so versatile.

step 11 aPages 10-11: The Chocolate Burlap sheet is added to the last pocket & back of the album for the finishing touch. One last piece of Antique Brass Vintage Pin is added to the pocket with a strip from the Gypsy Moments 8×8 paper pad.

step 13 aBack Cover: I used a piece of the book paper to cover the back of the book.

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The idea of capturing such amazing photo memories in a keepsake book like this is such perfect gift for a friend, parent or even grandparent.  Something that will stay in the family for generations to come.  You can always copy your photos and not sure the original ones to preserve them and still have the memories to show.  

The Gypsy Moments Collection is all about capturing and remembering those little moments.  You can go back and capture them or keep a daily journal, diary or agenda that will help keep your moments alive forever.  For the Gypsy Moments Story.

Christine, we love this beautiful and sentimental album! It’s full of great memories, great color and great texture. Thank you for inspiring us!

Happy creating!!!



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