I found some great deals on chipboard albums at Michael's so I got a few. I've never done a chipboard album before so this is something new for me! :) This chipboard album is going to be a life inspiration album. I'm taking the Brene' Brown life lessons online courses and I am going to use this chipboard as part of my classes. I'm getting a head start on a few pages though. :)
I've decided to start using up product that I haven't looked at in a long time, some things years. So, this will be a great opportunity to use some new and some old. :) Exciting.
The first page will be my cover page for the book and I titled it Moments, because I sometimes find it hard to live in the moment and to appreciate the positives that surround me. With it having been such a hard 2013 for me on a personal level, I found myself sinking into a hole of loneliness and focusing so much on all that was going wrong that I didn't see all that was going right. This course I am taking and this chipboard album will be my therapy to bring focus to 2014 in a much more positive way. I hope you like my work in progress. I will post as I get pages done. :)
I have a huge range of different designers and products that I have used for my first two pages. :) And I like it!
This is the paper pack I have used. I bought this eons ago but haven't done anything but tags for some time now and I haven't even looked at most of my paper. This pack is so beautiful I had to use it to start.
I got so into starting that I totally forgot to take photos as I went so this is going to be a bit wonky. LOL Oops, sorry. The letters were Tim Holtz grunge board letters that I colored with Distress paint fired brick. I inked around the edges with black soot. Then used Viva Inka Gold in brown/gold with my finger and smudged randomly over the letters to give it a metallic mottled look.
Next, I cut out some matting in 4x6 and the outside matte is a 1/2" larger so there would be a 1/4" border around. I took some of the dark paper and cut a vertical strip for a side panel to the right. Then, I glued down a wide grosgrain ribbon down the center of the paper strip. I wanted to achieve a zipper effect signifying the movement, opening/closing of moments thru out our lives. For the zipper part, I used a stencil and the Viva Gold cream in the same brown/gold and did a raised textured effect. In the middle I used a Prima embellishment, it found these cute zipper pulls with sentiments on them. The one I used says Moments. I rumbled thru my stash and found a thinner textured ribbon and glued it down the edges of either side of the zipper. The color wasn't what I really wanted so I took the Viva Cream again and finger rubbed some onto the ribbon to tie the metallic look together. I worked perfect.
With the side panel done, I placed and glued the matting down where I wanted it. Next, I wanted to use the Inka Gold again as a texture paste and a stencil. I used my Crafter's Workshop clocks stencils. I am in LOVE with these Inka Gold creams. They are so versatile, you can rub it on and burnish it, tap it on for a textured effect, use it with stencils as a texture paste for dimension... endless uses.
I just bought Tim Holtz's big pocket watch to do the January tag and I used that tag inspiration for the watch. I cut out the die on foiled cardstock and embossed the center with the clocks embossing folder. I used Distress paints in vintage photo and tarnished brass for the recessed parts. First I applied the vintage photo and let it dry. Then I added the tarnished brass overtop and let it dry a bit then rubbed it off of the raised parts. Because the paint had dried some it didn't rub off easily so I took the sanding block and sanded the raised metal parts which distressed the look a bit more too. :) For the outer part of the pocket watch I used the Viva cream again and tapped it roughly onto the surface and let it dry. This stuff dries extremely fast so there isn't a long wait period. I like that! A lot! Once dry I also roughed it up a bit with the sanding block to distress the edges too. I finished the center by adding some of Tim's elements for the time hands, and a metal element from Prima, Vintage trinkets. I sooooo loved the Prima metal clock face. It just adds a whole other dimension to the pocket watch. :) I adhered all the pieces down.
I love how the pocket watch turned out. Very rustic looking. Last thing left is a few of the banners cut from the Alterations dies with some sentiments glued on.
And the cover page is done. Here is the whole thing put together. :)
A sneak peak of my last shopping adventure. Oops... Honestly, I'm not a hoarder! Well, maybe a little bit...but somehow I just can't help myself. And with Cha2014 just around the corner... it could get dangerous. Can't wait to land myself the new stencils. :)
I'm going to work on my next page's post and I'll see you back here in a short bit! :)