As Cool As Berlin

Today, I'm going to switch things up a little :) No card for you! - but a mini album. Mind you, it's a super simple one, made with only a single sheet of an old Making Memories patterned paper. It's been a present for a dear old friend with whom I traveled to Berlin some time ago. Somehow, I was the only one who had brought a camera and I never gotten around to send him the photos so I thought I make him a mini album for his birthday.
Travel Mini Album Berlin | Cover

I love how the closure came together. It's a simple eyelet in the cover and leather string tied up in a bow.

Travel Mini Album Berlin | Cover Detail

For a little something, I decorated the cover with a veneer camera, sprayed with a dark spray mist color to give it more contrast against the lighter colors. I had adhered it Glossy Accents and filled the "lens" part of the camera with Glossy Accents, too, so I could add a stamped die-cut circle and an epoxy dome sticker on top.
Travel Mini Album Berlin | Radio Tower and Cathedral
Since I don't have a printer other than the little Selphy, I had added some arrows with the location or a quote from the travel directly onto the photo in Photoshop.
Travel Mini Album Berlin | GDR Museum

As you can see, the binding is also super simple. I bought some white bookbinder's twine and stitched through the cardstock, then tied the ends together in the middle of the book.
Travel Mini Album Berlin | Reichstag Building and Brandenburg Gate

Oh yes, I even dug out the old Tim Holtz distressing tool to roughen up the edges! I think it's still a great little detail to add to any "guy" project.

Travel Mini Album Berlin | Inside Back Cover

The inside back cover features a little pocket to hold ephemera like the musical ticket I tucked in here. Aaand that's it! I told you I kept it really simple - mainly because I wasn't sure how it will be received. {Oh, and it was well received :) I felt super happy when I got an excited thank you e-mail! You really never know, who appreciates your crafts, do you?

Also to unify the overall look, I printed all my photos in black and white but I can't help show you a favorite one in color :)

Berlin Cathedral as seen from the river Spree; photo by @pixnglue

It shows the Berlin Cathedral as seen from the river Spree and I just love the turquoise domed roof...

Okay, this was a long post, enough said for today. I'm off. Thanks for stopping by!

Wait, one more thing - the title for this post was taken from a favorite song by the German/Swiss band BOY. You should go and listen to that song if you have a few minutes!

Now, I'm off.

For. Real.

See you soon! :)

Patterned Paper: Making Memories
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Stamps: Making Memories, Studio Calico digital stamps (arrows)
Ink: Papertrey Ink Smokey Shadow and Dark Chocolate
Other: Papertrey Ink dies; Dani Peuss waxed cord; Prym eyelets; October Afternoon Mini Market Stickers; MT and Hamby Screenprints Washi Tape; Studio Calico Wood Veneer; Studio Calico Mister Huey Warm Calico, Maya Road Maya Mist Charcoal, clear epoxy dome sticker