See this fabulous thing? Yep! That's the Heidi Swapp Serendipity Spiral Album. It is gorgeous!
I was with my dear friend, Joy, when I bought it and you know what she said to me?
"You are going to cut that up, aren't you?
Haha! She knows me well!
Look at all of that beautifullness! No doubt this would make an amazing album as is. However, I have visions of handmade embellishments oozing with Heidi Swapp goodness...
After taking out the binding, I separated all of the pieces into different categories.
I ended up with:
- 6 pieces to keep as is (smaller banner shapes and polaroid frame cut-outs)
- 6 smaller sized page protectors (these will be a great addition to layouts to add some interactivity)
- 11 papers with fun pre-printed images on them that will be perfect to make into "die-cuts"
- 13 "plain" patterned pages
- 2 chipboard covers
So, let's break all of that down! First up, die cutting those covers:
Ah yes - lots of good stuff to work with here! Let me tell you how wonderfully THICK this chipboard is... and the Bigz dies cut through it like butter!
Now for lots of punching on the plain sheets:
Whew! That's what I'm talking about! I punched, I layered, I stitched, I cut....
And you know I am going to save all of the "negatives" too:
Now onto the pre-printed goods:
A bit of work with the scissors and I have this stack of "die-cuts"
Wowsers! Look at all of those embellishments! Some were glittered, some were UTEE'd, some were spritzed....
And when all was said and done...
I had piles of die-cuts:
Loads of stitched and "enameled" embellishments:
TONS of chipboard shapes:
Punched borders and such....
Stitched and layered garlands and confetti:
So, let's re-cap that break down:
- 23 die-cuts
- 16 pre-stitched journaling cards
- 3 layered banners
- 17 acrylic shapes
- 8 borders
- 6 feathers
- 20 "enameled" hearts
- 9 "enameled" bursts
- 10 stitched circles
- 17 layered and stitched hearts
- 2 layered doilies
- 6 pre-stitched banners
- 10 floral border strips
- 1 "packet" of confetti
- 60 chippies
- 1 "packet" of chipboard triangles
- 6 small page protectors
All in all that makes...
- 215 handmade embellishments!
I paid $18.99 for the album (yes- full retail :) So that works out to be .088 cents per item, rounded up to:
9 cents a piece!
Just think, if you had a coupon, you could cut that down almost in half.
I didn't do anything different or unusual with any of the above pieces. Actually, I tried to think of what embellishments are for sale right now and attempted to emulate those myself.
Now, that's what I would call a successful break down!
I have been scrapping up a storm with all of those goodies and will show you some of those pages soon!