Thursday, 12 July 2018

Make A Wish ATC

After a four week absence from my crafting table I decided to "ease" myself in gently for my first project for Calico Craft Parts this month. 

I had no idea where this was going ...... just as the muse took me and what was lying around on my desk after a not very particular tidy up before I went away!

Do join me over on the Calico Craft Parts blog if you would like to see more.

Jennie x

Sunday, 1 July 2018

A Little Bit of Inspiration

Hello and welcome to another new month and another new project for the Mini Album Makers Challenge.  We would love you to share your albums or handmade books with us and the Design Team have put together some amazing inspiration for you to get started! So do hop on over to our challenge blog post where I am sure you will not be disappointed.

I have made a small concertina style book this month which houses some of my tea stained textiles and embellishmets. It also uses some of fellow team mate Alison Bomber's sentiments from her her selection of music and silence stamp set (PaperArtsy EAB03) which I love.

This is going to be a long post! So grab a cuppa and I'll show you some pictures first of the mini book and then the instructions for making it. 

I love small inspirational mini books which you can just pick up at any time and browse through to either pick up some arty inspiration or more importantly some life inspiriation in the form of quotes.

This is quite a basic mini book and I just made it up as I went along in terms of size and the number of pages, making the cover once I had finished my pages so I knew what size to make it.


I started with the pages and took an A4 sheet of cardstock (not sure world wide what this would translate to but on it's long side it measures 11 5/8" long). I cut a strip which measured 2 3/4" and then I scored at 3", 6" and 9". This gave me 3 x 3" pages and a smaller page at the end.

I cut two strips in total and these were joined so that the small strip was inside the join. 

I love small pages like this but don't like stamping or collaging directly onto the page. So ....... I always make some smaller pages which I then decorate and stick down on to the base. Not really cheating ...... just adds more layers!

These are my six pages. I wanted to decorate them with bits and pieces from my recent tea bath. No not me but I made a whopper of a pot of tea and poured it quite strongly into a bowl and put in bits of lace, ribbon, paper and wooden embellishments.  I let it soak for a few hours and then dried it off. I now have some wonderful bits and pieces to decorate with and which are all beautifully coloured in the same soft brown tones.  I just LoVE brown tones!

Once I had cut the cream cardstock to size I used a single stencil to decorate it here and there with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and added some background text - again here and there as I had no idea where the embelllishments were going to go.  I particularly wanted to use Alison's wonderful music and silence sentiments and so added these where I had space.

Once I had these all stuck down onto the cardstock I could measure for the cover. The critical measurement is the spine, but I managed to keep within a 1/2" so that made things easier. But if you try this and add thicker embellishments you might need to increase the size of the spine.

The cover was cut from a piece of cardstock measuring 9 1/2" x 2 3/4" which I then scored at 3", 3 1/2", 6 1/2" and 7" in order to create two spines.

I wasn't quite sure whether the cardstock would take all the crackle product I proposed, but I was very surprised that it did! The cover got a coat of brown chalk paint and then a "sleistering" (Shetland word- no other equivalent!) of DecoArt Crackle paint which I adhered with a palette knife.

This is the reverse side which got a bit messy! I re-painted the right hand side piece and spine as this was going to show once the papers were stuck in. X marks the spot where you need to stick your prepared pages. You will see that I have added a magnet here for the closure. Sadly it got stuck behind the lovely page with the photograph which was just too thick for it to really close well so I had to resort to some ribbon. 

Hopefully you can see from this picture how the two side pages stick on to the cover with the rest "floating" free within the spine.

I then started looking for embellishments for the cover. A mixture of some of the tea stained pieces (lace and wood), a handmade flower (tutorial on my blog HERE if you would like to know more), a bamboo button, some muslin and some stained old book paper. A tiny little bit of stamping on some old book paper was lying in my desk box so I grabbed that as well.

I bought some MDF  bookplates recently and they look really good painted with a pot of Vintage paint which has "gone off".  It sort of covers here and there and gives a wonderful rusty look! The piece from the middle of the bookplate was too wide for the spine so I trimmed it a bit and added a word from one of Alison's stamps stamped onto old book paper.

The finished book!

It really is quite a cute little mini book and I plan to make more with other quotes. I imagine a little box or basket housing some of these little mini's on my kitchen dresser for when I need them.

Thank you so much for joining me and I hope this may have inspired you to join our challenge this month.

Jennie x

Friday, 29 June 2018

Memories of Corsica

Welcome to our much loved Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey.  When there's a fifth Friday in the month the Creative Guides create a tag often with supplies which linger on our desk from previous projects. Do hop on over to the blog to see some wonderfully inspiring makes from my fellow teamies.

My tag is a bit different as what was on my desk was a little pile of bits and pieces I bought back from Corsica found on the lovely beaches - seaglass, tiny shells and driftwood.  So I decided to create a "Memories of Corsica" tag.

The base tag was a mop up from a previous project and I loved the soft blues as we didn't have bright blue skies until the last couple of days. I added some texture  using my favourite stencil - the French link.

I then added some layers of stamping with stamps which reminded me of the flowers and the nautical feel of the lovely island. These are from the lovely PaperArtsy Stamp Set by Scrapcosy ESC03 - a set I never tire of.

I stamped the flower on text paper that had been coated with a watery layer of PaperArtsy Chalk Acrylic Paint.

And then to use those lovely beach pieces. There's a little piece of white seaglass on the right, two small shells and the lovely piece of driftwood. I have added some Art Stones (medium and small) and there's some scrunched up papery bits underneath too.

A little reminder of my lovely holiday with my three great friends. We all found Corsica a beautiful island - stunning scenery, a great history and lovely people. We would certainly like to go back.

Thank you for joining me today and wishing you all an enjoyable, and hopefully full of crafting, weekend.

Jennie x

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Sun, Sea and Fun!

Sun, Sea and Fun! what I am wishing you all for these summer weeks ahead! 

Today I am sharing this small summer ATC over  at Calico Craft Parts. Do join me if you want to see more details.

Jennie x

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Home .....

Today I am sharing a very quick and simple  project over at Calico Craft Parts to welcome someone home instead of sending a card.

 I hope you can join me over there!

Jennie x

Monday, 4 June 2018

We Dream of Summer Days ....

Hello and welcome to a teaser of this evening's post for PaperArtsy!

Who doesn't love creating with Tim's wonderful Paper Dolls and .....  I got the chance to combine them with Scrapcosy's wonderful floral stamps and stencils. 

Do please join me over at PaperArtsy if you would like to see more.

Jennie x

Friday, 1 June 2018

Celebrating Three Generations and Some Very Special News!

Hello and welcome to the first day of a new month and some special news.

I am delighted to share that I have been invited to join the design team of Mini Album Makers Challenge and today I will be sharing my first mini book and tutorial with you all here as part of the Team.

As many of you will know making mini books is a great passion of mine and it was where I started nearly ten years ago with my paper crafting. So it really is a great honour to be part of the fabulous team over at Mini Album Makers.

I hope over the coming months you will enjoy the tutorials I will be sharing with you and that it will inspire you to get those scrapbook papers, paints, inks and stamps out to create these wonderful little marvels. In addition I hope it will act as a resource for you to come back to from time to time.

The mini book I am sharing with you today is made from a single sheet of 12 x 12 cardstock and despite it's size at 6" x 3" has plenty of room for photographs and pockets and tags for the stories I want to record in it.  My fellow Design Team members have made a stunning array of mini books and you can't fail to be inspired. Do hop on over to see what they have created by clicking the link HERE.

First of all I will share the photographs and details of the mini book and then I will share a tutorial for making it. It will be a long post! Sorry !!!

The cover ...

Inside front: This is my grandmother aged 18 and I have plenty of room to share her amazing story (widowed with three young children under 5) on the pocket tags and the large tag behind the photograph.

  Despite being only 3" wide I still love creating little collages wherever possible.

The next two pages focus on my great grandmother and I have created a side pocket to hold tags as well as the larger tag behind the photograph. I have used an Envelope Board to create the fancy cutting, details are below in the tutorial.

And finally on the back of the book is a photograph of my great great grandmother. I don't know much about her other than she used to love writing, so I have created a little collage to celebrate this.

Tutorial for the Mini Book

Score a 12 x 12 piece of scrapbook paper at 3", 6" and 9" to create four panels.

Fold the paper in half with your preferred pattern on the outside.

Open out and adhere double sided tape to the outside panels on the top of the sheet.

And fold the bottom up to meet to the top to create a concertina folded four panels: the outside panels are stuck down and will create the front and back covers and the two inside panels are open and can take the large tags.

I like to punch a couple of half circles in the inner pockets to make it easier to get the tags in and out.

You can either make a pocket for the right hand side by cutting a strip of cardstock 6" x 1 3/4" and then an inner mat measuring 5 7/8" x 15/8", or .... if you have an Envelope Board with the V cut notch you can make this a little fancier!

The strip of cardstock measures 6" x 1 3/4" and I have cut the notch on the left hand side at 1 1/2".

Flip the cardstock over and cut another notch on the other side at 1 1/2".

Cut the strip out of the middle and you have a lovely shaped pocket.

It is easy to cut an inner matt to fit by using a strip of patterned cardstock measuring 5 7/8" x 1 5/8" and cutting the notch at 1 3/8". I hope that makes sense! Basically the inner matt is 1/8" smaller all around.

 I have used the same notch to cut this little pocket too.

Cut a piece of base cardstock 2 3/4" x 2".

This time place the edge of the cardstock at the score guide and punch.

 Flip the cardstock over and do the same again for the other side.

To make an inner mat to fit this your patterned paper needs to be 2 5/8" x 1 7/8" and punch as before.

I have added a little "belly band" from the scraps to create another layer for tags.

Finally you need to cut the covers for the front and back to give the book some substance. The cream cardstock base measures 2 3/4" x 5 3/4" and the inside layer 2 5/8" x 5 5/8". These can be stuck down onto the back but when sticking them onto the front make sure you capture your ribbon underneath.

If you are still with me well done  and thank you!

And so I have four weeks to think and design another mini book to share with you - I can't wait!

As always thank you for joining me today and I hope you find time to join in our challenge and share your mini book with us at the Mini Album Makers Challenge.

Have a great weekend!

Jennie x