Sunday, August 9, 2015

Having Fun making a Steampunk Album!

Hi all!  I have been having fun creating a mini album with a Steampunk theme.  This style has definitely caught me up into the Steampunk craze of 1890's mechanical.  Gears and a little rust go a long way!

I used the Classic Handbag tutorial from Paper Phenomenon without the handbag closure of course.  I also added 1 inch to the width of the base pages so that I could get more 4x6 photos into the album.

Here is the cover with all its wonderful cogs and gears.

I used a lot of goodies on the cover alone....

  • Creative clocks and corners from Butterbee Scraps   
  • Gear Assembly die cut from Memory Box
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder on the tag
  • Metal key and brads from Michael's
  • Paper line is Kaiser Kraft Betsie's Couture
  • Everything is inked with Distress Brushed Corduroy
  • I inked the gears with Inca Gold Turquoise and Copper
  • The pin is from Prima
The clock at the top rotates!

Inside cover pocket with goodies!

This is the first page with all its flaps and pockets.......

I used Sizzix Trellis die on the pocket after rubbing with Inka Gold Turquoise and Copper.  The tag is embossed with a Darcie embossing folder. The tag in the top pocket is cut with the Steampunk "on the edge" dies from Tim Holtz (also added Glossy Accents) and finally the large tag in the pocket is cut with the EK Success scroll edge punch.

First side of first page.
Open the page flap to reveal more pockets
Back of first page. Large pocket contains a folder from Marion Smith.
Paper clips are from Prima.

Page mats are embossed with cuttlebug folder and then rubbed with Inka Gold.
Here is page two ....

This page has a flap that folds down and one that opens the page.

More embossing and dies cuts
Inside the page

Back of page and start of #3 with its waterfall.
More of Page 3 - this is where I introduce the Kaiser Kraft Antique Bazaar collection.

And now we are repeating page styles .....

The left page is collaged with several pieces from the ephemera packs.

There is a Butterbee Scraps filigree on the top waterfall flap.

This is a great tutorial and very easy to follow.  You can get it here at Paper Phenomenon.

I used three paper collections: Marion Smith Nirvana, Kaiser Kraft Betsy's Couture and Antique Bazaar, as well as a few pages from Recollections Espresso.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my new album creation.

Have a Happy Scrappy Day!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Mixed Media Foray

Today I would like to share my first every foray into mixed media.  A friend of mine (Linda) was over and she showed me a few ideas on how to get started. It was loads of fun and very easy to do.

Linda brought little packets of papers, fibres and trinkets. Each packet was slightly different and of course each artist will interpret and use the items differently according to their style.  Our tools were glue stick, liquid glue, staples, and a micron pen (to Zentangle).  I know there is a lot more that can be done with Gesso, paints and stencils, but this is just a beginning.

I picked out papers that "spoke" to me and cut or tore sections to add to my 5x7 chipboard piece.  I arranged them in whatever way made sense to me.  I like dimension so I added a curled up piece of netting and sparkling star on one side and a folded napkin on the other side.  Then we added Tangles to spice it up!

When we are finished we will coat everything with Mod Podge (I haven't done that part yet). In the end, I kinda think my piece tells a story. It's a little corny, but here goes......

We are all like a little fish who is on a life journey.
               Sometimes she will face obstacles, 
               but if she pushes through them she will be the star of own story. 

               Along the journey she might be delayed by her own struggles (nets),
               but she was given the building materials to make our own life story.

               If she perseveres she will have the joy of blossoming into a unique and special person.

I'll end on that corn fed note with .... Have a scrapping great day!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Banner Board Mini Album

I recently purchased the new We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board from Scrapadabadoo in Washington State. I have made several banners of course, but I was recently challenged to come up with my own scrapbook album design and I wondered if anyone had used this board to make a mini.  I searched Pinterest and Youtube and the answer is no, so I think this makes me the first designer to create a mini album from the Banner Board.

I made a 5 page album that is 7 1/2 x 11 inches.  There are three pages in the Flag banner style and 2 in the Pennant style.

I used Kathy Orta's hidden hinge binding system to attach the pages to the album cover.  The paper collection is Nautical from Fancy Pants Designs.  I pick up a mega set from with all the papers, chipboard, stickers, buttons, photo frames and pocket cards.

Here is the inside front cover with hidden pocket and folded tag.

Next comes the first page......

I made a Crest banner, folded it and added to the base page to form the pocket.

On the back of the page I added a waterfall for lots of pictures.
Page 2 is a Flag page ....

Pocket card is secured as a flap to hold the tag.

Inside the flag page

Back of the Flag page
Page 3 ....

Under the flap

Tags from the pocket

On the back is Kathy's stacked pockets.
Page 4 is another Flag page ....

Place a photo in the frame

Page 4 is a Pennant page ...

and then finally the back cover pocket and flap.....

This was a super quick and fun album to make.  I am working on a tutorial that I will give away for FREE to anyone who likes my Crafting Passions Facebook page (don't forget to private pm me your email address). The Free tutorial will be sent out on Sunday, July 19th.

Hope you enjoyed the very first Banner Punch Board mini album!

Happy Scrapping!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Zentangle Pop Up Box

As an avid card maker and scrapbooker I like to make all kinds of interactive projects with lots of flips, flaps and folds.  As a Zentangle artist I like to draw new patterns and add to my growing list of favorites.  I am seeing the most amazing results when I combine my love of paper arts with Zentangle drawing.

Today I would like to share with you a pop-up card decorated with Prima papers and sea oriented Tangle patterns.  In the Zentangle world this is referred to as a ZIA, Zentangle Inspired Art.

Ordinarily, I would fill the center with lots of images sticking out, and I will, I just though you would like to see the basic design first.

The top flaps have two layers of Prima Seashore papers and then a Bijou tile Tangled with different designs.  Tangles included are Mooka, Roxi, Kelp, Indy-rella, and Squid.

I Tangled an underwater scene around the base of the box before putting it together. Tangles included are those named above as well as Phicops, Printempts, Moon Pie, Tipple, Sanibelle.  I lightly colored the scene with chalk pencils.

The beauty of a Pop Up Box card is that it folds flat and can be sent to someone through the mail in a regular envelope.

I wrote a tutorial years ago on how to construct the Pop Up Box.  You can view the tutorial here.

A Zentangle Pop Up Box is a great way to share your love of Tangling and give a unique card to your favorite person.

I'll be entering this card into a few challenges:

Happy Tangling!