Friday, March 04, 2022

Something Different.

During the past two years of lock down I have gone back to my roots and  back into mixed media which is very much my first love. I have now produced several journals and albums, not for their intended use of putting photos in but have adapted them to hold my stamps and dies instead of just being stored in boxes. 
This one houses small dies and stamps in the various flaps and pockets and also has the added advantage of using up  my smaller paper pads/ and left over designer papers in my stash. 

This is a " Tabbed Folio" Journal  from 'My Porch Prints' and you can buy the digital printout and instructions from their Etsy Shop.  I printed it out in black onto printer paper which I then glued onto thick card and cut out the templates to draw round and use on my design paper. You can print straight onto digital paper if prefered 

I have decorated the front of the folder with' Heartfelt Creations '  Leafy accents stamp HCPC - 3835 / Arianna  Blooms stamp HCPC - 3608 and the matching die cut Arianna Blooms HCD 748. I coloured using Distress ink pads in various blues and browns. The centre of the flowers are Prills. (The little devils get everywhere so make sure you put your glue in the centre of your flower head first and then tip a spoonful of them in on top. Tap your flower down  onto a clean sheet of paper and then funnel any loose ones straight back into the jar replacing the lid pronto!!!   I have also chosen to keep the folder closed with ribbon  which is my own idea. The pocket on the front holds a small die in place. The closure is a flower punch cut out several times and glued together , then held in place with brads and bakers twine. 
Folder then opens up with two slip in pockets on the left and two more pockets on the right.
Each tab then opens up again to reveal more storage pockets on the left hand side
and the same  on the right hand side. I decorated the inside using my SU butterfly punch and a Martha Stewart Decorative punch.

I am entering into the following challenges:
Crafting Happiness #121 Anything goes.
Dream Valley  #264 More than 1 fold.
Double 'D' Challenge # Something with pockets.
C.R.A.F.T. challenge # 628 Not a card.
Dies R Us #188 Anything goes using a die cut. 
Creative Creases #27 Anything goes with a fun fold. 
A Perfect Time To Craft #3 Anything goes.
Classic Design Challenge #3 Anything goes.

Stay Safe and well.


crafty-stamper said...

WOW this is brilliant love all the pages/pockets and papers -love it
Carol x

Liz said...

This is just fabulous, Mrs A. I love the papers you've used. xx

KT Fit Kitty said...

Awesome idea, useful, and beautiful as well!

Glennis F said...

An amazing project, and so useful too

cotnob said...

This is fabulous, not only beautiful but useful as well.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

LesleyG said...

This is so beautiful, what a lovely project and useful storage to treasure xxx

Aquarius said...

Brilliant - such an attractive storage idea for your dies, love it

As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

A fabulous project.
Thank you for joining us at CRAFT Challenge Blog challenge. Good luck Ginny DT for
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Lisa said...

Oh my gosh this is incredible. Great layers, flaps, pockets and papers. I love the heartfelt creations flowers and leaves and completely agree on the prills. I put them away as soon as I am done as they can spill and get everywhere quickly.

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

WOW!! Such amazing album!! Love the vintage feel of the patterned papers used and the whole design with all those flaps and pockets! The cover is gorgeous with your own Arianna Blooms flowers in sweet blue colour and the prills look great on the centre. Love so much also the pocket with the tiny flowers closure!! Definitely it's a work of love and well done for using it on putting inside your stash items!

Chris said...

I LOVE this idea- what a lovely way to store your dies and stamps- useful and decorative too! Beautiful papers and I love all those little flaps and pockets.

Jackie T said...

Hi Mrs A they are gorgeous. I love them. What a lovely way to store stamps and dies. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Diane said...

Beautifully created, lots of pretty work and it definitely has a lot of pockets! Thank you for joining our challenge at Double D!
Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}
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Diane said...

Me gain! Thank you for entering your beautiful album into our challenge at Dies R Us!
Diane DRU DT {Nellies Nest}
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Darlene said...

Oh Mrs. A ... you are SO creative! What a fabulous idea and absolutely beautiful! Well done!! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Pockets’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
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Brenda in IN said...

Wow. The flowers are gorgeous and what a wonderful way to store things and get organized. Those papers are so pretty and I love all the nooks and crannies. This is awesome.

Barbara said...

This is a fabulous way to store stamps and things. I am glad that you shared them with us and made good use of the time while locked down. Thanks for joining us at Double D Challenge.

Margreet said...

A stunning and useful project!
xxx Margreet

Debbie Mageed said...

Absolutely amazing mini album! The details are perfectly done! Wow!! Thank you for playing in my Creative Creases Challenge and hope you can join in again soon. I would also recommend that you upload to the current Double Trouble Challenge!
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Sandra H said...

Absolutely beautiful project Mrs A the flowers are gorgeous great for storage beautiful papers too you truly are so talented xx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Wow this is stunning Valery Anne, such a great idea too. looks like you put lockdown to good use.

Sue xx

cuilliesocks said...

WOW!!! You really are a paper engineer Valery, this is a gorgeous creation, with all those folds and pockets. Such beautiful papers and embellishments too. Never in the month of Sundays or indeed any other day of the week could I attempt to create something like this....well for a start in involve measuring lol, I love it, Kate x

Donna said...

This is amazing, love every detail!

Sheryl said...

Valerie Ann this is just absoulutley fantastic. I love all the tiny details and colour scheme.
Thank you so much for entering our challenge this week at CRAFT Challenge looking forward to see you again next challenge.
Hugs Sheryl CRAFT DT

Sue - said...

Wow! This is fantastic and so pretty too!

aussie aNNie said...

wow. Brilliant project, STUNNING design for our current challenge POCKETS… Thanks for joining in at [aNNie Designer for Double D challenges{My Blog}

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Wow! this is a beautiful project. I love making albums but rarely get enough time to do so. Yours has so many lovely elements, pockets, flaps and interesting features and the papers are gorgeous too.