Ocean Album Using G45 Papers & ArtGlitter

Ocean Album Using G45 Papers & ArtGlitter2017-12-27T11:25:30-05:00

Project Description

Want2Scrap is teaming up this week to bring you tons of inspiration using Want2Scrap, Graphic 45, and Art Glitter products!

With a combination like that, and the recent launch of my first set of products, I couldn’t resist using my Ocean Album for this hop. All the papers used in this project came from a single 12×12 pad of Graphic45 Tropical Travelogue.

Here’s the sneak peak I share yesterday on Facebook.

Ocean Album with Graphic45 Travelogue and Art Glitter Sneak Peak

Joe Rotella's Ocean Album from Want2Scrap

This is a BIG album! It measures nearly 11.5″ tall (the seahorse) by 10.5″ wide (the angel fish)!

Note: You can click on any photo to enlarge it.

Sea Horse from Joe Rotella's Ocean Album at Want2ScrapI covered the sea horse with Graphic45’s Tropical Travelogue paper using Perfect Paper Adhesive. To give the seahorse texture, I created my own stencil and embossed it with USArtQuest’s 101 Light Artists Cement that was tinted with Perfect Pigment. Art Glitter sprinkled on while the cement was still wet added a sparkle!Of course, his eye is bling from Want2Scrap

The coral was also covered in Graphic45’s Tropical Travelogue paper and then inked. Want2Scrap pearls in 3 different sizes reminded me of the texture of real coral. The bottom of the piece was covered with 101 Light Artists Cement and coral, shells, sea glass and mica were embedded in the cement. The starfish using USArtQuest Prills.The fish and sign are fussy cut from Travelogue papers.The small purple and green coral are the branches from my Retro Birdsset from Want2Scrap! They have been painted shades of purple and green.Joe Rotella's Retro Birds from Want2Scrap
Shell from Joe Rotella's Ocean Album at Want2ScrapThe shell was painted white and then pearl with Perfect Pigments. Pink lines were drawn with a colors pencil and then it was “blinged up” with Want2Scrap bling!Closeup of Shell from Joe Rotella's Ocean Album at Want2Scrap
The angel fish is covered with Graphic45’s Tropical Travelogue paper.To create the yellow stripes, I covered a piece of yellow paper with Cut Bond Create. Next I cut out the stripe shapes and then adhered them to the fish with Great Tape. I peeled off the top layer of the Cut Bond Create and applied yellow glitter from Art Glitter.The eye was made by applying Cut Bond Create to a small white circle. A black rhinestone from Want2Scrap forms the center of the eye. The rest was covered in white glitter from Art Glitter.Closeup of Angel Fish from Joe Rotella's Ocean Album at Want2Scrap
The turtle shell was covered with Graphic45’s Tropical Travelogue paper, cut in to “tile shapes” on top of a base layer of paper. The entire piece was covered with embossing ink and then heat embossed with ultra thick embossing enamel (UTEE). The end result looks like a real shell!Closeup of Turtle from Joe Rotella's Ocean Album at Want2Scrap
The back of the turtle, the last page of the album, is covered in Graphic45’s Tropical Travelogue paper.

I plan to continue working on this album, adding pockets, embellishments and, of course, photos and journaling!

Be sure to check out the fabulous projects made by today’s other two Want2Scrap designers:

And after you check that out, head over to Graphic 45 , and Art Glitter‘s blogs and see the projects made by their talented teams.

Want2Scrap is giving away a $100 Gift Certificate to one lucky commenter who comments on the designers blogs as well as the Want2Scrap blog! Stop by the Want2Scrap Facebook Page this week and tell them you joined in the hop for a second chance to win a prize!

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Happy crafting!



  1. Jess July 26, 2012 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    awesome album!

  2. vicki in MD July 27, 2012 at 1:06 am - Reply

    Love when designers show off how something can be repurposed, tree branches can be something more than tree branches. wonderful book

  3. Anna Knieszner July 27, 2012 at 3:56 am - Reply

    Tha album is wonderful! I especially love the turtle 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

    • Joe Rotella July 27, 2012 at 5:31 am - Reply

      Thanks Anna!! It might be might favorite page "technique-wise." The UTEE made it really look like a bumpy shiny shell!

  4. Marilyn Hughes July 27, 2012 at 3:59 am - Reply

    Love love love the mini album!

  5. Doris Forcier July 27, 2012 at 4:08 am - Reply

    As always love your project!! So inspiring.. 🙂

  6. kay July 27, 2012 at 4:15 am - Reply

    how fun is this book!!!! want to go to the beach!

  7. Barbara Bird July 27, 2012 at 4:19 am - Reply

    these shape albums make it so much fun to make mini albums.


  8. Margie Visnick July 27, 2012 at 4:25 am - Reply

    What a gorgeous mini!!

  9. Diana C July 27, 2012 at 4:27 am - Reply

    Such a fun album. Will be great for our day at the beach pictures.

  10. Miriam Prantner July 27, 2012 at 4:28 am - Reply

    This is such a fun album! Love all the shapes and I love how you've decorated it thus far – especially those pearls on the coral.

    • Joe Rotella July 27, 2012 at 5:29 am - Reply

      Thanks Miriam!! At first, I was worried all those pearls were a "bit much" – but as I was putting them on, I decided I like them 🙂 And now, your comment makes me LOVE them! Thank you!

  11. Tristan Robin Blakem July 27, 2012 at 4:39 am - Reply

    Joe, this is just charming! The seahorse stencil is awesome! Love all the textures and colors you've created – it would be an absolutely lovely gift!

    … always nice to see what you've been up to!

  12. linda July 27, 2012 at 4:44 am - Reply

    Wow! This is amazing! Thanks for all the technique tips!

  13. Carole Lassak July 27, 2012 at 4:52 am - Reply

    This is more that incredible!!

  14. Marcie Smith July 27, 2012 at 5:13 am - Reply

    Stunning album. Love that as I look at each page, I am wondering if the album was designed around the paper, or the paper designed around the album pages. I know that that was not the case, however your choice in papers for each page are just so befitting and gorgeous. Love it when a plan comes to gether so wonderfully. What a fun project.


    • Joe Rotella July 27, 2012 at 5:27 am - Reply

      Hi Marcie! I didn't make the connection until I started looking for Graphic 45 papers to use for the project. Tropical Travelogue was perfect! And it seemed like the pad had just the right papers and enough of each sheet! The perfect combination.

  15. Debbie T July 27, 2012 at 5:21 am - Reply

    Joe I really enjoyed this mini. I love making them and it is always fun to see other peoples creations. Yours is Great thanks for sharing with us.

  16. Jan July 27, 2012 at 5:23 am - Reply

    This is beautiful, I live in Florida and it would be perfect for an album by the sea with my daughter. Love the colors, shapes, and everything about it!

  17. Dorina D July 27, 2012 at 5:26 am - Reply

    What a wondeful album and such a clever idea. Loved the shapes of sea and how you created the colors with G45 and the rhine stone accents were the perfect final touch. Thanks for sharing

  18. Jessica Shelton July 27, 2012 at 6:10 am - Reply

    Wow, you can really admire the time and dedication that went into all the different tools and techniques you used. Great eye with all your paper choices. Fantastic album!


    Jessica S

  19. Gwen Moss July 27, 2012 at 6:54 am - Reply

    So cool. It's something I haven't seen before. tfs

  20. Julie A. Shearer July 27, 2012 at 7:16 am - Reply

    Wow…this album is amazing ! I love it ! Great work….and thank you for all of your wonderful tips.

  21. Sharka July 27, 2012 at 7:19 am - Reply

    Minis are at the top of my scrapbookin'list! This mini brings back memories of our wonderful family holiday to Hawaii… snorkling, turtles, starfish and shells! Thank you for sharing your creation 🙂

  22. Jan Garber July 27, 2012 at 7:31 am - Reply

    This mini would be perfect for our trip to sea World with the grandson!

  23. Tammy July 27, 2012 at 7:33 am - Reply


    What a lovely job you did on this album!! AND Congratulations on your Want2scrap bird release—had Joe Morgan not created the cards with the birds —they would not have been of any interest to me—but they are super cute!!! WOW what a blessing:)Thank you for sharing and for allowing me to glean form you:) be blessed

    ~Beyond Measure


  24. Manhattan Mandie July 27, 2012 at 7:41 am - Reply

    Joe, your details are AMAZING!!!! I adore your album and am really inspired to go play in my craft room!

  25. Danielle Copley July 27, 2012 at 7:47 am - Reply

    What a great pairing of album and paper! Wonderful job!

  26. Marge R. (mer) July 27, 2012 at 8:04 am - Reply

    WOW — fabulous mini — TFS!!!

    • Joe Rotella July 27, 2012 at 9:45 am - Reply

      It's actually a pretty big album. It measures nearly 11.5" tall (the seahorse) by 10.5" wide (the angel fish)!

  27. Zena Harty July 27, 2012 at 8:10 am - Reply

    First time seeing this album. Love it. So many things I can do with this. Great work. Thanks.

  28. TheresaMP July 27, 2012 at 8:46 am - Reply

    Cute shape to this album. Great embellishments. thanks as always for sharing.

  29. Patti July 27, 2012 at 9:22 am - Reply

    This is what I want to do. I love what you did with the fish!

  30. Ava G July 27, 2012 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Joe, thanks so much for the details on your album. I saw this album on want2scrap store and was really eye balling it as an item i could use to showcase some of my vacations. Now that you have given an outstanding tut' on the album, i know what i can accomplish. As you describe your technique, my nose gets closer to my laptop screen and i really check out the details…thanks for sharing.

  31. Karen Wedding July 27, 2012 at 9:49 am - Reply

    Fantastic album. It's so cool looking. Love it.

  32. Holly Johnson July 27, 2012 at 9:53 am - Reply

    What an amazing album! So beautiful!

  33. Shirley Wheeler July 27, 2012 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Joe, this is such a treat to see! Each page is PERFECT! I have to say I love the turtle's shell. My mind is racing with things to do with this album. I would love to see these in mini shapes like your leaves & ornaments. And a stencil or die that would cut the shell form and the scales for the sea horse. This has been such a fun blog hop. I can't wait till the next one!

  34. Rita Perfater July 27, 2012 at 10:52 am - Reply

    I was intrigued when I saw what looked like coral. You did not disappoint. Lovely. I want to find something like your elements on the beach; so pretty.

  35. Sharon Y July 27, 2012 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Amazing album Joe! Love the shapes. Your attention to detail is mind blowing. Thank You!

  36. Caryn S. (Scrapnsing July 27, 2012 at 11:42 am - Reply

    Love it! How fun that you colored the animals similar to what you would expect to find in nature on on side and yet they are so fantastic on the reverse!

  37. Sandy Duley July 27, 2012 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Joe, love this album. Just getting started in minis and this is one of my favs that I've seen. Great colors.

  38. mitz July 27, 2012 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    ..sooo clever.. so cute.. great project.. luv the colors.. thanks

  39. Terre Fry July 27, 2012 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    I am beyond stunned at the beauty of this album. Joe I think I am speechless! Just stunning my friend.

  40. Rea July 27, 2012 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    Beautiful album with lots of nice details. I think themed mini albums are fun to make.

    • Joe Rotella July 27, 2012 at 12:36 pm - Reply

      Thanks Rea! It's almost 12" square so it's a BIG mini! LOL!

  41. Solveig July 27, 2012 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    Beautiful album!

  42. Linda R July 27, 2012 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Beautiful….esp love the coral. Each element is wonderful!

  43. Beneta July 27, 2012 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    The sea makes a wonderful album. I want one please? hehehe.

    Thanks for sharing

  44. HawaiianLibrarian July 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    I must do an Ocean Album. How can I not, living in HI? This is my favorite project, full of shapes, glitter, bling, and colors. Mahalo for sharing.

  45. Patricia Molnar July 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    Awesome album!

  46. auntie em (emily) July 27, 2012 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    I love each page and the texture and colours used on them. I am drooling over the coral page and totally impressed with the fact that you made the stencil to add the dimension to the seahorse. A work of art. (And I like that it's around 12×12)!!!

  47. Gretchen July 27, 2012 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Beautiful project.

  48. Sue D July 27, 2012 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    Wow–fantastic album!

  49. Rosann aka Rea' July 27, 2012 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    Fun Ocean Album !!! All those fun textures, pearls, glitter… my goodness Travelogue choice was fabulous for this… great techniques… love it !

  50. Dee July 27, 2012 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    WOW! I love the ocean theme! It's the first time I've seen anything like this. It's just wow! Thank you for sharing!

  51. Sandie July 28, 2012 at 12:24 am - Reply

    Wow, I just love this album. Perfect for summer memories. Can't wait to see it when you have all the extras added.

  52. Melissa July 28, 2012 at 4:01 am - Reply

    Wow! Perfect for a special beach book starring my adorable grandson, Emerson.

  53. Kristina M. Anderson July 28, 2012 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    How cute! I love how you used the Tropical Travelogue collection. Thank you for the inspiration and for sharing your creation!

  54. Lucy E. July 29, 2012 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    Completely gorgeous! The whole album is just stunning!

  55. Tara July 29, 2012 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    I've been wanting to do an ocean album forever! I'm on a mini-album kick right now and this is just awesome!

  56. Jayne Fisk July 31, 2012 at 8:54 am - Reply

    Awesome…….just Awesome 🙂 xx

    • Joe Rotella July 31, 2012 at 9:02 am - Reply

      I can't wait to see a "UK" version, from my favorite English crafter!

  57. Pam Bray September 29, 2012 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    Awesome!!! This is totally cool!!!!

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