Craft Hoarders Anonymous February Challenge: Sweet Sentiments Love Book
It’s time for the February Challenge over at the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog! Since February is “love month” the challenge this time around is How I Love Thee!
You may create a Valentine, anniversary, wedding or other love-themed project for this challenge. You may create something that has the word “LOVE” on it. Dig into your hoard and find all those hoarded hearts and pink sequins and doves and wedding paper that you have been saving for just the right project.
Well, I had purchased Graphic 45’s Sweet Sentiments last year…and never touched it. So I dug it out of my stash along with the new A Time to Flourish papers and created this Sweet Sentiments Mini Album.
I foolishly cut and designed all the pages before figuring out how to bind this all together, but my idea was always to create a book that flipped up from the bottom as opposed to opening from the side. Let’s peek inside!
My pages measure 6 1/4″ x 4 1/4 inches and the base is Canvas Corp 80# Kraft Cardstock. It’s the perfect weight for mini books like this one. The first page has a double pocket….one on the side with a tag inserted, and I built a mini file folder that holds hugs and kisses tickets, too! All my flowers are from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I used dies, embellies and other goodies from my stash.
I just love the kraft doilies that I cut wit a die from My Favorite Things. They give a project an instant vintage feel, as does this sweet bow made with brown micro gingham.
The pocket is on the side here…and the postcard has plenty of room for you to write a mushy love note, or mount a photo. The tags are all written in my own hand.
This is one of my favorite “love” sayings!
Throughout the book, I alternated a pocket page with a pretty “look at me” page. I had no idea I had so many romantic embellies in my stash!
Here’s another pocket page with tags, buttons, heart shaped keys and a heart shaped wooden keyhole.
And a peeky at the tags! More mushy lovey-dovey stuff! LOL
I have been hoarding that wooden heart and butterfly medallion for an embarrassingly long time. I like that I finally used it.
Another sweet pocket with tags. I actually cut my paper for these pocket pages to 7 3/4″ inches, then scored at 1 1/2″ and glued the edges down to form a quick, easy pocket. Just in case you were wondering…
I painted all the little silver hearts with Tattered Rose Distress Paint. And I die cut some pink doilies, too. Because I like them!
This pocket has stamped tags…One says “Love you all the time” and the other says, “We go together perfectly, everywhere.”
And this is the last page…I love the little pocket watch and heart pins that I tucked in here.
To bind the album, I used a huge binding ring that I painted with Tattered Rose Distress Paint. The ribbons are all from Really Reasonable Ribbon and if you see one that you want to know the name of, ask me in the comment section and I’ll send you the link.
Now, here are the links for the rest of the team, so you can go and get inspired.
Amber ♥ Christy ♥ Debbie ♥ Donna♥ Ginny♥ Glenda ♥ Gloria (blog owner)
Nancy ♥ Pam ♥ Teresa ♥ Wendi
Then, link up your “How I Love Thee” project on the CHACB Blog before midnight PT, Sunday, March 8th. This gives you a whole month to work up a fabulous love themed project…and I can’t wait to see what you make!
Thanks for stopping by!
The amount of detail on your projects constantly blows me away.
This is absolutely stunning
Beautiful tag book, love all your pages, Kathy
Thank you so much, Rose! The papers from these two collection work together so well. It was a joy to create!
this is so lovely! I am also a fan of G45, and I am seeing that I need to get Sweet Sentiments!
Thank you so much, Jacque!
I just had to stop by and see all the photos of this creation. It is just wonderful and has such a great vintage feel to it!
this is SUPER adorable and soo fun!!! such a cute mini and love the lil quote you added on the inside!! the vintage feel of it is super sweet!!!!
Amazingly beautiful, Kathy! Your lovely creations are so inspirational. Thanks!
Hi Kathy, what a gorgeous Valentine present for someone, with lots of love, work, and joy. How long does it take you to do this gorgeous album.? It would take me for ever. ….hugs
PS: working on challenge creations, you inspired me.
Every page is filled with such delicious elements, I just adore your work! I wish I could have the opportunity to watch you create, I just know it would help me see your creative process! Also, would love to take a peak into your stash, when I see all the wonderful embellishments it must be something to behold.
Do you ever video tape?
Beautiful Mini Album of Love…you are so amazing Kathy and make such breath taking minis, just love all the details, hidden pockets and tags along with all the extra layers of papers and embellishments, Gorgeous.
I love all the pinks, reds, and whites or creams of Valentine’s Day so much and your little tag album just oozes “LOVE” to me! I also like using browns and kraft papers with Valentine projects – must remind me of chocolate! I’m so glad that special embellies from your stash found a home in such a lovely project. Your work is gorgeous and all your photos let us drink in the many details of your work. Thanks for sharing another stunningly beautiful project! All the love and care you put into it, shine through it – that’s what I love most about the items you create!
Beautiful mini !!!!!!!!
Superb project , i like it
Kathy this is awesome, I am so much a fan of Graphic45, you have done the paper justice with this gorgeous mini album.
Wow! This is fabulous, Kathy. So many wonderful bits and bobs to look at. I love this beauty!
Oh my gosh Kathy! Even if I had all day, I couldn’t take in all the wonderful elements of this fabulous little album!! I am just melting into all the divine pinks, like a luscious silk pillow with feathery fringe, so comfy and girly and dreamy to look at! What an amazing project Kathy, I just love it!! big hugs 🙂
OMG Stunning! Love each and every page! WOW! You go girl!
Gorgeous, Kathy! So many details to drink in…