Monday, 25 January 2016

Ephemera's Vintage Garden - Mabel's Diary

Hello, my friends!

Today I am sharing my first Ephemera's Vintage Garden project for 2016.

We were all assigned the printable kit "Mabel's Diary" to create with.
You may remember that name.
I created three projects last year using this kit.
Well, Debbie has created some wonderful add-ons to the original kit,
and I used many of these on my first project.
I will include links to what I used after my photos.

This is an accordion journal that measures 4" X 6".
That measurement includes the tags popping up on the top.
The album itself is only 5 1/2" tall.

Just a couple of notes about the construction.
The base of the album is made from cardstock. 
When it came to printing the pages out,
I fit two pages on one piece of 8 1/2 X 11 paper.
That is how I got this lovely small size.

There are lots of pages, which means lots of photos.
So let's get to it!

This is the front cover.
I attached a ribbon closure to wrap around and tie.

The pages are all so pretty that they don't need a thing.
I simply added the red pennant on the left top corner.
There is a side-loading pocket behind the right side page.
A file tab from the kit has been added to the pocket tag.

Here, I used one of the ledger pages on the right.
On the left, I made a belly band and added a label.
I added an upside-down pennant for a stopper.
This page holds several of the tags.
Also, each of these pages have a top loading pocket.
A tag from the kit has been adhered to cardstock.
Perfect for photos or journaling.

So pretty!

On the left, I added a sideways pennant.
Using a 1" circle punch I punched out the pretty flower and added it to the pennant.
Behind the right page is the second side-loading pocket.

This is the back cover.'s an accordion album, so now we go back the other way.

Another pennant added on the left side.

On the right is another plain ledger page.
The left side has a labeled pocket to hold journaling tags.
There's also another pretty pennant.

More pretty pages!

On the top right corner you can see the fun paper clip I made.
I customized two epoxy embellishments using my new Epiphany Shape Studio punch, and the circle flowers from the kit.
I adhered two matching ones to either side of a big paperclip.

Here you can see the other side of the paperclip.
The left page has another label, and a pennant pocket for more tags.
The right page is another ledger page.

Here is one side of the entire accordion album.

Here is the other side.

Here's what it looks like from the top.

Here I've pulled out the two side pockets for a better look.
I like the way the tabs extend from the pockets.

So that's my little accordion album!
I hope you like it.
Please let me know if you have any questions about it's construction or design! :o)

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What I Used in this Project:

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Here are my previous projects using this kit:

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Here are all the Ephemera's Vintage Garden links you'll need:

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  1. Nancy, this is just marvelous. I love the vintage look and the pages ARE so very pretty that they don't need much at all. Your little touches here and there really made a nice difference though. Just lovely. A project to be really proud of.

  2. It's gorgeous, Nancy! The red cardstock is the perfect base for this collection. I love all tge details and the way you used the embellishments, especially the paperclip! Thank you for sharing this great project :)

  3. It's gorgeous, Nancy! The red cardstock is the perfect base for this collection. I love all tge details and the way you used the embellishments, especially the paperclip! Thank you for sharing this great project :)

  4. Very nice Nancy and a real inspiration to get creating with this collection. I really like the red card as a base, it sets off the design beautifully.

  5. Oh! this is so very beautiful and clever too.

  6. Gorgeous Nancy , the red cardstock really makes the papers stand out. Love all your tags and embellishments , the pennants are a lovely touch !

  7. Love how you have presented your journal. It's so well done! Thank you for sharing Nancy!

  8. Beautify album Nancy! Love the red background - it really makes the kit pop up :)

  9. Simply Gorgeous, Nancy! That little album would hold a ton of journaling or photos! Well done!

  10. How very lovely! Your little booklets are so wonderful! Love how you arranged the papers and all the little tags and things. :)

  11. What a stunning little book!! Love the vintage theme.


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