Sunday, 1 May 2016

Butterflies and Blooms for Mixed Media Monthly

Hello all and Happy May!! Well, the r is out of the month, but what about the lovely warm weather that's supposed to come with Spring???

Anyway, this month at Mixed Media Monthly our theme is Butterflies and Blooms, and this is what I made:
Here is the graphic of our challenge, if you are going to join us, make sure to add it to your post.
Our sponsor this month is the wonderful Ken Oliver!!
The prize is a set of Color Burst Caribean Brights and a Best Ever Craft Mat!! So if you like the Color Bursts make sure to join!!

Onto my project, - it's a little altered file folder with space for 4 tags inside.
For this particular one, I snipped off the tabs at the side. I folded it accordion style and created pockets by folding up the bottom of the folder and gluing down the sides on the ends and the fold lines.
Here is the front.

All I did was ink the edges and then played with some pretty papers and stamps. I'll show you a few details so you can see how I went about it.

I used some papers of the pretty Prima Butterfly collection by Jodi Lee. I cut the  paper to size,  added some stenciling, a butterfly die-cut and a Tim Holtz metal word band for the cover..
Here is the inside, using further papers, stamping in matching colours, subtle stencilling and some embellishments.
Panel 1 close up
Panel 2, - I tried to find stamps that would match the paper elements.
Panel 3 with subtle stamping to match the mood of the papers.
Panel 4, more of the same.
Below the panels on the back:

As you can hopefully see, I used some dyed seam binding ribbon underneath the papers so the folder can be tied shut.
All the elements on this one are cut from the paper line.

The little tags that go inside the pockets were all part of the paper collection too.
Well, that's pretty much it. A simple project that could make a great gift for a friend, with inspirational quotes written on the tags.

Thank you for visiting today, and don't forget to visit Mixed Media Monthly, where you can see some stunning projects from my team mates, get all the details about our challenge and of course we would love it if you play along.

Thanks for your visit today!
xxx

56 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Wow, what a feast for my eyes! Happy May! Hugs, Valerie

brenda said...

What a really beautiful creation Astrid, I love the soft muted colours which give a really dreamy feel to your creation and of course always enjoy seeing Butterflies and flowers.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

B x

Suzanne C said...

Astrid I love the idea of the folders and pockets! Gorgeous! Beautiful design and so soft and pretty!

Carol said...

Beautiful, light, feminine project GORGEOUS Have a lovely weekend x

Almo said...

I love your little file folder and tags Astrid, so pretty and feminine. As you say they would make wonderful little gifts, and would be a treat to receive and treasure. Mo x

Rita said...

What fabulous projects Astrid. You never cease to amaze me with your wonderful work. I'll certainly give the folder a try, that is if you don't mind. Hope your well. Hugs Rita xxx

Silvis Kreativstube said...

Hallo liebe Astrid,

das ist ein wunderschönes Werk geworden. Ich bin total begeistert von der Gestaltung. Ich finde die Gestaltung sensationell. Ganz liebe Grüße Silvi

rachel said...

What a beautiful project asyrid and i love the theme . Must get my thinking cap on x

Lili Sulastri said...

Great idea for Tags. Very pretty project and very feminine, too.

chrissie said...

Stunning alteration of the folder Astrid with beautiful all along the way

Love Chrissie xx

Kathy Bradley said...

Astrid - your album is gorgeous, exquisite with a lovely feminine and romantic feel!

Maggie said...

Gorgeous album Astrid loving the soft colours and all the beautiful details on the pockets.
MaggieH

Redanne said...

A beautiful little album, the papers are wonderful and I love the tags too. It is always good to see how you bring your lovely creations to life too! Hugs, Anne xx

Corrie Herriman said...

How very beautiful and feminine !
Corrie x

Meggymay said...

A stunning, beautiful project, its a super gift idea.
Yvonne xx

Patty O'Malley said...

Beautiful project, Astrid! The paper collection is one of my favorites.

KarenB said...

What an amazing transformation. I won't look at file folders the same now. Thanks for showing the step-by-steps.

Glennis said...

What a beautiful creation - love that paper collection!

Studio Susanne said...
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Studio Susanne said...

Hello Astrid,
What a pretty project, so delicate and feminine, to me it looks as if it could have belonged to an Edwardian lady for taking on her nature walks and for holding her precious nature finds. What an amazing altered art piece. Thank you so much for sharing your generous step by steps. You are right, this would make a wonderful gift or heirloom for a special friend.
Happy May to you too.

Brenda Brown said...

This is utterly gorgeous Astrid, I love the colour palette, the wonderful patterns and focal images, such a delightful project . We had a beautiful sunny day yesterday and got jobs done in the garden which was great.
Hugs Brenda xxx

Maryann Laursen said...

What an amazing and very very beautiful project here again Astrid.Sooo wonderful and a really fabulous gift idea for any of your best friends. I´m sure, anyone will love to recieve and treasure such a masterpiece, and who don´t love butterflies and flowers? It is the ultimate combination for a summerpiece in my world, and this is so gorgeous and very very beautiful with it´s soft and warm colors. I love it. Hope May will be amazing month for you and treat you good.

Mona Pendleton said...

Such a pretty project Astrid! Love all the pockets filled with such pretty images! Love all the beautiful blossoms and butterflies! Surely your friend will treasure this!

Jane Royston said...

A lovely project! The colours are so beautiful and love the butterfly, Jane :) x

Inkypinkycraft said...

A gorgeous project, I always love how you combine such gorgeous collage elements and the lovely inkyness too x

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wow, what an amazing project idea Astrid! A manila folder, genius! Bookmarking this one for sure!! Just playing some catch up today after my week with Mum. Hope you had a wonderful week while I was away! hugs :)

Terry said...

Astrid, as always your projects are over the top fabulous and gorgeous! I love how you altered the manila folder and once I get back to crafting, I am going to make one! Sorry I have been such a bad blogger with all that is going on with our exhausting moving, but soon I hope to be back!!! Wishing you spring and before too long! Hugs!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Wow, another gorgeous project, I love all the pockets, details and of course your trademark vintage design. The butterfly behind the flower on the front is fabulous. Take care, Shirleyxx

Mrs.B said...

A beautiful project Astrid, love the soft colour shades and muted stamping with these gorgeous papers. A fabulous design.
Avril xx

Jackie P Neal said...

Astrid , your choice of stamps-perfectly beautiful and the palette-dreamy! What a lovely folder- everything flows just beautifully! xx

Electra said...

What a lot of work! It's so pretty and romantic!

Lynn Price said...

This project just gave me so much peace looking at it, and how you created it - it exudes serenity! I adore all of the detail you put in through papers, stamping, colors.....and the design itself is fantastic!! Thank you, as always, for wonderful inspiration! xxx Lynn

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Beautiful project Astrid, love the papers you used and the stamps coordinate perfectly. Lovely folio, thanks for the tutorial and sharing it with us, Deb xo

Anita Houston said...

So cool to turn the file into this! I LOVE that! The pockets, tags, and pages are wonderful!!!

Dorthe said...

It is so adorable dear friend, the sweet papers, so lovely in soft tones, added stamps of beauty, and the edges of the papers, altered to looks so lovely,too.
A wonderful folded little book, of nature dreams, and sweetness. And a great idea to fold up the page, to give pockets . LOVELY Astrid !!
xoxo, Dorthe

Annie said...

what a stunning little book Astrid......I love the soft colours and beautiful papers and stamps you have chosen......so feminine with wonderful embellishments. A really special make

TFS and hugs
Annie xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

This certainly is a fabulous little book! The papers are beautiful and have been shown so well here with the addition of the lovely embellishments! Hugs, Chrisx

Joyce Kers said...

Thanks for showing us how you made this. I want to make one too.

Joyce Kers said...

Thanks for showing us how you made this. I want to make one too.

Marisa Job said...

This is so beautiful!! Love it!

Sara Barker said...

A great gift for a friend, INDEED! Wow, Astrid, how is it possible you can make yet another favorite for me? I love those colors, that texture and the designs throughout. I will need to bookmark this one for a nice leisurely look! Hugs!

butterfly said...

Glorious! Beautiful colours and images and stamping and embellishing - pure vintage perfection. And it reminds me I haven't so much as touched the file folders you sent me... oh, for an extra day in each week!

I hope it's warming up for you now - it's glorious here in Hertfordshire this week, definitely softening the blow of leaving New York!
Alison x

Paper Profusion said...

All these pages are really gorgeous Astrid!! So feminine, soft and vintage. Beautiful make! Nicola x

A Pink said...

Utterly gorgeous! Astrid and a real lesson in how to use papers so beautifully.
I am inspired by the folio files you make and I hope to make one as wonderful as this, one day.
hugs xx

Diana Taylor said...

Jaw droppingly gorgeous! Your blend of using papers and stamping is just beautiful, and exquisitely done.

Юлия Бабак said...

Винтаж - один из моих любимых стилей! Очень душевно. Благодарю за учёбу!)

Tarah - Miss Thundercat said...

haha, Love how you said it is a "simple" project, because it seems to go effortless for you (would not be for me!) beautiful piece, love the "shabby chique" feel to this too :)

Lys Scrap said...

Such a beautiful album! I love this idea of the quotes inside.

Sandee Setliff said...

How pretty and I love the distressed edges!

Ellie Knol said...

Gorgeous.. love the colors!

Nikki Acton said...

I love it when you do your little books and wallets there is always so much to see. Colours on this one are gorgeous! xx

Julia Aston said...

What a wonderful file folder design Astrid - love the papers and beautiful colors on this! Julia xx

alice k. said...

This is so pretty. Thank for the mini-tut!

Lilian YF said...

That's so pretty! Love the soft colors!
Lilian
The Leaf Studio

Marsha J Reed said...

This is such a beautiful file folder, Astrid. The colors are gorgeous.

Karen P said...

So very beautiful! Wonderful use of colour and texture Karen x

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