Monday, 14 September 2020

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #263 - Use a Recycled Element

 Hello dear friends and welcome.  So pleased you stopped by,

Judy is our Host for the new Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers, and the Theme is to use a Recycled Element in your project.   As always, you may create whatever you wish as long as it follows the Theme.  If it is not obvious, please tell us what it is that you have recycled.


For my project, I have created an album cover out of a recycled box.  

I actually started making this Album cover before I realised that we had a recycling Challenge coming up so, unfortunately, I didn't take any photos right at the very beginning.   I had already attached the spine to the front and back covers when it finally dawned on me that I could use this as my DT contribution.  Duh!!

As you can see, I used the box from our new electric toothbrush.  The covers measure 6" x 6" and the spine is 6" x  1.5".

To attach the spine piece to the covers, I used wet glue and a polyester fabric which is normally used as lining.  It is quite thin but also quite strong and works really well for book binding. 

Once the glue was dry, I attached double sided tape to the side that I wanted as the outside of my book.

I had to glue two sheets of tea stained paper together to make a piece large enough to fit.  If you look carefully, you can just see the join but it's not really noticeable IRL and it will be covered over when I embellish the cover anyway.
Turned the cover over again, lined it up in the center of the paper and then removed the backing on the double sided tape and glued it down.
I bevilled the corners and then attached double sided tape all around the edge so I could wrap the paper around the cover.

 I always wrap the long sides first.  Not really sure why, but I just prefer doing it that way.

Once the paper was wrapped around the edge, I added the binding strip ..
.. and then attached more tea stained paper to the inside covers.

This is still a work in progress.  I have completed a few pages but it still has some way to go before the album is finished.  

Now it is your turn.  If you pop over to the CCM Blog you will see lots of wonderful inspiration from the rest of the Team for your own recycled project.  Would love to see what you create.
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #263 - Use a Recycled Element.
Thank you so much for your visit and enjoy the rest of your day!
Take care, stay safe and God Bless.
oxox  Marg

Monday, 31 August 2020

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #262 - Things with Wings

 Hello and welcome dear crafty friends.

It's time for a new Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers.  Mary is our Host and the Theme is Things with Wings.   As always, you can create whatever takes your fancy as long as your 'Wings' are a prominent part of your creation.

My contribution is a simple card made with some textured paper I found in my stash.  This paper must be at least 10 years old.  I'm pretty sure I purchased it when I first started making cards.  I had intended to throw it out but decided I would try to use it instead.

I wanted to add some colour so I got out my Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals and sprayed the paper with water.  It soaked it up like a sponge (Yikes!) so, when I sprinkled on the magicals, the colour didn't move very much.  Still, I didn't mind the result, so decided to keep going with my card.

Once the paper was dry again, I added the script stamping.  This is a new stamp I purchased recently.  It's called Background Script and is made by Kaisercraft.

The butterfly is a free printable from the net.  I have used this butterfly a few times before as I really love the colour.  This time though, I thought I would raise the interest level a little and added the background script to one of the wings.  
The flower stems are from the Wildflower Stems #1 and Wildflowers #2 die sets by Tim Holtz.

Now it's your turn.  Head on over to the CCM Blog to see the wonderful projects created for this Challenge by the rest of the Team.   You will find plenty of inspiration there.  Really looking forward to seeing what you create!

Have a wonderful day!!
Take care, stay safe and God Bless you all.
oxox Marg

Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Use Your Stash Album - Design by JenofEve

 Hello everyone.  Hope you are all well and staying safe.

As promised in my last post, I'm back to share a mini album I created recently.  I didn't initially set out to create this for my Granddaughter but, when I did finally finish it, it was getting very close to her 18th Birthday and I thought it would come in handy for her to keep her celebration photos in.  So it became part of her present and, I'm glad to say, she loved it.

The papers I've used in this Album are, obviously, not from my Stash.  They are from the Darcelle A4 Paper Pad by Prima.  The template though, is a Use Your Stash Scrap Journal Design by JenofEve Designs.  Jen has a facebook group where she shares some of her amazing designs as freebies.  You just need to join the group to get access.  

Here's a little reminder of the cover.

On the right is the inside front cover which has a pocket with a fussy cut edge and a couple of journaling card inserts.

There are basically two page sets sewn into this album.  Can't really call them signatures as they only have one set each so, the page on the right is the front of the first one and I've just added a simple altered paper clip as an embellishment.

Turning the page, you are already in the middle of the signature but, as you can see, there is quite a bit going on here.
There is a flip page on the left and a small journal on the right.

The flip page opens up to a pocket with a journal card inside ..


.. and a small eyelet through which I've attached a tiny key as well as the small 'Love' tag.

 The journal was sewn into the album along with this page set and only has a few pages which could be used to write down her impressions and thoughts about turning 18 or anything else she may wish to remember.

I won't show you each page in the journal as they are basically the same but I did pop a small doily in the centre and finished off the twine with a couple of charms.

Underneath the journal is a small flip page ..

.. which could be used for photos or more journaling.


On the left is the back of the first page set and on the right is the front of the second. 

The small pocket on the right holds more journaling cards and, just in case you are wondering, the numbers have no significance, they are simply part of the papers.
Here is the inside of the second page set with a deconstructed envelope on the right hand side ..
.. and a cute little paper clip dangly thing (that's it's scientific name.. LOL) on the left.
The inside of the envelope is the centre of this set and, again, I have a ttached a couple of charms to the ends of the twine.  I have used magnets to keep the envelope closed so secret things could be kept inside.

Here is another small eyelet with some charms attached with twine.
The back of the deconstructed envelope ..

 .. and another paper clip dangly thing.
This is the back of the page set and the inside back cover, both of which have a pocket.
There is a journaling tag in the left pocket ..
.. and a cute little envelope and journal tag in the right pocket.
And, finally, the back of the album.

I thoroughly enjoyed creating this book.  The papers are really gorgeous and I was extremely happy with the design.  If you're interested, go check out Jenofeve on facebook or Youtube.   She actually has a video where she creates this booklet and talks about different design options.  I think she is amazingly talented.
Thank you so much for stopping by to take a peek and I do appreciate your comments.  Unfortunately I have had to modify all comments due to the amount of Spam that has come through lately.
Enjoy the rest of your day.
Take care, stay safe and God Bless.

Monday, 17 August 2020

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #261 - Lots of Layers

Hi everyone!   Thank you for stopping by my blog today.  So happy to have you visit.  A very special welcome to my new followers.  Thank you for joining me on my creative journey.

So, the CCM Team are back from our break and it's time for a new Challenge.   Jo is our host for this one and the Theme is Lots of Layers.  As always, you can enter anything you like, a card, layout, off the page, whatever you wish  as long as it follows the Theme.

Over the last few months, I have been busy creating a couple of mini albums and, as the cover of this album has lots of layers, thought it would be perfect as my DT contribution for this Challenge.  I usually take my time creating my albums and only work on them in between other projects.  This little book was created for my Granddaughter who turned 18 just recently.  I am only showing the cover today and will share the book itself later on.

The papers used in this book are from the Darcelle A4 paper pad by Prima.  I love these papers, they look pretty here but are even better in real life. There's actually 5 layers of paper on this cover, the first of which is the main base mat.  It's mostly covered here but is very pretty.
You can see some book paper in between the dp and I added a cute little bow made with a new punch I purchased recently.  A little difficult to make as it is so small, but really sweet.
Added a small cluster of Little Birdie Flowers ..
.. and created a faux Polaroid frame which I edged with some gold embossing.
The closure on this album is a ribbon bow which was simply threaded through an eyelet on the front and back cover..

I do love how this turned out.  Hope you like it too.

For more inspiration, please pop over to the CCM blog and take a look at the fabulous creations by my Teamies.  Would love it if you joined in with the Challenge.

Thank you so much for your visit and the lovely comments as well.  I haven't done much crafting of late so I haven't posted as often and I also haven't done a lot of visiting either (I do apologise for that) so I'm especially grateful for your visits and comments.  I'm hoping things will get back to normal soon.
Take care and God Bless.
oxox  Marg