Friday, July 25, 2014

Vintage Girls File Folder Mini

a Meg's Garden Design Team Project

I'm excited to share my first Design Team Project for Meg's Garden.  I'm an avid YouTube watcher. I glean all kinds of ideas and information from watching the crafting community create.  These last few weeks I've seen an influx of file folder minis appear and when my package from Meg arrived I just had to create one for myself.

Using Kerry-Jean Watson's paper collections, The Gentlemen's Collection and The Correspondence Collection along with the Vintage French Girls page and strip I created this little file folder mini using just 1 1/2 folders.   The book measures 6 1/4" x 5 1/4" (it really should be 6 1/2" high but I got a little trim happy and it shrunk a quarter inch :-)

I really enjoyed making this mini.  I love the distressed look and as you'll see I had a heavy hand with Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs and Tattered Rose Distress Inks.  It's easy to adjust the look to suit you taste if you don't care for as much inking as I do.  On the front I did a simple seam binding ribbon closure dying the seam binding and the lace with the Tattered Rose providing a perfect color match. Using embellishments from Meg's Garden like the Pearl Loops, Dyed Lace, Carabella Rose Posies, one of the Vintage French Girls along with a few of my own embellishments completed the front cover.

I like to tuck a 'Made With Love' heart charm somewhere on my projects 
and tucked behind the velvet posies was the
perfect spot on the front of the mini.

This is a mini overflowing with 
pockets and booklets for a multitude of photos and keepsakes.  
Because of the way the closure on the front is done 
there's lots of room for expansion.

I even included a couple top pockets complete with postcards 
stamped with one of the teeny tiny Vintage French girls 
I used my Stamp Scissor to give it that true postage stamp look.  
(Thank you Eva for the wonderful stack of post cards!)

When I started the mini I had intended on just using 
The Correspondence Mini Pack 
but as I went along I soon realized how interchangeable 
I could become sliding in bits and pieces from 
The Gentlemen's Collection as well.  

There ended up being a lot to this little mini 
and you'll see each page as I walk you through it 
on the video and yes, 
I've included many more photos 
to give you ideas and inspiration to make your own file folder mini.

Just a note about ideas -  I didn't do a tutorial for this mini because there are so many floating around YouTube right now, but if you need step by steps check out Dawns Inspirations channel, she has lots of file folder mini ideas, that's where I got mine from. You can also check out Michele Mooney's channel The Paper Addiction, she also has scads of file folder tutorials.   Do what I did, watch a few and take what you like from here and there to make your own unique style.  It's all a matter of cutting and folding and trimming and burnishing maybe several times over until you get the look you like. Remember - there is no wrong way!!

Supplies from Meg's Garden:

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Celebrate the Journey with a Hot Air Balloon Mini!

a Cut at Home Design Team Project

Paul and I have been so fortunate to see five different Hot Air Balloon festivals up close and personal.  I love standing next to a balloon and watching it fill with air and take off. Each time I get the same feeling of awe, it's just something when you can reach out and touch the balloon as it rises into the air!  Like lots of you I still have all the pictures sitting on my hard drive!  They don't do a whole lot of good there do they?

When I got Heartfelt Creations, Celebrate the Journey, paper collection I knew right then and there that I had to do a mini to house my Hot Air Balloon photos and memories.  It was by sheer luck that I happened to watch a video of SaCrafters sharing some of her new Zibbett items.  She had just released the Hot Air Balloon mini cut from chipboard to alter!  I couldn't wait to get it.  And I'm so happy I did!  I had so much fun putting this mini together, it's the first time I've done a shaped one like this and I loved it! I have another one bouncing around in my brain that I know I'm going to have to do as well.

Adding this cool wooden sign post was the perfect solution to labeling the festivals we went to.  I figured out the mileage from our doorstep to the Hot Air Balloon destinations, printed them on my computer and then mod-podged them onto the wooden sign.  Adding distress inks and Lindy's sprays gave it that old worn look.

I used Tim Holtz grungeboard and a hitch fastener to close the top

And my Cinch with jute twine for the bottom closure

There are tuck ins



and pullouts

All of these house a multitude of photos, 
enough that I'm sure I'll be able to cover all five events without a problem!

So I hope you'll join me on the video as I walk you through page by page
and share scads of additional photos
to inspire YOU
to also create a shaped mini for yourself!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Piece by Piece

Recently Beverly from The Piece by Piece Etsy shop asked me if I'd like to return to her Design Team for the remainder of the year. Well, that took about 2 seconds to answer, of course I would.  This week my first Design Team box arrived and I wanted to share Bev's generosity to her team with you.  

Please check out the video below 
if you'd like to see the items one by one.

The Piece by Piece

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Big Circle

Viewer's Project

The online crafting world is like a big circle.  Someone shares an idea or a tutorial, you make a project, someone see it and gets inspired and makes their own.  Crafters helping crafters, I think that's why I am so taken with all the talented, inspirational people I've met online.

A while back my friend Clare, My Creative Spirit shared her tutorial Love & Laugh with me.  In turn I did my first Mother Goose Mini with it sharing via YouTube and my blog post.  

The response was great and I told everyone that said they thought they might try it the same thing, send me some photos when you're done so I can share.  A few weeks back Joan Leeder did just that.  She had purchased Clare's tutorial and then referred to my Mother Goose mini to make one of her own.  Now that's a complete circle of crafters inspiring crafters.  I love it, it makes my heart sing!

Take a look at the wonderful Mother Goose Album Joan made

So here's my sage words to all of you -

To those of you that create - keep on sharing the inspiration

To those of you that teach - keep sharing the knowledge

To those of that are learning - never say 'I can't do that' sure you can

And to everyone - Have Fun!  There is no WRONG way!  Develop your own style!

and most importantly, when someone needs help, Pass it On!

Hugs everyone have fun crafting!  


Just Playing . . .

Hi everyone, just sharing some cards I made with some paper pads I have near my desk (these were the six by six pads).  Perhaps you'll recognize some of the papers and it'll give you a little boost to grab some of your own and make some cards.  No stamping today, I left them blank so I could customize them at the time I need them.

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The envelope is made from a wallpaper sample book - they make the BEST envelopes

a tatted doily that is a piece of Heritage lace 

Can't get much simpler than this and yet I'd like it if it showed up in my mailbox!

Retro is so the rage right now, I loved the addition of the eyelet cotton lace

And the gingham mat tucked in the front pocket

And the I Love Lucy headband!

This time a Webster;s doily, some metal pieces and a beautiful center rose

Inside is simply scraps and a die cut for a sentiment

Ribbon and a glue gun equals instant flower!

a couple of fish tale tags

and a honeycomb papered inside

with what else, a dragonfly tag!

So are you inspired?  Ready to dig into those odds and ends of papers?  Grab the coffee, tea, water or whatever and prepare to have fun!  Happy Crafting everyone