Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday - Postcard Rose Mini Album

Welcome to another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday - which is on a Tuesday this week! I have huge (dare I say, ginormous) tutorial for you today! This is a long and photo heavy post, so grab a snack and a drink and settle in! 

First, let's take a peek at the finished project! I created a 5" x 4" x 1/2" folded mini album to share today. 

Heartfelt Creations sent me the Antiquity Paper Collection as an "extra" in my last design team box. This is an older collection from the Sweet Juliet line that was launched in 2013. Since that was before my time on the design team, this is NEW paper to me. So, rather than hoard it, like normal, I cut right into it and paired it with the Butterfly Medley stamps and dies to make this mini!

This mini has lots of fold outs and pockets! 

I created a magnetic "latch" to keep the book closed. I also created some lovely roses, and that butterfly looks like he is ready to fly away! Since this is the last week before the March Heartfelt Creations Collection premiers, I wanted to show you how to use some older product with some new! When working with a company which produces a new collection every month...it is hard to use up older items when there is always something NEW to play with! 

Here is a peek at the back of the mini.

And a side view. 

For all you paper adventurers, come along and see how to make one of these albums! Here is a full tutorial for you! Ready! Set! Go! (The supply list is at the end of the post.)

To create the mini album base, cut black cardstock to 5" x 11 3/4". Score on the long side at 4", 4 1/2", 8 1/2", and 8 3/4". Fold on all score lines. This view is the INSIDE of the album.

Trim Antiquity paper to 4 7/8 x 3 7/8" and attach to the leftmost panel.

Create a pocket from black cardstock cut to 5" x 2". Attach printed paper cut to 4 7/8" x 1 7/8" to the front of the pocket. Add double-sided tape to three sides of the back of the pocket and attach it to the left side of the first page as shown above. Create all the pockets for the album in this fashion.

Trim a piece of black cardstock to 4 7/8" x 7 1/2" and score at 3 3/4" on the long side. Fold on the score to create a "booklet."

Place adhesive on the back of the "booklet" and attach to the center panel of the album base.

Cut a piece of black cardstock to 6 7/8" x 3 3/4" and score at 2" on the long side. Orient the paper with the two-inch flap at the top as shown.

On the album base, open the booklet section and place the 2" flap on the bottom of the center panel so that the score line is even with the bottom of the booklet edge. Fold the flap up and close the left hand page of the booklet.

Cut Antiquity paper to 4 3/4" x 3 5/8" and attach to the front of the "booklet" flap. Create a pocket from black cardstock cut to 2" x 3 3/4". Attach the pocket to the bottom of the page. Cut printed paper to 1 7/8" x 3 5/8" and attach to the front of the pocket.

Open the booklet page and attach small, low-profile magnets to the left page and the folded flap as shown.

Trim paper to 4 3/4" x 3 5/8" and attach to the left "booklet" flap. Trim paper to 4 3/4" x 3 5/8" and attach to the middle flap, above the fold. To create a diagonal pocket, cut black cardstock to 4 3/4" x 3 5/8" and trim in half on the diagonal. Cut decorative paper slightly small and attach to the cardstock triangle. Add double-sided adhesive to the two outside edges to form a pocket.

Trim paper to 4 7/8" x 2 7/8" and attach to the rightmost panel.

Fold the center diagonal pocket panel down, and decorate the main center panel. Trim Antiquity paper to 4 7/8" x 3 3/4" and attach to the center panel. Create a pocket from black cardstock cut to 5" x 2". Cut printed paper for the pocket to 4 7/8" x 1 7/8". Cut paper for the lower flap to 4 3/4" x 3 5/8" (large butterfly print).

Fold the bottom flap up and the rightmost flap in toward the center. Trim Antiquity paper to 4 7/8" x 2 7/8" and attach to the outside of the last panel. Close the left booklet flap. If you use strong magnets, the flap will stay closed, with the small base flap sandwiched inside. 

Open the album to the first "page." We will now add an extra page to the album. Cut black cardstock to 4 7/8" x 4". Score at 1/4" as shown. Fold on the score line and place double-sided adhesive on the back of the 1/4" section.

Place the extra page in the spine next to the first fold.

Trim Antiquity paper to 4 3/4" x 3 5/8" an attach to the extra page. Create a pocket from black cardstock cut to 2" x 3 3/4". Add printed paper to the pocket, cut to 1 2/8" x 3 5/8".

Flip the extra page and trim Antiquity paper to 4 3/4" x 3 5/8" an attach to the extra page (the butterfly paper).

Close the album and add a magnet to the front cover, approximately 2 1/4" from the top and 1" from the right edge. (I decorate the cover last to prevent ruining any embellishments I plan to add.)

Trim paper to decorate the front and back covers and the spine. Cut paper for the covers to 4 7/8" x 3 7/8". Trim paper for the spine to 4 7/8" x 5/8".

Create a latch for the album. Trim black cardstock to 1" x 4 1/4". Cover one side with printed paper cut to 7/8" x 4 1/8". Add a magnet to one inside edge of the cardstock strip. Line the magnet up with the hidden magnet on the album cover. 

Wrap the paper latch to the back cover and glue in place.

It is time to decorate!

Decorate the cover of the mini album by first stamping the flowers from the Botanical Rose Cling Stamp Set three times onto rose cardstock with black ink. Color the flowers with chalk ink. 

Use the Botanical Wings Die to cut out the flowers. Create the roses using the directions in THIS tutorial. (The tutorial uses 5-petal flowers, but you can use the same technique with the 6-petal Botanical Rose flowers.) Create three roses, small, medium, and large. Glue the roses to the front of the mini album in the lower left quadrant. 

Stamp two sets of leaves from Delicate Asters Cling Stamp Set onto green cardstock with black ink. Color the leaves with chalk ink and cut out with the Delicate Asters Die. Mist the leaves with water, shape the leaves and set aside to dry. Glue the three leaves to the flower arrangement as shown.

Stamp the Butterfly Medley Cling Stamp with black ink onto white cardstock. Color the largest butterfly image with chalk inks and cut out with the Butterfly Medley Die. Spray the back of the butterfly with water and shape. Allow to dry. Attach the butterfly to the flowers, bending the wings upward. Add glitter embellishment to the butterfly wings with a Wink of Stella black glitter pen. 

Glue three rusty bells to the outside edges of the flower cluster.

Finish the album by trimming tags and journaling blocks from the Antiquity, Celebrate the Journey, Once Upon a Time, and Countryside Evening Paper Collections. Refer to the photos below to complete the mini album.

Make sure you visit the Heartfelt Creations Blog to see what the rest of the Design Team has created! 

Heartfelt Creations Products Used:
Other products used: 
Other ink: Ranger Distress Ink (Vintage Photo), ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink (Warm Red, Dark Moss)
Cardstock: WorldWin (Smooth Black, Natural, Spring Green), Bazzill Basics (Rose)
Glitter pen: Wink of Stella (black)
Rusted Bells: Darice Rustic Accents
Magnets: Basic Grey Magnetic Discs (small magnets) 
Tools: Sizzix Big Shot, Martha Stewart score board, hot glue gun
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, Scor-tape, hot glue sticks

Monday, March 02, 2015

Crafty Secrets March Linky Party and DT Challenge

Welcome to the Crafty Secrets March Linky Party and DT Challenge! This month our challenge is: GO GREEN! We are to create a Spring, Gardening or Botanical themed project with an upcycling twist. Basically, we are to create a springtime project, plus use something that we'd normally toss in the trash!

I created an accordion fold home decor piece. This little beauty if 6" x 21" and is packed with garden goodness! I used digital paper to cover my project, plus some Crafty Secrets images to make the project pop!

Accordion folds are simple, but tricky at the same time! To create this home decor piece, you need two pieces of dark brown cardstock, cut to 6" x 12" each.

Score both pieces of cardstock on the long side at 3" and 6".

Fold both pieces on the score lines. Flip one piece of the scored cardstock over so that the 6" x 6" panel is on the left, and place double-sided adhesive on the right-most 6" x 3" panel as shown.

Flip the cardstock back to the front, and join two of the 6" x 3" panels to form one continuous piece that is 6" x 21", scored at 6". 9" 12", and 15". You will have one 6" x 6" panel at each end, with three 6" x 3" panels in the middle.

Now, it is time to decorate! I printed digital papers (see the supply list below) to cover all five panels. I inked all the edges with brown chalk ink, to give that vintage look. I added an image and some flowers to make a pretty springtime project.

Crafty Secrets offers FREE printable calenders every year! I tucked the March image behind the flowers on my first panel.

I used Copics to color-ize one of the flower images on my second piece of digital paper. Since I print the paper onto high quality cardstock with an Epson photo printer, the ink dies not bleed when I color with alcohol markers. For the third panel, I used another digital item. I also stamped directly onto the digital papers with dye ink.

The image for the fourth panel is a premade image, rather than a digital one. But the paper is digital. I printed the paper at 8" x 8" so the prints are the perfect size for this project.

I love the digital paper, Forget Me Not, which I printed onto ivory cardsotck. I stamped the Scripture with brown in, and then added the premade image below...because the Gospel of Jesus Christ (or the Good News) really IS the sweetest story ever told! 

My one piece of "trash to treasure" used for this project, is a stack of 4" x 3" cardstock swatches. This is an old swatch book, which has been replaced by an updated one. Rather than toss it in the trash, I have been using the cardstock pieces to make mats for my various projects! I used a few for this particular project! The swatch cardstock is the same weight as the "real" cardstock, making it a shame to just toss these out!

My other trash to treasure secret...I save the flower stems from my various flowers and use them to make spirals to decorate my projects. Once I snip the flower from the stem, I wind the stem around my quilling tool to make a "spring." I glue these to my flower clusters to look like vines.

Here you can see a few of the spirals peeking out!

Hop around and see what the rest of the team has made! I am sure they will knock your socks off!

Crafty Secrets Design Team
Kathy Clement - DT Leader
Karen Letchworth - Guest designer
To play along, create a NEW project of your choice featuring ANY Crafty Secrets product and link it up to the Craft Secrets Blog by 11:59 PT, Sunday, March 15th. (You do not need to follow this month’s theme to play along.) Check the Blog as we have included one free digital stamp and paper to get you started. Feel free to use these images, or any Crafty Secrets goodies in your creation. Also, check the FREE DOWNLOADS located in the sidebar of the Crafty Secrets blog. 

Be sure to link to the Crafty Secrets Blog in your post, and let us know what Crafty Secrets product you are using in your project. One lucky player will be randomly selected to win this lovely prize package from Crafty Secrets valued at more than $25:

Digital Garden Papers: 18 sheets of designer paper including 2 collage sheets of gardening seed packets, vintage gardening text sheets, a garden maze and beautiful botanical papers.

Digital Garden Printables: 16 images, ready to print in a re-sizable format.

Garden Girls Digital Art Stamps: 18 digital stamps taken from vintage etchings featuring 3 sweet garden girls, images for building scenes and sentiments.

Bunny Gift Bag and Tag set: Printable Bunny Bunny Kids Bag with Gift Tag can be re-printed to make adorable mini purses to hold greetings, money, gift cards and small gifts.
Crafty Secrets products:
Forget Me Not Digital Paper
Garden Digital Paper
Radiant Digital Paper
Vintage Patterns CD
Free Calender printable
Pastel Paper Pad
Mini Vintage Creative Scraps (retired)
Love Mail Creative Scraps

Other products:
Cardstock: WorldWin Smooth Cocoa, swatchbook scrap pieces
Flowers and leaves:Wild Orchid Crafts, Prima, Kaisercraft
Doily: Wilton
Ink: Memento Rich  Cocoa, Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk Creamy Brown
Dies: My Favorite Things Fishtail Flag Stax and Layers
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Collection 1, The Good Seed
Markers: Copic
Quilling tool: McGill
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; hot glue