Ephemoire Queen Bee Mini Album

Farmhouse Style Queen Bee Mini Album with Ephemoire Digital Designs

Hello, Friends!  Let’s add some sweetness to your weekend with a Farmhouse Style Queen Bee Mini Album made with digital designs from Ephemoire.  As a tea drinker, I love honey.  And as a honey love, I love bees!  And as a country girl, I love farmhouse style.  So why combine all these loves together in a scrumptious, made from scratch mini album?

I wish you could hold this 5 3/4″ x 7 3/4″ x 3″ album in your hands.  With its warm honey hues, rich textures and buzzing bees, it may just be my favorite mini album of all time.  Let’s look at the details, shall we?

Queen Bee Mini Album: The Shaker Box

It is a well known fact that I love a shaker element.  I’m always looking for new ways to incorporate them into my work.  And in preparing the Tim Holtz Lace Frame for this shaker box, I stumbled upon a new technique.  Here are the steps to follow in case you feel like putting on your mixed media boots.

  • Begin by inking the inside and outside edge of the large oval shaker frame with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
  • Next, use a mini blending tool to apply Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Ink randomly over the face of the frame.  Follow this up with a generous application of Wild Honey Distress Oxide Ink.
  • Now, spritz the surface of the frame with the Distress Mister and let the Oxide Ink work its magic.  Dry thoroughly with a heat tool.
  • Then, apply a nice coat of Versamark Embossing Ink over the entire surface of the frame.  Place the frame on a large sheet of clean paper and cover with Seth Apter Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture.  Press the embossing powder lightly with your fingertips, then let the excess slide off onto the paper and put it back in the jar.  Heat emboss.  Repeat.
  • Now the real fun begins.  Apply Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink directly to the surface of the frame.  That’s right, just swipe the pad over the frame.  Spritz with water to activate and heat dry, using a clean paper towel to dab up any really big puddles of ink.
  • The most amazing thing will happen as you heat emboss.  The Vintage Beeswax will sort of open up and swallow the ink, then seal over as it cools.  So the ink goes from the surface to a lower layer.  It’s really, really cool, and you’ve got to try it if you love to play around with embossing powders!
  • Repeat the above step, but use Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Inks this time.  Yummy!
Queen Bee Mini Album: The Spine and Back Cover

The rustic feel of this album cover makes me so happy.  First you have the natural canvas layer…which is really cool all on its own.  But then I added burlap, a vintage lace handkerchief, and a linen panel…and giant wood buttons????  Stop already!  These photos are good…but they don’t begin to capture the true beauty of this album.

Queen Bee Mini Album: A Peek Inside

The inside of the album is black, white, cream and gold with pops of red.  I dug through my stash of specialty papers to find the faux embossed leather paper that you see here.  All the patterned papers are digital print outs from Ephemoire.  Aren’t they gorgeous?

The album has pretty to look at pages, photo mount pockets, and little folios tucked in.  It’s a very fun album to flip through.

I dug through my textile bin to find special vintage treasures that just seemed to be in waiting for this album.  Washi tape is used throughout to create borders.

This is my favorite page in the album.  A vintage handkerchief, folded and bundled together with gold crochet thread and topped with a sweet little bee. Stitch the vintage button through the folded hankie to hold all the layers in place.  I also love the little vintage ticket, which is an ephemera print out, topped with a vintage safety pin.

I topped laser cut lace paper with a lovely printed border and more ephemera bits from kit.  The cute little plaid guest checks in the slash pocket are actually folios.  And I tucked in a honey dipper, just for fun.

Queen Bee Mini Album Tour on Youtube

This mini is so loaded with goodness that I had to create a project tour to share it all with you.  You’ll get to see all the pages, and I’ll share little tips that you might find useful in your own crafty adventures.

I hope I’ve inspired you to get your craft on this weekend.  If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a joyful and creative weekend!




19 thoughts on “Ephemoire Queen Bee Mini Album

  1. Anita Houston

    WOW…a stunner! From the shaker and the bee, to the pages with a glove and hanky from your vintage stash, just glorious and gorgeous! This is a real treasure!

  2. Jan Ross

    Yellow is one of my top most favorite colors, and of course, you are THE TOP designer of paper crafting art! This is adorable, and chocked full of so many techniques, cuties, ideas, and just plain fun. Thank you Kathy for your endless stream of sharing your talents and gifts with your many adoring fans.

  3. Sara Emily Barker

    Kathy, I’m ga-ga over your album cover! I love that embossed frame with the beeswax look and shaker full of buttons and what not. Of course, your flower arrangement is the icing on the bee hive! Love all the details, embellishments within the journal as well–you have been hiding some pretty cool vintage things in your closet-o-shame! Very inspiring project, and I hope to get to see your video before too long! Sending (wet) hugs! (It’s pouring!)

  4. Isabel Borrero-Gonzalez

    This album is just stunning!!! I love the colors and the richness of it, Kathy. Now I’m off to see the video. See you there my friend.

  5. Sue

    Unbelievable album! Chocked full of yummy stuff. Really amazing detail. Love the hanky! Nice touch. Great project Kathy! True eye candy.

  6. Helen

    Love, love, love this project, Kathy. Seeing the glove, handkerchief, doily…I’m inspired to create a themed heirloom album with items like these that I’ve treasured over the years. Thanks for sharing this fabulous album and a new to me digital graphics site. Needing to downsize my craft space, I’m thinking more digital!

  7. Linda Fuller

    Kathy, this album really is stunning with so many lovely vintage touches. I appreciate your sharing of a new and different way to use the Seth Apter embossing powder, which I purchased based on your recommendation from a previous album where you used it on a dragonfly image from Stamperia paper. The glove sparked a memory in my mind of similar stretchy gloves (which I still have) that I wore to church when I was very young. Thank you for sharing this beautiful album!

  8. Gena L Krannig

    All I can say is this was so worth the wait! I knew something spectacular was coming this weekend and this is just even beyond spectacular! OMG, you know how I love bees also. I could look at this all day. The front of this folio is just stunning beyond words. And what you have done on the inside is absolute magic. I zeroed right in on that hanky with the bee. How darling and my favorite page! I totally appreciate the effort and expertise that went into making this treasure. Thank you for sharing AND making the video. I always enjoy them so much! Hugs!

  9. Nancy Wethington

    WOW – another beautiful album. I gasped when I saw the cover. Gorgeous color scheme, layering and all that marvelous ephemera on the inside pages. You did it again Ms. Talented!

  10. Susan Steele

    Oh my word Kathy!!! I luv, luv, luv this Farmhouse Queen Bee mini album! It is sooo vintage looking with your farmhouse style!!! Just gorgeous!!! This one has to bee my all time favorite!!! And just luv what you’ve done with that picture frame on the front cover! Luv the whole cover! And just luv how you’ve added those vintage linens…here and there! Sweet! These papers are just awesome too! Just luv this made from scratch mini album! Such a beautiful, beautiful work of love and art! Thanks for sharing! Hugs, Suzy Q

  11. Traci V

    Kathy, I just don’t know where to begin. You’ve taken these designs to a whole new level! I am over the moon with this album, and all of the magnificent vintage details. It just makes my heart sing!

    Thank you SO very much for graciously taking these designs for a spin. I am so grateful, and inspired!

  12. Priscilla Hughs

    You’ve inspired me once again! Love it all but that shaker card with all the buttons rang the bell… I have antique pearl buttons 4 generations old…what a great way to give them new life! This is absolutely spectacular!

  13. Sheila Styre - Briere

    Gorgeous Kathy! I can’t decide which element is my favourite on this one, that shaker mix is just perfect though and the Seth Apter Baked Texture with all of the distress and oxides is awesome, something new to inspire and play with, bravo !!

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