Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Focus on Spellbinders!

Hello! Thank you so much for joining us at The Frilly and Funkie Blog! It's Nancy, and I'm excited to be back this week with my second post for our Friday Focus on Spellbinders. All Spellbinders products continue to be on sale for an additional 15% off the already discounted price at The Funkie Junkie Boutique for one more week!  If I haven't mentioned this already, I love everything about Spellbinders products. Their beauty and versatility make them a craft room necessity.

I'm sharing a fun and easy portfolio mini album with you today. It's filled with all kinds of Spellbinders (and Prima) goodness!

Cut a piece of design paper to 12 inches wide by 9.5 high. Score the 12 inch (width) side at 1/4 inch, 6 inches, and 11 3/4 inches. Score the across the 9 1/2 inch (height) side 3 inches from the bottom. Fold at all score lines.  

Fold paper in half at the 6 inch mark. Place Spellbinders Curved borders One die at edge of the 3 inch score mark. Tape in place with repositionable tape. Die cut in machine of your choice. 

While paper is still folded in half, cut the 1/4 inch score lines 6 1/2 inches until you reach the top of the pocket. Distress all exposed edges with Tim Holtz Distress Tool.  

Apply strong adhesive to front tabs of pocket. Fold up at 3 inch score line to create pocket. Fold tabs over and adhere both sides to the design paper below.
Fold page in half at the 6 inch score line. Now you have a portfolio folder with a pocket on each side. You can make as many or as few pages as you choose. For demonstration purposes I have 4 pages.  

Binding the album is simple, but explaining it makes it seem more complicated than it is. Decide which order you wish your pages to be in. Beginning with the page you will use as your cover, apply about 3/4 inches of strong adhesive all the way down the edge of the BACK of the page on the side with the opening.

Adhere page two of your album to the cover page. It will look like the photo below. 

Adhere all pages in the same 'accordion' manner. When finished it will look like the photo below.  

Next adhere the back edges of your album with strong adhesive in the same manner. When complete you will have a flat album as shown below. 

Cut and distress a 6 by 3 1/2 inch piece of design paper. 

Adhere strip of paper to back of album to create an attractive spine. 

The photo below demonstrates the way your bound album will appear. 

Cut two of the largest squares from Label 49 Decorative Elements. Adhere them in a staggered manor as demonstrated below. 

My new favorite stamp is Tammy Tutterow's Big Fabric Background stamp. It's inked up with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and the album is stamped inside and out to add a distressed feel. I use just the edge of the stamp that looks like water stains.   

Below is a photo of the stamped front cover. I'll show you the inner pages individually at the end of the post.
Cut the largest Spellbinders Oval Floral die from design paper and cut the piece in half. 

Adhere both halves in a staggered manner as shown below. 

Grab some pretty paper flowers (or make some!)... Your choice. 
Cut 8 of the largest rectangles from Spellbinders Romantic Rose dies. Create 4 in plain paper (for journaling cards), and 4 in patterned paper (for photo mats).  

Arrange your flowers and adhere them to the album. I can never resist adding a bow.  

I also can't resist some last minute bling! Below are photos of the finished project. 

Thank you again for visiting! With an extra 15% discount on all Spellbinders products, now is the time to head over to The Funkie Junkie Boutique and add a few new dies and stamps to your crafty stash. Wishing you health, happiness, and a sprinkling of pixie dust!



Thursday, August 25, 2016

Our Guest Designer - Branka Islentjeva

Say hello and give a big welcome to our Guest Designer for the Floral Infatuation challenge - Branka Islentjeva from Vintage Handmade. Branka was the top choice from our challenge called All Lined Up..

"Hello, my name is Branka (aka Vintage Handmade) and I come from Croatia. I am a mother of two amazing children and a wife of a wonderful husband.

We live in our house in a small town and we have a dog and a cat.

I have been crafting since my childhood and after a lot of experimenting I fell into mixed media art and art journaling a few years ago. My style is rather eclectic, trying to express myself in different styles, playing with different mediums, techniques and materials. I particularly love to use vibrant colors in my creations and to add some fabric elements and rusted details."

"I am delighted to be invited to guest design on the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog for their current challenge hosted by amazing Nancy and I decided to alter a brush, inspired by her awesome 'Floral Infatuation' theme!

This was just a cheap brush from a hardware store and I used white gesso, some Decoart media white crackle paste and my Golden crackle paste to create some texture.

I also used my Dylusions inks and a Tarnished Brass Distress spray stain on top of the crackle paste.

To color my Prima resin frame I used the same color combination as on my background. My paper flowers were painted randomly with the diluted Finnabair Light Patina metallic paint. I also added some gold micro beads here and there and some golden flat back pearls."

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Pop over to Branka's blog to get all the details of her wonderful project and then come on back and show us your Floral Infatuation. The challenge runs until September 6, 2016 at 11:55 pm EST.