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Memories Album using Tonic Keepsake Dies
Today I'd like to share with you my very first album made using Tonic Studios Keepsake dies. These are sure to become a new favorite, and I hope that you can use my pictures for inspiration. This book was made rather easily, and I used different techniques to showcase the pretty papers as well as the message I wanted to convey. The results were exactly what I wanted, and I am very pleased!
On the cover I included the Sentiment :Memories, provided with the die set. It is added in gold, layered with laces, tulle, an antique brass button, chipboard swirl, and an altered bird die cut from Tim Holtz.
On the first page I repeated the bird motif ( one of my favorites!) This one in blue acetate, and made a place where you can tuck a note or a special picture.
The page has gold-ribbon pulls that open to reveal a full page with a delicate lace border. I love the paper in this collection from Maggie Holmes, as it is colorful and happy!
The second page layout has an inlay decoration. I topped the golden swirl with butterflies, and added a large belly band using Memory Book dies on the opposing page. I also added colorful enameled dots, and an antique ribbon closure.
These pages open to reveal more room for pictures, and the belly band houses a large tag with a beautiful scalloped edge and pink glimmer ribbon.
This is the third page layout, with a thinner belly band topped with the same butterfly image, and a larger pocket that reads: Celebrate The Simple Things. I have also added a large stamped Tulip image. I thought the large black and White flower image complemented the layout perfectly.
This is also a hidden page, and is the perfect place for journaling, or more pictures.
The same page also opens up to reveal yet two more pages on back, and a lovely little gray doe and flower cluster.
This is the card peeking out of the pocket. It reads : Party, and has layers of shiny tulle, gold washi tape, an acetate dragonfly and little genuine antique pearl buttons.
The fourth layout is fantastically girly. I added a magnetized closure topped with a pink sway who is embellished with a black bow, and the complementing page houses three tags.
Here you can see the tags as well as the interior of the page. There is a beautiful scalloped edge, and one tag reads: Create Beautiful Memories.
This Gorgeous layout adds some vibrancy to this little book. I used vellum in a coordinating yellow, and added flowers as well as pink pearls. The complementing page repeats a window with a flower trellis, and it is topped with the bird motif. This time, in a soft white.
This is the hidden card set for the fourth page layout. I absolutely love the simplicity and elegance of these cards.
Here is the fifth page layout, where I added the Love sentiment, and another half-page pocket. The complimenting page has a little blue bird, repeating the sentiment, with added glittered and acetate flowers.
The hidden card is topped with a beautiful bird image, as well as golden bow and stitched leaves. The small added ticket reads: Special Moments.
My last and final layout for this book is entirely whimsical. I made a side-opening page topped with a large embellishment made with matching layered dies, tulle, and a ballerina I embellished with a large black bow.
Here is the first page layout when untying the ribbon.
This page further opens to reveal more room for pictures.
These are my handmade embellishments.
I used dies to design this page.
I love to incorporate kind sentiments from the ephemera by altering them to fit my style.
A closeup of the golden swirls...
This little bird was my inspiration, as birds have a huge significance in my life!
I hope that you have enjoyed looking at my work, and that you can
I was inspired to write this Bible verse to go along with this picture frame and Hope banner. It can be found in Psalm 31: 24, and it reads: "Be strong and take heart all you who hope in the Lord." Suffering from any type of cancer is devastating, and the words of David in what is one of the most beautiful books of the Old Testament can really shed some light into a relationship in which the only comfort that really made a difference was the one promised by our very maker. If you, or someone you know is suffering from this horrible disease, my hope is that you find comfort not only in your surroundings and those you know, but also in the love of our God, just as David did in the darkest moments of his life.
For this project I used the Cricut to make the banner and flowers. I hand-painted the Bible verse and background with watercolors, color pencils, and ink. TFL!
I'll also be sharing this over at Link up for Pink.
So have you ever had one? You know, an OMG moment? I end that phrase with "gosh" by the way. And yes, we all have OMG moments, and for that occasion, here's a card! Interpret as you wish. I'd like to enter it into Crafty Creations Challenge #111- In Stitches, and into Scrappy Moms Smiley Cards challenge. TFL!
I made this little card today to inter in the weekly challenges a Cricut Cardz Challenge and BBTB2. The first was to use the colors RED, WHITE, and BLACK in your card, the second was to use a hummingbird image.
Card base in black: 4.5" by 5ish inches-I wasn't accurate!
Red mat : 4 4/16" by 5"
Black mat: a little smaller- dry embossed with Cuttlebug & Swiss Dots folder (my fav.!)
Hummingbird: 3"from Disney Princesses DCT with two wings for dimension, dry embossed and de-embossed to soften the effect.
Eye: Inkssentials Gloss in black.
Flower : 2.45" from Gypsy Wanderings with Hearts at 1" from DP welded in center. Embossed to add shine, and popped with dimensional adhesive.
Heart Layer: 1" also from DP.
Tombo adhesive was used for everything else.
The interior is matted in white, the small flower was made using the cut-outs from the larger flower and embossed. The border is a sticker from my stash. TFL!