Thursday, 9 October 2014

Ephemera's Vintage Garden - Mabel's Diary - Project #2

Hello, my friends!

I'm back with my second project using this great Journal Kit from Ephemera's Vintage Garden.
This kit is called Mabel's Diary, and it's wonderful!

It's probably no surprise to you that I have made a mini album.
It's a fairly small mini measuring only 3 1/2 X 5 1/4 inches. 
It fits perfectly in my hand.

This weekend is our Canadian Thanksgiving. 
With that in mind, I turned this into a sweet little "Remember Gratitude" book.
It's full of tags and ephemera that I can write on and fill up with all the things I have to be thankful for.
Given recent circumstances in my life, it's important to spend time remembering gratitude! :o)

Okay, here's how I did it.

The kit will normally print "fit to page" to create a 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 inch page.
What I did was fit 2 printable pages on one 8 1/2 X 11 paper.

I cut the pages all out and then adhered them back to back only on three sides. 
I kept the tops open to hold the tags.
On the last page-set I left the side open instead of the top.
Then I trimmed two of the tags down and inserted them side by side. 
I like to have little bits extending beyond the page.

For the front and back covers, I cut chipboard 1/4 inch bigger than the page. 
I inked the edges, adhered the cover pages, and then adhered them to the inside pages, 
on both the front and the back.
 I wrapped a piece of lace around the spine, and adhered some decorative pieces to the cover.

Here's a side view:

Here's the back:

This is the inside front cover. 
Isn't the distressing fantastic?
Lots of room to write.

Such pretty pages!
On the right side I added a little band.
The band holds a little envelope full of some great ephemera bits.
This envelope is only 1 3/4 inches cute!

For these pages I added a heart to one corner for a pocket.
In the pocket is another wonderful envelope.
It measures almost 2 1/2 X 2 inches.

More beautiful artwork!
On the right-hand side I fussy cut the images from a second printout. 
I then layered them on top of the page, leaving it partly loose to hold the cute little tags.

Here's another heart pocket holding more ephemera bits. 

Here, on the left-hand page is another belly band. 
I fussy cut three little tags, attached them together with a flower brad, and tucked them in.

Isn't this pretty?
On the right is another little tag pocket full of goodies.

Here is the back inside cover, which is the same as the front.

This picture shows how I decorated all of the tags.

Materials Used:
Ephemera's Vintage Garden - Mabel's Diary Journal Kit,
Walnut Stain Distress Ink,
#5 Shipping Tags,
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher,
Offray Ribbon,
Unknown Lace.

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Head on over to Ephemera's Vintage Garden and look at all the fantastic printable kits available!
Consider picking up this wonderful Mabel's Diary Kit for your own use!
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)

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I'll be back soon with a third project using this kit! 
Have a wonderful weekend! :o)


Vivienne Holden said...

BEE-YUTE-IFUL Missus! You are dead good at this lark, aren't ya! (That's a real Lancashire accent there)! LOL xxx

Jennifer said...

Oh Nancy, I just adore your little journals! This one is so quaint and contemplative! Love the sweet little touches you've given every page!

Pop's Cards said...

Absolutely Fabulous in every way!! Hugs Pops x x x

Penny said...

Oh, so pretty, Nancy! Love the way you designed each page with such pretty papers and added details! Really love all those pockets and the cute tags! You will have fun filling this up, I am sure! :^)
Hugs, Penny
Have a wonderful weekend!

Tracy said...

Just beautiful Nancy! I just love all those tags peeking out everywhere and the simple design. Hope you get lots of photos to fill it up with this weekend. Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

Cely said...

so beautiful! do you sell these? you make so many!

Ira Huberts said...

Stunning work Nancy, every single page is a work of art!
Ira’s Crea Corner

ShelbyDoodle Designs by Nancy Smith said...

Nancy, this is truly special and amazing!

alexandra s.m. said...

Amazing work nancy!

Tereese S said...

Wow, Nancy this is so beautiful. Love the printouts. Great job. TFS... Hugs!!

Marilyn said...

Hey, what a great album and I don't know how I missed this! You know how much I love your albums and I love the vintage look of this one.

DebR said...

Oh my Nancy...these are wonderful! Love them, you did such awesome work on them!

leslieb said...

This journal is fabulous! This would be just the right size to sit on a bedside table, and it would be beautiful to look at closed. Something to write some daily gratitude thoughts in. Gorgeous
Love - Leslie