Sunday, 17 January 2016

Sharing a little Sunshine

Hello all and thanks for dropping by!
Here in the UK we have had many, many dark and dull days, - as I was working on the project I am sharing with you today, my thoughts went back to brighter and sunnier days, - so hence the title of this post....
Now there is a little story behind this project: My kind and lovely daughter gave me an amazing present for Christmas, not just one, but three of the new Heartfelt Creations Flipfold albums, plus all of the inserts that come with them, because she knew that I like to make little books. If you have not seen these yet, do check them out!

Well I was super excited, but before allowing myself to start on one I felt I really had to finish another one that I had started ages and ages ago from scratch. I posted a first installment, way back in September 2014 (that's how bad I am in finishing certain projects...) If you want to see the first installment, click here.
Well, what you see above is the finished project, with all the tags and photos in place.
Below I will show you some more of the pages, but you will find all the details in the original post.
Here is the spine, it's about 1.5 inches wide and the complete book has 6 double pages plus numerous tags and photo mats (not showing those).
Close up of the front cover
Inside front cover
First double page with pocket and tags.
Further double pages below.

Well, that's it. I am glad I have finally finished this project and can now start with a clear conscience on using one of the new ones. Not sure yet whether I will turn it into another mini book or more into a journal, - maybe it will become more of a hybrid project, i.e some journalling and some more traditional mini book play with paper, tags and photos.....  Off to start on another "project" that's been waiting for a long time, - a massive craft room clear out. There may well be a give away coming soon, - stay tuned....
Meanwhile, thanks for visiting like always


Valerie-Jael said...

Really beautiful, a bit of sunshine in winter does us all good. Have fun with your wonderful gift. Hugs, Valerie

brenda said...

You have certainly delivered some sunshine here Astrid, both the colours and blooms are reminder of brighter days, so welcome with all these dark dismal days.

B x

chrissie said...

Such a wonderful gift and your daughter knew they would be made even more special I'm sure. How lovely for us all to have a taste of better weather to come when we look at the stunning albums.

Love Chrissie xx

Almo said...

Absolutley beautiful Astrid, your mini album have made me smile this morning with its gorgeous warm colours, I am loving the dimension you have given those flowers on each petal, each page is a real treasure.
Mo x

Annie said...

A gorgeous album Astrid - love the stunning pages and the way you have adorned them.
Have fun with the craft room clear out x that's on my list too xx
Hugs Annie xxxx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful project Astrid, I love the HFC sunflowers. I have a lot of their flower dies but not that one. I'm also working on one of their Flip Fold Albums, it's a lot of fun and something different for me. It's difficult to photograph, but I'll try sometime when it's finished, I'm still adding photographs, so it's taking a while. Take care, Shirleyxx

Joan said...

A gorgeous album, lovely heartfelt creations sunflowers, what's not to love !

Jackie PN said...

WOW and more WOW!! thank you so much for the Sunshine post Astrid!!
Your book is just glorious!! Those flowers are too beautiful! I love the dimensional pieces you have added to this- Gorgeous!! Lucky you that your daughter knew just what to get you, not one but three!! Woo hoo!!

Dorthe said...

Wonderful and happy little album, so sweet with the smiles of sunny pages so beautifully decorated. I remember the first part Astrid, just as lovely as this last pages.
Congratulations with your gifts from your daughter, and happy play time !!
Dorthe Xxx

Patty O'Malley said...

Beautiful album, Astrid. Love the warm colors.

Kathy Bradley said...

Your album is so very pretty and happy! It is so very, very cold here and I also am waiting for the sunny Spring and Summer!

Unknown said...

Well, this post is like a fresh breath of a Summer day, Astrid! You are definitely trying to coax Summer out early, and I love it!! All of these sunflowers surely brighten a dreary Winter's day!! Fab creations, Astrid!! :) :) XOXO-Shari

Meggymay said...

Well we needed this taste of summer, its a fabulous project to brighten a frosty winter day.
Yvonne xx

experiments in paper said...

Gorgeous, Astrid!! I always love sunflowers, and the vintage feel here makes these very special! Good luck with the clean-up - also on my to-do list one of these days! xxx Lynn

Terry said...

Oh how incredibly stunning this flipfold album is and what a thoughtful gift from your daughter! She knew you would work wonders on it. I love the warming colors and all those details! Wow! Astrid, I have also been a bit absent with trying so desperately to go through years of utter clutter and chaos! Oh and that is not including the craft dungeon!! One day at a time! Big Hugs!

Lidia R. said...

Un MA fabuloso !! Felicidades y feliz 2016!!

froebelsternchen said...

A wonderful wonderful wonderful project!

mamablitger said...

Astrid what an awesome project. I love what you created. The colors are amazing and your decoration of outside and inside is gorgeous. You are so very talented ... I love your art.
Thank for sharing.
Hugs from Monica... Spain

Juliz Design Post said...

Stunning in every way Astrid.
Julie x

Maryann Laursen said...

This is absolutely gorgeous work Astrid, and I love the beautiful album hwew wirth the wonderful flowers and all the lovely butterflies on every page here.
Can´t wait to see, what you´ll do with the new albums too, when you get on with those thoug, but I´m sure, they´ll be jsut as beautiful as this one too.

Marva Plummer-Bruno said...

Wow! Beautiful! Love all your layers! Your attention to detail is just amazing!!!

Deb Riddell said...

What a beautiful mini album Astrid, so many lovely pages with tuck spots and tags and the cover is absolutely gorgeous! Can't wait to see what you do with those very special Christmas gifts, have fun! (And if you have a spare moment, my craft room could use a good Spring cleaning too!) Deb xo

butterfly said...

Simply brilliant, Astrid - so lovely to feel the warmth of that September sunshine which kicked you off all those months ago! Every page is a treat - great use of papers, pockets, labels, tags and images - an interactive dream. What a great gift from your daughter too - just been to see what they look like "before", thanks to your link - can't wait to see what you get up to with those.
Alison xx

Margaret Mifsud said...

Wow!! I always think your work couldn't get any better and then it does!! Sitting here drooling over this stunning book. You are brilliant at these makes Astrid (but then you are brilliant at everything you do) This is totally amazing. So beautifully decorated. Can't wait to see what you do with the Flipfold albums .. will be brilliant for sure!! hugs xx

Mrs.B said...

I've checked the original post and I remember this - it's lovely to see it completed. Love each page, bo beautifully decorated.
Avril xx

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