Thursday, 5 June 2014

Ephemera's Vintage Garden - Love Is Chic #2

Hello, my friends!'ve had a couple of days now I'm back with a new project for you! :o)

This is my second project using the incredibly beautiful "Love Is Chic" printable journal kit from Ephemera's Vintage Garden. This kit is so pretty and fun to work with.

*You'll have to make sure that you read right to the bottom because I have some happy news posted there.*

I made this mini album in my favorite pocket page design. The outside of the album measures 5 1/2" X 7 1/2", and the inside pages are 5" X 7".  Each pocket holds two cardstock insert tags; one that folds over the page, and one that extends beyond the pocket. The pocket inserts are just slightly smaller than that, so they easily hold a 4" X 6" photo. This album could easily hold a total of thirty-six 4" X 6" photos. I, myself, would have a hard time covering up some of these pretty papers. That's why I like this style of album so much; there's the pretty...and then there's the practical! :o)

Let's begin with the cover:

The front, back, and spine of the album are a chipboard base covered with pink cardstock. Everything has been inked with Iced Spruce Distress Ink. I then added the cover paper from the journal kit. All of the kit papers have been distressed and inked. The cover has a lovely heart key hole, and I added the Tim Holtz one that fit perfectly over it. The album has a ruffled elastic closure.

Here's a full view of the cover.
The spine is decorated with a piece of pretty mini rosette trim, a seam binding bow, and a dangly charm.

I wasn't sure how I was going to attach the charm because of the rosette trim. I finally opted to pop an eyelet through the center of the top flower. I put a loop of the seam binding through the eyelet and tied another piece of seam binding on the other side, in the middle of the book, to secure it. I slipped a Tim Holtz Swivel Clasp on it, tied a knot, and then tied it into a bow. To the Swivel Clasp I added some pearls, some tiny Fleur de lis', and the key that fits the keyhole on the front cover.

Here, on the back cover, you can see how the ruffled elastic trim was attached. 
I placed two floral eyelets through the finished cover, threaded the trim through, and tied it in a pretty bow. 
You'll see that in a later photo.

Now we'll take a look at the pages. Here's what they look like all together.

This is the inside front cover and the first page. As I said, each pocket page holds two tag inserts; one in grey and one in pink. The grey one folds down over the page, and the pink one extends out of the pocket. For the next series of photos I have removed all of the tags. I want you to see the gorgeous work Debbie has done on this wonderful kit.

On the inside front cover I fussy cut these pretty flowers out of one of the pages and added it as a corner pocket. It holds this beautiful printed envelope. I then added the pretty stamps.
I didn't add anything to the next's too pretty just as it is.

Aren't these beautiful? 
I apologize for the lighting in some of these photos...the sun was playing hide and seek!

On the left page I popped up the "together" and the "forever" on the top and bottom of the page. 
The bottom serves as a holder for another lovely printed envelope. 

Again, not a single embellishment was added.
This is the center of the album where the seam binding was added through the spine to fasten the spine embellishments on the outside. I cut it long enough to extend out the bottom of the book. 
It makes a great bookmark.

Aren't these pages pretty? 

This printable page on the left was one of my favorites, so I actually used it twice. 

Here is the last page, and the inside back cover. 
On the right you can see the pretty bow created with the elastic trim. 
I added the heart as a corner pocket and slipped in this matted card from the kit. 

Here is a closer look at the grey pocket tag inserts. 
The folded edge has been decoratively punched, and then stamped in pink with this pretty image. A flower was stamped and die cut and adhered to the center. Under each flap I stamped a journaling spot, and then added a pretty rose to the corner. I used Liquid Pearls for the flower centers. Each of the grey tags are finished in the same way.

Here's a look at the pink pocket insert tags. Again, the edge has been punched, and each one was stamped in grey ink. Three have the little label square which would be perfect for a date or location of the photo, and three have a little row of flowers. 

Here is a closer look at the mini envelopes and the matted tags that are in them.

Here's one extra picture...just because I liked the way it looked! :o)

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Materials Used:
Papers: Recollections - Cardstock,
Ephemera's Vintage Garden Printable Journal Kit - Love Is Chic;
Punches: Martha Stewart - Cornice, Doily Lace;
Stamps: Fancy Pants - Journal a la Mode, MME - Howdy Doody "Baby";
Ink: Distress Ink - Iced Spruce, Martha Stewart - Pink Geranium;
Flower: Stamp and Die from Sweet 'n Sassy;
Flower Centers: Ranger Liquid Pearls - Silver Pearl;
Tim Holtz: Lavish Trims, Swivel Clasp, Lock and Key, Pearls;
Fleur de lis: Fashion Accessories.

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So there you have my mini album using this fantastic kit!
I'll be back soon to share one more project using the same kit.

Now for the happy news:
Debbie is having a month-long sale in her Etsy Shop, and you'll find the Love Is Chic Printable Journal Kit there...along with lots of other beautiful goodies. You'll just need to enter this code! :o)

Oh, and don't forget to go to Debbie's blog HERE to sign up for her newsletter. 
Debbie is very generous with her gorgeous freebies! :o)


Tereese S said...

OH wow, this so pretty. I love all the punches you used. It adds the perfect touch. I love it. TFS... Hugs!

Francine said...

Nancy, this is gorgeous! You've done a wonderful job on your album - beautiful!

Marianne said...

Just gorgeous Nancy! (BTW I think I figured out the whole comment problem.)

Marianne said...

Just gorgeous Nancy! (BTW I think I figured out the whole comment problem.)

alexandra s.m. said...

What an incredibly magnificent book Nancy!

Pop's Cards said...

Gorgeous creation sweetie, love the papers they are lush hugs Pops x

Penny said...

Another gorgeous project, Nancy! Love the embellies on the outside and all the pretty papers on the inside! :^)
Hugs, Penny
Have a wonderful weekend!

Geri said...

Oh, so many things to catch up on, Nancy! All adorably sweet! Your album is so very lovely! And congrats on your publications, my dear!!!

Susan M said...

Another gorgeous album Nancy ! The papers are lovely but you have made them extra special with your talents! Love the lock and key and the gorgeous trims, everything is beautiful !

Tracy said...

sigh....this is so pretty Nancy. I love the simple design. Letting those beautiful prints shine through works so well. I love the little extras like the bookmark and the elastic ruffle closure. It's the little things that make handmade work so special. I'm so sorry I haven't visited in so long. It's been an extremely busy and stressful last few months, but we're seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Your cards have been fantastic and I'm so excited for you with all those publication projects. WOOHOO!!! Praying for you daily. Hope all is well. Hugs!

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