Up, Up & Away

For our one-year anniversary, my husband surprised me with a ride in a hot-air balloon.¬†We had been up once before, during the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest — a perk I received for being a columnist at the local newspaper. But our second time up, as an anniversary celebration, was special since we got to enjoy the ride for nearly two hours away from the crowds and excitement of balloonfest.

Since our trip was taken in the fall and the colors of our photos were so bright, I wanted subtle paper so it would not compete with my photos. When I found this collection by KaiserCraft, I knew it would be perfect.

To start, I added a couple of strips of paper and some hot-air balloon rub-ons to the bottom of the page. Then, I added my photos, journaling tag and a few more rub-ons — including one directly on the photo at the top.

From another sheet of paper, I cut out the ticket strip. I used a circle punch to punch the space between the tickets and decorative-edged scissors to cut the edges of the strip so it would like actual tickets. Then, I took a few rub-ons and added them right on top of the tickets. Next, I scored the areas between the tickets and then attached portions of the tickets so they would be dimensional. They look almost like the real thing, don’t they?!

For the title, I cut two sheets of paper the size I wanted and adhered the bottom one to the page. To the top one, I added another rub-on and then attached it with dimensional foam. With a few brads, this page is finally ready for the album — seven years later!