Friday, 2 March 2018

Vintage Folio for A Vintage Journey's March Challenge

Hello lovely visitors, it's the first Friday of the month and that means a new challenge is starting at A Vintage Journey.
March is our birthday month and there are a lot of exciting changes coming, as you may have seen already, if not make sure to head over and check them out.
The wonderful Brenda who is our host this month chose "Share your Treasure" and this is what she had to say:
Treasure can be described as wealth or riches we store or accumulate, a collection of valuable, interesting or useful things, bits and pieces we highly value, articles that we hang onto that we’ve bought or found and might never be able to purchase again. What is in your crafty or artsy treasure trove - those items we squirrel away to keep for something special? Maybe some elegant embellishments, that hoard of ephemera or memorabilia found in a junk shop, a tin of old buttons, rusty keys or diamanté jewels, a paper pad you get out and stroke then put away again, some beautiful fabric or lace you can’t bear to part with. We invite you in this challenge to share a project that includes a part of your treasure trove, just let us know what it is so we can see it and comment on it and remember our focus styles and genres to work in (which can be seen under out blog banner) if you would like to be considered for being chosen as one of our top 3 Pinworthy mentions.
Well those that know me know that my greatest treasures can all be found in my craft room. There is no doubt about it, I am a hoarder of stash, and one of my great loves is design papers! So for this project I decided to dig out some of my most beloved treasured papers and create this vintage folio. By the way, this was very much inspired by one created by Cathy Clement from Kathy by Design, which she made for a challenge at the Frilly and Funkie blog a little while back.
I used mostly papers from Blue Fern Studios. They are hard to come by in the UK but The Mad Scrapper, a wonderful little shop not too far from where I live stocks them. (She has an online shop too if you are interested, with many stunning paper collections hard to get elsewhere).
The folio's base is a trifold card made from Kraftcard, and then I added loads of flaps, pockets etc, either glued to the base card, or inserted with the help of washi tape.
Below I will show you some of the main pages, just flipping through from left to right.
Inside left of the original gatefold. (all the pages were inked with 2 of my new Oxides, Bundled Sage and Forest Moss). They are decorated with various paper dolls, washi and other ephemera, mostly by Tim Holtz.
The little tag came from a paper collection by Stamperia (another treasure). Again hard to come by in the UK, but being a treasure hunter I found it at Craftelier, if you are anything like me and live in the UK, it's worth checking out, - they have a huge selection of stuff and very reasonable prices!

I found that different collections can be easily combined if you use the same inks on them. I also used the same sets of back ground stamps (Stamperia and Andy Skinner) through out, to make the project coherent.

This is the final page, the bit sticking out is the back of the front cover.

The little book closes with a clip to which I added a bit of seam binding (another idea from Cathy Clement, - thank you Cathy)!

The dies used to decorate the front are by Sue Wilson. The flowers are from my stash of treaured ones, both the flowers and seambinding where coloured with Distress Spray in Antique Linen.
Finally the topper was cut from a scrap of one of the Blue Fern papers, I covered it first with clear gesso and when dry with Decoart Crackle glaze, highlighting the cracks with Antiquing Cream.
Well that's it, sorry for this very long post, I hope you got some idea of the nature of this project.

Thank you for your visit and do check out my teamies' amazing work and even better join us in our challenge and show us your treasures!!
Happy crafting and creating,


My name is Erika. said...

That is a romantic and gorgeous vintage folio Astrid. You are an expert at that style for sure. I love all the details. I would be hard pressed to pick one I like better than the others. Happy March! Hugs-Erika

Valerie-Jael said...

This album is absolutely gorgeous, so vintage and romantic. Wonderful! Hugs, Valerie

Annie said...

Oh Astrid !!! This is such a lovely folio and the details are impeccable as always !! your treasured papers make it all the more special and I just love the stamped layers and paper dolls. Hope we can make it to the Mad Scraper next will be all the more interesting now.

Hope you are nice and cosy xx My sister was saying that it has been like living in a snow globe with all the snow blizzards in your area x

Sending huge hugs
Annie x

Maryann Laursen said...

Another absolut outstanding and gorgeous project here too Astrid. This is so beautiful and perfect, and I just love, what you´ve done here. It looks fabulous hun, well done.

Let's Art Journal said...

You created such a wonderful album with your paper treasures! The designs are beautiful with the pretty flowers and butterflies and perfect for your vintage style 😁. Hope you are staying warm and wishing you a Happy Friday and Weekend! J 😊 x

Redanne said...

Wow Astrid, your folio is a treasure in itself!! The papers you used are gorgeous (I love the Mad Scrapper and Craftelier too) and I love the little tucks and pockets you added and the Tim dolls are just the perfect accompaniment in your wonderful folio. Love this and loved seeing all the detail too! Hugs, Anne xx

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Brenda Brown said...

Oh my Astrid your folio is just beautiful with so many details and additions that make it so exciting. I love the colours and images and how you finished off with the little clip to secure it - brilliant. What you have created is a treasure in itself. Love it.
hugs Brenda xxx

Mrs.B said...

A beautiful folio, love all the little tucks and folds and extra details. Gorgeous vintage papers, a real treasure.
Avril xx

Meggymay said...

A gorgeous vintage folio Astrid. I always love the details you add and all the folds and places to add extra elements.
Yvonne xx

Julia Aston said...

What a lovely folio you created Astrid with some of your lovely hoarded papers and ephemera! Your pages are delightful especially the ones with the vintage relatives on them! Julia xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

You really have created the most beautiful folio! The papers and the continuity of the colours are perfect! Hope you can stay warm Hugs,Chrisx

Kate Yetter said...

What a beautiful little book! The vintage images and paper mesh together so beautifully creating the perfect folio. And I love the interactive elements.

chrissie said...

This is just so beautiful with amazing ideas. Love the papers and the way everything goes together so well. The big clip idea has me hooked for sure.

Have a great weekend

Love Chrissie xx

Rita said...

Oh my word Astrid. Your folio looks amazing, I did buy lots of papers on my last visit to the Mad Scrapper and believe it or not I still can't bring myself to use them. Hopefully Janine will be well stocked up for our visit on Wednesday. So excited . Hugs Rita. Xxxx ps. Hope you will bring your folio with you if it's possible. Xx

sarascloset said...

Astrid, could it be possible I have foun d a NEW favorite from your works of art?! YES! I love, love, no LOVE this portfolio, and I am so excited you were inspired by Kathy's portfolio. (I too, was so very inspired by it, that I made a template which took me forever. I am, shall we say, engineeringly challenged. Sad to say that's as far as I got when it was time to get with my DT program.)

Ok, so back to YOU and this lovely project! I adore the rich colors you've used throughout, those beautiful Stamperia papers, and all of your stamping and collage elements. (By the way, I see Linda now carries the Stamperia papers in The Funkie Junkie Boutique. I know that's not UK, but it's another source.)

I adore that die cut and crackled central piece on the cover; what a fabulous technique that I hope to give a try in the future. Truly this IS the treasure! Pinned so I can come back to look with a click! Sending hugs!

A Pink said...

Your folio created with some of your treasured papers is an absolute treasure in itself , Astrid. So beautifully put together that when you turn the pages the design just flows and there are so many wonderful features and surprise pockets and flaps throughout.
An absolute beauty .
Hugs x

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Hello, Astrid! Wow, this is beautiful! I'm so honored that you were inspired by my little vintage dragonfly folio! Thank you so much for the shout out! This is so rich in detail, and your inking really made everything flow together beautifully. I love it! Big crafty hugs! Kathy Clement

itsazoo said...

So Lovely.....

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