Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge 3

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Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge 3

NOTE:  This is my second post for today.  If you are looking for my Crafty Secrets March Linky Party post, please scroll down, or look HERE.

Go Vintage or Retro with Graphic 45

Welcome to another meeting of Craft Hoarders Anonymous! This is a safe place for all those who secretly (and openly) hoard paper crafting goodies.  Twice a month we meet with a new challenge that will encourage you to dig into your hoard and use those items that have been languishing in some drawer, closet, bin or file cabinet.

Our sponsor for this month is the one and only Graphic 45,  so let’s see what you can make in a vintage or retro style. Do you hoard lace or vintage hat pins? Do you snap up all the postcards at yard sales? Do you love mid-century modern? Do you long for avocado appliances and orange shag carpets? Show your vintage or retro spin on a paper crafting project.

Graphic 45 has generously sponsored not only the design team, but have provided this amazing prize package for the favorite in this vintage/retro challenge.

Prize package contains: 1 8×8 box, 2 8×8 pads, a large policy envelope album, pack of large tags (6), and a door plate and knob, and is valued in the neighborhood of $50.  Thank you Graphic 45!

Graphic 45 is an award-winning scrapbook and paper crafting company­— owned and operated by a mother (Diane Schultz) and her two daughters (Aimee and Charee Filimoehala). Together they create vintage inspired crafting products that capture the flamboyant style of the 1920’s and 30’s – with vibrant color, irresistible texture and imaginative design to create products with decades-old appeal that’s both fresh and familiar. Let our products inspire your next scrapbook layout, card, album or home decor project. Please visit the Graphic 45 Website or Facebook page for more information.

Designer Links

Starting this month, all the designers will share their projects on the 1st and 3rd Mondays, and the Guest Designers for the month will share their projects on the 2nd and 4th Mondays.  One big, happy family.  Here are the links to each designer’s blog:











Jan Marie

Kathy  (you are here)

A Ladies’ Diary Vintage Mini

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It is no secret that I love Graphic 45, so this challenge is right up my alley.  I dug into my hoard and found a 7 Gypsys chipboard album that I bought on super clearance several years ago.  I decided to pair that up with the Ladies’ Diary pad that Graphic 45 so generously provided me and added some pearl brads, bling, vintage lace, buttons, kraft tags and other goodies that have been languishing in the Closet of Shame for far too long.  Here’s what I came up with:

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The mini measures 5 1/2″ x 7 1/4″ x 2 1/2″.  There are 5 chipboard pages, and I created some fold out pages, pockets, tags and secret hiding places within.

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I even used one of my precious G45 Book plates on the spine. The kraft cover was dry brushed with white acrylic paint.  I stitched around the covers and matted every page with coral cardstock.  Lots of Vintage Photo DI was used to sponge pages and images.  Lots of fussy cutting, too.

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Let’s look at it page by page. You can click on the photos for a larger image.

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This is the inside cover and first page,

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I added vintage lace, shabby flowers, vintage buttons, chipboard, and pearl stickpins to the inside cover.  I  made the white gloves from a digital stamp that comes from Crafty Secrets.

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The second page features a fussy cut image, torn papers and word fragments. It is a fold out page that I made by adding an envelope flap under the cardstock page.  It opens to the right to reveal this.

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The body of the envelope became the right hand page here, while the envelope flap is hidden under the decorated page on the left. So the right hand page is a nifty hiding place for photos, love notes, souvenirs…whatever your heart desires!  I created a pocket on the left hand side and added some of the wonderful ATC cards from the collection here. You can leave this page as it is, or store photos, etc in the pocket.

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Here we have another pocket page on the left and a decorative page on the right.

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The page on the left is actually a little Chevron Kraft Bag that I’ve converted into a pocket.  The front of the bag is decorated with more fashionable ladies, and I’ve used the stickers to indicate that photos should be stored here. The page on the right is another envelope fold out page, decorated with pearl brads, pearls, and a silk tassel….for calling the butler to bring you another cup of tea, of course. And speaking of tea….

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…this envelope pocket celebrates a Ladies’ Tea party, complete with tea bags, tea pot, sugar bowl and tiny silver spoon.  I fussy cut the floral clocks to act as page corners so that the kraft journaling tags and tea bag could be tucked in there. Every proper lady has tea at 4 o’clock sharp!

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This page is my personal favorite.  I love the stitched pocket on the left with all the pretty tags…

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And I really love this stamped sentiment framed by all those Spellbinder dies!  And, the flowers on this page are hand made with a die delite.  I also love the sentiment stick at the top of the page.  I used stamps and dies and watercolor pencils that had not been used in far too long!

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Here we have the last page, and the back inside cover.  I made both into pocket pages, with a fancy bookmark on the left, and more journaling tags on the right.

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And that’s almost the end….I have to tell you this.  Do you see the fancy button on the right hand page?  Several years ago, I bought a bunch of vintage buttons at an estate sale.  Wrapped up inside the package was this amazing MINK button!  In perfect condition.  I’ve been saving it forever, and knew I just had to use it in this hoard-busting project!

Thanks for taking the tour of my vintage mini album.  I hope you found some good ideas here that you can use in your own challenge project.  This challenge will be open until 11:59PM Pacific Time March, 16, 2014.  Get into your hoard and create a NEW vintage or retro project, link it up to the CHACB and watch for us to come visit your blog!  Make sure you check out all the links above.  I’ve seen sneaky peeks of these projects, and they are amazing!  If you have questions about the way this challenge works, you can read the RULES on the blog. It is important that you mention in your post that you are linking your project to Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #3.  And I love seeing/hearing about your hoard…it makes me happy, right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!



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19 thoughts on “Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge 3

  1. Carol L

    This book just takes my breath away! It’s one of those most fantastic vintage creations I’ve ever seen! The mink button is such a treasured find – oh my!!! Well done!!!

  2. carol edwards

    Hi Kathy just catching up on your posts. well this is amazzzzing. absolutely stunning. not only a book but lots of hidden surprises along the way. This must have taken you an age. So, so, beautiful x

  3. Amber Milone

    This is absolutely beautiful! I love all the pastel vintage elements and the feminity of it is fantastic! So much detail, i just LOVE it all!

  4. Dee in NH

    WOW! Look. At. THAT! just stunning! I just want to touch all that goodness and a mink button?! seriously cool!

  5. Anita Houston

    WOW! What a little album! The cover and all the pages are beautiful Kathy! I love the hidden gems and pockets too! This paper is really fabulous! Oh and loved the spine!!!!

  6. sharon wheet

    oh my goodness. what a gorgeous altered book! Love all the details, and all the little surprises. I imagine this was a true labor of love. {smile}
    thank you for sharing your work and yes, you have inspired!

  7. Jan Marie

    This is incredible. . .WOW, WOW, WOW!! This is a jaw dropping, show stopper, all eyes to the front type of project. You hit a grand slam! Perfect right down to that hoarded mink button! There aren’t enough adjectives in my vocabulary to adequately describe this beauty and your talent!

  8. kathy jo

    Fantastic project! I like how you grabbed your embellishments from the Closet of Shame, too. Lol…that is priceless.

    Thanks for showing all the lovely details of your beautiful album. Have a wonderful week. 🙂

  9. lostcoastscrapper1

    Love, Love, Love this project…every detail is so perfect. Beautiful work xo

  10. D. Idlet

    Kathy, Ladies Diary is another one of my favorite G45 papers. You did an outstanding job on your mini album. I love each page!

  11. ColleenB.~Texas

    About the only thing I can say about your mini album is……….. WOW; make that as double
    Oh, how very talented you are. That is absolutely Stunning. Luv It

  12. Debbie

    I really love this project! A chipboard album is always something I want to make but mine never looks as awesome as this one does! Great Job!

  13. Christy Butters

    This is simply a stunning album. The cover alone is drop dead gorgeous. Everytime I look I see another layer. But then you stepped it up and filled the inside as well. WOWSERS! My jaw dropped on this one.

  14. Gloria Stengel

    I am over the moon! This is so wonderful and to think you used up your hoard on one of our challenges! I am in awe of your talent. I am so happy to have “discovered” you and grabbed you up! 😉 You also make me want to dig out my hoard of chipboard books. I have BASKETS of them….maybe we need to have a mini album making weekend….

  15. smithgfb

    Oh girl…this is making me drool! Absolutely wonderful. Each and every page is amazing, but then I didn’t expect anything else! Well done!

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