Classic Sunflower Mini Album

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Hello Friends!  I’ve been patiently waiting to share the release of the new Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower Collection with you.  This has to be my favorite collection to date: the colors, the images, the sentiments, stamps and dies are warm, welcoming and inspiring.  I’ve prepared a Classic Sunflower Mini Album to introduce you to the collection.  Lots of photos to follow, a video for you to watch if you prefer, and a full tutorial at the end of the post, so go grab something tasty to drink, get comfy and let’s get acquainted with the magnificent Classic Sunflower Collection from Heartfelt Creations. If you want to skip right to the video, go to the bottom of the post.

Classic Sunflower Album 01a

This is a fairly large mini album with graduated chipboard pages.  All the pages are 6″tall, and the back cover measures 12″.  I love the waterfall effect that you get with the graduated pages.  Here’s a peeky at the inside.

Classic Sunflower Album 03aI lost count of how many sunflowers I made for this album!  But it was a LOT! All the ribbons you see here are from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Classic Sunflower Album 04aThere are pocket pages all throughout with lots of little tags and layers of the gorgeous artwork found in this collection.  This little pocket  holds mats for photos.  So easy to do.  I just glue around three edges, leaving one open so I can tuck items in there.  For this one, it’s on the top.

Classic Sunflower Album 05aHere’s the companion page with tags tucked into the side.  I used a lot of Viva Decor Copper Stamp paint to give the flowers a vintage sheen.  You can purchase it from Heartfelt Creations.

Classic Sunflower Album 06aThese are the tags inside the pocket.  I love the one that is stamped on kraft paper.  It was colored with Prismacolor Pencils and a Dove Blender Pen, also available from Heartfelt.  Making these tags is easy if you use the Luggage and tags die combined with the artwork in the paper collection.

Classic Sunflower Album 07aHere, you can mount your photo on the pocket, while tags are inside.  Tags are great for journaling or smaller photos.  You can also slip little mementos in them.  Did I mention that I love pockets and tags???

Classic Sunflower Album 08aI love this battered old bucket filled with sunflowers.  All I did was stamp it and then sponge with Vintage Photo Ink.  Quick and easy.

Classic Sunflower Album 09aI love the flower centers here, and the sweet border that comes in the artwork.  Heartfelt has thought of everything in this collection.

Classic Sunflower Album 10aI cut a slit along the top of the border to create this tag pocket.

Classic Sunflower Album 11aAnd then I tucked in these tags.  I love white stamping on kraft paper!

Classic Sunflower Album 14aMore fun tags on the facing page.

Classic Sunflower Album 16I show you how to make this pocket from a paper bag on the video.

Classic Sunflower Album 17Love, love, love this paper.  And the sentiment, too.

Classic Sunflower Album 18Lots of room for photos and journaling.

Classic Sunflower Album 19jpgIf you have the Cut, Mat, Create collection from Heartfelt, you can make layout pages like this in a snap.  All you have to do now is crop your photos and the page is done!

Classic Sunflower Album 20jpgI had to show you my favorite polka dot paper in the world.  And all these yummy, yummy ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Polka dots make me happy!

Classic Sunflower Album 21Here’s a closer look at the O ring binding.  It’s very simple to do.  You just punch equally spaced holes in your chipboard, line them all up, slip your O ring through and then tie on the ribbons.  I find O rings in the embroidery area of the craft store.  Don’t ask me why they are there; that’s just how they do it!  LOL

OK…that’s the photo tour. Now for the video:

Be sure to stop by the Heartfelt Creations BLOG and see all the wonderful inspiration from the rest of the design team.  And leave a comment, because Heartfelt Creations is giving this wonderful collection away to some lucky folks, and you don’t want to miss out on that.

I’d love to hear your comments in the section below.  Did you like the video?  Hearing from you helps me build a blog that really meets your needs, and that’s my goal.

Thanks for stopping by!



Classic Sunflower Photo Album

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:
Stamps: HCPC 3626 Classic Sunflower PreCut Set, HCPC 3627 Sunflower Stem PreCut Set, HCPC 3628 Sunflower Bouquet PreCut Set, HCPC 3629 Sunflower Patch PreCut Set, HCPC 3631 Chick Retreat PreCut Set, HCPC 3546 Open Leaf Stamp, HCPC 3547 Bold Leaf Stamp
Dies: HCD 753 Classic Sunflower, HCD Cut, Mat Create Die Cutting System (all 4 sets), HCD745 Luggage and Tags Die, HCD 736 Classic Leaf Die
Paper: HCDP1 247 Classic Sunflower Paper Collection
Other: 452255 Grand Calibur, 159223 Paper Blossoms Molding Mat, 459222 Paper Blossoms Tool Kit, 119390436 Viva Decor Copper 3-D Stamp Paint

Other Products:
Paper: White,Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Daffodil Delight, Baked Brown Sugar cardstock
Ink: Sepia Ranger Archival Ink, Versamark, Distress Ink: Vintage Photo, Tea Dye, Aged Mahogany, Spiced Marmalade, Forest Moss, Peeled Paint; Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle Mist
Paint: Warm Honey, Scattered Straw Distress Paint
Other: Clear Embossing Powder, Rhinestones, 1/2″ brass brads, Ribbons, Buttons, Gold Thread, Small paper bag, Shaped edge ruler, hole punch, Binding rings, two small craft bags(dimensions below).

Cut 7 pieces of medium weight chipboard to the following sizes: 8 1/4″ x 6″, 9″ x 6″, 9 3/4″ x 6″, 10 1/2″ x 6″, 11 1/4″ x 6″, 12″ x 6″, 12 3/4″ x 6″. Punch holes 1/2″ in from left side at 1/2″, 3″, and 5 1/2″
Use the Distress Paints to paint the edges of the chipboard, going in about 1″ on all sides. When dry, use a cosmetic sponge to apply the Copper Stamp Paint in a tapping motion.
Cut 2 pieces of Chocolate Chip Cardstock in the following sizes: 7 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, 8″ x 5 1/2″,8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, 9 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, 10 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, 11″ x 5 1/2″, 11 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. These will be the mats for each page. Glue into the album, just to the right of the punched holes.
Cut 2 each from the Classic Sunflower Paper Collection: 7″ x 5 1/4″, 7 3/4″ x 5 1/4″, 8 1/2″ x 5 1/4″, 9 1/4″ x 5 1/4″, 10″ x 5 1/4″, 10 3/4″ x 5 1/4″, 11 1/2″ x 5 1/4″. You may use a shaped edge ruler to tear some edges to add variety to your pages, if desired. On some pages, leave either the right or left hand of the page unglued so that you can insert tags or photos into this space. Center on your Chocolate Chip Mats, and glue down.
Use Sepia Archival ink on Daffodil Delight paper to stamp 4 sets of the Classic Sunflower PreCut Set. Heat emboss with Clear embossing powder and die cut. Sponge the flowers with Aged Mahogany and Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink on both front and back. Spritz with Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle. Shape and stack. Add buttons or gems to centers. Set aside to use in the book.
Use Forest Moss Distress Ink to stamp a variety of leaves onto white cardstock. Heat Emboss with Clear Embossing powder and die cut. Color in with Peeled Paint Distress. Shape and set aside to use in the book.
Cut 16 tags from Baked Brown Sugar cardstock using the tag die from HCD 745. Stamp some of these tags with images from the stamp collection, leave some blank, and cover some with the decorative tags from the paper collection.
Use the rounded tag from HCD 745 to cut out the matching tags in the paper collection and use these to embellish your book. Cut out stamps, journal pages, etc and use as decoration.
Use the Cut, Mat Create Dies to cut card fronts and mats to use as decorations in the album.
Use a craft knife to cut a slit in the Sunshine in my Soul today page so that you can slip tags into a pocket there.
Paper Bag Pockets: I used 2 different sized bags: One measures 5″ x 8″ and one measures 6″ x 9 1/2″. To fit them to the book, I folded the base of the envelope upwards so that the bottom of the bag was about 1″ below the bag opening. I then flipped the bag over, and folded the top of the bag down about 1/2″ from the bottom seam of the bag. I lined the pocket and covered the front flap with paper from the collection and then sewed the sides and bottom shut to form a pocket. This was glued into the book and filled with photo mats and tags.
Use the Cut, Mat, Create dies and colored cardstock to cut photo mats to fit the pages. You can use my book as a guide, or create your own grid. Leave some open edges so that you can tuck in tags.
Use your prepared flowers and leaves to decorate the mini album as you desire. Bind with “O” rings and tie ribbons on the rings to finish the project.

18 thoughts on “Classic Sunflower Mini Album

  1. carol

    Hi Kathy well you have made it to the UK television. I saw the mini album and heard the name Kathy and I just knew it had to be yours. It is simple gorgeous. Nikki was on today with a show for Heartfelt showing your beautiful book. I love it x

  2. Robin

    Kathy – Being from Kansas, the Sunflower State, I love your mini album! You really showcase how beautiful sunflowers are and put so many sweet pockets and tags into your album – it’s really a treasure! Love your work!

  3. Ruth

    This album is amazing , it has been shown on our craft channel in the uk for a couple of weeks now, just fabulous! Thanks Kathy,
    Xxxx Ruth

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Thank you so much, Ruth! I’m so happy that people have been inspired by it! I hope you will try making one of your own with this gorgeous collection!

  4. Anita Houston

    WOW!!! SO MUCH WORK! I adore the cover with the gorgeous flowers! Then the inside with all the pockets and wonderful paper just invites you in! Awesome album and beautiful!

  5. pattie Jns

    Hi Kathy, Sunflowers are so beautiful, they stand so tall in the field or flower garden, an show their strong faces of beauty. The Sun shines in their faces.. And your album sure did shine with beauty and details to be filled with joy. thank you so much for your tutorial. …have a good day.

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Thank you so much, Patricia! This is such an inspiring collection to work with. I truly appreciate you taking the time to stop by and leave such a lovely comment!

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