Σάββατο, 18 Ιουλίου 2015

By the sea mini album

Hello everyone! I hope you are doing fine! Here in Athens we have to face very high temperatures, a little bit complexed financial troubles and unfortunately some terrible fires since yesterday. But we'll go along, I'm sure!

Today I'll show you a beautiful and very summery mini album in a box which I created with the wonderful Graphic45 papers that Memories Trend has sent to me in the design team kit. You know how much I love G45 and I'm very happy with the final result of my project. So, without further ado, here is my mini album.
















You can see that I fussy-cut many beautiful images, borders and cards from the papers and I also used the beautiful stickers to create some tags and decorate  the pages. I used Laura Denison's Stack the deck binding method which you can find in this post.

To create the box I recycled a card box from some greek rusks, I painted the inside with white gesso mixed with light blue acrylic paint and then used some PVA glue to decorate the outside of the box with my patterned paper. You can see the photos.







I cut the paper around the box to give it the original shape.



I cut two strips from the patterned paper to cover the bottom of the box (both inside and outside). To glue the paper I used the PVA glue.




Then I cover all the box with PVA glue to harden it.


Finally I distress the edges with blue Tim Holtz distress ink.



The first photos of this post show you how I decorated the box using fussy-cut pieces from the beautiful papers, eyelets, twine, pearls & beads, lace. You can use the instructions from a previous post to make the mini album. I tried not to make it very thick in order to be able to take it in and out of the box easily. I used die-cuts, seashells, lace, stickers, tags, punches to decorate my album. In order to create the pages I used plain cardstock to get the appropriate envelope size. You can see below what I did.





To create this album I used some beautiful products that came with my kit for Memories Trend design team. You can see the list below:

-Blue, light green, craft & yellow cardstock

With this mini album I also take part at Crafty life July's challenge which has "Sea" as theme.

I hope you got some inspiration! Thank you for visiting my blog! I would love to see your comments! Have a nice summery weekend!

Σάββατο, 20 Ιουνίου 2015

True love for Memories Trend DT

Hello fellow scrappers! Today I'm back with a new layout that I created for Memories Trend Design Team. I'm really very happy with the result.

I used an old photo of me and my first daughter and some delightful products that I received in my design team kit from Memories Trend.


You can see below the products that I used.

Firstly I created the background on my base patterned paper using the amazing Heidi Swapp's mask Confetti, my white gesso and some white gesso with a little acrylic paint from the dabber (to create the light green colour which I used on some spots on the paper.


Then I teared some pieces of the Graphic45 and Kaisercraft papers and distressed them to create the mat of my photo and some decorative strips around my photo. I also used a wide piece of an off green lace on my mat to have a more shabby chic result.
I also used some rub ons on several spots on the background paper (you can see some tiny butterflies, a little border on the right side of the photo mat and of course the lovely quote which reads: "When I count my blessings I count you twice".


Finally I created my flower bouquet using the wonderful Sizzix Sping greenery die (which I'm sure that I'll never stop using) and some beautiful Prima flowers that were included in the design team kit. I also used two cream roses that I had in my stash which I first misted with Perfect Pearls mint mist. I also used three tiiiny roses (which I think you can hardly find on my layout) after I misted them with Perfect Pears heirloom gold mist. I also added a bit of diamond stickles on the edges of my flowers.


After finishing my layout I created a little tag using some pieces from the papers I have used on the layout, a piece of lace, some die-cuts that I cut using the Sizzix die, a Prima rose and some rubons. I also distressed everything using vintage photo distress ink. To create the decorative edges on my base cardstock I used the Deco/Stub corner chomper




So I hope you got inspired from my projects. I would love to hear from you. Please visit the Memories Trend's design team corner to get more inspiration. Thank you so much for visiting my blog! Have a nice weekend!

Τρίτη, 26 Μαΐου 2015

Precious Love - Mini album for Memories Trend DT

Hi everyone! It seems to me like it's been years since I have made a post here. Things run very quickly in my life with lots of outdoor activities for kids and us. Lots of rehearsals and study for music so less time for scrapping for me. There are some days (nights, actually!) that I say I will scrap and then I'm so tired that I end up with a good night's sleep... Anyway...

Today I have a new mini album to show you that I created with amazing DT kit from Memories Trend. It was a yummy kit with lots of springy Graphic45 papers! I used Laura Denison's Stack the deck book binding method which I love!!!














And now here is a little photo-tutorial for the album. I take 6 envelopes and glue their opening. Then I cut their 2 opposite sides in order to make two side openings. They will now measure 6' 1/4 in.x 5' 1/8 in. I used 3 longside craft envelopes which I cut in half to take the 6 envelopes that I used as my mini album's pages. Then I distressed their edges using the wonderful Kaisercraft ink (island).


I then cut from cardstock 3 channels to form the binding spine. They measure 5x1 1/4 in (score at 1/2 & 3/4), 5x1 1/2 (score at 1/2 & 1) and 5x1 3/4 (score at 1/2 & 1 1/4). You glue them the one on the other putting down the wider one so that you create a spine with 6 "feet" that you will put inside the one open side of the envelopes.


Then comes the creative and fun part! You have to decorate each page. I prefer to finish the decoration before I attach each page on the spine. I can manipulate them more easily. I used some amazing Graphic45 papers from the Botanical Tea collection that Memories Trend included in my design team kit.


I cut 12 papers 5 3/4x4 3/4 in. which I used as the background of each page and I glue them on the envelopes.


I then cut strips of paper that measure 5 3/4x2 in. on which I created a border using a border punch. I used one X-cut punch but you can use your fanourite one. I glue it on the lower part of each page puting glue only on the 3 sides (not the punched side) and this will create a pocket on each page where you can put some cut-aparts for the Graphic45 papers or photo mats and journaling spots. On some pages I created a little booklet which I decorated on the cover with fussy-cut pieces for my paper. To create this I cut a piece of cardstock which measures 4 1/4x8 1/8 in. and I scored the long side to create a 3ptych booklet. Then I glued it on the 3 sides to create a pocket for a tag on the upper side. Now you can let your creativity flow and decorate your pages with your personal taste. I used die-cuts, laces, flowers and tags, elements that I love. I'm mostly a shabby-chic style scrapper.

 Then I prepared the cover. I used two pieces of chipboard measuring 6x6 3/4 in. and one piece that measures 6x1 1/8 in. (the last one is for the spine). I cover the two pieces with patterned paper like this:



Then I cut a piece of cardstock that measures approximately 5 1/2x7 1/2 in. I punch its long sides and then lay down everything like this:



I pay special attention that I leave a little space between the pieces which is approximately as wide as my chipboard's thickness (I mostly use chipboard that is 1mm. thick). I also glue a ribbon a little upper than the middle of my cover which will be used to keep my album closed.

Then I cut two pieces of patterned paper to cover the inside of the cover. Each one measure 7x5 1/2. I glue them on the inside of the cover. I forgot to mention that for my ease I use a strong double sided tape to glue the cover elements. You can also use a liquid binding glue but then you will have to leave your cover under some heavy books for at least a night's time to prevent any curling of the paper.


Now you can take your inside spine with the attached envelopes-pages of the album and glue it on the inside cover spine. You have to center it firstly (see the 2nd photo of my post).

The products that I used are:
-G45-Love notes (I cut apart the frames and inserted them in each page's big pocket)

I also used some dies of Joy Crafts, Sizzix-Ellison (framelits), Spellbinders and Marianne Design (the little tags) but you can find similar dies in the store.

I decorated my cover with fussy-cut pieces from the patterned paper, die-cuts from the amazing Spring greenery die, little paper flowers and a little string of tiny pearls.

I hope that you enjoyed my post (though it was veery long!) and my mini album. Please visit Memories Trend for even more inspiration from my fellow DT members and some wonderful products!

I'm wishing you all the best!