Monday, 3 June 2013

Album of Secret Dreams....

Welcome everyone and lovely to see you! A special welcome also to new followers, thank you so much for wanting to be part of my crafty journey.
A friend of mine is expecting a baby girl (yes, she knows it's going to be a girl), and I decided to make her a little album to keep some notes on all her secret dreams for her new baby. It's baby number 3 and it's easy to get caught up in other things being busy all the time, so I thought maybe this would help....
The stamps on the cover are from Alpha stamps. All the stamps on the inside are  from the Tim Holtz Tiny Things set. I also used some images from Nicecrane The Kewpies baby collection of round digi stamps for embellishments.

All right, here goes and beware, photo rich post!......
 The background to the pages on the right was made with the help of Distress paints, Inks and Stains. Texture, stamps and sometimes rub-ons were added to further decorate. I also used paper serviettes to make the backgrounds more interesting.

 The pages on the left were made with the help of some 6 x 6 papers, stamped, inked and for most of them I added a little journaling pocket made with the very cool seed packet die loaned to me by the lovely Brenda
 All the words come from Tim Holtz chit chat stickers.

 Here you can see one of the cute Kewpie babies, not my usual style but I did think they were fun :)









 I added texture to the pages in various ways, either with texture paste through a mask or with an embossing folder.




Well, there you have it. The album is actually very small, each of the pages is only two by four inches and the whole album was made out of two pieces of A4 Kraft card, folded and cut like the Mr Holtz  "W" album. There are also plenty of other videos to be found that describe how to do this, so I am not going to bore you with a long explanation.

Well, hope you like this little album, thank you so much for visiting and have a creative week!

38 comments:

Suzi B said...

Oh my gosh this is so lovely and a delightful gift that your friend and baby daughter will treasure.
Suzi B x

Netty said...

Am sure your friend will love this fab keepsake book. x

Rita said...

What a fabulous creation Astrid. The fact that it is so small and what you done with these pages are mind blowing. It certainly will be treasured and the beautiful artwork will always remind her of her baby. Hugs Rita xxx

marda said...

What a wonderful idea and so beautifully done. Your friend will love it.

Meihsia Liu said...

Wow.. your creations are amazing. Thank you so much for the inspiration! ^_^

Gitte said...

Beautiful album.

Sue Butler said...

Hello Astrid
I always look forward to visiting you as you give me so much inspiration, this little Album is a most beautiful gift for the new Mum, I am salivating over the texture you have created on some of the pages, what a wonderful change also to see the design in a Vintage palette as opposed to the usual Pink/Blue.
I love every page.
Smiles:)
Sue

Leila Egebjerg said...

It is a beautiful gift and a very good idea. it is a work of art and as your friend any time will surely be pleased to receive. Absolutely beautiful work. Again!
Hugs Leila.

Paula Whittaker said...

What a beautiful keepsake.

Sandie Edwards said...

Wow Astrid, this is so stunning, and all that glorious detail.... it is certainly going to be a treasured keepsake.

chrissies said...

A very beautiful gift-every page is a joy

Chrissie x

Maryann Laursen said...

What an amazing gift for your friend, that both she and her new babygirl will treasure forever, I´m sure.
It´s such gorgeous work and shows sooo much love in every page. Absolutely stunning creation here again Astrid. I love it.

Marianne said...

What a beautiful treasure. Love this little booklet!!
xxx Marianne

Redanne said...

Hi Astrid, this is such a beautiful gift for a new Mum to be. I love every single page, so much detail, lovely words..... it is hard to believe you can pack so much into such a tiny space but you have achieved it beautifully. This is gorgeous. Hugs, Anne x

die amelie said...

What a beautiful album, Astrid!

You created a wonderful keepsake with so much thought and care put into it! Your delicate little album will definitely be loved and treasured!

Thanks for the picture-heaviness. LOVED it!

Hugs,
Claudia x

Heather Rogers said...

Astrid how lovely and what a lovely and thoughtful gift for your friend. I am sure she will be very grateful for it! You might even get another order for the other two children! LOL

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

p.s. Glad you found me again and thank you for leaving a comment on my blog x

Dianne said...

PERFECT gift, OUTSTANDING work, it's its so beautiful Astrid,every page is stunning,thanks for sharing all this creativity and very inspirational,thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day..

Maryanne said...

A lovely and very thoughtful gift!

Cathy A said...

Jaw on the floor here, your friend is so lucky that you have created this for her, just stunning!

Ros Crawford said...

Every page is a beauty ... love the textures

Dawn said...

Just amazing gift! I really like the pockets for her to put down her thoughts for her new baby girl so thoughtful Dxx

Margaret Mifsud said...

Wow Astrid I'm drooling here. What an amazing little album, and you've put so much detail into it. It is totally gorgeous and I'm sure your friend will treasure it always. ox Marg

Sandy said...

Gorgeous art work Astrid - beautiful in every way. I love the muted colors and the texture. You have a way about you "me lady" that is so wonderful - I think you are the magic!
Sandy

Candy C said...

Astrid...such a gorgeous little album. Love everything about it! You have such a wonderful eye for color and detail. I also wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment about my "S" is for piece! I am wishing you a wonderful week and month of June! Can you believe it is JUNE already?? <3 Candy

Fandhmum said...

Oh Astrid, this is so wonderful. What a lovely idea,
Rosie x

Marisa Job said...

This is absolutely beautiful!! Every page is a masterpiece!!

Brenda Brown said...

Oh what a cool album Astrid, I just love all the different pages and the fabulous vintage designs. I am sure your friend is going to love this to bits.
Have a good week.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Dorthe said...

Oh my dear Astrid! you have made the most beautiful little album- so lovely filled with stamps of beauty, and your so gorgeous backgrounds and layers of paint and inks, embossed and stenciled so wonderful! I love the stenciled fence- wow, and your gorgeous mix of colours !!It is alwayes so inspirering and exiting to visit you !!
Hugs,Dorthe

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, that's a breathtaking project.

Margie said...

What a delightful and thoughtful gift for a Mum-to-be. I'm sure she'll treasure it. Margie x

butterfly said...

Such a glorious combination of ink, paint, stamping, napkins and your incredible eye for composition and colour - a beautiful, beautiful keepsake for your friend.
Alison xx

Tamara Churchill said...

Thank you so much for sharing this and for posting such clear and close pictures. I am going to make my first attempt tomorrow at creating a background for myself, so I have been closely studying your posts and watching how you compose your elements and the various layers that make a composition interesting and lovely. Thanks again for all the inspiration!

Terry said...

I was already hear and think I hit the "X" instead! Honestly my mind at times! This is a gift to be cherished in many ways! What a precious and stunning mini baby album! So much vintage beauty and texture! Absolutely gorgeous! Hugs!

Kelly Neis said...

Wow, how gorgeous and meaningful!! Your work is amazing!
Hugs Kelly

Annie said...

Wow Astrid....what a beautiful gift and certainly a fabulous keepsake. Love that pocket seed die x the pages are truly stunning and I am sure the recipient will be overwhelmed with this gift
Tfs

Annie x

Nicecrane Designs said...

OMG Astrid,,,,,, I have just watch thse kewpies,,,, in vintage stule,,,,,,sorry for the delay in comment my friend,,,,I was prolbems in my store,,,,,,,,.Love them, what a unnusal style,,,,it is incredible I haven`t never tohught to watch on vintage style,,,,,,and they work fine,,,,,,love them, love them Thanks a million.

maria's knutselplezier said...

What a beautiful album full of love, great ART work, I love it!!

Greetings
Maria

Roz Kravitz said...

What a breathtakingly beautiful gift for both Mom and baby. An "heirloom" to be passed on for sure!

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