I've been busy with craft fairs again and seriously need more hours in each day to get some Christmas cards made!  Why is it that time just drags when I'm preparing accounts yet flies away when I start crafting?!!!  Hubbie is forever coming into my office to see what I am up to and it is only then that I realise several hours have passed since the "I won't be long" comment I made to him when he asked me what time I would finish.....  Seriously, someone needs to put him in a time warp or something for me so that as soon as I say a time, he goes into the time warp or time capsule or something so that he only comes out when I've finished yet thinks only 5 minutes or half an hour has passed!  That way, I wouldn't get into trouble for saying I'll only be ten minutes and then taking two hours to finish up.......

Anyhow,this is the latest project I have been in trouble with for not time keeping properly:

Please excuse the poor quality of the photos.  I reckon I must definitely need new glasses as they most certainly looked like they were on focus when I took the photos!

This is a one page album made using a single sheet of kraft cardstock and this amazing kit from Digilicious Designs:

Isn't it gorgeous?  I love those colours and that parrot is so cute!  Even better, it is currently on sale at only $9 for the whole bundle - a real bargain ;).

I matted the album with kit papers and, of course, had to use my distress inks too...I don't know how you feel about Kraft card stock but to me it just seems to cry out for a bit of distressing.  I don't think I could use it without getting some ink on it!  The ribbon was added before I adhered the paper to the front and back cover - I have learnt from experience to think first, then stick, as I have been known to leave the ribbon until I've almost finished an album and then have problems trying to cover up the fact that I should have placed the ribbon under the paper, not on top!

Anyhow, this is the inside of the album:

As you can see, I made pockets for all the pages except the first one (but there were also pockets between the album pages due to the way I cut and folded the card stock) and then created some tags in Photoshop (there were none in the bundle).  I made the label using my ever faithful Stampin' Up! round tag punch (unfortunately, this is now retired :( ) and rounded the corners.  I must confess, I did have to trim each tag slightly due to me being somewhat overenthusiastic with the glue when sticking the edges of the pockets down but I take the view that this is a prototype album and therefore I definitely have room for manoeuvre when it comes to making mistakes!

Here's a close up of the tags:

The clock looks really effect (imho) on the tags and I was so pleased with how that brad turned out (on the tag second from the left at the top).  It is actually just cut out and stuck to the tag using 3D foam pads but it looks so realistic in the photograph and oh dear, I've just noticed from the above photo that I've managed to leave a bit from the top of a 3D foam pad underneath the parrot...you just can't get the staff, can you?!!!

Let me know what you think and please, have a go yourself at this as the one page album is really quick (well.....that would be quick in my idea of time, and you only need to ask hubbie how inaccurate that can be ;) ).  Well, I'm off to finalise a set of accounts now and with a bit of luck I'll be able to get some more crafting in later on.

Happy Scrapping!