Shabby Chic Winter Hues Mini Album

Frilly and Funkie Challenge: Shabby Chic Winter Hues Mini Album

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to another fun challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  This time around the fabulous Suzz is our hostess and the theme is Winter Hues.  I pulled out all sorts of lovely blue and white goodies from so many different companies to create this little Shabby Chic Winter Hues Mini Album.  This is the product mash up of all product mash ups! We’ll take a closer look in a second.  But first, let’s see what Suzz has to say about this challenge:

Winter time brings such a beautiful mix of colors. This challenge requires you use any or all of the following colors: blue, white, silver, gray in your vintage or shabby chic project.

I hope you will link up and play along with us.  The design team will chose their favorite project from all the entries and invite that artist to join us for a guest designer spot on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The top three choices will receive a badge to display proudly on their blogs.  And everyone who plays along and follows the guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 shopping spree at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  What fun!  You can link up and find all the details HERE.

I have loads of photos and tips to share with you, so let’s get this party started!

Shabby Chic Winter Hues Mini Album

Let me start by saying how much fun I had creating this little album.  I cut medium weight chipboard to measure 3 5/8″ by 5.5″ and cut a spine to measure 1.5″ x 3 5/8″.  Sticky back canvas covers the spine and wraps around  to span the front and back covers.

I love making little albums like this “from scratch.”  To keep with Suzz’ directive to use shades of blue, white, silver and grey, I dipped into my Graphic 45 Place in Time and Botanical Tea papers and Pion Designs Shoreline Treasures and Paris Flea Market.  I’ve used Tammy Tutterow Spellbinder dies throughout the album, and I think you’ll be excited to see how they have been employed.

A Happy Accident

The pretty blue pinstripe paper is from Pion Designs Shoreline Treasures.  I wanted to keep the cover pretty clean and simple to sort of echo the way the world looks after a fresh snowfall.

Tammy’s innovative snowflake stamp is designed in such a way that it automatically creates a shadow layer every time you stamp it.  My thought was to Stamp it in French Blue Archival Ink.  Then I traced around it very quickly using Art Institute dries clear glue.  The plan was to then sprinkle the glue with superfine glitter.  Which I thought I grabbed from my bin.  But…guess what?

I grabbed superfine white embossing powder instead.

(Insert panic attack here.)

Once I calmed down, I decided I might as well just roll with the punches.  What’s done is done.  So I went ahead and heat embossed the glue/embossing powder mixture.

Happy accident!

It created this really cool raised edge effect on the snowflake. I think you can pick it up just a little in this close up shot.  But in real life, it looks slightly shiny and as this cool bumpy texture.  I would totally do this again on purpose.

Before gluing the snowflake in place, I put down a layer of Ivory Silky Crush Ribbon and gorgeous Venise lace trim.  These were attached with 1/2″ Scor-Tape and 1/8″ red line tape.  Then I fussy cut images from the January page of Place in time and layered those over the snowflake.

Wool felt Pom Pom Posies make the perfect floral  cluster.  I added in lots of vintage buttons from my button stash.  The tab in the top right corner is cut with Tammy’s die as well.

Paper Bag Pocket Pages

Say THAT 3 times really fast!  Tammy has this darling paper bag pocket die that makes great mini album pages.  See what you think.

The pockets were cut from white cardstock and then embellished with designer papers.  There’s a slash pocket on the left.

I filled it up with a little vintage button card and a post card from Place in Time.  Petaloo Vintage Velvet Hydrangea Blossoms add a fun touch of texture and sparkle.

Versatility in a die is a wonderful thing.  This sentiment is written on Tammy’s Mini Tag Book Die.  I trimmed off the bottom edge so that it would fit the scale of this mini album then decorated it with crochet lace and vintage buttons.

The paper bag die comes with a sweet little insert and I cut a bunch of these to go inside the pockets as photo mounts.  Each is decorated with another of Tammy’s Tab Dies and a vintage button.

This little paper spool is from the Paris Flea Market collection.  I wrapped it with Venise lace and a vintage button.  Isn’t it just too shabbylicious for words?

And here we are at the end.  Since I had one more little die cut bag, I went ahead and glued it to the inside cover.

I love the soft, nostalgic feel of this shabby chic winter hues mini album, don’t you?  Combining so many different textures adds interest to the simple design.

I hope I’ve shared some ideas you can use here.  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!



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17 thoughts on “Shabby Chic Winter Hues Mini Album

  1. Linda, the funkie junkie

    Holy moly, you absolutely floored me with this special album, Kathy. Your attention to detail is fantastic – each and every page is a work of art. The colors and embsllishents are wonderful. I especially love the felt flowers, but your handwritten winter quotes have captured my heart. It makes me happy just to look at it!


  2. Jenny Marples

    Oh my word this is special Kathy!!! I love the interactive elements to the album and that pinstripe with the buttons and flowers. And how cool that your panic moment produced a happy accident that looks stunning! SO love this xx

  3. Jenny L.

    Hi Kathy,
    what a very superb album and your design is ace.
    Your work is so inspiring and suberbly created every time.
    Love this wonderful and superb album.
    Lots of wonderful pages and the colours are great.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  4. Nancy Dynes

    Hi, Kathy! Oh. My. Gosh. How do you do it?!? Every project you create is perfection. Your album is a winter inspired beauty that is a delight to wander through. I feel like I’ve entered a magical world.
    Sending hugs and love,

  5. Cathie C.

    Amazing, incredible and totally awesome, Kath! How do you do it?? I marvel at each and every one of your creations. There’s so much detail and work put into each one and you never cease to amaze me. You have an amazing gift!

  6. Helen

    What a lovely album, perfect for winter without being “Christmas”. As usual, you attention to detail is awesome. It inspires me to try making a mini-album myself. Thanks for sharing it.

  7. Cec Wintonyk

    Wow, this is stunning but what I want to know is how you managed to make a complete mini album when you had all the samples to make. Did you ever sleep? I love how all the papers from different pads blend so beautifully. The embellishments are sweet and are a great way to use up bits and pieces. Also love the quotes throughout. Wonderful project!

  8. stampersuzz

    Beautiful album and perfect snowy scene for the front of the album. Gorgeous designs and love your handwritten quote!

  9. Anne R

    OMGoodness Kathy, what a beautiful album! The papers all the way through are beautiful and your little accident definitely was a happy one for sure. The posy flowers are absolutely gorgeous and I love all the little butterflies dotted here and there throughout the album and the little quote – ‘A Snowflake is Winter’s Butterfly’ is so lovely! Anne x

  10. Sara Emily Barker

    Oh, for Pete’s sake, Kathy! Now you’ve gone and given me a new favorite! Love the papers you’ve chosen to create every single detail on this album. I’ve only had time to flip through the photos and take an occasional peek at the text behind it (because I LOVE reading your posts!), but some favorite details come to mind…like the BIRDS, butterflies, the spool with lace and all those yummy buttons! This is pinned so I can come back to it time and time again! Or I may just have to get this one from your shop! Off to check that out! Sending hugs and many thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Roberta Glidden

    This album is beautiful. It certainly did bring back memories, making snow angels, forts, etc., and then shoveling snow so we could get out. Play always came first. Onto another subject; you used Pion paper in your album. I have been trying to purchase some of their paper pads to no avail. I cannot find a dealer in the U.S.. i have tried writing to them. Could you please tell me where you purchased their paper?
    Again Kathy your work is beautiful.
    Roberta Glidden

    1. kathy/North Carolina

      Hi, Roberta! The Funkie Junkie Boutique carries a nice selection of Pion papers in their online store. If you click on the thumbnail in Product links section, it will take you right to those products in the store. Happy shopping!

  12. Pamellia Johnson

    Wow Kathy, this is just incredible!! I love the tones of blue you have chosen, especially the vibrant spring blue that just pops on all your pages! So many wonderful details, I adore all the different types of buttons and clips you used. Love the picture with your hand, it really put the size into perspective. Such a lovely project and functional too!

  13. Carol

    Oh Kathy 2017 has certainly gifted you with wonderful inspiration. Your designs just get better and better my friend. The whole album is glorious in colour, design and textures. Lots of sentiments to make you think too. Hugs xx

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