Tuesday, 23 September 2014

A project in Progress

Well, this last weekend I had some time to play and make something just for myself. It's going to be a mini book, with 6 double pages and pockets all over the place. As you can imagine, a lot of work and a lot of photos to show, so I thought I would share it in stages.
The binding for the mini, which will hold family photos of my grand children, will be the so called "stack the deck" system, devised by the amazing Laura Denison. If you want to know how to do it, just click the link and it will take you straight to the video.

I am using the Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower paper collection that I fell in love with the moment I saw it. I made my mini out of handmade envelopes made with the paper collection. By trimming a small bit off the end on one side you then have a pocket for tags etc.

Anyway, there are loads and loads of tutorials out there on how to do these things, so I am just going to show you the pages and tags I have done so far.
Above is a page on which I created a little corner pocket for a small journaling spot and photo.
Here is the tag, - I love altering papers with stamping and stenciling.
This is one of the large tag that fits into the side pockets. I am going to make them all the same shape, they happened to be just the right size to use the strips of paper that were left after making the envelopes. The top is shaped with a Spellbinder die, the little lattice embellishment is a Sue Wilson die, I am going to add a little title relating to the photo in the center of it.
The back of the envelope, the flower was made with a stamp using another Heartfelt Creations collection.
The front of the next envelope, this one just has a side pocket. The image is a stamp from the Sunflower collection, I couldn't help but order a couple of the stamps when I got the papers....
The back of the envelope, again, flowers made with  Heartfelt Creations stamps. Some of the other embellies are from the Graphics 45 Place in Time collection.
The final envelope I have done so far, a pocket on the front this time, with a photo mat again.
Here is the back of the same envelope, again with a pocket at the front.
And here finally are the two tags that fit in those pockets, each decorated with Heartfelt Creations stamps. Oh and all of the colouring of the stamps was done with Prisma pencils.

Well, hope you like what I have done so far, more will follow as time will allow, including the cover.

Thanks for visiting like always and I hope you will find some time just to create, - it's good for the soul I'm sure!

50 comments:

  1. Love your family mini book Astrid. The paper's suit the design so well and the little extra pockets look great. Looking forward to part two. Hugs Rita xxx

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  2. I'm so glad I popped in here! I've been peeking around and I just love your style! What amazing details you always include! This project is simply gorgeous and thank you for the video link, I will enjoy watching that!

    I clicked that follow button, so I can keep up with your projects from now on! Wonderful meeting you Astrid! :)

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  3. Hello Astrid,
    I am glad you found time to make this little Album, as it looks delightful, cannot wait to see how you create the cover.
    Smiles:)
    Sue

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  4. Oh Astrid- das ist ein Traum! Wir machen viel zu selten etwas für uns selbst- das Album wird zusammen mit den Fotos deiner Enkeltochter sicher oft zur Hand genommen werden, um alles anzuschauen. Ganz liebe Grüße, Dagmar

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  5. Astrid... I'm always impressed by what you create !!! This lovely book as well. Oh gosh.. You are so creative and you always make the most beautiful things !!
    Now looking forward to see your follow up to this !!
    Thanks for sharing !! Always a great inspiration !!
    Hugs from Monica... Spain

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  6. this is gorgeous as always, love how you use soft colour and combine so many lovely details x

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  7. WAUw this is sooo beautiful. You´ve just made another piece of art here, and I can´t wait to see what more, you´re creating for it, when it´s done. Sooo wonderful to hear, that you finally got some time to just make something just for OU this time. I really think, we all need that at least now and then, but also know, how hard it can be to get time for that sometimes. I really love this one, and think I just got a great idea for the album, I have to make for my new little grandson soon too, and thanks sooo much for that.
    HAve a wonderful day hun.

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  8. wow I am sitting here with my mouth open ,,, Astrid these are just beautiful x

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  9. This album looks delightful Astrid! Thanks for the link and for sharing it with us... have a wonderful day!
    xxx
    Susi

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  10. A very beautiful album, this will be something to treasure. Hugs, Valerie

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  11. OMG... another masterpiece.. with a country theme that I happen to LOVE .... chickens are so dear and near to my heart now... as we have so many of them.. Love the flowers and the way everything fits into the little book... love it all as I adore your work Astrid... Love, Light and Peace..Bonnie

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  12. Astrid your mini album is gorgeous love the sunflower stamps , stunning colours and I can't wait to see the end result what a beautiful keepsake

    Anne

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  13. So pleased you have found to make something just for you Astrid. It is very beautiful with lots of wonderful ideas.

    Love Chrissie x

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  14. A gorgeous make and I love the wonderful colours, your tags, papers.......just everything make this so special

    Hugs Annie x

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  15. Such a great vintage mini book Astrid...so many great details...and they all fit perfect!
    Greetings, Alie

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  16. love your book. always looking for new ways to make pockets and tags. like what you did with the over the edge dies on the tags very much. will be watching for the next installment. thanks as always for sharing.

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  17. Such amazing pages!! What a lot of work ... The finished album is going to be something really special!

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  18. This is going to be a great Album and it was worth the effort. Surely with all the photos it´s going to me one memorabilia!

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  19. Such a beautiful album and a very special one too for photos of your lovely grandkids. The papers are beautiful and I love how you embellished it all, really looking forward to seeing more now! Anne xx

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  20. What a gorgeous book, Astrid! I love the papers and the embellishment you've done to them. The pockets and envelopes to hold tags are ingenious and will make the all the pages so interesting! Can't wait to see more!

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  21. Wow!! I absolutely adore what you have done so far Astrid!! Beautiful rich colours and I just love how you coloured the stamps!! Brilliant work as always!! ox

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  22. What a beautiful album, to be filled with your dear granddaughters, Astrid.
    The papers used looks gorgeous, and you are a master in colouring the stamps.
    Also I love the many pockets and the tags made for them... wonderful details ,all over, my dear.
    Hugs,Dorthe

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  23. Always beautiful projects using papers in a very different way, love your inventiveness and flair for the shabby chic, truly stunning Astrid :-) xxx

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  24. A beautiful album. I love the rich colors and inventive page designs.

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  25. Beautiful looking album Astrid and I love how you have so much interest in each page and pocket. Looking forward to seeing the next set of photographs.
    Julie x

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  26. Fabulous mini book, the papers and stamps are just beautiful together. Love all the pockets and tags.
    Avril x

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  27. That's a wonderful idea and really a little treasure. So many fantastic details.

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  28. This is going to look stunning. A wonderful family memory book. its good to get time to make for yourself.
    Yvonne

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  29. Hi Astrid gorgeous designs with the Heartfelt creations papers and stamps. I was staring at the sunflower stamps today in a store, but thought I should use the others that I have first! I'm so drawn to flowers, but keep forgetting to use them. Thanks again for the inspiration. Shirleyxx

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  30. it's me again Astrid. After thinking about your book all day, I had to share your post with the "Paper Doodles" facebook group - Laura Denison's group. Hope that's okay. I really like it when I see something different done with a familiar process. I use stack the deck all the time when putting books together. Maybe we can get you a few more follower. BTW I follow through netvibes. Don't know if you see those statistics. thanks as always for sharing.

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  31. Yes this is absolutely another gorgeous little album! You always add so many details in every little space! I just love this little treasure! Hugs!

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  32. I do always love what I see on your site! This little album is absolutely stunning, Astrid! Love the autumn colors, the tags and pockets, the papers ... just everything!

    Gaby xo

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  33. How beautiful Astrid! I so love the colors you chose for this project! That green is delish and goes so well with the sunflowers and rooster! xoxo

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  34. This is gorgeous! I always love everything you do. Heartfelt Creations have some lovely goodies to play with. Looking forward to the rest of the Album.

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  35. You truly have a gift for the way in which your art is always so distinctively Astrid Art, it is in the way you use colour.
    There is a beautiful feeling of Provence throughout this divine mini.
    wishes
    Lynne

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  36. Wow , what a great project , dear Astrid, great colours , designs, so much to see and to admire, I really love it!!

    Greetings
    Maria

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  37. Oh my goodness, this is fantastic...the colors, the images, the design, all more wonderful than I can even say. An absolutely sensational little gem, Astrid!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  38. Love your mini book...so clever and the pockets are great.
    Warmest regards,
    Diane Porazzo
    babiesbridesandlavender

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  39. Stunning Astrid!!!!

    Hugs and have a nice weekend,
    Ellen

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  40. Absolutely stunning. It's so wonderful to stop and make something that is just for you. I see the love you feel for your family in every detail. It will be such a special album to hold pics of those who are dearest to you. I love the sunflowers as well. Amazing. Can't wait to see the next installment :) -- Mary Elizabeth

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  41. Delightful Astrid, you are the master of mini albums and design and this looks gorgeous .
    Hugs Brenda xxx

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  42. Your artwork is always so amazing!

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  43. Gorgeous Astrid, your attention to detail is brilliant.
    Happy crafting, Angela x

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  44. Wow how did I miss this one - what a stunner! Nikki xx

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  45. Wow how did I miss this one - what a stunner! Nikki xx

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  46. You have the best ideas and I seem to love them all!
    Sandy xx

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  47. Ohhh Astrid!!! These are breath-takingly beautiful. Well done my fabulous blogging friend. Truly works of heart, I really, really love them.
    (I'm still experiencing internet problems, hence the reason I'm not keeping fully up to date with my favourite people and blogs. Hang your head in shame Virgin Media)
    Sending love and blowing an inky fingers kiss ~ Cobs. x

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