Friday, February 5, 2016

"Tales Of You and Me" Memory Hardware Journal - Gatefold /Frank Garcia Design Team

Winter CHA has come to a close and the ordering/shipping has begun!! Hopefully Tales of You and Me will be at your fingertips very soon. You really want this gorgeous collection created by my wonderful creative friend  Frank Garcia for Prima Marketing. I am in love, and so lucky to have been invited to the very first Frank Garcia Design Team!! The Memory Hardware that adorns this journal is also incredibly beautiful!! I had a blast creating this mini using The Memory Hardware Journal - Gatefold  created by Frank. There a few different size and types of albums ready for you to adorn. They are all fantastic! This is  the front of the journal. To  prepare the album. I edges all of the edges with Chalk Edger in Vintage Pink. I adhered a brown card stock to all of the  pages including the covers. For the cover, sides and back  I used 12x12 Tales of You & Me-Jardin de Fleurs. For the inside I used a variety of papers from the collection.

Here is a close up of the journal. I die cut a frame from corrugated cardboard sprayed it with Color Blooms in  Empress Gold, cut it in half and adhered it to either side of the front covers. The Memory Hardware - Montmartre Latch was used for the closure.

When you first open the Memory Hardware Journal - Gatefold , this is what you see. I die-cut a frame, sprayed it with Color Bloom - Empress Gold and layered some corrugated cardboard and patterned paper over the top page. I distressed the edges and sprayed the exposed cardboard with the Empress Gold as well.

This is a close up of the die cut frame. I also gave the page a light spray of the Empress Gold.

I added another die cut and sprayed it with the Empress Gold Color Bloom spray and added the Memory Hardware - Louviers Antique Chain and attached them with Memory Hardware - Villeneuve Antique Rings. The sign is free hanging and ready for journaling or a photo. The opposite page has a pocket I created to hold tags and cutouts from 12x12 Tales of You & Me-Contes de Toi et Moi paper.

 I created a pocket page on this section as well. All of the tags were die cut and the cutouts were just tucked into the pocket.

 I created a vertical waterfall feature using  the cutouts from the 12x12 Tales of You & Me-Contes de Toi et Moi. There is plenty of real estate in this journal for photos and journaling. 

When putting the pages together using the patterned paper, I have used the Memory Hardware - Artisan Adhesive Tape. This tape is like no other. It adheres and hold up so well.

On the back of each page, I added a die cut frame for more photos. I sprayed the frames with Empress Gold Color Bloom Spray.

This is how thick the journal is when all closed up.  Three are 6 pages total.

For the spine of the journal, I punched 3 holes on the top and placed eyelets for strength.  I created a dangle for the spine by stringing the Memory Hardware Glass Pearls and a few of my jewelry spacers (from my personal stash) onto an eye-pin. The Memory Hardware - La Rochelle Antique Trinkets are hanging from Memory Hardware - Louviers Antique Chain and I attached them with Memory Hardware - Villeneuve Antique Rings. ONce each dangle was created, I strung them onto the largest ring and placed them through the middle hole I created on the spine.

Here is a close up of the dangles I created.

Here is the back of the journal. 

Thank you for joining me for a look at the gorgeous collection Tales Of You And Me. This is a collection that is a must have. Especially if you like shabby chic Romantic. Valentines Day is coming up!! Think of what you can create with this collection. It is perfect!! What sweet tales would you record with this gorgeous collection? With beautiful floral images, the most wonderful color palette, and amazing embellishments it is sure to be one of your favorites for years to come! Join us on the Frank Garcia Community page on Facebook and upload your projects using all of his gorgeous collections!! We would love to see them!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Dusty Attic January 2016 Inspiration Moodboard Challenge.

The January MoodBoard for Dusty Attic is incredibly gorgeous as always. It reminds me of the Arizona Green Tea colors.

I wanted to keep the layout, light and airy and delicate, so I toned down the colors a bit but stayed true to the Moodboard, because that is the mood it put me in, light, airy and delicate. I prepare my base by using 2 pieces of 12x12 corrugated cardboard. I cut out a square opening on 1 of them and layered it over the solid piece. This gave me a dimensional background with a faint shadow box effect. I covered it with gesso, used a little Dusty Attic texture paste over it then let it dry completely before using color. Now the fun begins. I used Lindys Stamp Gang T-Bird Turqoise Flat Shots to cover the background. I also used Pink Ladies Pink Flat Shots and Merry Go Round Green with a paintbrush  and dabbed away until I got a watercolor feel to the entire background.

I prepared all of my Dusty Attic Chipboard with white gesso. Then in various strengths, I diluted some Lindys Stamp Gang Color Shots in Pink Ladies Pink for the Corner Flourish #1.

I chose some Dusty In Bloom Bridal Veil and a couple of flowers from my own stash and smothered them in gesso. Let them dry.

The word Adorable from the Word Pack #12, was then painted using a mixture of Lindys Flat  Shots in Merry Go Round Green and T-bird Turquoise.

Here is a closeup of the other corner of blooms. I just painted them with a more concentrated formula of Lindys Flat Shots in Pink Ladies Pink and T-Bird Turquoise.

Just another view.

The die cut leaves were painted with Lindys Merry Go Round green with just a touch of T-Bird Turquoise, then they were tucked up under the blooms.

The frame was also colored in Pink Ladies Pink. In this shot you can see a bit more of the dimension. I placed a small piece of corrugated cardboard behind the smaller Vintage Frame to raise it a bit. 

Check back every month at Dusty Attic because the design team has so much gorgeous inspiration and The Mood Board Challenge is open to anyone who wants to give it a shot. You can have a chance to win a lovely prize pack from Dusty Attic. Just let the Inspiration/Moodboard  take you away!!
This is the Moodboard for January 2016. Wait until you see February...sigh...


Friday, January 29, 2016

Dusty Attic January 2016 The Great Outdoors

Hello Dusty Attic Lovers!! I bring to you the Great Outdoors! My daughter is a chef, as well as an avid fisherwoman. When Grouper is in fishing season in Florida, she hops onto a charter boat to get the catch of the day. I "fished" through my Dusty Attic stash to find foliage that reminded me of the sea. This is what I came up with.

I followed through the theme with papers that has fishies on them. I love the colors of the sea, and had to compliment them with an accent color of coral. I used the Dusty Attic Corrugated Cardboard to accent and lift the layout giving it dimension. I painted it using Dusty In Colour Hot Chocolate, then sprayed it with Lindys shimmering spray to highlight the blues in the paper.

I painted the chipboard with the Dusty In Colour in Hot Chocolate and sprayed it with color once the acrylic dried. It is a real deep rich chocolate color. I love it! Perfect for tree bark, or leafy stems.

I did  the same to the title wi the brown base and spray. I love that you can still see the brown under the blue. Kind of like a rusted patina look.

I used a different color spray to highlight the Swirly Vine. More of a coral gold
 ish color. The brown lends a nice base for the sprays. I just wanted a little shimmer for this layout.

I really love the Laurel Sprigs. They would also make a nice filler in a floral cluster.

Thank you for joining me for my first post in 2016. I am looking forward to a creatively productive year with Dusty Attic. I hope you keep coming back for inspiration from our delicious Design Team!! They are truly amazing!!


Until we meet again...

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Flying Unicorn January 2016 Guest Designer

 Glad I was the first Guest Designer of the year for Flying Unicorn...I would hate a tough act to follow!!! I have had a creative blast working with all of the beautiful products  in all of the January Your Passion Your Art kits. The 13 Arts Secret Letters collection of paper is simply beautiful! I chose to accent A Letter To You  with purple. and use the inks and sprays that were in the kits.
i dry brushed a very light coat of white gesso to the entire paper, then mixed some Prima cold pink mica powder, included in the Mixed Art kit, with water in a spray bottle and sprayed the edges of the background paper and corrugated cardboard background.

I love the 13 Arts Secret Letters laser cut words. I simply colored the Dream word with the Chalk Ink in Dirty Pink. Another wonderful product are the Secret Letters sticker words.

The only thing I used from my stash are some Prima Blooms that I have been hoarding for a while now. I thought they matched perfectly with the colors in the kits. I tucked a few in here and there.

I fussy cut the cutouts  from Remember Me - Secret Letters Collection paper and layered them on the page. I cut the doily images and tucked them in here and there.

It is difficult to photograph the shimmer of the Mica powder, but it really does shimmer in the light.

I fussy cut the butterflies from one of the papers. I added the little black dots and colored the antennae with a Sharpie and then covered the entire butterflies with clear crackle paint.

The frame was die cut using a Sizzix die, painted with gesso, then using the Mica powder while the gesso was still wet, I finger painted the powder into the gesso.

Thank you Alda Stevens and Flying Unicorn for having me as the January Guest Designer. I really enjoyed working with all of the gorgeous kits, and hope on e day to work with you once again!!. It has been a creative blast for me.