Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Nature Sketchbook Folio ~ Mini Album with Video Walk-through and Tutorial

A couple of weeks ago, I shared this Nature Sketchbook Folio Cover and promised a video tutorial for the album that I made to go inside the folio - and (finally) here is the album and tutorial!
A complete video walk-through and tutorial on how to create the album's base is included in the video on my Youtube channel - so be sure to pop by for the details about the album!
Here are some photos of the folio and album. The measurements for the pages (as detailed in the video tutorial) are listed below as well.

Folio - Inside 1

Folio - Inside 2

Album - Front Cover

Album - Back Cover
Album Cover Measurements:

  • Front Cover - 8.5 in. x 10 in. - score at 6 in. and every 1/4 in. up to 7.5 in.
  • Back Cover - 8.5 in. x 5 in. - attach to front cover at 1 in. from the last score line
  • Hinges - For six 1/2 in. hinges with a 1/4 in. gusset
    • Paper measures 8.5 in. x 9.25 in
    • Score at - 1 in, 1.5 in, 2 in, 2.25 in, 2.75 in, 3.25 in, 3.5 in, 4 in, 4.5 in, 4.75 in, 5.25 in, 5.75 in, 6 in, 6.5 in, 7 in, 7.25 in, 7.75 in, and 8.25 in. 

Album - Square Tag Pockets Front 1
Square Tag Pocket Measurements (Make 2):

  • 4.25 in. x 9.75 in.
  • Score at 1/2 in. and at 5 1/8 in.

Album - Square Tag Pockets Front 2

Album - Square Tag Pockets Back and Square Policy Envelopes

Album - Square Policy Envelopes Back and Regular Tag Pockets Front 1
Regular Tag Pocket Measurements (Make 2):

  • 4.75 in. x 8.75 in.
  • Score at 1/2 in. and at 4 5/8 in.

Album - Regular Tag Pockets Front 2

Album - Regular Tag Pockets Back and Square Policy Envelopes

Album - Square Policy Envelopes Back & Pocket Folder and Notebook 1
Pocket Folder Measurements:

  • 8.5 in. x 10 in. - score at 5 in. and fold
  • Measure in 5/8 in. from fold at top
  • Measure up 3 in. from bottom corner opposite fold
  • Draw a line between the two measured points and cut the diagonal on a paper trimmer
  • Pocket Hinges: Side - 1 in. x 3 in. - score and fold at 1/2 in.
                              Bottom - 1 in. x 5 in. - score and fold at 1/2 in.

Album - Pocket Folder and Notebook 2

Album - Pocket Folder Back & File Folder Front
File Folder Measurements:

  • 8.5 in. x 11 in. - score and fold at 5.5 in.
  • For Tab:
    • Punch top right corner using Envelope Punch Board
    • Flip page over and measure edge of paper to 3 in. on punch board and punch again
    • Trim remainder of top of folder off
    • Punch all corners using Punch Board

Album - File Folder Inside

Album - File Folder Back with Regular Policy Envelope

Album - File Folder Back with Regular Policy Envelope Flipped Down
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you enjoyed my Nature Sketchbook Folio, Album and Tutorial!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Rusty Patina Altered Denim Journal Cover ~ Creative Embellishments

Hi there! Today I'm sharing a fun Altered Denim Journal Cover with you - created using lots of amazing Creative Embellishments chipboard!
I started off altering the Prima/Finnabair Denim journal by using a Prima Stencil along with some Prima Art Basics Heavy Body Gel mixed with Prima Art Ingredients Mica Powder in Rust. Once the stenciled areas had dried, I added some bits of lace and trim and then started adding my Creative Embellishments Chipboard pieces, as well as some metal embellishments by Prima and trinkets from my stash. I've used the following CE chipboard pieces:
Once I was happy with the placement of all the chipboard pieces and embellishments, I covered everything with a coat of Prima Art Basics Clear Gesso. Then, I sprayed the cover with Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Mist in Cocoa Bean Copper. I used Prima Art Extravagance Rust Effects Paste to add the rust-look to the chipboard and then used some Prima Art Alchemy Metallique Acrylic Paint in Light Patina mixed with Prima Art Ingredients Texture Powder to add the green-tinted patina effect. I then dry brushed with Prima Art Alchemy Metallique Acrylic Paints in Light Patina and Ancient Coin in places to enhance some embellishments. Finally, I finished off the cover using some Prima Art Ingredients Copper Glass Glitter applied with Prima Art Basics Soft Matte Gel. Here are some close-ups so you can see all the details.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Happy Crafting!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Nature Sketchbook Folio Cover ~ Creative Embellishments March Challenge

Its a new Month! And that means a new challenge is up on the Creative Embellishments Blog! As usual, please be inspired by at least one element in the picture below and mention how you were inspired if it isn’t obvious. The twist this month is to incorporate something that flies.
I'm really looking forward to Spring and some nicer weather, so I was inspired by the butterflies in the challenge photo to create this Nature Sketchbook Folio Cover. I'm going to have a video tutorial up soon showing how I created the insert for the inside of the folio - so be sure to watch for it!
I started out with a small Tim Holtz Folio and used Graphic 45's Nature Sketchbook collection (12x12 papers, 6x6 papers,Tags & Pockets, Decorative Chipboard, and Journaling & Ephemera Cards) to decorate the cover. I've inked all the paper edges using Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. I used the CE Chipboard Flourish Butterflies Set 3, which I embossed with Ranger Black Embossing Powder and then added some patterned paper from the 6x6 paper pad to the back. I also used two of the CE Flourish 19 chipboards, which I cut into pieces. I painted the flourishes with Distress Crackle Paint in Peeled Paint and then inked them with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. Here are some different angles and close-up photos of the cover:

I hope you like my interpretation of this month's challenge - I can't wait to see what you create! Remember to follow the Rules for the Challenge so that you're eligible to win!

Challenge Rules:
  • Create a NEW project (i.e., layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc…) as of March 1st 2017.
    • Please no back linking (meaning projects from previous months that may fit the challenge requirements). Please link only NEW projects.
  • Combining the CE Challenge with other challenges is permitted.
  • Please add your entry to the InLinkz box on the Challenge Post on the Creative Embellishments Blog to be eligible for the prize. You have until the last day of each month 11:55 pm eastern time to enter.
  • It is required that you mention in your blog post that you are playing along at Creative Embellishments together with a link back to our blog. Please make sure to reference our challenge. 
  • We would love to see you USE AT LEAST 1 OF CE products on your projects but it isn’t required to play along; however, everyone who does use CE product will get and extra chance at winning.
  • WINNERS will have 2 weeks to claim their prize. The winner will be announced on the CE blog post the day after the challenge ends.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Blog Hop ~ SpiegelMom Scraps & Creative Embellishments Product Swap!

Hello and thank you for joining us for this fabulous product swap between SpiegelMom Scraps (SMS) and Creative Embellishments (CE)! I had a great time combining the products from these two companies and hope you enjoy our inspiration! Check out my project and let me know what you think by leaving a comment. Remember, you can win a $25.00 gift card to SpiegelMom Scraps OR a $30 gift certificate to Creative Embellishments just by commenting on all the blogs in the blog hop! You have a whole week to complete the hop (until 11:59 p.m. on March 7) - so it's a pretty sweet way to win some scrappy goodies!!

Now for my project! I've created a 12x12 Family Portrait Layout. When I saw the beautiful little bag of Green Acres Sequins from the SMS shop, I decided to use them as the basis for the colour palette for my layout; so I chose some Kaisercraft papers/ephemera in coordinating colours from their Heirloom collection and a background page from their Basecoat collection to create my layout. I started to create the background using Shimmerz Pasteez in A Little Nutty from the SMS shop along with the CE Crackled Brick Stencil. Then, I did some random stamping with Memento Rich Cocoa Dye Ink and two CE rubber stamps - Tire Track 1 Stamp and Distressed Script Stamp.

I love playing with different textures on layouts, so I've used torn strips of the Kaisercraft design paper along with some torn corrugated cardboard, torn/crumpled Small Glassine Bags from the SMS shop and misted Lace Paper Doilies from the SMS shop to create the cluster behind my photos. I misted the doilies with Lindy's Stamp Gang Mists in Steampunk Sepia and Rusty Lantern Lime. I inked the edges of some of the papers and the photos with Distress Ink in Ground Espresso. I also splattered the layout with the Rusty Lantern Lime mist and some Dylusions Spray Ink in Ground Coffee. 

Finally, to embellish the layout, I've used ephemera pieces from the Kaisercraft Heirloom collection, the sequins and Shooting Cork Stars from the SMS shop and two CE chipboard pieces - a Simple Key Hole Plate and Key (embossed with Distress Embossing Powder in Walnut Stain).
Here are some different angles and close-ups so you can see all the details and dimension on this layout!

Thanks so much for hopping along to my blog today! Now you’re off to Hannah’s Blog. I know you’ll just love her project!

In case you get lost along the way, here is the list of stops along the blog hop! 
SpiegelMom Scraps http://spiegelmomscraps.com/

Saturday, February 25, 2017

"Scorched Heart" Mixed Media 6x6 Canvas ~ Creative Embellishments

Today I'm sharing a mixed media canvas created for the Creative Embellishments Design Team! I'm calling this piece Scorched Heart.
I started out with a 6x6 canvas and used a Prima stencil and some Prima Art Extravagance White Crackle Texture Paste. Once the texture paste had dried, I added the a small tart tin that I had primed with Prima Art Basics Heavy White Gesso. Next, I started playing with colours to create the background - I've used Lindy's Stamp Gang February Colour Challenge Palette for this Canvas.
I used LSG Mists in Queen of Hearts Red, Pretty in Pink Pink and Dark Chocolate Truffle. I also used Prima Metallique Art Alchemy Gold Rush Acrylic Paint to add the gold-tone to the background and then inked the edges of the canvas with Distress Ink in Ground Espresso

Once I was happy with the back ground I added the altered Relics & Artifacts Flaming Heart on top of the Tart Tin. To alter the Relics and Artifacts Flaming Heart, I started by removing the jewelry rings from the two pieces and gluing them together. I painted the flames using Prima Metallique Art Alchemy Paints in Gold Rush, Fresh Orange and Rusty Red. I primed the heart with Prima Art Basics Heavy Black Gesso and then added a coat of Prima Art Extravagance Gold Crackle Texture Paste. Once the texture paste had dried, I sanded the heart to level out any bumpy areas and to add some extra distressing. Next, I painted the heart with a coat of Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint in Clear Rock Candy. Finally, when the clear crackle layer was dry, I misted the heart with the Queen of Hearts Red mist, allowing it to seep into the cracks and then wiped it off the surface. 
I used the smallest set of wings from the Fairy Wing Set 3 to add wings to the heart feature. I started off by embossing the wings with Lindy's Stamp Gang Embossing Powder in Golden Angel Wings and then adding some Vintage Gold Embossing Powder to the Wing Tips. The wings ended up being too light to suit the canvas, so I misted them with the Queen of Hearts Red mist and then added some Prima Metallique Art Alchemy Rusty Red Acrylic Paint to the Wings. I painted the wing tips with the Gold Rush paint and also lightly dry-brushed the gold over the red part of the wings.
To finish off the canvas, I added pieces cut from the Mini Quatrefoil 6x6 Panel. I inked the panel pieces with the Ground Espresso Distress Ink and then glued them to the frame. Wherever the panel pieces overlapped with the gold-tone in the background, I added some Prima Art Extravagance Gold Glitter using Ranger Crackle Accents. The glitter ended up being too . . . glittery. . . for the canvas so once it had dried, I painted over the glitter sections with the Gold Rush Paint to tone it down. I ended up loving the texture this gave to the gold sections of the panel!Thanks so much for visiting my blog today! Happy Crafting!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Mon Amour Altered "LOVE" Letters ~ Creative Embellishments

Today, I'm sharing some Altered "LOVE" Letters with you! I found this set of letters at a local dollar store and knew I could turn them into something beautiful for Valentine's Day! I've used Graphic 45's Mon Amour paper collection along with Creative Embellishments Chipboard and Wood Veneers to embellish the letters! The letters can be arranged in a row horizontally or they can be stacked in a square!

I started by covering each of the letters with similar patterned paper in different colours from the Mon Amour 6x6 paper pad. I inked the edges of all the letters (and the fussy-cut elements) with Distress Ink in Black Soot - I love the contrast of the black with the red, pink and ivory in this collection!

On the 'L', I used a CE Chipboard Flourish 17, which I embossed with Stampendous Frantage Embossing Enamel in Aged Ivory. I also used one of the gorgeous CE Wood Veneer Hearts, which I embossed twice - first with a light pink embossing powder and then with an Antique Gold Embossing Powder that I used to highlight the details on the heart. To finish the embellishments, I added in a small Je t'aime sentiment cut from the 8x8 Mon Amour papers, some half-pearls and some small red roses.

On the 'O', I used the circular frame from the CE Heart Frame Set, also embossed with the Aged Ivory enamel. I also used another of the Wood Veneer Hearts (finished in the same way as the previous one) and the "Love" key from the Steampunk Heart 3 chipboard set - I embossed the key with the Antique Gold embossing powder. I framed an image from the Title Page of the 12x12 Mon Amour papers in the opening of the 'O'. I made a tiny envelope from the 6x6 paper for the square You are Loved sentiment, which I cut from the 8x8 paper. Again, I finished the embellishing with pearls and roses.

On the 'V', I used one of the corners from the Filigree Corner Set 1 and embossed it with the Aged Ivory enamel. Another tiny envelope and two square images cut from the 8x8 papers, as well as some more pearls and roses to finish off the 'V'.

Finally, on the 'E', I used another Flourish 17 (embossed in Aged Ivory enamel) and one of the chipboard Mini Frames (embossed with Antique Gold). I framed an image from the 12x12 papers using the mini-frame and then filled in the frame with Ranger Glossy Accents so that it would have the look of a locket. I added an Always & Forever banner (cut from the 8x8 papers) and a few small roses to finish off this letter.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today! I hope you're celebrating Valentine's Day with someone you love on Feb. 14th!