Saturday, March 17, 2018

LIttle Birdie Crafts and Booksmith Classics Challenge

Hello my lovelies. Here I am back in the game. Of crafting that is. I was recently contacted by the owners of a very special company in India. Little Birdie Crafts creates the most wonderful products. Harish, and Rashmi the owners, had asked if I would like to try their products. How could I say no!!! They had everything that I would be using in my bookmaking process. And more!! Little Birdie Crafts has what you need for your crafting needs. From gorgeous hand made flowers, to chalk paints, mixed media mediums, chipboard, stencils, papers, and more. Their natural section, with burlap is phenomenal! I was excited to receive my package!!

With that being said, I have created a very special project using their products for a book I made. I recently took a bookmaking course that has transformed my crafting to a different level. I simply adore making mini albums, so I knew this course would be right up my alley. Nik The Booksmith is a master booksmither! She creates books and journals like no other. Think...Junk journaling on steroids!!! When she finally offered her course, I just had to enroll. The secrets to her process revealed in her courses, are absolutely worth every penny I spend on them. Don't blink your eyes when one of her Tomes (books), or journals is put up for sale in her Etsy shop, or on Ebay...Because they sell out in minutes.
Now, I can't tell you how I constructed this Tome, but I will tell you all of the Little Birdie Crafts product I used for it. To purchase Nik's courses you can go to her Teachables site. For this book, I used what I learned in the Adventures in Booksmithing course. If you would like to see more of the kind of books and journals you can learn to create, go to Niks You Tube Channel..Prepare to be amazed!!!
For the Nik the Booksmith challenge, you had to create a hard covered book using what you learned in any of her courses, and choose a classic book to base it on. I chose The Secret Garden, so my book is filled with all things you would find in a beautiful garden. Thank you for taking the time to read this post.

For the cover, I painted it with Little Birdie Crafts chalk paint in Butternut Squash and added a light coat of Snow. The flowers for the cover and all of the pages where flowers were used are Valerie Ivory, Maidenhair Fern, Fiona Pastel, Noell Pastel. Rosalind Pastel, Paula Arctic Ice, Pearl Florette Celeste, Burlap Jeweled Florettes, and Burlap Floriana Natural.

This is a view from the spine. You can learn to create a few different spines. This is a curved one. Peaking out of the top of the  spine, is some cheesecloth and a bit of the Little Birdie Craft Burlap Ribbon roll.  There are so many ways to use the burlap ribbon.

This a view of the book closed using May Arts silk ribbon that I colored with spray.

Here is a view of the book opened untying the ribbon. I created 6 signatures for this book, with each signature having at least 8 folded papers.

From the top view, you can see the flowers sticking out of the book pages. There is a ton of coffee and tea stained papers in the book.

This is the cover of the first signature. I created an edge using a border punch and layered butterflies using Kraft paper, and sewing to the edge of the page. I added a butterfly from Lisa Audit designs.

Here is a dictionary page that is incorporated into the signature and I added the butterflies, and created an edge using Little birdie burlap that I cut from the Burlap ribbon roll, added the buttons and tied a tiny Sizzix tag to one of the buttons.

I created a tag using a small picture of flowers and added the butterfly on the top. Just pull it out of the pocket created from the dictionary page.

I was inspired by Amity Bloom to make her heirloom envelopes, so I embossed a plain white envelope, distress inked it, and added the butterfly. I tucked it in the pocket I created using 12x12 scrapbook paper that I coffee dyed. This would be the back of the first signature. I also sewed a zigzag around the edges.

Here is the from of another signature. I created a small ephemera piece using cheesecloth, the Little birdie burlap ribbon and a picture of sweet flowers. I added the Little Birdie flower to the edge that sticks out ever so slightly when the book is closed.

For the title piece, I painted a purchased frame using Little Birdie chalk paint in Snow. I backed it with some of the burlap ribbon, then glued around the inner perimeter of the frame some. Little Birdie Jute Twine design 2 natural. I then painted the metal frame with Butternut Squash paint and slightly distressed it after it  dried. I added the title to the back.

I pressed fern from my yard, encased it in wax paper and sewed it to a pocket envelope. I added a bit of lace, and used a loop pin with a tiny tag and a charm I made using my jewelry stash. I created and used a photo of a bee for the charm, and enclosed it with a glass cabochon.

I created a bookmark using a velvet ribbon and endcaps. I then added the loop pins with beads and charms from my jewelry making supplies.

I hope you enjoyed a look at my book.

There you have it. My first book I created from what I learned in the Adventures of Bookmaking course. I am totally hooked....

Here is just a preview of covers I am working on. Come back soon to see the finished books. Thank Heavens for my Dusty Attic!!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Tresors De Luxe Design Team and more...

I'm dusting off my blog. I have had to step away from designing because of lifes challenges as of late, but I need a distraction. A creative distraction. The kind of distraction that takes me away to a happy place I love to go. Creative therapy... and while I stepped down from the Dusty Attic
DT for 2018, I will continue to use their chipboard on my new projects because they fit beautifully and I believe the designs are the best.  My scrapbooking has taken a slightly different direction. I had found that my love was in making mini albums. The process of taking chipboard and paper, and building a book from the base up, always got my creative juices running. Then I discovered Nik The Booksmith. I am hooked. Creating the kind of books Nik creates are simply divine heaven for me. I found that I can use EVERYTHING in my scrapbook stash in my bookmaking process. And almost EVERYTHING in my sewing stash, and EVERYTHING in my jewelry making supplies..I am also putting my Photoshop skills to use once again in graphic design.

Then along came an invite. Lucy Oh who owns Tresors de Luxe asked if I would join her design Team. How could I say no!! I had Guest Designed before, and loved the gorgeous laces she sent me. So I happily accepted her invitation to join a VERY talented team. I know these artists. I have worked alongside many of them in the past.

   So dream, old vintage cloth covered books, junk journaling, coffee/tea dyed papers, ephemera, laces, trims, jewels, dangles, pressed flowers, handmade paper, tapestry, sari silk, tapestry and luxurious fabrics, beautiful pages....All rolled into one!!! Yup....My dreams have become a reality...Stay tuned. as I rock your junk journaling book world!!! It is going to be a creative and adventurous journey with these oh so talented friends of mine...Thank you Lucy for this opportunity.

Dont forget to LIKE the Tresors de Luxe page on Facebook.

And dont forget to visit the Tresors de Luxe Etsy shop.

And don't forget to visit their Pinterest Page.

And visit the blog for more inspiration!!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Dusty Attic May 2017

 Dusty Attic simply amazes me with all of their new deigns. Whether it be chipboard, or stencils, there is something for every creative design and mood you may have. With this layout, I wanted something delicate to counter balance the smoky gray paper. I used the Rose stencil and Dusty Attic Texture paste in the background to lighten it up.

Combining 2 or more pieces of chipboard with Dusty Attic designs to create the flow of 1 design is endless. Here I combined the frame and the Mystic Flourish to compliment my 1 dollar Resin Frame. Looks like a million bucks right?? A few strategically placed flowers brings it all together, The Doily #10 chipboard coupled with the Mystic Flourish go together perfectly.

I absolutely adore the title phrases. They take the work out of  journaling. One phrase can say it all. I just covered it with gesso and dabbed it with some Dusty in Colour in Cashmere.

The Rose stencils are awesome!! I am such a stencil junkie, and Dusty Attic has quite the collection, and always adding more designs. I used Dusty Attics texture paste, and after it was dry, dabbed on some Cashmere, then sprayed on a small amount of yellow mist to blend into the background paper.


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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Dusty Attic Mini Album in a Jar... April Challenge.

As April closes out, and May comes in, I will give you a couple of sneaks of brand new Dusty Attic designs. When my Design Team package arrives from Australia, I know that the newest designs will leave me yearning to dig in and create create create. That is just what I did. I had been saving a cool little jar that my artichokes came in. It is wide leaving plenty of room for lots of Dusty Attic Chipboard. This post is a little photo heavy, but I wanted you to see every detail, and every texture that Dusty Attic designs inspire me to create. The surprise element is the little mini album I created to slide into the jar.

As the photographer in the family, I am also the memory keeper. I love to create mini albums and fill them with lots of memories. Trying to find unique ideas to hold my minis is always a challenge.

Here are my 2 projects side by side. For the cover of my jar, I used a new quotation Leave footprints take only memories" It is one of Dusty Attics new designs which will debut this week, so stay tuned to see many more gorgeous designs.

I used the Cherry Blossoms chipboard to adorn the jar. I wanted a mirror image to wrap around the jar, so I soaked the chipboard, pulled it apart and created 2 pieces. The chipboard was painted with Memory Hardware Artisan Powder diluted in water in La Chapeliere. To cover the jar I used a technique I learned from my very talented friend Miranda Edney. Check out her Boroque Bottles...sigh..she is so dang talented!!

This is a view of the spine of the mini. I wrapped some seam binding around it and created a dangle using chain and Dusty Attic chipboard. I used a word tag, a mini birdcage, and a key from one of Dusty Attics new design sets.

The mini was created to slip inside the jar.

The cover was created by using one of Dusty Attics new stencil designs. There is a vast majority of stencil designs to choose from. Wait until you see the newest designs. I just can't choose a favorite. They are all so wonderfully beautiful!.

The texture created by using the stencil and texture paste brings the mini to life. It is so dimensional you just want to touch it. While the texture paste was still wet, I sprayed it with Lindys Stamp Gang Moonshadow Mist

Each of the page sections has a caption from 3 different word packs. They are all listed below.

I have been wanted to use the Prima Memory Hardware Dome. This one fit perfectly onto the cover of the jar. There happened a happy little mistake. I used Super Glue to adhere the dome to the lid, and as it dried, it frosted the plastic. I am no chemist, but obviously there was some kind of chemical reaction. I like it!! The lid was adorned with flowers, pieces of the Cherry Blossom chipboard painted with green metallic paint, and some dragonflies and a butterfly from my stash. 

There are 4 inside pages that have enough room for journaling and photos.

I used the Artisan powder to paint the chipboard, then sprayed some Lindys Stamp Gang Moonshadow Mist in Treasure Island Aqua over it. It left a patina look to the chipboard. I added the Dusty Attic Pearls for some elegance.

I added a Door Handle Plate chipboard on the edge of the mini.

Here is a closeup of the side of the jar. The combo of blue green and brown reminds me of the earth and sky. This was inspired by the April Mood Board Challenge. Lots of natural earthy browns.

The Dusty Attic chipboard pieces I used for the dangles were all painted with Artisan Powder and sprayed with the Treasure Island Aqua MoonShadow Mist. I used jump rings and chains to hang them from the seam binding.

Here is a closeup of the inside of the dome. The frosting effect is that happy little mistake from using super glue.

The back of the mini was adorned with a Vintage Key. The entire album was then sprayed with some of the Treasure Island Aqua MoonShadow Mist to give it an all over shimmer.












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