Monday, 25 May 2015

Prima Marketing Delight Memory Box

Hallo, another little memory box, this time a book box
This one is for a little girl called Grace who arrived about 4 weeks ago. The front has designer paper and a little banner picked out with glossy accents. It says 'Delight in the Little Things' There is a paper doily (which you probably can't see) some cheese cloth, some roses and blooms from Sweet Lilac Flowers, some flowers which I made from hot glue and a silicon mould then dusted them with mica powder. The picture is a cut apart from the paper collection which I've edged down one side with the same white lace that I made the bow from. There are a few tiny white pearls dotted about and one large one on the bow knot
Inside I've made some plain white envelopes and stuck a cut apart on each one as a label. There are 2 different sizes so 2 different bundles.
The box is also lined with designer paper

Thanks for looking, I hope to see you again soon

Tim Holtz Wallflower Memory Box

Hi there, I've just finished a couple of little projects. I'm calling them memory boxes. Although I've seen quite a few online, they're always empty, and as you may know, I think boxes should always have something in them
This one was made from an old recipe card box, painted black and covered with the Wallpaper collection from Tim Holtz. I've used a few metals from my stash and a couple of chipboard elements from Graphic 45 and Prima.
I used a couple of grungeboard hinge elements, heat embossed in gold, a leafy flourish (can't remember which die it was) embossed in green and some lovely brown lace with sequins and beads

There are a few blossoms and a couple of gardenias from Sweet Lilac Flowers, a handmade stick pin, a string of pearls looped and a piece of cheesecloth for the corner embellishment.
Inside it's quite crowded, but I think I've left a bit of room to add more stuff
There is a small twine bound notebook with a chipboard cover, a couple of pockets made from the designer paper, some file folders made from manilla, and a little batch of envelopes, made on my envelope punch board using designer paper
I also included an empty box. This was an idea I got from my niece Chloe who said she had kept her husband Rich's tie from their wedding. Got me thinking that maybe another box might be good idea inside a memory box.

Well, thank you for popping in and looking 

Monday, 11 May 2015

Mums 80th Birthday Card

My lovely mum will be 80 on Thursday and I've made this 'card in a box' for her
I used the First Edition Botanical Notes paper pad. It has a lot of flowers, birds and butterflies. The pad has textured, foiled and pearlised papers as well as pretty prints. The heavy chipboard box was covered with kraft paper, then panels of pastel green card layered with the designer paper. It has a magnetic closure. I've added some guipure lace, white half pearls, a Tim Holtz grungeboard element which has been heat embossed.
The corner decoration has some cheese cloth, some May Arts silky crush ribbon, Sweet Lilac Flowers roses, a HUGE bronze butterfly, a white heat embossed rose made from air dry clay and a couple of tiny white lucite flowers.
The inside of the box is lined with a lattice foiled paper and the box corners have some bent metal filigree elements for decoration
Inside is a tiny twine bound book which is held closed with seam binding. The '80' is heat embossed chipboard. The cover paper is a lovely linen textured paper with botanical images and there are a couple of layers of lace down the spine, with a bronze dragonfly hanging from the twine
The book has metal corners and 4 envelope pages with a tiny birthday card in each pocket

Thanks for looking

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Times Nouveau Book in a Box

This is a little something I've just finished using Graphic 45's Times Nouveau Collectors Edition. It's another old hardback book, this time covered in cream card. The lovely clock is a chipboard embellishment from the collection which has been glossy accented. I've used a Spellbinders die on pale green pearlised card for the corners and behind the clock. The flowers are from Sweet Lilac Flowers
All the sides and the base have been covered with design paper layered on to the green pearlised paper, and there's a chipboard button with a lace bow on the front edge
I've popped a little twine bound envelope mini inside, I think all boxes should have a little surprise inside, don't you?
There are 3 double pages, all plain but covered with the design paper and each page has a little photo mat. At a pinch the album could hold 26 5"x3" photos

That's all for now, thanks for popping in

Indigoblu Emporium of Curiosities Mini Album

Before I started this album I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do with such ornate papers. Like the Steampunk Botanica they didn't need much embellishment but showing them off to their best advantage, that was going to be a challenge
For the basic construction of the album I recycled an old hardback book cover, the corners were all bent so I cut them down to 6½" square and added a 2" spine and the pages are envelopes I made from kraft paper. This was covered in kraft paper then the design paper was matted on to black card and attached over some red satin ribbon which formed the closure The doily is a pre-cut from Dovecraft, the metals from my stash and the flowers are from Sweet Lilac Flowers. The corner punch is a lip shape and it says it's made by Craftstoo
The spine was also matted onto black card. For the charm I used some parts of a necklace I found for 25p(!) in a local charity shop and hung them from some gorgeous gourd shaped safety pins attached to a jump ring. The heat embossing is done with a Stempelglede stamp and Stampendous pearlised ruby embossing powder
Inside the front cover is a plain pocket with a small booklet. Honestly, these papers are so beautiful and complex that you need hardly any embellishments. Page 2 is a magnetic flap concealing a photo mat pocket. All the photo mats in the pocket pages are 5½" square. There are 3 tiny roses in the corner which have been slightly altered with Frantage Embossing Enamel in Shabby White ( a lovely off white with flecks of gold)
Page 3 has a magnetic 3 flap insert which also lifts off the page to reveal a full page photo mat
And page 4 is another envelope page with a magnetic flap. I have used a spellbinders corner flourish die cut on the point with some teal half pearls and a bronze butterfly from my stash
Pages 5 and 6 are both simple pocket pages, one edged with some black lace from my stash All the photo mats are made from kraft card

On page 7 I mounted design paper onto black card then fussy cut round the typewriter and postcards. I then glued down the 2 outside edges onto the decorated page to form a pocket to slip the small booklet into
Page 8 is a pocket page with a triangular opening and a little tag glued on the 2 outside edges to hold another small tag with a miniature rose from Sweet Lilac Flowers
On page 9 is a small pocket type envelope made from kraft. The flap is held down with a butterfly punchie on a brad. It's glued down on 3 sides to leave room behind to put a tag. 
Inside the back cover is a corner pocket holding a tiny notebook with another Spellbinders corner flourish which has been heat embossed with Stampendous Ruby embossing powder

This album was so easy to make because the papers were stunning, it's what makes papercrafting an absolute pleasure, so thanks to IndigoBlu and thanks to you for looking 

Recollections Steampunk Botanica Mini Album

I saw this paper on a youtube video, by luv2scrap4fun, about 6 months ago but I couldn't find the paper anywhere until it popped up on ebay. Even though it was 12"x12" cut down to 6"x6",  I had to have it, it's so vibrant. So I made it into this 6½"x6½" mini album. The cover is decorated with lace and metals from my stash and a Tim Holtz distressed doily from part of the design paper. 
The spine is decorated with a filigree metal piece and a tiny red resin rose
Inside the front cover it's plain and on page 1 is a flap with a magnet. The stamp is the grunge corner by Stempelglede and the left hand flap is decorated with a couple of Prima wooden elements which have been heat embossed with a teal embossing powder called Moonglow
Inside is some more of that amazingly red, really red, paper and a little tag pocket

A triple pocket with tags on page 2. Although you can't really see it all the paper edges are inked with Vintage Photo, I really can't abide white edges to papers
Sorry about page 3, I really tried to hold the camera still :-)
The little pocket on the right is decorated with some tiny watch parts
Page 4 opens out to reveal this wonderful picture on the design paper

A gatefold flap page held together with vintage linen carpet thread and a small metal cone 
and this is inside
As you can see the papers have a sheen to them
Another flap page held together with the linen thread, this time with a Tim Holtz hitch post and a Curiosity Corner clock brad. And of course the Tim Holtz distressed clock
Inside it's lined with this paper, which is so beautiful. There are 2 bookmark shaped flaps which can be used for journaling
This page is held down with a magnet, the decoration on the button is some tiny watch cogs set into Glossy Accents
I cut a slit around the edge of the watch on the left hand side and slipped some tickets in behind it and a couple of mats popped in for decoration. Trouble is, this is a highly decorative paper which doesn't need much by way of embellishment
Inside the back cover I have added a small filigree metal corner with a tiny round tag which has my stamp on the back
Love the spider inside the 2 page flap on the left hand side

Well it has been interesting working with papers which don't need much decoration, but on the whole I think I like the embellishments

Thank you for looking, I hope you visit again soon

Stationers Desk: Mini Album in a Box

I had intended to make and decorate a book box out of an old hard back book, but it looked empty so I popped in a little album for good measure
The top (front?) has a whole bunch of Sweet Lilac flowers, a little cheesecloth, a Tim Holtz grungeboard element which has been heat embossed with Frantage enamel in Shabby White. There's a handmade stick pin, a couple of metals, a Prima wooden shape 'Life' and the most fantastic bronze penny farthing
A close up of the decoration, oh and there's a piece of artificial lavender and a few tiny clock parts for no reason except I could

There is a Tim Holtz hitch post and a little piece of stretch lace as a closure for the box. The mini album is just 4 envelope pages, the cover is quite plain and has metal corners. The spine decoration is some lengths of white lace, seam binding and cord with a couple of white beads attached hanging from a ring brad

Thanks for looking

An Eerie Tale Mini Album

I wasn't convinced that I would like this paper collection from Graphic 45, I'm not big on Hallowe'en, although it is my dads birthday, but there were enough different designs not to have to constantly use pumpkins and bats
On the front cover there is some fussy cutting, a Tim Holtz grungeboard element which has been painted stamped and heat embossed. A Tim Holtz die cut, a couple of backed tears with teal coloured flatback pearls and some tiny little kraft and bead flowers which I bought an age ago in Poundland would you believe!
I used the hidden hinge binding, which I find the easiest way for me and made 3 pages in the same design with fold out flaps and top pockets for photo mats.
Each page was done in a different paper inside although the outer part of the flaps all matched. Inside this flap is a pocket made from some of the pumpkin paper and one of the cut aparts
Inside each flap is slightly different, this one has a tiny booklet made from black  card and one of the cut aparts tucked under a belly band
This page has a slit pocket with a couple of bookmark tags and a small corner pocket made from one of the cut aparts.
And on the back page there's an envelope tucked into a small pocket which has some journalling tags

Thank you for looking, I hope to see you again

Time Flies Mini Album

I made this little album just because I could. I love clocks, book pages and butterflies
And this paperline from Craftwork Cards was covered in them. I also wanted to experiment with not using black card, so I used white and kraft card
There are actually a surprising amount of nooks and crannies in this 4 page album, so it is predominately for photos, whereas my usual style is for the books to be a decoration in themselves
I haven't put any page descriptions on this blog as it was sold on ebay a little while back and I'm afraid it was a pretty but not very memorable album

Thanks for popping in and looking at my pictures.