Thursday, 23 April 2015

More craftpart fun

Hello everyone and thanks so much for dropping by here today!

I admit it freely, I am a "little book" addict, I just love creating them and they have so many uses. So today I am sharing a couple of pages in another one made from a file folder, a buff coloured one this time.

Here are the two double pages I will show today, more will follow later:
First double page
second double page
Now because I know some of you might want to know how I made it, - here is a link to the tutorial I followed, though I slightly adapted the size.

I did not use a manila folder for this one but a much thinner buff coloured folder, they are readily available in the UK and worked fine for this rather masculine project.

Here are some closeups:
The paper I used is a download from Megs Garden, it's a paper collection called Sherlock and is full of yummy masculine papers, tags and ephemera. The old car stamp is a collage stamp from La Blanche. Also did some background stamping and stenciling to add more texture and interest.
Here is the other side:
This side has a pocket made from an envelope image that comes with the collection of papers, the feather stamp is another one from La Blanche and inside is a tag and a tiny little note book made with off cuts from the file folder.
I decided to embellish with some Calico Craft Parts, just perfect for this project.

A corner wood shape, they have the most amazing selection;
And a little butterfly, again there is a wide choice. For this kind you could push out the darker bits, but I decided I rather liked the texture it gave, so I left them in. I did not do much altering on them this time, just darkened them with a mix of brown paint and ink, though the first one has some Decoart crackle glaze on it too.
Here is a quick look at the next two pages still, a Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamp, some background stamping and a quote, digitally created as was the steam punk bee stamp. That's the great thing with downloadable papers, you can add text etc before printing them. And of course another Calico Flourish, again they have a stunning collection of them and you can expect to see many more.
And another pocket page, using the Tim Holtz gentlemen as focal images. I fussy cut two of them for the pocket and the third one on the tag that fits inside:
The cogs are from another wonderful collection of Craft Parts

Well, that's the first two double pages. The little book has 6 double pages in all and is made from 3 file folders.
Oh and for those of you who are interested, I found a source for manila folders in the UK. I'll be in touch with those of you who indicated you might be interested in sharing a box with me.

That's it for now, thank you for your visit and stay crafty!!

39 comments:

Patty O'Malley said...

These pages are fantastic, Astrid! I love the backgrounds and the various elements used to decorate each page.

Kerry-Jean Watson said...

WOW! This has come out really well, love what you did with the book kit!

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful pages Astrid! Valerie

Inkypinkycraft said...

this looks wonderful and love the papers, love those parts too, will be getting some of those ...the folder file looks great...must get some folders to have a try! x

chrissies said...

No wonder you are addicted to make the little books Astrid as you do them so well. This one has beautiful stamping and great ideas for the pages.Can't wait to see more of them

Love Chrissie xx

Kerstin F. said...

A really wonderful altered art inspiration!! Hugs Kerstin

Annie said...

hi Astrid....I sure love this album and the wonderful design and layout. Great layering and the craft parts from Calico look perfectl.
TFS and best wishes. I am off to The Papeterie retreat on Friday ( won a day there) looking forward to the workshops but also a rummage in the store, touching crafty things is so nice x x

Have a great weekend
Annie x

Ros Crawford said...

Beautiful work once again ... I love seeing your little books and the details you put into them

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wonderful Astrid! I really love all the fabulous stamps and stencils you used, they work perfectly together! Another fabulous vintage project full of amazing details, I just adore your style! hugs :)

Dorthe said...

Oh Astrid, you are fantastic!! Your new book so filled with beauty ,-is amazing.
I love the pages and the pocket in form of an envelope,so lovely with the feather stamp, -the papers and stamps you have used all makes this a brilliant art project.
Thank you for showing .
Dorthe, xo

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

You're such a crafty lady Astrid...again gorgeous makes, with lovely details. Big compliment!
Greetings, Alie :-)

froebelsternchen Susi said...

You never case to amaze me Astrid.. a GORGEOUS project again!

georgina said...

Again loving your works of art Astrid, look forward to sharing some folders...keep showing us how it's done...hugs Georgina x

Paper Profusion said...

Absolutely sumptuous Astrid! Loving all your gorgeous incredible details. Nicola x

Kathy Bradley said...

Astrid,
Beautiful book and tags - you include such wonderful details!

Redanne said...

Very beautiful Astrid,, I love the wonderful stamping, the lovely Calico parts and of course, your wonderful design. I look forward to seeing more! Hugs, Anne xx

WendyK said...

What a fabulous book, love all the stamping and embellishments.

Maryann Laursen said...

Absolut outstanding work here again Astrid. Such beauty to get to see here first day home again.

Deborah Wainwright said...

I love your books too and this one is no exception. Off to see the demo of the book itself :). Xx

Meggymay said...

This is going to be awesome, these pages look fabulous.
Yvonne

rachel said...

this is awesome - brilliant work as always Astrid. Look forward to hearing from you about the folders. Rachel x

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Wonderful as always Astrid, love the masculine vintage feel and all the lovely touches you added! Thanks for the link to the 'how-to' video and so glad you found a source for the manila folders in the UK. Can't wait to see the rest of the pages in your lovely book.

massofhair said...

Oooh how fabulous that you found a source of folders in the UK, looking forward to hearing from you about them, thanks Astrid!

WONDERFUL and STUNNING project, i do love the vintage feel and the colours are just wonderful. i love to use digital crafting in my projects it adds a different dimension to your creativity :-) xxx

barbarayaya62 said...

Amazing book Astrid! Your work is full of details as Always and full of incredible techniques!! I love the masculine look! Barbarayaya

Anonymous said...

w o o o w w! This is just beautiful Astrid. You have such a talent for 'visioning' what you want to be the final result, and then following your own mind map, you end the creating journey at the exact place you wanted to be.
I love the images you've used throughout this part of your book, and my particular favourite is the feather. I love feathers, and actually have a jar in which I collect 'found feathers'. White ones.

Is that feather image a rubber/acrylic stamp, or is it a computer generated image?
~ Cobs. x

Irene said...

Another beautiful book!!!!! I really love the colour scheme you have used, well, love everything about it! look forward to hearing about the folders xx

Marisa Job said...

Beautiful as always!! Great details, colors and texture! Hugs!

Meihsia Liu said...

Wow... such a gorgeous book, Astrid. Love all the beautiful distressed effect and details you created. Simply amazing! :)

butterfly said...

Gorgeous, Astrid - I love how the Craft Parts add an extra touch of detail and dimension to each page - fabulous crackle and brilliant layered images and stamping as always. Lovely project. I'd be in for some folders...
Alison xx

Astrid Maclean said...

Irene, hope you see this, can you contact me by email so I can be in touch re the folders, I can't find any contact details for you. My email is astrid.maclean@yahoo.co.uk

Vintagehandmade said...

Another stunning book from you, Astrid! Great choice of papers, stamps and colors! I love the texture and all the elements there! Actually, I love everything about this amazing book!
Hugs :)
Branka xxx

Diane Porazzo said...

What a gorgeous book Astrid....all the texture. You are such a talent!!!

Terry said...

Astrid, I adore your altered artwork with the folders! All the layers and textures are absolutely incredible! Oh and I love those Sherlock papers! Thanks for sharing the link! Happy Weekend!

Lynn Price said...

Fabulous little book, Astrid! I love all the different details and textures.....hard to believe all this started as a file folder! Your inventiveness is so inspirational.... always love to see your work! xxx Lynn

Julia Aston said...

These pages are so interesting to look at - so many fun things to see - what a great little book Astrid! Hugs, Julia xx

Diana Taylor said...

Your work always has the Wow factor - I love what you do and this is totally gorgeous - I do love the little pockets for tags - Oh and I'm in love with that feather stamp!

JackieP Neal said...

Astrid! i love your love of books as we get to experience these gems through you!!
I checked out Meg's Garden and fell in love with so many papers!! My question to you is what type of printer do you use? And is it cost wise-expensive to print papers- I mean ink wise? Thanks so much for always sharing! You are an amazing creative!! xx

Margaret Mifsud said...

Wow! Wow! and Wow! again!! Looooveeee what you've done with the Book Kit Astrid (as I knew I would) this is vintage at its best. Love the distressing and all the gorgeous images, everything is just perfection!! You know how much I love booklets too so I'm definitely checking out that tutorial!! This is absolutely divine!! xx

Buttons said...

Soaking in those details Astrid. I don't know how you create these amazing projects so quickly! Off to follow that link. Jenny x

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