Here is a little whimsical piece I put together recently after being left with a completely clear, acrylic box. You know what it's like. You keep looking at an object, thinking you could do something with it but what. Well that's what happened with this packaging box. I had a kind of Alice in Wonderland type, looking box of time in my head and then it struck me that it would be fun to put different sized photos of my daughter inside to show how she has grown. With the idea of time still in my head
The Whimsy Clock was born.
I cut out my paper to fit the back and the bottom of the box and used silver mirror board for the sides to reflect the images. Unfortunately, I couldn't get a shot of the sides that would let you see this but trust me it works like a mirror and is very effective.
Because I wanted the outside to be as interesting as the inside, I backed the unpatterned side of the paper with cream cardstock, onto which I stuck sections of a poem.
I then cut out different photos of Louise from birth to now and fixed them on the mirror board, backing paper and front of the box. I stamped a clock face, minus the hands, onto acetate using black StazOn and cut out, securing to the front of the box with a clear glue dot and then covering this with a button to complement the paper. I coated a chipboard heart in silver and stuck this on the backing paper with a padlock underneath. Some acetate sentiments and flowers that I stamped myself and a selection of ribbons finished it off.
Here you can see that the outside is decorated with ribbons and self-adhesive gems so it is interesting to look at and of course there is the poem.
If you want to try this yourself here are a few Top Tips.
Play around with the layout before sticking anything down. Remember, you want to see all the pictures from one angle or another so use your tweezers to hold them roughly in position and look into the box from the front to check the position.
You will need to stick the backing paper and mirror board sides to the box, otherwise they will fall inwards.
Use clear glue dots to stick the card and paper to the inside as glue can smudge. Gemstones on the oustide can be used to mask the glue dots.
You need to get a hand right inside the box to stick pictures etc on, so check this first.
Finally, the poem I chose is a favourite of mine about children. It was written by Kahlil Gibran and is from his book called The Prophet in which he tells the story of a prophet who is asked by a group of villagers to speak to them about life. One woman asks "Speak to us of Children" and he begins:
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of life's longing for itself.....
I would liked to have posted the entire poem but I think I'm worried about breaching copyright. However you do an internet search on him and you should be able to access this poem and possibly the entire book.
I have posted pictures of the ATC cards I make as part of two internet ATC swaps but have never posted pictures of the cards I receive. Well I am going to rectify that now. Here are some of the beautiful little works of art I have received from other talented crafters.
I store them in special ATC plastic A4 size pocket pages in a decorated ring binder. I did think about the 7 Gypsies ATC carousel but I don't have anywhere to put it and you can't really see the cards unless you take them out, whereas in these pockets you can. Each pocket will take two cards, back-to-back, so when the other side of this page is full, I'll post pictures of those cards as well. I bought these pages from Crafty Individuals but I'm sure there are other suppliers as well.
If you have thought about joining an ATC swap but haven't then I hope this will encourage you to do so. It's lovely to see the techniques others are using to create these stunning images.
So to all the ladies who have sent me ATC cards: Thank You.
Last Sunday I was at my local papercrafts shop Kitty Krafts where, amongst much laughter and general chat, the class made paper bag books. Because we all such a good time I didn't finish mine but Louise the owner who took the class always makes sure we have everything we need to complete the projects at home.
Here is my completed book with a couple of the inside pages.
I really enjoyed making this. It was easy and very effective and has lots of pockets, inserts and tabs to make it more interesting and tactile.
I promised some more pictures of my vintage scrapping, so here is a double page layout from the album I made for my sister about our parents. Both pages are devoted to my dad John.
I used chocolate brown and faded light brown papers to complement the old black and white photos and particularly the one of dad sitting on the front of his car which now has an almost sepia tone to it.
I typed the newspaper cutting myself. It was background information on Airfix, the company he worked for most of his working life. Once typed into columns, I aged the paper with Tim Holtz distress ink in Antique Linen and tore the edges and inked them to match. I used a piece of micro mesh on the right-hand page and adhered vintage peel-off letters to spell Jack, the name he was known by at work.
The layout worked really well and is one of my favourites.
I've just come back from a great afternoon's crafting at Kitty Krafts, my favourite craft shop. We were making paper bag books and as usual, time whizzed by. I've still got to finish mine off and will post a picture later this week. If you want to see us all beavering away at the class, there are some pictures on their blog. Scroll down and click the link on the right-hand side of this page.
In the meantime here's a picture of the latest birthday card swap. I've had a desire lately to use more tactile elements and decided to use some lace on one corner. What do you think?
Accordion books make nice little gifts and are quick and easy to make. The hardest part is choosing the papers and ribbons Once that decision is made you can make one in no time.
It's just as well that these are quick to make as I'm in the middle of decorating the bedroom at the moment and don't have a lot of time for crafting. I want to get the room finished in the next couple of weeks though so I can get back to my watercolour painting and paper crafting. Just in time for Christmas. AHHH!! There's a scary thought.
This a double page layout from my recently completed Cuban album.
Because I chose an 8" x 8" album I really needed to use hidden tabs for journaling and photographs. This was the only way I could get all the information and images on each page that I wanted.
I liked this paper as it echoed the building from which this massive iconic image of Che Guevara looked down on Revolution Square. If the image looks familiar it is the one used on T shirts and nearly everything else bearing his likeness.
I kept a white border round the pictures and printed some of the journaling in strips. I also wanted to include a picture of the local taxis which we saw that day and so created a flap with the white card. I doodled a spiral down the left side to look like a notebook.
On this picture you can see the flap opened up to reveal more journaling and the photo of the Coco Taxi. I used hidden flaps quite a lot in this album and will post some more examples in a couple of weeks.
While sorting out all the pictures I have on my laptop I found the photos of the birthday card I made for my sister last year. I wanted to create something different and while flicking through my folder of saved projects from old magazines I found the perfect answer. A great project from the August 2009 Scrapbook Inspirations magazine by Shirley Toogood 'A 1930's Family Story. I decided to adapt the idea to become A Box of Birthday Quotes
This site is really easy to use as all the quotes are listed alphabetically and there are loads to choose from, for almost every occasions. Obviously I picked quotes about sisters and mine was really chuffed to receive something so personal.
I love these papers and have used them for a lot of projects. They are Imaginisce papers, Black Tie Optional: Kitsch'n Floral and Cut and Dried.
Once I had worked out what size the panels were going to be it was easy to cut away the squares at each corner and score and fold the straight lines. Lots of die cut flourishes, a few paper flowers and some Stickles gave the finishing touch.
Oops! Somehow I've lost my signature from this post and can't retrieve it.