Reported by: Martha Bonneau
One of my favorite things to make lately has been mini-books, so I was excited to try one of Cosmo Cricket’s Blackboard albums. The albums are available in several different shapes, for my project I chose Jack’s Album, there are 6 other shapes available.
I then tried paint on the album. I tried a couple of things, the first of which was using a Heidi Swapp mask to apply circles onthe album. I had to try it a couple of times and learned that I had to apply the mask very, very lightly or when I removed it I would end up with fuzzy areas where the mask was removed.
I also applied paint to one entire page of the album. When I applied the paint (acrylic), I kind of started to worry as the page started to warp considerably. It went down as it dried, but I still ended up with a page that has a slight curl to it.
All in all, I really loved working with this album. It is easy to alter, staple, sand etc. With a regular chipboard album I feel as though I need to paint or cover all of it to hide the chipboard, with the Blackboard, I love having glimpes of the black showing. I also like the variety of fun shapes they come in
- Love the black surface, very striking.
- Solid core
- Surface is easy to alter
- Fun variety of shapes available
- Ideas on how to use album on packaging is a nice touch
- When painting entire surface of a page, it tends to bend and stay that way.
The Jack’s Album that I used for this project was purchased at Archiver’s for $4.99 and I was able to use a coupon. A variety can also be found at Scrapbook.com, Scrapbooking-Warehouse.com, and Scrapbook Express.
So have you tried the blackboard albums? What are some of the things you did with it? Let us know!