How to Fix a Project That Has Gone Off the Rails with Prima Tales of You & Me
Hello, Friends! Today’s Throwback Thursday will focus in on how to fix a project that has gone off the rails. You know how that goes. You begin a project with great optimism and enthusiasm. Things start off well enough. But then you make a design error. Then that error leads to another…and another. Finally you are so frustrated and exasperated that the project goes into “time out.” Has that ever happened to you? Please tell me I am not alone!
A couple of years ago, my sweet husband bought me a box of crafty goodies for Valentine’s Day. This pad of Prima’s Tales of You & Me was part of the gift. I knew immediately that I wanted to make a romantic little folio with it. Maybe I was tired. Perhaps I’d made one too many folios. Or maybe I’d lost my mojo. Who knows? But for whatever reason, I just kept making one mistake after another. Everything I had pictured in my mind fell off the rails and I had a papercrafting train wreck on my hands.
The best thing to do when this happens seems counter-intuitive. Just walk away. Clean up your desk. Put the problem child in time out, and work on something else. Or go take a nap! It took me two years to finish this particular project. But I now love it again. Phew!
Since the collection has a real Victorian vibe, I created a shaker frame with some Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful Board. See that sweet angel? It’s also Reneabouquets.
Fussy cut some images to tuck in with your paper layers. Then add some hot pink roses and a flirty butterfly carry out the Victorian theme.
Add a dangle charm and a book plate to the spine to dress it up.
A Peek Inside
The album measures 7 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. This is a nice size for photos. It also gives you lots of room to add interactive elements. You’ll see how these work in the video tutorial below.
TIP: Create a tuck spot for a tag behind the pull out accordion folio. Just add gussets to the sides and bottom of the folio and you can slide the tag right into the space. Neat, huh?
TIP: Remember to use your tools! I pulled out my Envelope Maker to create this pretty envelope folio.
The center of the album is a great spot for a double waterfall folio.
TIP: Fill that awkward space behind the waterfall pages with a stylish pocket and journal card.
Don’t forget to add a flap page and a hidden pocket. Some of these elements were added to cover up design mistakes. You can learn all about that in the video below.
How to Fix a Project That Has Gone Off the Rails YouTube Video
Are you ready to see the before and after version of this project? Just click play and see how I rescued this pretty folio from the time out basket.
I hope you enjoyed this papercrafting rescue project. It feels great to have this folio finished at long last. I really like the way it turned out!
You can find a linked supply list below this post.
Thanks for stopping by!
- Prima Tales of You and Me (Discontinued collection from 2017)
- Buttons Galore Fancy Gal Shaker Mix
- Rosewood Satin w/Grosgrain Edge Ribbon
- Mixed Pink Trellis Roses
- Charms from my stash