Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Creative Inspirations #2 - Place In Time Pocket Album

Happy Day to all of you!
I'm back with another fun project for Creative Inspirations!
 I made an entire album using only two of the sheets from the Graphic 45 Place in Time Collection, and some neutral cardstock. Here are the two pages I used:

 I decided to use the back of each of these pages and challenged myself to make a book using only the colors on these pages...which is no color at all! lol I used cardstock in black, kraft, and manilla. It was fun to add interest and texture without bright and happy colors!

Originally I had thought to use this book for keeping track of my year. I don't do any of the Project Life albums, so this was going to be my version. When it was finished I realized it would be a really great album to keep track of all the birthdays I have to remember. The pocket would be a great place for cards that are ready to send. The tags could be used for listing parties, gifts given, or anything else.
So here's the cover of my album:

The cover is made from naked chipboard. I've stamped and embossed it using a Tim Holtz stamp. 
I had lots of fun making all the embellishments. I made the big flower myself, and layered it up with some swirls and leaves. Then I flattened a bottle cap and used some Glossy Accents to adhere the stamped image to it. I added a Swivel Clasp and Time Word Stick to the binding. 
Here's a close-up of the embellishments:

On the inside front and back cover I added a border strip to hold some extra tags. 
These tags are ready to be added to the book wherever they are needed.
Each of the six pocket pages are made using one 12 X 12 sheet of black paper. 
It is folded to form a pocket on the front and back page, as well as a large pocket at the top for a #10 tag.

Each calendar month is matted on black and then on a folded piece of kraft cardstock.
The kraft is lined for you to add whatever you want. Here it is with the calendar open:

The rest of the pages are going to be rather repetitive! 
Each one holds the small calender that opens up, a pocket with a die-cut tag in it.
The black photo mat behind each calendar is also a pocket. There is a small journaling tag in each one of these pockets. 
Also, on each page I've added the month and whatever other words from the collection work for that particular month. 
February is "Be Mine" for Valentine's Day. March is "Birthday Girl" and "Make a Wish" because it's my birthday month. I took the tag out and tucked it in the side of the photo so you could see all the words. 

The next page is made the same way. The pocket tags are all stamped.

I used only two dies for the pocket tags.

These pages have a couple of extra images from the page.

Again, the last page and inside back cover follow along the same lines as the rest:

I made only six different tags but multiples of each. 
The book holds six #10 tags, and 12 of the die-cut tags, plus the six #8 tags that are tucked into the covers. That's a total of 24 larger tags, and then the 11 smaller tags behind the little calendars. 

So there's my album! It's another long post but I wanted you to know that I did include every month! lol 
Whether I fill it with photos of my life, or cards for my family and friends; it's going to be a really fun album to fill up! If you have any questions about how it's put together just let me know! :o)

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Materials used are all available at Creative Inspirations.
Here's a link to the complete list in the store itself:

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Sue Fraser said...

Nancy, your little album is fanTAGulous!! Absolutely love it and once again, thank you so very much for being a part of the Creative Inspirations Design Team.

Creations by Shirl said...

Wow Nancy, this is one awesome notebook project... I really love how you decorated the front of it and all the pages... So unique....
TFS - hope your mid week is going great!

Geri said...

Oh, my...SO nicely done, Nancy!!! And that cover...gorgeous!!! This will be a keeper, for sure!!

Tracy said...

Well knock me over with a feather! This is so amazing! You have totally made your plan work with the color scheme. Who wouldn't want to have this beauty on their desk. The cover is stupendous! hee hee Bet you don't see that word too often in your comments. Love the clock and you made that flower too didn't you. Gorgeous! Hugs!

Kreatives von Andrea said...

Wow, wow Nancy I am speechless! I'm thrilled. What an attractive and tasteful design that is gorgeous ..... and the many beautiful details ... a very big compliment!

Hugs Andrea

Jennifer said...

Nancy, this is just sensational! I love the stamps you've used and what a wonderful layout! Totally love all your embellishments!

Ilonka said...

Whow Nacy this card is so gorgeous. Love the beautiful details. And love the embellishments !!

Big hugs XXX Ilonka

Pop's Cards said...

Good Morning sweetie...

This is a fabulous creation...

Huggles Pops x x x

Nathaly said...

OMG!!!! Nancy, this is LOVELY!!! I love everything about this album. Its nice to see an album at all. Just gorgeous what you did with the cardstock. Cardstock is not enough appreciated I think. And I just love the material. You gave the prove that you don't need a lot of color to make something pretty. This is just my cup of tea. Nathaly

TLady said...

BEAUTIFUL JOB NANCY!!!!!!!!!!!! :) JUST LOVELY!!!!!!!!!!! I enjoyed seeing EVERY PAGE!!!!!!!!! :)
THANKS for visiting!!!!!!!!!! Your comments are ALWAYS WELCOME!!!!! :)

Kelly Neis said...

Wow, I love the album! Great design work but only 2 papers, you are great at figuring that out! There is a lot of detail and beautiful colors in it and those pockets are my favorite. Beautiful Nancy!
Have a great day,

alexandra s.m. said...

Blown away here!
totally taken by your magnificent book!
Do share more with us...
BRAVO my Friend!
Amazing work!

Susan M said...

Really love your mini albums Nancy ! This is fabulous. Love the colours. Your flower is beautiful !
Makes me want to grab one of my unused [for a few years!] chipbord albums and have a go at decorating it ! You are a real inspiration! Have you made the actual album with a Bind it All ?

Tracy said...

Your album is just gorgeous.
Love that papers and how you used them..stunning.

Ira Huberts said...

What a stunningly beautiful creation Nancy! Gosh, I sooooooo love your album with its fine details and beautiful colours. Every single page is fabulous, what a treasure! Hugs, Ira xox

Jingle said...

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL mini album! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!

Tricia G. said...

We'd love for you to try out at our new design team: Sister Act Card Challenge

Inkypinkydelights said...

Oh now this is brilliant Nancy. I love it! what a lot of work, but so worth it. Have a happy weekend. Judy x

Joy said...

Oh my gorgeous, love this.. thanks for joining us at Simon Says Challenge blog

Friday said...

I have one word "Gorgeous"... I love it.

Tereese (Friday)

Embellishments said...

LOOOOVE this cover!!! Thanks for the inspiration on using the TH Stamp! I have it for a year and haven't used it yet!!! So thanks and love the idea of the book. I'm not into the Project Life either but I like your version and idea :-)
Hugs, Steff

~Tammy~ said...

Holy Smokes Nancy this is incredible! Your notebook is so elegant and just flat out amazing! Wow!

Jonia said...

Nancy this is just too gorgeous. I love the book and may have to do something on the same order as this for a silent auction we are having in one of our ministries. I think it would go over well.

Marilyn said...

Nancy, this is where you hit your stride... this is the niche where you belong. Your cards and pages are gorgeous but these albums are pure genius! Any chance of some kind of tutorial or guidance for beginners?

Susi said...

Love love it!

StampArt Design by Kathryne said...

Wow! Amazing! This is gorgeous, Nancy. I enjoy looking at every page. Thank you for posting them all. The colours, layouts, designs, all of it is fabulous. The cover is incredibly beautifully. I'm in awe. I'm sure you will enjoy this for a long time. Love it! So talented and creative! xx Kathy

Sandy Hentzel said...

Once again you blow me away with you albums!!! I want the talent that you have, just a little bit in your pinkie will do, lol!

Crafting Kudos my friend <3