Saturday 22 March 2014

Paper Chase 2 for Country View Crafts

As our first anniversary for Country View Crafts is drawing to a close I am excited to share my second DT sample for the month which is a vintaged mini album using the French Industrial paper stash and a multitude of other snippets from Tim Holtz products and lots of other scraps that fitted into the overall shabby/vintage/distressed effects I was trying to achieve. It is where I have used the Playing Cards I showed for my first DT piece for this challenge.
Hope you have got a cuppa in your hand because there are loads of photos.
I wanted to create a mini album that would give me space to grow as I filled it and lots of secret places to hold photographs.
These are the book pages and papers that covered them and the brown hinges are the mechanism that gave me enough space to add lots of layers once the book was made.
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Here you can see the outside of the hinges once they have been inserted and then covered with a spine made of thick paper and stamped with picket fence distress paint.
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A birds eye view shows the way the hinges stick out from the pages creating that ability to ‘stretch’ once layers and embellishments are added.
So although I made the album neatly, the layouts and collages became very shabby indeed, quite a contrast to the more formal beginning. These are all the pages singly and together showing how the altered playing cards became flaps to hide photos.
Pages 1 and 2 – that's a little handmade envelope on the left’
Pages 3 and 4 – the right hand side has a band to tuck photos under.
Pages 5 and 6 – the piece on the right with the quote on is also a mini page.
Pages 7 and 8 – again the whole piece on the right lifts as a flap.
Pages 9 and 10 – the attendance certificate is a hideaway for a pull out mat.
Pages 11 and 12 – the bingo flap lifts up
Pages 13 and 14 – the pocket on the left has concertina edges so that you can stuff lots of small memorabilia etc. inside of it.
So there we are a little mini album measuring 16 x 11 cms. All I need to do now is get it filled with photos lol.
If you haven’t had a chance to enter the challenge I hope you manage to before the end of the month and celebrate our paper anniversary.
Have a fabulous weekend whatever activities you have got planned or just relax and have some chill time.

Thanks for stopping by.
hugs {brenda} x0x


Unknown said...

This is Fantastic Brenda. So much to look at, Lots of different techniques used. Love it. xxx

Ink Art Designs said...

Hi Brenda. Wow! So much to see...and so many gorgeous pages, each one a work of art. The playing cards as highlights look fantastic. I think my favourite one is the No. 4 page, but all of them are so interesting. You must have really enjoyed making this as it shows in every page.
Dot x

sally said...

What an amazing album you've created Brenda, and that's without the photos being in there yet!


Deborah said...

Amazing and so beautifully put together. Love those hinges.

Paula Whittaker said...

wow so much work has gone in to this super project.

Valerie-Jael said...

This is a really fantastic album, love all the secret pockets and how you have assembled it! Hugs, Valerie

Nancy Wethington said...

Beautiful! Love all the bits and pieces.

Rosie said...

A brilliant album, Brenda

Nicole Wright Designs said...

Hold on Brenda, let me pick my jaw up off the floor. What a stunning album. Each page is eye candy. I really must try creating one. Sothing like this would be a great graduation gift for my daughter. What a special piece. Thank you so much for sharing each yummy page.

Paper Profusion said...

A HUGE WOW from me Brenda! This must have taken an age to do but my goodness what an artistic tour de force. It is SUPERB! Love all the wonderful elements - it will be such a playful and beautiful heirloom. You must have smiled when you found the 'perfect attendance' certificate - so apt! Thank-you for all the details, Have a lovely weekend. Nicola x

Joanna Wiƛniewska said...

Stunning album. Beautiful details.

Daniele said...

I so love albums and this is so great, love all the shabby layouts Brenda
hugs xx

Karin said...

wow what a fabulous project, it looks great! Groetjes karin

Redanne said...

Oh my goodness Brenda, this is a-maz-ing! Each page has something new to discover and the cover is wow! An absolutely gorgeous creation and what a wonderful place to store your photos and bits and pieces. LOVE this so much! Hugs, Anne xx

Words and Pictures said...

This is completely stunning, Brenda - every single page is worthy of a post of its own!! Thank you for sharing all these wonderful photos, so we can see all the delights... Brilliant use of the dies and papers and all the fabulous ephemera. Wow, wow and one more wow!
Alison xx

Meggymay said...

Wow absolutely fantastic. So many details, thanks for showing us all the photos.

Anonymous said...

Brenda, I believe I am at a loss for words as to how special this is as a book, beautifully constructed I might add, then the individual pages with fabulous images and papers.

Astrid Maclean said...

Absolutely fantastic Brenda, a real WOW project!!! Love the construction of this book and each page is a mini piece of art all on its own! Such a fantastic way to integrate your altered playing cards too! Totally fabulous!! LOVE it!!!!!

catherine said...

Such a fabulous make Brenda and love everything you have added to it
x catherine

catherine said...

Such a fabulous make Brenda and love everything you have added to it
x catherine

Glennis F said...

Amazing Brenda - so much to look at there!

Rita said...

Wow Brenda. This is one magnificent book. Lots to see and the colour combinations are fantastic. I'm just about finished mine and I know how much work goes into the making. Enjoy the weekend. Hugs Rita xxx

Inkypinkycraft said...

a gorgeous project , wow what ana amazing piece and way to use paper! Hugs x trace x

Jane said...

Good morning Brenda. I saw your masterpiece over at Cvc's amazing. I love all the details and hidden pockets for photos. What a perfect keepsake this will be. Enjoy your Sunday. I hope to get some crafty time later in the day. Hugs xx

Claudia N. said...

This is lovely! And so many things to "explore". Reminds me of those pop up and flap books my son had as a child and loved so much ;).
A beautiful way to use ephemera and designer paper scraps too!

Claudia x

Annie said...

Hi Brenda....this is totally amazing....what a fab all the fabulous layers and details....very inspiring

Huge hugs Annie x

Mary Elizabeth said...

Brenda, this is seriously amazing. I love everything about it. You have such an amazing eye for layering images. And I absolutely adore the structure of your album. Thanks for the step-by-step. This is such a valuable asset. I definitely want to to try al album like this sometime.

Thanks for your very kind words on my latest project. Love the new challenge blog!! -- Mary Elizabeth

Barb Cady said...

This is fabulous and thankyou for adding all the photographs to show your journey through your creation. I love it! x

Martina said...

Dear Brenda, this is just so creative and wonderful. I truly enjoy seeing what you create, always such a pleasure.
Thank you for sharing, I love this!!!
Your imagination is endless .........

The Sparkly Fairy said...

This is fabulous Brenda - so much work!

froebelsternchen said...

a wonderful project Brenda! Such a harmonious piece! AMAZING!

Von said...

So beautifully put together Brenda with so many hidden treasures :)
Von ♥

Paula J Atkinson said...

This is gorgeous, Brenda. So much work & so full of things to see. A real treasure.

Birscrea4fun said...

So beautiful, it is amezing.
Xx Love from Birgit
the netherlands

Cocofolies said...

Wow wow wow, what a fantastic album, full of beautiful photos, stamping and vintage elements... Fantastic album!!! xxx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow Brenda, once again I'm missing words. It's an outstanding project.

barbarayaya62 said...

Wow it's the only words that I say! Incredible project! BArbarayaya

Terry said...

Brenda, this is absolutely one spectacular mini album! Each page is so detailed with fun elements and layers! What a wonderful way to hide those photos! Love this and certainly enjoyed my cuppa this morning with you! Have a great week. Hugs!

1CardCreator said...

Wow, what a fabulous project, so many perfect details, so much work! ~Diane

Jools Robertson said...

This is stunning, thanks for showing such wonderful informative images
I'm just doing a series of classes with Kathy Byrne and I am looking to replicate a book we did at the last class

Just love this Brenda, the pages are so beautiful

Jools x

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

WHOA!!! I love the expanse of this album! You can fill and fill and fill! The design is wonderful! Gorgeous pages, and love the retro design layouts in them!

Juls said...

Can't put into words how utterly fabulous this is!!! Love it!! Hugs Juls

Marjie Kemper said...

Oh my gosh, Brenda, this book is fantabulous!!! You must've had a blast creating it. So many details and wonderful touches. I especially love each one of the photo cards and how you've accented them. Thanks for sharing so many photos... it was a pleasure peering at these pages.

Elly said...

Brilliant! I could never cover up those beautiful layers with pictures.

Maryann Laursen said...

WAUW Brenda, this is just absolutely stunning. I soooo love every page you´ve made here. There´s sooo many amazing details everywhere, that you just can´t take your eyes from it again. I´m in total awe about the beauty in this album.

Candy C said...

Brenda...this is BEYOND fabulous! I totally love your altered playing cards to begin with. And now, this amazing mini book to really be able to show them off to their full potential....OH MY GOSH!!! THE TIME AND THE ARTISTRY you have devoted to this! It's incredible! I also wanted to thank you for your lovely comment on my blog about my CC3C piece. Enjoy your time with Terry! <3 Candy