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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Graphic 45 mini album cook (recipe) book Home Sweet Home

 I think I am finally getting back in the swing of things and am learning to scrap on my own instead of depending of others to keep me going!!!  lol  This mini album is from a wonderful pattern from Paper Hoarder Disorder.  I love this pattern so much I plan to use it again and again.  In fact, I have a second one started to make into a vacation album and scrap our trip to Yellowstone Nat. Park last month.  There is so much space for recipes or photos or whatever items you want to preserve in a mini album.

The only patterned paper I used was Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home 12x12. This was quite a challenge for me as I usually use all sizes of the paper pads when I make a project.  The black and cream sheets are plain cardstock from Recollections.  The flourishes through out the book are a die cut from my cricut.  I used ColorBox Chestnut Roan ink around all the papers.

I did not embellish the cover as I wanted it to fit on a book shelf without things getting smashed.  The front does protrude some for the pocket that hold the recipe holder.  The font through out the book is Abigail from Quickutz.  I coated them as well as all the flourishes with clear Wink of Stella.  I did top the letters off with Glossy Accents for more dimension.  I added metal corners on the covers just to protect them.
 When you remove the card holder this is what the front covers looks like.

 The card holder folds backwards to make a tripod.  It has a clear page that hold whatever recipe you are making.  This is also laminated for easy clean up if you are like me and tend to get part of the ingredients on the recipe itself!


This is the inside of the front cover. 
The cover pocket holds a little foldout in which you can store several of your favorite recipes. The blue flap on the first page lifts and has a magnet closure so it will hold recipe cards also.

The next pages:
The pull out on this page is kind of like a clip board.  It also has a magnet closure so will hold cards securely that you may be saving  "that special day" recipes for a quick find.

the next pages:
 The right side of this set of pages has am fold out held shut with a tag.  When you lift the tag from it's pocket, the top and bottom both open and show a few conversions that are common.  The center is lined where you can add your own conversions if you desire.

Next pages:
The left side contains two built in pockets.  The bottom holds two tags from the collection.  The top hold a print out from the University of Nebraska the list some ingredient conversions.
 The back of this little conversion booklet has lined paper so you can add your own conversions or notes.

Next: The decorations on this set is just fussy cuts from the paper in the collection.  I did use pop take on the four on the right page so they have a little dimension.

The right side has kind of a double pocket and each contains little booklets.

Next pages:  Again the decorations are just fussy cuts mounts on black paper.
 The left side has a type of waterfall book attached.  The first page does cover the water fall part.  There are several magnets to hold these pages closed.  Each turn of each page reveals a pocket or foldout of some sort.





 Next comes the Kiss the Cook pages.  

 The pocket on the right contains this little booklet.  Each page has a pocket where each can house several recipe cards.

The pocket itself is a fold out.  It is held shut with magnets.


Last set of pages:
 The left side is a booklet that is also held shut with magnets.  Each page has a pocket that holds tags cards or whatever you choose.




The last page and back cover:
 The back cover has a matching booklet to the front cover. 

 This mini album is made of four large pocket pages and eight half sized pocket pages.  Each large pocket page contains a large tag with pockets on both sides to hold lots of recipe cards.
Each half page contains a small pullout tag that has a flap that folds up to hold cards securely as you insert or remove tags.  Each of these can hold several recipes too.  I love the half pages as they can turn separately of each other which to me is just fun interaction!  lol

The binding is very plain.  I added a fussy cut oval from the paper.  I mounted it on black cardstock and topped it with glossy accents.
The back has one of the cards from the collection mounted on black paper. 


Thank so much for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed my cook book and if you would like the pattern you may purchase it from Cristi at Paper Hoarder Disorder on Etsy.  Her patterns and videos are extremely well made and very easy to follow.  There is just so much you can do with this pattern and this is one of the more fun projects to work on.

GOD BLESS








Saturday, August 1, 2015

"Finding Nemo" Challenge 11 at Crafty Friends

Our challenge at Crafty Friends this go around is "movie themed".  Our awesome sponsors for this challenge are Inky Impressions and Sparkle N Sprinkle.  I chose this cute little seaside stamp from Sparkle N Sprinkle  because when I saw it I thought of "Finding Nemo" and all the seagulls yelling "MINE! MINE! MINE!"  This movie was a favorite with some of the grandchildren so I have got to see it plenty of times!  
I used Graphic 45 'By the Sea' for the plaid paper.  I used several different die cuts for the different foliage.  The little real starfish and shells really add dimension to the front of the card.  I colored the image with copics and inked all edges with TH Stormy Sky ink pad. 


I chose this pattern when I saw a card on Pinterest made this way.  I really like how it folds flat but is so 3-D when standing.  I think I may fill the bottom part with salt water taffy when I send it on it's way.

Thank you so much for stopping by and please visit our challenge blog and join in the fun this round!  I would love to see everyone there enjoying the "movies" with us!

Challenges I am entering:

Fussy and Fancy- things with wings

Penny's Paper Crafty-use ribbon or twine

Simon Says- anything goes

Sparkles- by the sea

Creative Craft Cottage- anything goes

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Crafty Friends have Reopened!!!



Today launches the reopening of Crafty Friends Challenge Blog.    We have a great challenge this round.....ANYTHING GOES!  Our wonderful sponsors for this challenge are A Day For Daisies and Beccy's Place.  I chose this darling little clown "Miss Clair"  from A Day For Daisies.   She is the main decoration on this pop up boxed birthday card.  I thought she was so cute I  couldn't resist her.  I colored her with copic markers and highlighted her balloons with Wink of Stella markers.  I then covered the balloons with Glossy Accents.   The candles are a stamped image that I colored and then cut apart.......adding a little stickles for the flames.  The cupcakes are paper I scored and folded then topped with an ice cream die from Quik Cutz.  I piled on Liquid Pearls and sprinkled a little glitter for the icing.  The balloons that are not part of the image are from a punch.  The rosettes are cut from a Tim Holtz die and have stickles added around the edges for a little more bling.  "Happy Birthday" is a die from Impression Obsession Stamps which I mounted on cardstock and added Glossy Accents.

Thank you Tanya and Diane for reopening and also for inviting me back to join your design team!!!

Everyone, please join us at Crafty Friends!!!



Challenges I am entering:


Crafy Catz- Anything Goes

Wags and Whiskers- More than one fold

Crafting From the Heart- Anything Goes

Creative Inspirations-Anything goes with optional sketch

Scrap and Craft- Anything Goes

Penny's Paper Crafty- Anything Goes

Die Cutting Divas- Anything goes with die cuts

Craft Your Passion- Anything Goes

Thank you so much for stopping by and may God bless each of you!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Graphic 45 Autograph/memory Retirement Box Book



A good friend asked me to make her special co-worker that is retiring, a book that everyone could sign at her retirement party.  I have not scrapped much lately and decided that this project might get my mojo back and make me do something creative!  It did not turn out as good as I would have wanted but time was a factor as well as being able to sit up and scrap for short periods at a time before having to lay down and elevate my legs due to surgeries I had at the end of last year.

I love making these box books from Cristi's patterns.  Her patterns are so fun to work with and they are about the easiest patterns to follow.  She does an excellent job with both her written and video instructions.  Anyway, this one measures about 5.5 x 5.5 inches and is about 2 inches tall.  All papers are Graphic 45.  I love working with their papers and think they are such pretty papers.  This album actually has three different collections in it but I think they all work together well.  Since this is a book to write sentiments in almost all mats have lined paper instead of blank for a photo.  I did leave the inside of the lid blank where they can add a group photo of everyone attending the retirement party.

Now for the inside:
When you open the book the pages are attached to the left side.   Each page contain a pullout folder.  All edges have been inked in Colorbox Chestnut Roan.
The first page has two pull out tags.  I glued the tag down behind that has places for date and time and such.  I think the two metal corners add a lot to the finished look. 
The next pages show part of the pull out folders.  Only one flap of the folder is inserted into the page pocket while the other flap is the front of the pages.  These pages have a little folder that is actually held in the pocket with magnets.  They open up to reveal plenty of space to write on.



When you lift the flaps you will find more spaces for writing.  

The little tags swivel to show more space for writing.  

The next pages are very simple with little pullout fold outs.  I used a sizzix die to cut the top flap and then embellished it with metal corners.

Each folder unfolds to expose four more places to sign..........two on the fronts and two on the backs.

The next set of pages are folder flaps again.  They are simple pockets  which each holds two of the cutouts from the G45 collections.  I mounted said cutouts on black cardstock and added lined papers to their backs.


When the flaps are lifted they reveal more places for signatures.  The pockets in the middle each contain a little folder made form more cutouts from G45.  The little double door folders are held closed by the string and button technique.  More places for writing.



The last set of pages were made by using a pocket die from Sizzix as well as the tag dies.  I added the metal embellishments as the finishing touch.  The fifth folder is hidden behind the final page.


There are five folders that insert in each page.  As I stated before, four of the folders are used as flaps in the book.  The fifth folder is contained completely behind the last page.  They all have lined papers for plenty more space for signing and sentiments.  I did add a couple blank mats in case she wants to add a few photos.


I added stickles here and there throughout the album.......well......just because I have to add stickles!!!  lol

I had a lot of fun making this album but do wished I felt better and could have worked on it more.  I hope Sherry likes her memory book for her retirement.


Thanks for stopping by and may the Lord always be with you.