Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Amazing Paper Grace Guest DT - Dreamer Mini Album

Introducing 3D Vignette Mini Album Collection by Becca FeekenI am so excited to be part of this NEW release by Amazing Paper Grace/Spellbinders! Becca so generously sent me a packet of dies to work up a mini album! Her instructions were to "use as many dies as you can, but be true to your own style"! How could I refuse that?!!
I created a 6 1/2" x 6" x 1 5/8" mini album using the lovely Graphic 45 Dreamland Collection. I know, the size is a little strange, but I needed to accommodate the dies, as I will explain below. {smile} But, the beauty of creating your own mini albums from scratch is that you can make them any size you wish! No one can tell you that your book size is "wrong"!
I decorated the cover with this beautiful Grand Crested Tower die, cut from dark blue cardstock. I then layered the Double Halo Oval, cut from sliver glitter paper. The Double Halo Oval comes with a coordinating plain oval die (so handy!) which I used to cut out the image from the G45 paper. 

You have no idea how hard it is to find a matching oval die! Every time I cut out a decorative oval, I can never find a plain oval die to match! I love that the Double Halo Oval comes WITH the matching oval! That is attention to detail!
I added a few of the Dreamland chipboard shapes and topped them with silver pearls. I looked through my ribbon stash and found this beautiful satin/sheer ribbon in the perfect shade of blue! (See, it is NOT hoarding, it is inventory for future projects!)
I created the mini album to use the Universal Accordion Fold Spine, which means I have four pages (eight sides). Using this die to make the hinges was so EASY! My only adjustment from my "normal" way of making a mini was to make sure I have the spine piece cut to the correct size!

I found the die cut hinges to be very sturdy and easy to add my pages. I have a little tutorial below to explain how I used the dies in place of my normal hinge pieces. 
I started out as I normally do, but cutting medium weight chipboard to size. I cut two pieces to 6 1/2" x 6 and one piece to 6 1/2" x 1 5/8". I wrapped the chipboard with dark blue cardstock, just as I normally do. (The cardstock needs to be 8 1/2" x 15 7/8".)
I cut the Universal Accordion Fold Spine from dark blue cardstock using my crank die cut machine. (I use a Big Shot Plus.)
For detailed instructions on folding the spine piece to make your hinges, view THIS TUTORIAL. It is SO EASY to fold and assemble! 

You will notice that the spine and hinge piece is shorter than my actual spine. The die cut piece is slightly taller than 5" while my spine is 6 1/2" tall. That is NOT an issue! It is perfectly fine to have that discrepancy! (The linked video shows you how to trim the die cut piece for a mini that is SHORTER than 5" as well!
I attached a piece of dark blue cardstock (6 3/8" x 3 1/2") over my chipboard spine to reinforce the gutters. I then attached a piece of decorative paper over the spine area. I then attached the die cut spine and hinge mechanism to the spine of the mini album, making sure to line it up appropriately. 
I then assembled my mini album as always! Each of the inside pages is 6" x 5 1/2". I simply cut eight pieces of dark blue cardstock, and then attached one piece to the front of each hinge and one piece to the back, sandwiching the hinges in between. 
To decorate the spine of my album, I cut one of the decorative pieces from Decorative Edges and Spines out of ivory cardstock and attached it to the spine. I added a chipboard moon from the Dreamland Collection. 

Since my spine is taller than the spine cover die, I only used one of the decorative inserts. The spine cover is meant for albums that are approximately 4" tall, where my book is 6 1/2" tall. 
This is a photo of the Inside Front Cover and Page One.
I created a pocket for the inside front cover, adding the same decorative spine insert as decor for the pocket! I cut the decorative panel from ivory cardstock, then matted it with dark blue cardstock. 
I added a square tag and a 6" x 4" journaling card to the pocket.
The journaling card opens for space for photos or more journaling.
I cut the large decorative oval from the Double Halo Oval set out of dark blue cardstock. I used the matching plain oval to cut a photo mat from ivory cardstock. The little silver swirl is from the Grand Crested Tower set, which I cut from silver glitter cardstock. Once I added the moon sticker, the swirl looks like clouds!
Pages Two and Three. I used the Woven Trellis Side Pocket to create a pretty pocket on Page Two.  I repeated the oval on Page Three, but flipped the colors.
Another ivory square tag makes a nice photo mat and slips easily into the corner pocket. I added some gems to the pocket, bu they are hard to see in the photo.
Pages Four and Five. I used the ovals from the Grand Crested Tower and the Double Halo Oval to cut photo mats from ivory cardstock. To create a jornaling spot for Page Five, I matted one of the Dreamland Ephemera and Journaling Cards.
The accent piece from the Double Halo Oval set is perfect for making decorative corners on the pages! I cut these from the silver glitter cardstock.
Pages Six and Seven. More pockets!
I used the second decorative spine piece in the Decorative Edges and Spines set to cut a see through window in the pocket. A sticker adds just the right amount of decor!
I created another 6" x 4" journaling card/photo mat for the pocket.
Another pocket created with the Woven Trellis Side Pocket.
I love how great the square tags work for this project!
Page Eight and Inside Back Cover. I used the small die from the Double Halo Oval set to create a decor element on both pages. I cut the element for Page Eight from dark blue cardstock and attached it over an ephemera card.
I cut the second oval from silver glitter cardstock and glued it to a chipboard shape to make a closure for the waterfall pages. There is a magnet to keep the waterfall closed.
I created seven waterfall pages, each 3" x 4", the perfect size for the smaller ephemera cards!
Some of the pages have decorative paper, some have plain cardstock, and some have the ephemera journaling cards. Perfect for photos and journaling!
There is a cute journaling sticker hiding under the last page!
I hope you enjoyed this project! I had such fun making it! 
I also created a matching card. To see that blog post, click HERE.

To watch Becca assemble an album using the 3D Vignette Mini Album Collection by Becca Feeken dies, click HERE. This is how the dies were intended to be used! I have taken them, and made the dies work for me! 

Amazing Paper Grace/Spellbinders Products Used:

Other Supplies Used:
Cardstock: WorldWin Natural, Flag Blue; CutCardStock 
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Sheer with Satin Center 
Bling: Eyelet Outlet clear glitter enamel dots, Bo Bunny Jewels (Blue Hues)
Magnets: Basic Grey
Marker: Stampin' Up Night of Navy
Tools: Corner rounder, circle punch
Adhesive: Scor-tape, ATG tape, hot glue, white glue, foam tape

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Dream a Little Dream

I am here with my second Amazing Paper Grace Guest DT project! 
You will be shocked to notice that my card is a STANDARD A2 size (5 1/2" x 4 1/4") and fits into a regular notecard envelope! Will wonders never cease?!?

I am in love with BLUE just now, which is awesome because the Pantone Color Institute has announced that its 2020 Color of the Year is PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, a deep blue shade that's at once "comforting and relatable."
I created a card base from Flag Blue cardstock, then added a panel of blue and cream printed paper from the Graphic 45 Dreamland Collection. I added some silver Wink of Stella glitter pen around the edge of the paper. So sparkly!
I used the Shapeabilities Double Halo Oval Dies (3D Mini Album Collection by Becca Feeken) for this card project. The set comes with four dies, a large decorative oval, a medium oval, a small decorative oval, and an accent piece.
I cut the large decorative oval from Flag Blue cardstock. I then used the medium oval to cut out an image from the Dreamland paper. I added the large oval to the card with foam tape. I also added the image to the center of the decorative oval with foam tape. I love the dimension.

I cut the decorative accent out of silver glitter paper and added one accent to the top of the large oval and one to the bottom. 
I added a lovely, blue bow made from metallic edge satin. The chipboard sentiment and the sliver pearls finish off the card.

I hope you enjoyed my project! I will be back next week with another Amazing Paper Grace project!

Dies: Amazing Paper Grace/Spellbinders 
Shapeabilities Double Halo Oval Dies
Printed paper/chipboard: Graphic 45 Dreamland
Cardstock: WorldWin Flag Blue, Natural; CutCardStock Sliver Glitter
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Royal Blue Satin with Silver Metallic Edge

Pearls: Graphic 45 Matte Pearl Gems
Glitter pen: Zig Wink of Stella Silver
Adhesive: ATG tape, foam tape, hot glue, white glue

Monday, January 13, 2020

Really Reasonable Ribbon January 2020 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon January Blog Hop! You should be coming to my blog from Bonnie's Blog. (For the complete blog list, scroll to the bottom of the post.) After visiting me, hop over to Ginny's Blog next!

At the end of the hop, comment on the RRR Blog post, answering the question listed, for a chance to win the January Ribbon Club Assortment shown below. (The Design Team appreciates your comments, too!)

The January Ribbon Club Assortment is called Sweetheart Mix. Yes, Christmas is over and its time to start making Valentine's! 
This card design is one I have used before, with the gift card holder on the front of the card. I mean, who doesn't want to see a $50 gift card peeking out?! My husband does not celebrate Valentine's Day so I just may give this to myself! {hee hee}

The card is 5" x 5" which is fun size! I used the new Authentique Love Notes paper collection. This is such a sweet and cute collection! I hope I have time to make more cards with it!
I created bows with the Pearl Pink Bold Satin with Grosgrain Edge and the White Double-faced Satin ribbons. I topped the bows with one of the Love Notes stickers, then added the "XO" sticker below the bow.
I love making cards with only paper and ribbon sometimes. It is no surprise that I love, love, love using lots of prints and ribbon, right?!

Thanks for looking! Now, hop over to Ginny's Blog to see what she has for you!

Here is the RRR Blog Hop Order in case you get lost!
Gloria - YOU ARE HERE!
Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings 

Trims: Really Reasonable Ribbon Januray Ribbon Club (Pearl Pink Bold Satin with Grosgrain EdgeWhite Double-faced Satin)
Cardstock: WorldWin Midnight, Natural
Printed paper and stickers: Authentique Love Notes
Adhesive: hot glue, ATG tape, Scor-tape

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Celebrate Winter Card

Good morning, Authentique Paper Fans! Happy New Year! I pray many blessing upon you for 2020! 
For those of you experiencing a cold, snowy winter, this card is for you! I have not lived through a "real" winter in over 15 years! Winter for us is having under 60 degrees for a daytime high! Which happens pretty rarely! This time of hear we usually have temperatures between 63-69 degrees (Fahrenheit) during the day. I do miss how pretty the snowfall is, but I do NOT miss driving in it or shoveling it. And I certainly do NOT miss getting all my kids dressed in snowsuits only for someone to have to potty as soon as I get my own snow gear on! 
This sweet angel boy looks fantastic in his snow gear! I used one of the cut-apart images from the Snowfall Collection as the focal point of this 6" x 6" card. I really love how frosty the image looks!

I used several prints from the collection for the background, using just the gray and green color combination.
I then piled on a lot of ribbon and embellishments. I added lots of silver to the green and white to give this card a true winter vibe. 

This is the perfect card for a winter birthday or anniversary. Or, if you are like me and totally did not manage to send out Christmas cards, you could go with a flat version of this card and mail out New Year's cards!
Thanks for looking!

Authentique Supplies Used:

Snowfall Collection: 12x12 paper, die cut shapes

Additional Supplies Used:  black and ivory cardstock, silver doily, ribbon, various winter-themed embellishments and florals, enamel dots, snowflake sequins, various adhesives