July 11, 2016

Pop-up Book and Graphic 45!

So my latest project has me going in a new direction.  Bookmaking, mini albums and pop-up books! I was searching for alternative methods for journal making and stumbled across the world of mini albums. I have never been a scrapbooker so this is all new to me. And let me tell you there is some creative stuff happening in this whole scrapbooking/mini album/paper crafting world!

What first pulled me in was this creation from Anne Rostad of Anne's Paper Creations. I was amazed and captivated. And I made a book using her technique - including a simple pop-up. Then I moved on to other videos by Anne. I made a card and tried another album format. There are a ton of videos. She is so generous with all of her tutorials.

But Anne also introduced me to a paper company called Graphic 45. Now you may be well aware of this company, but this was my first time. Never have I seen paper designs like this. I saw the "Beneath the Sea" paper and I was smitten!

Then the Graphic 45 blog led me to this tutorial by Einat Kessler for a small pop-up book. And it was at that point that I knew what I wanted to do with this mermaid-inspired paper line! Thank you Einat.

So I started working on the book you see in these photos. Three pages. I added some of my own embellishments including some hand painted flowers.

This is such fun paper with the steampunk/mermaid theme. I am still putting the finishing touches on the book.

The Cover

But being inspired again by another tutorial by Anne.  I am also in the midst of making a little chipboard house (box) to hold the book.

Still a good bit to do on the house. The roof comes off to allow access to the book. I'm using some of my hand painted/gelli printed papers for the windows.

Are you familiar with Graphic 45 and mini albums? Or is this all new to you too?

I hope you are having a creative week! I'd love to see what you have been up to.


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June 4, 2016

DLP May and ICAD #1

May has been a really busy month - especially the last few weeks. All I have done for DLP this month is the May divider.  Of course part of that issue was that I made three of them before I got one I liked!  I have been struggling with the format for DLP this year. Not sure why but I am having a hard time with the three ring binder. Those binders are super cute - but still I am having trouble getting going with it.

In other news, ICAD started June 1st! This is my card #1. No prompts - just doing my own thing. Ink spray and acrylic paint.

So I hope you have been more productive the last few weeks, and I hope you have a creative weekend!


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May 12, 2016

DLP Name PAC and a Mother's Day Card

Hope you all have had a great week! I know last weekend was Mother's Day but I couldn't share this until after it had been given. ;)

This is the outside of the card I made for my Mom. I created an envelope out of a gelli print. I used the paper clip to hold the flap closed and decorated it with some ribbon and tulle.  I spent an evening earlier in the week just doing some watercolor flower "doodling" while watching TV. One of them was perfect for the envelope so I cut it out and glued it on.

Here it is with the flap opened. You can see the tag inside.

And here is the painted tag itself. We wrote our sentiments  and signed it on the back. I added another watercolor flower, wrote the words, and added the little flowers down the left hand side and some doodles and scribbles - and ribbon.

It was fun to make and I think Mom loved it.

Over at Documented Life Project this week the PAC challenge was "include your name in an unusual way." So here is my version:

I doodled my name on graph paper, colored it in with various gel pens and markers. Then glued it to a painted background.

So what have you been up to creatively this week?


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