Shutterbug Special

Today, I have a couple of fun projects to share with you for Day 4 of Papertrey Ink’s July Release. The design team was challenged to create a card and a scrapbook project using Shutterbug Special. So, I made a card and a mini album to give to a wedding photography client. All new Papertrey Ink items (not linked/mentioned in this post) will be available on July 15 at 10 pm EST. So, let’s get right to it…

I was inspired by the vintage style of the camera in Shutterbug Special, so I ran with it on this card design. I chose Winter Wisteria as the focal camera color because the bridesmaids wore a similar color for the wedding we photographed.

I combined Think Big Favorites #5 with Shutterbug Special to showcase the congratulatory sentiment. The Sweet Life was stamped over some vintage book print. I used one of the outlined images only for a subtle outlined floral pattern.

I stitched around the borders of the vintage book print paper and matted it on an A2 Spring Moss card base.

I stamped the camera in True Black ink onto Winter Wisteria cardstock. The Shutterbug Special stamps were super easy to align onto the coordinating dies.

As a wedding photographer, I am so fond of the stamp set, but even better the interactive feature of an instant photo. How fun is this? Simply pull the “tab” to reveal a fun sentiment or…

a photo!

To allow the instant photo die to slide easily through the camera die cut slot, I used foam adhesive on the back of the camera die cut. I lined it up along the borders (left, right, and top) where the instant photo slides.

How the photo got onto that die cut:

First, select the photo you want to use. Then save it to about 1.5″ W x 3″ L. I put a gradient over the photo so it would blend into the white part of the photo paper (to see a stamped sentiment). Print the photo on photo paper. I use a premium glossy paper, but it’s all up to you (you can even print photos on cardstock). Die cut some vellum using the Shutterbug Special instant photo die. Then, align the die (face down with the vellum die cut inside of the die as well) over the photo. I used some removable tape to hold my die in place. By the way, the vellum simply protected my photo from any mishaps while moving through my die cutting machine. Last, stamp the sentiments. Yep, right onto the photo paper. I’ve stamped on glossy photo paper before and LOVE the results. The stamp “sticks” to the photo paper making an amazing impression. You have to be careful and peel the stamp off of the glossy paper. The photo paper of course cannot get wet because the inks will bleed. Voila! An instant custom photo for your cards or scrapbook projects!

Although people typically give cards and gifts by the day of the wedding, it’s perfectly okay to wait a few months. So, why not get a photo and customize a card that will look like no other for the next wedding you attend.

I just love that sentiment! One of the main reasons why I love photographing weddings – a chance to freeze the time for each couple.

Additional Supplies: Vintage Book Print | Shutterbug Special stamp set | Shutterbug Special die set | Epson Premium photo paper | Sewing Machine/Thread | The Sweet Life stamp set
I made a fun little mini album for the couple as well. The album measures about 3.5″ W x 4.5″ L. The front and back covers are made from used shipping boxes and covered with canvas. I treated each canvas page with gesso.
Note: The red diagonal striped paper is a background image and not a part of the mini album, in case the photo confuses anyone! 😉
The front cover is stained a bit with some purple glitter glimmer ink, layered with some torn paper, stamped with some roses (The Sweet Life) and bordered with decorative edge patterned paper (Winter Wisteria stripes) and washi tape.
The letter A (Modern Upper Alpha die) was cut from a manila shipping tag, which references a date.
The book is bound with a couple of binding rings.
As shown and explained in the project above, the instant photo die was used to create this interactive pull-out element. The only difference is that I did not apply a gradient effect on the photo image or stamp a sentiment over top of it. But, I made sure to add the “Pull Here” directional stamp in that amazing font!
I’m not sure if you can tell, but the camera image is heat embossed with black embossing powder on Winter Wisteria cardstock.
The album has 6 pages with full page photos. I adhered the photos to cardstock (that’s why you see some Blueberry Sky)!
This image shows the album by pages. I stamped sentiments on some of the pages. More photos to see the details below.
You’ve got to love a wedding party photo. This couple loved their close family and friends! I stamped the sentiment on rustic cream cardstock, which was adhered over the photo.
This sentiment…makes me smile!
Photography isn’t just about taking pictures and filing them away on some memory card or hard drive, but capturing memories and moments.
For this sentiment, I partially stamped it so it would fit a scrapbook. It really chimes in on true friendship.
And on this page, I added more vintage book print (can’t get enough of that right now) and a die cut with another sentiment just for the cake cutting photo. I love how she has her hand also on his arm.

Additional Supplies: Shutterbug Special stamp set | Shutterbug Special die set | Love My Tapes washi tape | Canvas | Tim Holtz binder rings | Tattered Angels glitter ink | Winter Wisteria striped patterned paper | Rustic White cardstock | Vintage Book Print | Modern Upper Alpha die set
Thanks so much for stopping by today to see what I’ve been up to! I’m sure there’s lots of fabulous projects using Shutterbug Special out there, so join me in hopping around to see them all. Here are a few quick links.

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  • Suzanne Russell - Fantastic project, Ashley! What a perfect addition to your photography business! I can only imagine that the brides and grooms of the future will EXPECT one of these as well! Could be a mixed blessing… 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Paula - I love the pull out photo!ReplyCancel

  • Donna M. - Beautiful projects Ashley. I’d have loved receiving such a book for my wedding. Your composition is perfect!ReplyCancel

  • jan m - Your projects are wonderful! What a lovely gift!ReplyCancel

  • Holly Saveur - LOVE IT!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Becca Rose - Stunning project, stunning photos and stunning couple.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Penir - Every detail jaw dropping. Well done!ReplyCancel

  • Felicia - WOW! This is Absolutely Stunning! Love IT! Smooches…ReplyCancel

  • StephH - Oh Ashley! You’re projects today are as awesome as always, but I am SO inspired by the mini-wedding album you made for this lucky couple! We have a niece getting married in a month, and I would love to surprise the couple with a similar project after the wedding. This stamp set is just perfect for this purpose. Thank you again for inspiring us with your creativity!ReplyCancel

  • Marcie Rhys - Your wedding book is fabulous, Ashley. You really used the sentiments from the set so well. And I really, really love the way you used the ‘The Sweet Life’ set with the text background and let the background take over for the highlight area of the roses.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Beauchaine - STUNNING projects, Ashley! You continue to amaze!
    Thanks for sharing

  • Debbie Olson - Ashley, both projects are phenomenal! You are fabulously talented!ReplyCancel

  • Tammie Koehnen - Ashley, what a beautiful mini album!!!ReplyCancel

  • Queen Mary - Ashley, I love the card, I love the surprise photo, and I think it would also make a wonderful thank you card from the couple for wedding gifts! I also love the album you made! I’m going to bookmark this post – I just love so much about it! I don’t have any weddings coming up, but I think how you put the whole album together can be applied to any mini album! Thanks for sharing all this work with us!ReplyCancel

  • Patti - absolutely inspirational……………lvoe everything about the project: colors,photos, layout….sigh……so fabulous!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jill Norwood - Ashley – just love your whole post today! Gorgeous photos and album and card! Love all the details of this new set! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • see mary stamp - What a lovely project. I’m sure it will be a treasured gift.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Deeprose - Fabulous projects Ashley! Love that album!!!ReplyCancel

  • R. Hill - I love the newsprint as a background for the camera!ReplyCancel

  • Ann - Just fabulous! I would treasure these projects if I was the bride. So much more special than the usual wedding albums.ReplyCancel

  • Di Ayers - Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki - Thanks for sharing your projects. I really like your mini photo album. Thank you also for your detailed explanations of your steps.ReplyCancel

  • Gabby - LOVE your card and the mini album; you are soooo creative.! I wasn’t interested in this set until I saw the camera in purple and how cool the pic w/journaling looked inside of it! A+++ post. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Anne - This is a absolutely gorgeous wedding photo memory album! Thanks for sharing . . .ReplyCancel

  • Karen - That’s a gorgeous mini album! What a fun gift for a couple.ReplyCancel

  • kate blue - everyone has already stated what I feel about this fabulosity! Genius with the “pull” tab…ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - Stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Papertrey & Project Favorites » A New Design blog - […] In July 2012, Shutterbug Special was released and my jaw dropped! Love it! I use it to send to some photography clients with the little pull-out photo and sentiment! For this card, I focused on the couple’s wedding colors and combined the vintage book print element with new vintage-inspired products. I think I stared at this card for a while. […]ReplyCancel

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