Frilly and Funkie April Showers Challenge: Peek a Boo Baby Girl Shortie Tag Album Video Tour
Hello, Friends! It’s time for a brand new challenge on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog. Our hostess this go round is the lovely and talented Suzz. I’ve created an adorable Peek a Boo Baby Girl Shortie Tag Album Video Tour to share with you today. But before we get to that, let’s see what Suzz has to say about this fabulous challenge.
April Showers: Create a shabby chic or vintage project inspired by the word showers. Think rain, storms, umbrellas, baby showers, wedding showers whatever comes to mind and start creating.
We hope you’ll join the fun and create your own vintage or shabby chic “April Showers” project . Then link your project up on the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, April 25th.
The Frilly and Funkie team will be popping by to visit your blogs and leave you some lovely comments. Then the team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie. The next three favorite participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.
Peek a Boo Baby Girl Shortie Tag Album Video Tour
I could talk about this album all day long, but instead, I’ve prepared a little video tour where I share supplies, techniques and tips with you. Enjoy!
Most of the items I used to make this album are available at the Funkie Junkie Boutique. Some items I’ve had in my stash for a very long time, and have no idea where they came from. I’ll provide product links wherever possible.
Petaloo Pets Week: All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album
Hello, Friends! Are you enjoying Petaloo Pets week? Yesterday I celebrated dogs with a sweet little shabby chic folio. Today, it’s all about CATS! This All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album is purr-fectly shabby chic, filled with fun interactive elements and loaded with simple techniques you can use in any crafty endeavor. Let’s take a look,. shall we?
While straightening up the Closet of Shame, I ran across this nifty mini album base. Made with heavy book board, the album had plain kraft covers and a handy ring binder mechanism. I dressed it up with papers from Authentique’s Devoted collection, a canvas spine and lots of shabby chic details.
The focal image is this pretty kitty in an altered Prima frame. Paints and seed beads add whimsy and texture to the formerly white frame. The frame is surrounded by gorgeous Petaloo flowers, custom dyed seam binding ribbon, novelty buttons and a second, smaller vintage framed image.
The frame was painted with a cream chalk paint followed by a light coat of Tattered Rose Distress Paint. Finally, I tapped the raised edges with Vintage Photo Distress paint to make them pop.
I didn’t like the plain kraft spine, so I dressed it up with a strip of canvas that I attached with Scor-Tape. The nubby texture and ivory fabric add to the shabby chic vibe. This little antique bronze lion charm added just the right touch of whimsy to the spine.
Thinking outside the button box
If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know I have a “thing” for buttons. This love for buttons started when I was a child and my mom let me string buttons from my grandmother’s button box while I was sick in bed. In later years, I inherited that button box along with all the beautiful vintage buttons inside it. Like most collections, it grew…and grew…and grew! Thankfully, I love to use buttons to embellish my projects.
For this fun button feature, I encircled a “framed” image with pretty buttons. But do you want to guess how that frame was made? Yep. It’s a big button! I used a paper punch to cut out the sweet vintage image of the girl and her kitty, glued it into the center of the button and then filled the button with Glossy Accents. That’s how you think outside the button box!
It’s OK to Stagger!
When cutting the pages for this mini album, I decided it would be fun to create pages that were sized and shaped differently.
These staggered edges lend a playful, whimsical feel to the album and invite you to turn pages, open folders and peek inside pockets.
All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album YouTube Video
Because I find it hard to really get a feel for the flow of a mini album with still photos, I created this YouTube video tour. In the tour, I share tips for using scraps, creating custom embellishments and making interactive elements. I hope you enjoy!
Thank you so much for joining me here today! If you have any questions about this project, feel free to ask in the comment section below.
Petaloo Pets Week: All You Need is Love and a Dog Folio
Hello, Friends! Do you have a furry friend that adds sunshine and joy to your life? This week at Petaloo we’re celebrating Petaloo Pets with loads of great pet themed projects. I’ve prepared a couple fun little albums with that in mind. Today’s All You Need is Love and a Dog folio has a great shabby chic/vintage vibe. Don’t you just love that adorable little girl and her Pug? This 5×7 folio has been made from a card base. It’s a simple design. Create a 5×7 card base, and add one extra score line a quarter of an inch from the fold. This will give you a 1/4″ spine, allowing you to fill the inside with all sorts of fun inserts.
Authentique Papers made me break my New Year’s Resolution to refrain from buying any new paper pretties when they released their Devoted collection. (She hangs her head in shame.) l fell completely in love with the shabby chic patterns, colors and images. Yes, friends…it found its way into the Closet of Shame.
Every Shabby Chic project needs flowers! To pick up on the antique pinks and blues in the papers, I added Petaloo Spice Anemones, Teal Forgetmenots, and Ivory Burlap Blossoms. When I’d finished layering all the elements on the cover, I spattered diluted black paint to amp up the vintage vibe.
Here’s a peek at the inside of the folio. The top half contains a really fun fold out feature with waterfall, pockets, tags and photo mounts. The bottom pocket contains several photos mounts bound together with a slide off belly band.
All You Need is Love and a Dog Folio YouTube Video Tour
Because I think it is difficult to get the feel for an interactive folio like this one, I’ve prepared a YouTube video tour. In it, I show you how the various elements work and I share lots of tips for creating interactive features like the ones in this folio. I hope you enjoy!
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comment section below. I love to hear from you!
Enchanted Forest Petite Album for Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog
Hello, Friends! Welcome to another great challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog. Cec is our hostess this round, and the theme is “It’s a Small, Small World.” In keeping with that, I’ve prepared an Enchanted Forest Petite Album. But before we look at it, let’s see what Cec had in mind when she imagined this wonderful challenge.
Create or alter something small in a shabby chic or vintage style. Your finished project can be anything from the size of an inchie, matchbook or domino to the size of a playing card or note card, which means anything from 1 inch to 4 inches and it does not have to be flat. Be creative and let us know in your post just how small your project is.
And here’s my Enchanted Forest Petite Album….because it’s mini-er than a mini album!
I found a pattern for a really neat folded mini album that uses just one sheet of 12×12 paper. (You can find it HERE.) I had to cut the size down to make it work for this particular challenge, and after some trial and error, found that a 10×10 square worked perfectly.
If you do try to make one of these albums, I recommend that you use very thin paper…like the brown paper that The Funkie Junkie wraps all orders in. Or, a brown paper grocery bag would work well…and newsprint, too. Otherwise, with all the creasing that goes on, the album becomes too bulky.
The covers are slightly larger than an ATC; they measure 2.5″ x 3.5″ . It’s got quite a lot of room for goodies inside, despite it’s small size. There are two inside slash pockets that I stuffed to the gills (you know me) and there are two hidden pockets between the front and back cover that I loaded up with a couple of fun pull out cards.
A Look Inside the Enchanted Forest Petite Album
Here’s a quick look at the inside spread. The pockets are formed in the folding, which is fun. I fussy cut these gorgeous images from the 8×8 pad and created some fun inserts.
The back of the pockets is lined with black cardstock. I have loads more photos for you to peruse in the short YouTube Video below.
If you click on the little symbol in the lower right corner, you can view full screen. And, if you want to stop and study a page, just click on the pause button. I figured this was easier than overloading you with elebenty hunnerd detail photos.
Now it’s YOUR turn!
Are you inspired by this Enchanted Forest Petite Album? I’d love it if you joined the fun over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.
The winner will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot here at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team.
The guidelines for entering are simple: create a new vintage or shabby chic project following the challenge theme, link it below to your post (not just your blog) and also include a link back to this challenge in your post. You can combine our challenge with up to 10 challenges (including this one) to be in with a chance of winning. If you are entering through a public forum please use keyword F&F. Also, please be sure to turn off your Word Verification so our Design Team can leave comments on your blogs.
Hop on over to the F&F Blog for even more inspiration! The projects are tiny, but the creativity is ENORMOUS!
Wanderlust Junque Journal for 7 Gypsies: Opportunity Knocks!
Hello, Friends! Are you familiar with Junque Journals? They are all the rage in the papercrafting world. Junque Journals are kind of hybrid between traditional journals and scrapbooks or mini albums. These mixed media creations combine fabric, different kinds of paper, found items and small souvenirs to capture memories in a fun and playful way. 7 Gyspies has recently released a fabulous new collection called Wanderlust that is tailor made for this kind of memory keeping. I spent a glorious day of crafting with their Wanderlust Junque Journal and ended up with a really funky, fun, mixed media book that oozes with vintage goodness. Take a peek:
The great thing about this Wanderlust Junque Journal is that half the work has been done for you. 7 Gypsies thoughtfully stitched up a gorgeous base album with beautifully vintage cover art and 6 machine stitched pages made from cardstock, burlap, kraft paper, canvas and corrugate. All I had to do was add the fun.
I did make a video of this project so you could really get a feel for the flow and all the various elements. But for those of you who prefer “still” shots, I have loads of them below. Before we get started, you might want to go get a snack and a beverage…there’s a LOT to look at!
I cut out the cover focal image with my craft knife, then stitched it onto some brown faux leather paper. I love the dimension this adds to the cover and the custom feel it gives the journal. The little metal hasp was on an old medicine cabinet that I found at a local yard sale. I added a fussy cut suitcase handle from Pack Your Bags to give the focal the look of a vintage suitcase. I fussy cut other elements and added them to the cover with foam tape. Can you spot the “luggage tag” I made with the faux leather? I love the little post card charm!
The inside pages are so much fun to build up. I fussy cut various elements from papers found in the 12×12 Mixed Media Kit and layered them up until I was happy with the way they looked. On the left hand page I tucked a Gypsy Moments tag into a tiny kraft bag. You could add small photos, journaling, or small souvenirs in the bag as well.
I built hidden pockets and fold outs throughout the Wanderlust Junque Journal because I wanted to have that feeling you get when you are out on a really great junkin’ trip with your best buddy. The top of this fold out was left open so that I could tuck a Postcard and photo mount in behind it. (All my photo mounts and tags were created with Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create dies.)The focal image was cut from the “Stay Focused” 12×12 paper and then “hinged” with washi tape to create a door.
When you open it, there’s room to mount some photos, or to journal in white ink.
This two page spread displays the corrugate and burlap pages. I love the texture you get from these. There’s a pull out pocket behind the doors on the left, and another pocket above the photo mount on the right.
I used my craft knife to split the doors on the image and backed it with another image from the
“Stay Focused” paper. I spattered on some TA Chalkboard mist to add to the artsy feel of this wonderful paper.
This double paged spread is on burlap and kraft papers. I cut out tags and images from “Open New Doors” and layered them in. So quick and easy! The page on the right has a pocket/photo mount filled to the brim with tags, mini file folders and other goodies.
I think this might be my favorite page. The tag pulls out from behind the wonderful “Open New Doors” image. The lined kraft paper behind has been spattered with ink to give it a great grungy feel. But the image on the right is so artsy and fun. I painted the canvas page with ink. Then I “painted” around the focal image with a water brush to make it easy to tear out from the “Be Free” 12×12 paper. This gives you great control but you still end up with that wonderful torn edge look. A little more inking, a torn paper layer that looks like a grassy knoll and a vintage label fussy cut from the paper and this page is done.
Here’s another photo mount pocket filled with tags and mini file folder. The background paper came from a Junque Pack that I had in my stash. I also opened up a Gypsy Moments file folder and used it as a photo mat. All I had to do was add a little hand journaling and another focal image/pocket and this page was done.
I love the vibrancy this red burlap page adds to the Wanderlust Junque Journal. I created a journaling spot on the left with a Gypsy Moments ATC Printed Folder. The little die cuts were in my stash, and they fit in with this so well that I couldn’t resist using them. The corner of the typewriter to hold the folder closed. The inside could house journaling, or small photos. Interactive elements in a journal make me super happy.
This door image is from the “Be Free” 12×12 paper. It reminds me of Dublin, and memories of Dublin make my heart sing. I’ve used another file folder as a mat on this page. Think outside the box when you are using your supplies…a postcard or a file folder can be a mat, or a pocket!
This page is the inside back cover. I fussy cut some keys, turned an image into a pocket and then added a file folder behind it. This took maybe 10 minutes to do…because fussy cutting the keys was a little bit “worky”. But you get the idea. You can build a fabulous album like this in less than a day because the basics have all been done for you.
I tied some burlap twine around the spine and then added on these fun wine charms I bought at a thrift store. Treasure is everywhere….you just have to open your eyes and look for it!
This Wanderlust Junque Journal was so much fun to create. I think it would be a fantastic activity for a bridal shower weekend, a girls’ retreat, a family trip. The album is already about half done…you just add the fun details and your memories and you’ve got a great keepsake that captures a special event or time in your life.
My Gypsy Soul is so happy right now, I can hardly stand it!