Thursday 10 December 2015

Guest Design Spot for C'est Magnifique

Hello all and thanks for dropping in.
Today is the day when I can finally share some of the projects I have created using my collection of Victorian Christmas papers that I designed for C'est Magnifique.

You can get a look at all the projects I made by clicking here.
I will share some of them in more detail here on my own blog in the days to come.

Here is some detail on one of them:
It's a little mini book, made out of one piece of 12 x 12 card that  was then decorated  with my papers and embellishments found in the other C'est Magnifique December kits.

This is how I made the book:
I used some strong dark green card, but any card can be used, though it's best if it is two sided card stock.

Here is how to do it:
1. Take a piece of 12 x 12 and score horizontally at 6".
2. Turn the card 90 degrees and score at 4" and 8".
3. Turn the card back to its original position and cut along the line between 1 & 4 and 3 & 6 up to the middle score line as shown on the diagram above.
4. Start folding like this: Fold panel 1 up to panel 2, then fold both behind panel 3, then fold them down to 4, then behind panel 5 and finally up to panel 6.
5. Turn it sideways so the spine is on the left, - panel 1 is single and will form part of the cover; 2 and 3 are together and can be glued at the top to make a little pocket, or glued together completely for a thicker page; panel 5 and 4 are together and can be glued at the bottom, to form another pocket, or be glued down complete again, finally panel 6 is single again and will form the back cover. If you want you can do exactly the same again to make a fatter book, but I left mine just with one piece of card and made two pockets for tags as described.

This may all sound very complicated, but really when you do it its very easy.
I decided to close my book with a ribbon, so before adhering the front paper I added that as shown below:
After that the rest was fun and simple, just cut your chosen papers to size and decorate as you please. Below are some pictures of how I decorated mine:
Here is the first double page, I made sure that pages next to each other matched in colour and design more or less.

Here is a closer look at the left side, most of the elements were fussy cut from the different papers. I designed them so that they could easily be used as embellishments for cards, little books or indeed scrapbook pages.
One of the papers in the collection has lots of tags and little labels like the one above. The snow flake strip is part of the main December kit, but not on one of my papers, it belongs to a Kaiser Kraft paper that is part of the main kit.
The roses on this page are also not on my papers but are part of the kit, (you can find out the full content of all the different kits by click here)
These to pages are all from my papers again. I added some stamping with a little set of stamps that came as a freebee with a magazine.
Here finally is the back page, kept pretty simple, just some stamping added to a bit of one of the papers.
And lastly, a couple of little tags that fit inside the pockets of the little book:
Well, that's it for today, - like I said, you can see some of my other projects by going to the C'est Magnifique blog and I will post more details of those projects here in the days to come.
Thanks for your visit today, I hope you like my papers and that you are having fun creating your own festive projects!


froebelsternchen said...

Wow - a brilliant project Astrid! Your booklets are always such treasures! Masterly!

brenda said...

A super project Astrid, thank you for the tutorial and will give this one a go. And congratulation on creating your own papers which are just lovely.

B x

Paula Whittaker said...

Gorgeous project x

Redanne said...

I have been over to have a look Astrid - wow, what a stunning set of projects and it goes without saying, your new papers are gorgeous! Hugs, Anne xx

Valerie-Jael said...

Fantastic little book and wonderful papers, hugs, Valerie

chrissie said...

Always adore your little books Astrid. This one is stunning with so much to admire and inspire

Love Chrissie xx

Annie said...

What a beautiful book your stunning pages. The layouts are divine xx
How fabulous to make your project with your own papers.......Fabulous!!!!

Tfs and best wishes/hugs
Annie x

Patty O'Malley said...

Love this album and the papers!

Margaret Mifsud said...

Have just had a look at the C'est Magnifique site Astrid and each and every project is absolutely stunning!!! Your papers are gorgeous and I love what you did with them. As I love this little album. each page is a little treasure in itself and thank you for the detailed instructions. Wonderful!! xx

Nicole Wright Designs said...

Your papers are gorgeous Astrid! I love the Vintage Christmas... well done on you. Your mini is a perfect way to show them off. Congratulations!

SewPaperPaint said...

This is such a very pretty album. I have been dying to make one of these since I first found your blog. Thanks for the renewed inspiration!

Dorthe said...

A lovely booklet dear Astrid, in beautiful colour tones, and so many gorgeous papers, and images . Love your old looking christmas tags, very much !!
Dorthe, xxoo

pearshapedcrafting said...

Beautiful! A great way to show how fabulous your new papers are! Chrisx

Kathy Bradley said...

Astrid, a most gorgeous little book - and it sounds like something even I can put together quickly! Your papers in the December kit are so very, very gorgeous - colors and designs are all wonderful. Headed over to the CM blog to check out everything else.

Meggymay said...

A gorgeous book and guide to making one. The papers and details all look fabulous. Off to see more.

experiments in paper said...

Stunning little rebook, Astrid! I LOVE your papers..... and can't wait to get my hands on some! You've given me all kinds of ideas here with the way you've designed them to also function as embellishments. Off to look at the full collection - and looking forward to seeing more of how you've put things together! xxx Lynn

rachel said...

this is a beautiful project Astrid - I absolutely love it! Big hugs rachel x

Pamellia said...

Congratulations on your guest designer spot Astrid, I bet you really blew them away with this stunning project! Wow, I am just loving how you put this together. I just love all the images, those roses and holly sprigs are wonderful! Beautifully done, so vintage and romantic, a festive Christmas creation! hugs :)

Words and Pictures said...

An amazing set of projects over at C'est Magnifique, Astrid - and huge congratulations on your paper line for their kit - it's about time somebody made the most of your wonderful shabby chic paper designs. I've left some love there too, but also wanted to say thank you for the tutorial here, as well as for sharing the detail pictures of your fantastic mini-album. Every page is a delight.
Alison xx

Maryann Laursen said...

I just love your beautiful papers, and the book you´ve created here are truly amazing. Just fabulous work here as always, and you just always astunnish me with your amazing skills. Sooo gorgeous work here once again Astrid.

Rita said...

Stunning projects Astrid. I need to get my hands on those papers, they are so beautiful. Hugs Rita xxxx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous project, love your booklet and thanks for the fantastic tutorial. Your other projects are also very beautiful and so are your papers that you design. Happy Weekend, Shirleyxx

Jackie PN said...

absolutely stunning Astrid!! I am so happy that you have shared the how to's!! And your tag is a huge winner as well! Beautiful! xo

Marisa Job said...

Gorgeous creations as always! Love the mini book, great instructions!!

A Pink said...

Gorgeous collection of papers you have designed ! Astrid - Congratulations ! Super excited for you . I'm sure they will be very popular . Your little book is fabulous and showcases your papers wonderfully . Thanks for sharing 'now to' - gonna have to have a go at one of these xx

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