Monday, May 30, 2016

Kaisercraft Blae and Ivy pocket page mini album

Hello there, everyone!

Writing a quick post today--it's a Monday morning and work is about take over. But first, I have to show you this pocket page mini album I made using a 6.5" paper pad from Kaisercraft--it is their Blae and Ivy collection. I have not seen another mini album using these papers, but I loved the blue-green palette, so here it is!

I used grey cardstock as the base because I wanted to keep the palette cool--black would bring in more contrast than I wanted. The cardstock was a little too heavy for easy binding, though. I have been more mindful of buying cardstock of the correct weight since making this album.

Watch the video flip-through:

And here are a few pictures--sorry I do not have glam shots. All technical details are in the video :)

Front cover: handmade flowers, leaves, doilies, Prima bling, and chipboard accents that I painted black and then went over with silver acrylic paint; used the same silver acrylic paint on the resin frame too

Page 1

Pages 2-3

Pages 4-5

Pages 6-7

Pages 8-9

Pages 10-11

The nine-flap magnetized explosion fold-out:

Page 12

The back inside cover houses an interactive insert. I will add the link to the tutorial once I can find it on YouTube! Sorry :/

The insert

There! My green and blue pocket page mini album feat. Kaisercraft papers--ohh, how I LOVE Kaisercraft :)

I am sending this elegant diva over to the Lulupu blog for their May 2016 mini album challenge.

Check out the other entries too!

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Vertical paper bag mini album featuring Kaisercraft Telegraph Road papers

Hello there, friends!
I haven't been able to craft as much as I would like to, for a while now. Life (and work, of course!) just has been more attention-seeking than usual--that is all. But, on the bright side, I was able to photograph and film a few older projects which have been lying in my bookshelf since last year. Here is one of my favorites!

This goes back to when I was besotted with Kaisercraft and believed it to be the bee's knees! It is...but so is Prima. LOL :D What drew me to Telegraph Road is obviously the postal theme--I am a lover of age-old national postal services across the world and though much of our stuff gets stuck in customs, nothing beats the centuries of stories and romance that surround traditional mail. So there--this collection just had to be mine. I had also managed to get hold of brown paper lunch bags which Kavitha of BitsnPieces was nice enough to import--so there was little to stop me from following Ginger's Vertical Paper Bag Mini Album Tutorial in which she does a fabulous job (as always) of showing us how to make a chunky, big mini album using 6 paper bags and some cardstock.

I was running low on craft colored cardstock (I am not sure why they are more difficult to find than black or white cardstock, at least in India) so I crossed my fingers and used black for the outer chipboard cover. I think it worked!

All the pages are built the same way--they are all top-loading pocket pages with a flip-out to the right. I made large craft tags for each pocket, meant to hold photos on both sides.

Let's look at the pages:

Page 1

While I am thrilled about how I managed to create this mini using only 12 sheets of pattern paper, I wish I had more paper and embellishments (The collectibles pack I order online never reached.). It is very unlike me to leave any surface bare and you will see me doing that in this album. I was also tiring of the patterns after a point--I underestimated the time and inspiration it takes to create an album of this size.

Page 2

The reverse of each page has an on-the-page pocket--this is actually the gusset of the paper bag, folded up. I would have created tiny booklets to go here, but I ran out of craft cardstock :(

Page 3

Page 4

I could not bear to cover that postcard collage paper (with the quaint stamps! <3)--skipped the photo mats for this page and created a corner pocket which can hold a loose tag for photos, instead.

I inked all the pages using Ranger's Walnut Stain distress ink.
Page 5

I created a couple coin envelopes out of pink cardstock and design paper.

Page 6

The back inside cover:
I love making envelopes and this collection was crying for one! Made this envelope with a magnetic closure and used up the last of the design paper in the waterfall feature.

And that's the back!

I am sending this beauty over to the Lulupu May 2016 Challenge #61. The theme is "mini albums"! Now, how could I let that pass ;) Hop on over to the Lulupu blog to browse the amazing entries!

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Two quick cards--Mother's Day and more

It was the night before mother's day, my mum was visiting me, and yet I hadn't made her anything! :( 

I had been away from my table too long. I spent Saturday fiddling with the idea of making her a quick little brag book, but then I was dividing my time between this "idea" and another mini album project for a challenge (did not make the deadline). In short, I was getting nowhere. 

So, it was past midnight on Saturday and I still did not have a present for Mum. And another engagement had already come up for Sunday afternoon. Two of our friends were moving into their new house. Again, I did not have a present for them. So it had to be cards and flowers! 

I dug into my scraps and chanced upon leftover papers from my Prima Coffee Break album, and another (much older) Kaisercraft Honey Chai album! Thankfully I also found blank card bases from Itsy Bitsy in my stash.

Sharing with you the two cards I came up with!

Prima Coffee Break card for Mum:

The glass bead centered flower is a Prima flower from the collection. The stamps are Kaisercraft and Prima.

And here is the other card for a friend's housewarming:

The green fence paper and the foil damask were my absolute favorites from this paper pad--the reason I saved them for another project. I used the Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 1 dies for the damask label. The handmade flower is from Itsy Bitsy (They make swooon-worthy flowers!) and the stamp is from Peek-a-boo designs (It is from a baby-themed stamp set). I used Ranger's Walnut Stain distress ink on the edges.
I wish I had remembered that these sheets were not double-sided. I would have avoided the white showing here. But then, that is how we learn! ;)

Thank you for stopping by today! Please let me know what you think of these. 
Have a fabulous weekend!

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