Monday, February 18, 2013

A little of this, a little of that and a finished project!

Hello My Crafty Friends!

I hope this post finds everyone in a creative, productive state of mind! I have certainly been a busy little bee! I have been reorganizing my crafty area and now I finally feel like I have it all set up after 9 months of living in my current apartment! I made things a little more accessible so that I will actually use the oodles of stuff I have such as my stamps! Here is a picture of my crafty corner in my little (and I mean little) apartment. One of these days I'll post a video showing a little closer everything that is on the shelves! :)
I live in a large studio and my crafting stuff takes up about half of my apartment! These shelves are full of supplies including paper, tools, embellishments, trims etc. I have two other shelves that hold finished projects, filled albums and stuff to alter or get filled. In the below sneak peak video for G45 project you'll see that my selves are on the other side of my desk.
As I was organizing and cleaning I realized my bin of unfinished projects was starting to over flow and I couldn't close it anymore. So I created a challenge for myself to get as many projects done in a month as I can. But I have to finish at least get the project I pull out of the bin on camera each month, anything extra is a bonus for! The February challenge is due March 12 and I am happy to say that I am ahead of the game. I will most likely post a video soon and start on another project!

While doing all of the above I managed to take a infamous Remember When Nicole class using Authnetique's Lovely collection. It was an awesome box that holds three mini albums. It was all about love but the three mini's were called "Who I love", "What I love" and "Why I love me". I thought they were great ideas for the mini albums because it isn't completely focused on being in a relationship or having to put pictures of you and your significant other...especially if you aren't in a relationship. Here are a few pictures of the box and covers of the mini albums.
This is the box the mini albums sit in...super cute! 
Three mini album covers and box.
For January's Remember When design project I received the new Graphic45 French Country Collection with a Farm House Paper Co. mini album. Check out the video of me showing you the paper line before I started the project...

I have to admit I was a little worried about this project because although I love G45, sometimes if I am not in the right mind frame it is hard for me to get anything going. I also have to admit that I was not fond of this paper line when I saw it at CHA because I couldn't imagine using it since it had roosters on it. But then karma came around to kick me in the booty and I was assigned it for January. Our design team leader, Stephanie, had said that I'm good with G45 and mini albums. Thanks to Patty, who works at RW...she suggested a cook book, so off I went to create. The Farm House mini chipboard album is awesome but I felt like the pages were never going to end, it had 8 pages equaling 16 pages plus the covers! BUT I "survived" and I am pretty impressed and proud of myself with what I came up  Be sure to watch the below YouTube video for a list of products used and some more description on what I did to each page.

Here are pictures of the pages...
Lots of fussy cutting when I create with G45. You can't tell on the picture but I used Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint, Rocky Candy over the sunflowers. I deco pauge the roosters down the side of the album and the journal card. 
Prima flowers to the right. The rooster and edges of the journal card are crackled painted. 

Used the Tim Holtz Glassine Paper, I used the honeycomb embossing folder and distress inked it with Walnut Stain. More Prima flowers to the right.

Created a shadow box effect using chipboard layered underneath the pattern paper. The background paper and below pocket was crated using the the technique explained in this video

Lots of layering here...used a Tim Holtz stamp and Walnut Stain distress embossing powder at the bottom.
In the next several pictures I used corrugated paper which I painted on.

My desk is plenty busy with a second "Dream" wall coat hanger for a friend, two "A Year in Review...2012" project life kinda albums using Simple Stories Snap collection, RW's February DT projects using the latest from My Mind's Eye and BoBunny, Donna Downey February Canvas workshop, projects from the unfinished bin and I need to start a baby girl's first 12 months 12x12 album! To see progress of all these projects follow me on any of the social networking sites...just click on any (or all of) the buttons to the right! :)

Until next creative!

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