Sunday, 8 March 2015

Collection Folio Journal in work in Progress

Hi everyone and lovely to see you here!
After having completed a little folio  from my stash for A Vintage Journey two day ago, I was excited to see that the Compendium of Curiosities 3 challenge blog's current challenge was to use a collection folio. I had been hoarding one for ages, so this was the perfect chance to have another go.
This one is in a very different style from my previous one, and even though it is the smaller size of the two folios Tim Holtz has brought out, it is way bigger than the last one I did. Now one of the things I vowed I would do this year, is spent more time journaling and playing just for my own fun, and this was the perfect opportunity to have just another play. I am going to treat it as a journal, and there are still many more "pages" to fill.

I am not going to do a full step by step for this project, there are plenty of tutorials and videos out there on how to do it. I'll just show  pictures, and  tell you a bit of what I used.
The front was made with a piece of paper from the Hometown collection by Ken Oliver. I love the colours and played around with the paper with texture paste, stencils and dies from Tim Holtz's new Mixed Media thinlets dies. The butterfly was cut from a really old Prima collection. Here are some close ups:



Stencilled through one of Tim's stencils.
Two pieces of honey comb, die cut with the mixed media die.

An altered bit of Dusty Attic chipboard, I used Decoart paints, Antiquing Cream and Treasure Gold.
Here is the flap to close the folio. I used another piece of the same paper and added  two pieces of the Trellis die by Tim. I then added two metal pieces from my stash to embellish, again altered with Decoart products:

I left the back of the folio quite simple
This is a piece of paper from the 7 Dots Studio North Country collection. I used my Indigo Blue stamps by Limore Webber (through out this project here and there) and used a mix of Cracked Pistachio and Pumice Stone Distress inks, to match the colours of the Hometown papers more.
Here are the side flaps, all done in similar style. I forgot to take a photo of the inside, but it's just more of the same.

Now to some of the "pages" of my folio journal. I photographed before adhering them to the inside of the folio's waterfall thingy (can't remember for the life of me what Tim calls it, but it's so clever).
A die cut piece of chipboard. For the front I covered it with texture paste and while wet stamped into it with various stamps, then coloured with Decoart paints, and decorated with various bits and pieces from my box of scraps. I was really just experimenting and having fun, that's what journaling is all about for me.
The back of the same piece, collaged and stamped. Such a great way to use up some of these bits and pieces I always seem to be collecting.....This is what I love about projects like this. No pressure, just fun.

More collage fun with scraps, and below the inside of the same Kraft card card, (I had two of these in my scrap box, leftover from making Christmas cards), so now I have finally put them to good use.
Like I said, the inside of the same card, this one is a Paperartsy stamp, the background was book paper, gesso, Gelatos and some Kaisercraft texture stamps.
And another double sided card of the same size:

The front

And the inside.. The stamp is from a Lynne Pyrella stamp set, stamped on tissue and then adhered to an old book page and colour added with Gelatos. Oh, used some gesso too.
Here finally is the front and the back of a little tag  still:

And here finally you can see it all inside the folio, that is getting quite fat now....
So far though, I have only filled two of the inside waterfall flaps, so there is a ton of space for more "pages" still, but those will be shown on another day soon I hope.

One of the things I really like about these folios is, that because of the elastics, which are of course removable, you can either have the side flap on top (like in my first picture), or tucked inside, like here, so you can see the butterfly better.

I am adding this to the Compendium of Curiosities challenge #23, which this time is sponsored by the
wonderful Inspiration Emporium 
I am also going to add it to the Simon Says Monday challenge where the theme is "A Hint of Clover". Well there is plenty of clover green here, so I think it will qualify...

Well that's it for now, thanks for dropping in have have a great week ahead!

66 comments:

  1. Oh Astrid this is a such a treat to see, especially because it is just for you...there are so many lush textures and layers...and so many different things to take in. I think I will be back a few times just to enjoy it.
    Dot x

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  2. This is incredible!! I just love the texture and details ... what a great shape too! You are a very talented lady!

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  3. WOW! Another incredible piece Astrid. Every photography has me wanting to see more. All that gorgeous texture, just fabulous. Karen.x

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  4. This is beautiful! Astrid. Dee x

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  5. It's really stunning! I admire your talent and ideas!

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  6. Mesmerisingly fabulous Astrid. This really looks (and no doubt feels) amazing. Nicola x

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  7. Oh, Astrid, I would like to touch this beauty! Stunning folio! The textures are fabulous and I love your color combinations! I admire your artwork! Your ideas are unique! Bravo!
    Branka xxx

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  8. Utter vintage gorgeousness Astrid! I love how you've blended the papers seamlessly to the rest of the folio. Having put off the idea of tackling mine you've completely inspired me. Thank you for continuing to share your creative genius. Jenny x

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  9. Looks great Astrid, have fun filling it up! Valerie

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  10. Astrid this is simply exquisite. Each page is a delight of texture and your gorgeous vintage shabby style. Stunning use of elements in each page. I love it.

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  11. Wowzer is this a beautiful folio! I love all the photos and gorgeous details!

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  12. Oh Astrid! It's so plenty of beautiful details!
    I can touch the texture through your pictures!
    It's simply stunning!
    Xxx
    Mir

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  13. Wow gorgeous, love your mixed media artwork. I was away so now trying to catch up on all the lovely designs! Happy Weekend, Shirleyxx

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  14. Oh I am in love again!!! This is simply delicious!!! I just love the way you blend the colours so beautifully and the stenciling and stamping and all the little bits and pieces come together in absolute harmony!! You always do such beautiful work Astrid!! Love, love, love!!! xx

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  15. Beautiful, Astrid! I love the colors and the texture. Those folios are great. I have one in my stash that I have to get and do something with!

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  16. Absolutely gorgeous. Love the colours used and the textures are fabulous.

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  17. Just stunning! There is an ereathral quality that draws me in. So beautiful, your work is always a joy!

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  18. Oh I was just looking at my blank folio and wondering where to start! This is so gorgeous, Astrid. I kept scrolling up and down and just love all the texture and details! So many pretty papers! Love how you put this all together! Hugs!

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  19. Beautiful work. I have just recently discovered using the texture or modeling paste with stencils. What a great look it gives!

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  20. a gorgeous work of art Astrid! TFS

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  21. Wow! This is sooo awesome! I love all the texture!!!

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  22. You're so talented Astrid! What a great artwork with all the great colouring and details1
    Greetings, Alie :-)

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  23. Vintage Perfection Astrid. Must take another look at this delightful project.
    Julie xx

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  24. Gorgeous Astrid, love the green tones and the wonderful texture. The film strip with added photos is lovely and I love the butterfly and mixed media die cut pieces too. Lovely piece. Tracy x

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  25. Well for me this is an absolute winner. I am completely in love with your front

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  26. OMG, Astrid, this is so gorgeous! I love all the details and how you can get such beautiful textures with the colors and pastes, etc. The whole thing is eye candy, and I enjoy looking at each and every detail!

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  27. This is an incredibly beautiful journal! So many pretty facets of design going on. I'd get sidetracked just looking at the beautiful work and never be able to journal in it !!! Lol. How did you do the elastic closure? I would love to try this one !

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  28. Oh my gosh, Astrid, this journal is absolutely beautiful - you did an amazing job putting it together. Each and every detail is wonderful - I am truly in awe of your art! Thank you for sharing!

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  29. Astrid this is so beautiful! I have just finished mine but I love yours so much more.... I love the textures, the colours, the design - everything about this is just gorgeous! Hugs, Anne xx

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  30. Fantastic!! One of the best folio projects I've seen, in fact! The treatments to that lovely Ken Oliver paper are fabulous, as are all your die cuts......truely lovely! Thanks so much for stopping by on my blog to comment - I know you must be crazy busy with DT makes! xx Lynn

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  31. I love your art journal Astrid! A lot of details to see around the corner and inside... Wow! Amazing! Love your work with the texture paste.

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  32. absolutely stunning make Astrid - just gorgeous! Hugs Rachel x

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  33. Oh my! Astrid, so much beauty in one post! Love the covers, thw butterfly is a lovely touch, the textures are just fab. I don't know how you do it but each and one of those added pieces inside are awesome. Beautiful!
    Thank you for your sweet comments today. I do appreciate them very much. I do hope you can join us sometimes ;) it would be a real honour xxx

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  34. Holy Moly, Astrid! This is FABULOUS! I love your color selection and the mixture of textures. Outstanding!

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  35. This is absolutely amazing! Love it!

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  36. Absolutely stunning, in every page and detail.
    Yvonne

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  37. Absolutely stunning, just love all the textures and details.
    Avril x

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  38. What a beautiful folio cover you have made, and really a showcase for all those bits and pieces you've been collecting! Love the trellis! I really have to get that die! And what a gorgeous butterfly on the front! Love it all!

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  39. Wow, wow, wow! Absolutely stunning Astrid, you never fail to amaze and dazzle me!

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  40. this looks gorgeous and very full of you and your style! x trace x

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  41. one by one great artwork, I love them , you really are a talented lady and I still hope you will do a ATC swap with me as you have promissed, my e-mail is mariabellekens@live.be, pleas give me your adress!!

    Greetings
    Maria

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  42. Oh my gosh Astrid! This is so beautiful and outstanding work. Every little detail are just amaziing and sooo well made. I really really LOVE this journal here, soooooooooo stunning work in every little cm of it. You are such a genius hun.

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  43. This is fabulous and so inspiring Astrid-a must have I think

    Love Chrissie xx

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  44. Astrid this is just fantastic so much lushness I love it x

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  45. Astrid this is just fantastic so much lushness I love it x

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  46. Spectacular Astrid, wow!! So many gorgeous details! I love the butterflies and the metal trinkets! The lattice is an amazing border piece! Fabulous colours and textures, a work of art! You are such an inspiration! hugs :)

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  47. Really a breathtaking art work piece by piece and element!.
    I wish you a happy week,
    big hugs Anja

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  48. WOWS!! have you ever been busy!!!
    Every piece is so unique and just gorgeous!! xo

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  49. Your folio is amazing Astrid, what gorgeous textures, and wonderful ideas , love the colours and metal looks. The card and tag so very beautiful. Thank you for showing in so many photoes, I loved the tour !
    Hugs,Dorthe

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  50. OMG !!! This is over the top awesome ... I love how you play... so many awesome details, love the textures and all the embellishments you used ... just awesome ! I'm working on m,y again today ... hope to come up with something ! Great inspiration :)

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  51. Late to the party again Astrid, sorry! Stunning, beautiful and WOW cannot describe your exquisite project. Am in love with this one... :-) xxx

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  52. Late to the party again Astrid, sorry! Stunning, beautiful and WOW cannot describe your exquisite project. Am in love with this one... :-) xxx

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  53. I'm really speechless! This is one of my favourite projects ! It's totally stunning!!!! Wonderful creativity and thanks for sharing with us! Barbarayaya

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  54. What a lovely job you did on this portfolio Astrid! Each page is so interesting to look at - love the techniques you used on the covers!

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  55. What a stunning cover to your portfolio, Astrid - the soft greens and the use of the diecuts to add extra texture all make it so beautifully tactile. And already so many delights inside - can't wait to see how it all develops. I've got one sitting around too, somehow unable to get going, but I'm definitely inspired now. All I need is some extra time in the day!
    Alison xx

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  56. Ohhhh Astrid!!! I'm speechless. You're creating a true masterpiece. I'm so glad that you have a blog, because this is something which needs to be shared with the world. It's truly beautiful.
    I'm in awe of your talent.
    ~ Cobs. x

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  57. Oh Astrid, you are such an incredibly talented lady.Your mind must be chock full of inspiration all the time.I am so jealous ! :) Andrea x

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  58. Astrid this is amazing. The Colors blend so well together.
    Wonderful structure great design. Love it.
    Thanks for showing great to see how you made it.
    very inspiring. Love Anneke

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  59. LOVE the in progress part...so true! GORGEOUS vintage feel, and love the tones and design. So beautiful! Thanks so much for joining us on the Folio challenge at CC3Challenge!!!

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  60. Wow, wow stunningly beautiful Astrid, full of yumminess, love love the cover so much texture gorgeous colour combo too. Sorry I'm so late leaving me comment I'm a bit behind in blog land. Thanks for sharing so inspirational.
    MaggieH

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  61. I'd say you've outdone yourself but I feel that way about so many of your projects, Astrid.... this one is just gorgeous as usual. LOVE all the texture, and all the raised dies. So much eye candy! Thanks for sharing this with us at CC3C!

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  62. Beautiful work! The colors and textures are wonderful. Very nice!

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  63. Oh my,Astrid! The HOURS of work that went into this folio! It is simply stunning. I love all of your embossed areas and how beautifully you blended those into he backgrounds. Every page and flip out is wonderful. What a keepsake this is!

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