Thursday, 17 January 2013

Blessed With Love Mini Album - Creative Inspirations DT Project #1

Hello, my dear friends!
I'm recovering from the flu, just like so many of you have been doing! Today I was finally able to finish and photograph my latest Mini Album. This is my Design Team project for Creative Inspirations! I've entitled my album "Blessed with Love". It's my version of a Valentine Album. It's filled with tags and pockets and many spots to fill with photos of those I love, as well as quotes about love! I can't wait to fill it! I don't think I need to tell you how much fun I'll see it! I have LOTS of photos for you. I did fit two pages in each photo but because I wanted you to see the front and back of all the inserts...this post is loaded. I'll have a complete list of products used at the end of the post, and just tell you a bit about what I did as we go through!
I hope you can hang in to the end! lol
Let's start with the front cover:

The base of the album is a 7gypsies Portfolio in the medium size, and red in colour. 
I left the closure as it was with the black elastic. It holds it all together beautifully!
I made all the flowers in the album except the two little white ones on the cover. 
These flowers have been sprayed with Perfect Pearl Mists. 
I finally used my first Ornate Plate. Yup...took it out of the hoard vault! :o)

Close-up of the flowers. A little tuft of tulle under them.

The cover flips up. The first page was so pretty I only added a Tim Holtz Facet to the binding.
This is my first time using Carta Bella papers and I think they're fabulous!
Not only are they gorgeous but they're so thick and textured that there was no need for chipboard!

Here's a close-up of the Facet. I added a fussy cut bird to the back of it with Glossy Accents.

This picture shows you better how the portfolio actually opens up. 
The pages were cut, inked and then bound with my Bind-It-All.
The last page is covered chipboard, and that is what is adhered to the portfolio back.
A Cinch or several rings could be used just as well.

Mini Paper Clips by Tim Holtz hold little journaling tickets to the back of most of the inserts.

This pink page is an embossed Core'dination paper. 
Instead of doing any sanding I just inked it.
These are really fun papers to work with!

On this side of the pink page is a large pocket full of tags.

Another ticket on the back of the insert, and a smaller ticket in the Memo Pin that says "the best moments."

There's lots of room for lager photos on both of these pages.

I had fun with these pages. 
The "5 Reasons You Make Me Happy" tag was turned into a vertical pocket. 
Inside is a layered tag.

On the back of the pocket is clipped another tag. I added the stamped "a love story".
I can't do a book about love without including 1 Corinthians 13:13:
"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. 
But the greatest of these is love."

More fun with dies and stamps!

Last page! A fun quote that I love...and a band full of more diecut tags! This striped paper covers the chipboard base.

There it is, my friends! So many photos but I tried not to ramble too much! ;o)
If you have any questions about anything, please ask!

With the exception of the pearls, ribbons and lace, and the silk leaves;
all of the items can be found at Creative Inspirations

Not only can they be found but they can be found very easily! 
When you go to the store there is a category for "Design Team Projects" in the list. 
When you click on the "Blessed With Love" tab, you will be taken to a complete listing of everything I used that is available in the store. The 7gypsies Portfolios come 2/package. They show very bright red in the store but my colours are's more a burhgandy red. These make fabulous album bases and I'll be doing some more with them for sure!

Also, when you purchase $60 worth of goodies from Creative Inspirations
you can choose a wonderful free gift!

If enough people are interested in making an album like this Sue will put together a kit containing: 
the paper, diecut labels, some of the diecut tags, and an assortment of the embellishments I've used.
Just leave a comment below, or email me, if that would be something you would like.

Okay, so I managed to get a bit of rambling in! lol 
I had the best time making this album...I hope you enjoyed seeing it!

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Materials Used and Available at Creative Inspirations:

Papers: Carta Bella - Beautiful Moments by Carina Gardner,
Core'dinations Core Impressions - Cosmo Cricket;
Base: 7gypsies Portfolio - Medium - Red;
Inks: Ranger Distress Inks - Walnut Stain, Victorian Velvet,
Ranger Archival Ink - Black;
Stamps: Prima Cling Mounted Stamps - Londonerry, Printery;
Mists: Perfect Pearl Mists - Biscotti, Interference Red;
Bling: Prima Say It In Crystals;
Tim Holtz Embellishments: Jump Rings, Ornate Plate, Memo Pin,
Swivel Clasp, Tiny Attacher, Mini Paper Clips, Facets, Trimmings - Lavish;
Tim Holtz Alterations Dies: Elegant Flourishes, Tattered Florals, Baroque,
Ornamental, Tattered Pinecone, Hanging Sign, Caged Bird, Tag & Book Plates,
Base Tray, Movers & Shapers - Tickets. 

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Dunja Dücker said...

Good Morning my sweet friend :)

wow! it looks incredible. You've been working so much. It is gorgeous and I can not get enough of looking at it. Great colors you have chosen and I love all the wonderful details. I am overwhelmed, the whole Tim Holtz materials look like perfectly coordinated. Be proud of your artwork

Hope you are feeling better?!

Blessings & Hugs

Tracy said...

GF this is spectacular! Carta Bella does make beautiful papers, but you have really dressed them up with your embellishments. Love all the punched flowers. I'm so jealous. I have a barely started December Daily with a ton of trimmings sitting in my to do basket. :-( Maybe I'll get it done by next Christmas. LOL Fantastic job my friend! Hugs!

GCgirl said...

woe, wow, WOW! This is just GORGEOUS!! LOVE those papers and everything about this!

Creations by Shirl said...

hehe I have that paper pad I just love those papers in there....
Wow your album is out of this world..
Love all your fancy details, layout all the elements you created so beautifully on each page...
Great job Nancy!
Wink wink on this project.....

Susan M said...

Nancy , this is FABULOUS ! I cant single one thing out it is all so gorgeous.
That paper really does look lovely and all your beautiful flowers! Another masterpiece ! Can't wait for your next one mini albums really suit you !!

Sue Fraser said...

Nancy, once again you do me proud. I am so pleased with your project, you did such a beautiful job! So very happy to be working with you!

Karen Letchworth said...

WOW, Nancy what an amazing project. So many textures, colors, pockets and just a great album. Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us - your creativity is an inspiration and a blessing and I'm SO grateful to have you share with us.
Have a blessed week in the Lord.
Word Art Wednesday

Kreatives von Andrea said...

Oh wow, wow my friend.....what a great and wonderful projekt! The design ist so amazing, i love all the paper and the emblishment you have used.....a big colmpliment my dear friend!

A big hugs from Andrea

PS: and i say thank you to you Nancy for all the kindness words on nmy blog. It is always a great Pleasure to read it

Friday said...

Wow, Nancy. I love your mini. It so pretty... Love papers you used. Great job. Hugs..

Robyn said...

Nancy, this is a fabulous, delightful and beautiful work of art!! Thanks for sharing. Praying you are fully recovered and refreshed by now. Thanks for your encouraging words on your visits to my blog!!

Pop's Cards said...

Good Morning sweetie, this is absolutely Gorgeous, warm hugs love Pops x x x

~Tammy~ said...

Oh wow Nancy! You have been busy! This is so elegant and delightful! I can't stop looking at your beautiful work!

alexandra s.m. said...

wow wow wow...where to begin?
Nancy you have outdone yourself!
I love your project and I'm going to have to come back and admire it again and again ;-)

Thank You


Ira Huberts said...

Gosh what a fabulous piece of work Nancy! There are so many wonderful details to look at, which I totally love! Such fine papers, too, and oh, your flowers are amazing. A gorgeous album!! Hugs, Ira xox

Geri said...

Man, oh man, Nancy! This is a gorgeous project!!! Your details and layering are outstanding! I can only imagine what treasured photos will add to it! I have to say the birdie on the facet is my absolute favorite sweet touch! Sorry the flu got you, but glad you survived! Beautiful, beautiful, BEAUTIFUL, my friend!!!

Holly said...

Can I just say "WOW"?!! You are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! Think of you often and love you always!

leslieb said...

This mini album is totally fantastic, Nancy. I'm loving all your die cuts and especially the flowers you have made. I, for one, think you have ACED the Design Team project!

Love you - Leslie

Gemiel said...

Nancy, I pray by now you're feeling much better. Your album is gorgeous!! So much creativity and attention to detail. Love how you used different sized papers and included tags and cards throughout the album. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Word Art Wednesday. Blessings!

Marilyn said...

Nancy, this is exquisite! Wow... I've looked at this a few times and it's a piece of art for sure! That facet is gorgeous and I love, love, love your front floral arrangement. My friend, you have found your niche!

Cindy Haffner said...

Nancy this is GORGEOUS!!~

Inkypinkydelights said...

Well this is just unbelievable Nancy! I bet you loved making it, it really is a work of art! Love it! Thank you for your kind words on my Blog, yes I am thrilled to bits, especially to see one of my cards on the front cover! Judy x

Inkypinkydelights said...

Well this is just unbelievable Nancy! I bet you loved making it, it really is a work of art! Love it! Thank you for your kind words on my Blog, yes I am thrilled to bits, especially to see one of my cards on the front cover! Judy x

Daen'Ys said...

Man o man Nancy, what a great work!! I can not see enough of this wonderful mini-album. How beautiful and loving you have designed everything. And these colors, simply ravishing ...
I think it really makes a lot of work to make such an album and I can only admire you!

Have a nice day
Rosi x

Susi said...

Aye! So very cute!!!!! I love it!

Sandy Hentzel said...

OH MY GOODNESS! I am blown away, this has to be the prettiest thing I have seen in a long time. I wish I had just a little of bit of your talent, your pinky would do, lol! Seriously my friend, your projects and posts have blessed me, especially lately!

(ps, I can email you my address so you can send me my journal!!! Just kidding, lol)

Embellishments said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm just getting to see it in it's entirety and beautifully made. Love the colors and I had to laugh as you said "finally used the TH bk plate from hoard vault" lol mines staying in there for a little longer lol... TFS
Hugs, Steff