Thursday, March 20, 2014

A VINTAGE MINI ALBUM FILLED WITH WORDS

Good Morning Blogging Friends!

Spring has finally arrived!  I am so happy about that and it shows in my vintage mini book that I have created especially for A Vintage Journey.  Alison's is this week's host and her challenge theme is  ... "WORDS".

I hope that you will join us by creating a vintage/shabby piece and enter our challenge.  We so love seeing everyone's interpretation of the themes. I hope that you enjoy seeing all of your "Creation Guides" projects made especially for you to teach you and give you ideas on ways to use Tim Holtz' techniques and products That being said, let the journey begin ...

I love words.  They can be so powerful. Words can be hurtful or they can inspire and raise the human spirit.  So here are my words and pictures in a tutorial form to take you through my mini book. I tried to incorporate a lot of various techniques throughout the book.  Most of the backgrounds are papers with words or numbers from Tim's Lost and Found Paper Stash.  Some are easily visible while others are covered with inks, paints, embossing pastes; just all sorts of fun things that I was experimenting and playing with.  


This book is full of Tim Holtz sentiments from various stamp sets; all positive, all encouraging and hopefully a little thought provoking.


Believe it or not, this mini book started out as three manila folders.  It is super simple to construct, inexpensive and really fun to embellish.  I totally played and experimented with every page and I have to say that I loved the artistic process! 
What a fun VINTAGE JOURNEY!

I saw the idea for the basic construction of the mini book on a YouTube Video by Michelle Mooney.  Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZMxfvLOJtc you can use as a reference if needed.

For the basic construction of the mini book, you will need 3 manila folders, some double sided Scor Tape or a glue of your choice, Distress Inks to distress the edges of the mini book, a bone folder, a Paper Distresser, 3 #8 Manila Tags, a paper cutter and a ruler.
  1. Start by cutting across three manila folders 6 1/2" tall (measuring from the bottom of the folder up the folded edge). Save the left over folders to create tags or to use on other projects.  Pay attention to the location of your tabs as you cut so you can vary them as your outside edges.
  2. The center fold line of the manila folders will change as you line up the outside long edges of the folder (not including the tabs).  Fold the manila folders across and create a new center fold line. Use your bone folder to burnish that new fold line.
  3. Take one side of the folder and fold it in half on the outside so that the edge of the folder will meet the center fold line.  Press the folder down to burnish the fold mark with a bone folder. Repeat this for the other side. You should have what looks like a "W" when you are finished. Then repeat this for all three folders. (You are creating the pages for your mini book). You can leave the edges of the folder squared off or round them off with a corner punch...whatever look you prefer. 
You will now begin putting the book together; creating pockets at the center top and also on the side when joining the sections together.

 (In the photo above, I have not yet taped the section together, that is why that little opening exists)

1.  Use glue or tape (I prefer tape because it is dry and immediately sticks) for this step. Determine which will be the top of each section of your book. (The side tabs that are sticking out from the folders will help you determine how you want them to appear on the outer edge of your book). Locate the center of your "W" for each section.  On the INSIDE of that "W", add glue or tape along the bottom and outside open edge of the "W" then glue the sides together. This will create a pocket at the center top. At this point, before you stick the pages together, you may want to distress the upper portions of the pages so that when you look down into the pocket, it won't be manila folder cream. Then press the pages together and you have joined the "W" in the center and also created a top loading pocket at the same time. When you have done this, your section should look like an upside down "T". Do this for each of the three sections. 

 
2. Stack all three sections together, paying attention to where the tabs on the outsides edges appear. To join them and create the side pockets at the same time, start with the front center section.  Apply Scor Tape or glue along the inside folded edge and across the top (and/or bottom) of the page. In the photo above, I have added a piece of Scor Tape along the bottom of the opposite page because that page is shorter (because of the extending tab on the right. I did not want the excess tape to be exposed.) At this point, if you want to distress the edges of what will be inside of your side pocket, do that now.  Then lay the front section on top of the center section and glue in place.  You have joined the top and center sections together and also created a side pocket at that point.  Repeat this step BACK page of the center section and the front of the third section. 

 (Sorry for the skip in my camera.  No clue what happened...but you can see how the book is coming together after Step 2.)

3.  Next tape the front of the third section to the back of the center section in the same manner you did in Step 2. 

  
Now the book is put together and should look like this with top pockets where you taped each "W" together and side pockets where you joined the sections together.

 
I added a pocket on the interior of the front and back covers and also three #8 manila tags throughout the book.  The tags are simple folded and taped to the interior pages that you will then cover with paper to hide where the tag is attached.  (You will see that during the embellishment stages of my book.)  The pockets, I simply measured how big I wanted them to be and increased that size by 1/4" on the sides and bottom.  I scored the 1/4" tab and then folded it under and taped it and attached it to the page after I'd completed the page itself.
That is all there is to the construction!  Now the real fun begins!! 


For the front and back covers, I started with a 4" x 6 1/4" piece from a 12x12 sheet of Tim's Lost and Found Paper Stash.  


I first swiped Broken China and Rusty Hinge Distress Inks onto my Non Stick Craft Sheet, spritzed them with water and dragged the paper through the beads of color.  Heat set and repeat until you get the desired color that you want. 

  
TIME TO EXPERIMENT!!  I swiped Broken China onto the craft mat and spritzed it with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist rather than water.  Then I dragged the paper through that and heat set it.  I was loving the subtle sparkle and the mottled look I was getting from the Perfect Pearls Mist.  Then I just started tapping the paper onto the partially drying Perfect Pearls Mist and got an even more mottled effect.  Very cool!
I distressed the edges of the paper with a Tonic Paper Distresser (you could also use scissors).  Next I wadded up the paper then smoothed it out again and lightly went over the creases and the distressed edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and a Black Cats Eye Ink Pad.
Next I added some of Tim's Sketchbook Tissue Tape to cover the tab.
EXPERIMENT TIME AGAIN!!  I took a Collage Glue Stick and randomly smeared it around the edges of the entire book (a page at a time).  


 After smearing the glue on a page, I blotted off most of it with a paper towel.  While is was still tacky, I used an Ink Blending Tool with Gathered Twigs and sort of ground it into the edges of the pages.


The ink really stuck to where the glue was just a bit tacky and creates some really cool looking age marks.  This is easy and fun to do.  Try it!


Then I taped my cover in place and my book was on it's way.  I did not actually finish the cover of the book until the very last thing, so that I could really play and experiment with the inside pages without damaging the cover.  And...I had no clue what the cover was going to be until it was time to do it. 
 Now let's have a look at the inside pages and I'll give you a brief explanation of what I did on each page. 


Pages 1 and 2

I used more of Tim's Paper Stash papers from Lost and Found on both of these.  
On the left, I distressed the paper with Peacock Feathers and Rusty Hinge inked around the edges with Gathered Twigs.  I stamped the dragonfly from Tim's Classics #1 stamp set using Wendy Vecchi's Potting Soil Archival Ink.  I love the deep, rich brown.  The pocket has a die cut top from Tim's Scallops die cut. I distressed the pocket with Gathered Twigs and added another piece of Tim's Paper Stash paper that had been colored with Broken China and lightly swiped with Picket Fence Distress Paint to the top of the pocket.  Next I added "DREAM" from Tim's Destinations Salvage Stickers.  I love the license plate look!  Finally, I added a deep brown ribbon through the holes of the pocket and tied a little bow.

On the right, I used a 4" x 6 1/4" piece of vintage photographs. The sentiment is stamped onto a piece of manila paper that has been die cut from Tim's ATC And Corners die cut and distressed with Wild Honey and Gathered Twigs.  I used Tim's Spritz and Flick technique to further mottle the background. I distressed the edges with a Paper Distresser and inked them with a Black Cats Eye Ink Pad.  I stamped the sentiment from Tim's Way With Words stamp set. Finally, I attached the photo corners that I'd inked with Vintage Photo Distress Stain and edged in black.  I taped the ATC in place, letting it slightly hang out over the edge of the page.  (Be sure that you distress the back side of things that will hang over and edge so you don't see any white paper!)

 
 Pages 3 and 4

The page on the left began with a piece of dictionary cardstock from Tim's Lost and Found Paper Stash.  I applied Wendy Vecchi's Crackle Paste randomly on the 4" x 6 1/4" paper with a toothbrush and let it dry.  I then inked the entire page with Peacock Feathers and in Ink Blending Tool.  Then I created a "wash" made from Vintage Photo Reinker and a little water.  I brushed it over the entire page and blotted off the excess with a paper towel.  Then heat set, repeating the process until I got the rich brown that I was looking for in the cracks. Then I lightly spritzed Sunflower Sparkles Perfect Pearls Mist over the paper had heat set. I stamped the pen nibs from Tim's Artful Artifacts stamp set onto a piece of manila cardstock that had been distressed with Vintage Photo.  Then I cut all of them out and lined the edges with a Black Soot Distress Marker. (You don't want white edges!) Next I stamped the sentiment from Tim's Words For Thought stamp set with Jet Black Archival Ink onto manila cardstock.  I left a slight edge when I cut it out and lined the edge with a Scattered Straw Distress Marker and the Black Soot Marker right on the edge.  I pop dotted the sentiment in the center of the page and surrounded it with the pen nibs....that carried on over onto the next page.
The "Create" tag ...
Between the two pages is the first of three tags.  I had folded the bottom of the tag and bone folded it to create the "tab" that I would use to attach it to the next page.  I then distressed the tag with Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs.  I distressed the edges of the tag with a Paper Distresser and inked those edges again with Gathered Twigs.  I laid out my design and then stamped the sentiment from Tim's Classics #11 stamp set using Black Archival Ink.  Then I stamped the dragonfly from Tim's Classics #17 stamp set and colorized the wings using Broken China and a Detailer Water Brush.  I then doodled the little curly black lines between.  Next I stamped the "C" from Tim's Classics #14 onto a piece of manila cardstock using Ranger's Distress Embossing Ink.  I then sprinkled it with mostly Black Embossing Powder but then added little bits of Ranger's Verdigris Antiquities Embossing Powder to give a patina look.  Then I heat set it and let it cool.  I cut out around the image, leaving a little edge that I colored with a Scattered Straw Distress Marker.  I also lightly added some Scattered Straw Distress Ink to the "C" and "CREATE" using a Detailer Water Brush.  I covered this image with a piece from a Mica Sheet using small brads. Then I glued it in place on the left side of the tag.  Finally, I taped the tab portion of the tag in place on the next page and moved on to complete that page.


This page also has the 4" x 6 1/4" dictionary cardstock as a background from Tim's Lost and Found Paper Stash. It is distressed with Rusty Hinge, Scattered Straw and Gathered Twigs.  It is lightly sprayed with Dylusions White Linen Spray.  Next I laid Tim's Cargo Stencil over the top and using a make up sponge, I stenciled the letters in place using Jet Black Archival Ink.  (Immediately clean the stencil or this permanent ink will stain your stencil!) Then I taped the paper in place, hiding the tag tab.  Next I edged the page using Tim's Elements Tissue Tape to give that page lots of definition. The sentiment is stamped onto one of Tim's Journaling Tickets that I have altered by dabbing it with Picket Fence Distress Paint to cover the numbers on the one end of the ticket.  (I didn't want them to interfere with the stamped sentiment.)  Picket Fence dries more opaque than it appears when you apply it.  Then I added Peacock Feathers and Wild Honey and a touch of Gathered Twigs at the edges to color the tag.  I also added black just at the edges.  


Pages 5 and 6

Cut a 4" x 6 1/4" piece from manila cardstock.  Stamp David from Tim's Artful Artifacts stamp set with Jet Black Archival; centered and to the left edge of the cardstock. Mask the face (by stamping another image of David, cutting it out and laying it over the face).  Distress the rest of the paper with Rusty Hinge, Mustard Seed and a bit of Peacock Feathers.  Edge the cardstock with Gathered Twigs and Black Soot.  Continuing with the mask in place, stamp the measuring tape image from Tim's Artful Tools stamp set on the background. Remove the mask and add a piece of filmstrip tissue tape to the top and bottom of the page. Color the eye with Salty Ocean Distress Ink and a Detailer Water Brush. Stamp "LIFE" and "It's all perspective" from Tim's Good Thoughts stamp set onto manila cardstock that has been distressed with Vintage Photo. Cut them out mount them onto a piece of black cardstock, leaving a small black edge when cutting them out. Edge the black cardstock with a Gold Paint Dabber. Stamp the paint brushes from Tim's Artful Tools stamp set onto manila cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink and cut them out, leaving a small border. Color the border with a Scattered Straw Distress Marker and edge with a Black Soot Distress Marker. Color "LIFE" and portions of the paint brushes with a Worn Lipstick Distress Marker. Color the metal bands on the paint brushed with Tarnished Brass Distress Stain and a Detailer Water Brush. Glue the three brushes behind "Perspective".  Then add pop dots behind the words and pop them in place. Add "TIME" from Tim's Words Remnant Rubs to the folder tab.

Cut a narrow piece of corrugated paper into a 4" x 6 1/4" rectangle.  Edge and lightly distressed the raised corrugated areas with Black Soot. Lightly run Wendy Vecchi's Red Geranium Archival Ink pad over the raised areas as well.  Die cut a piece of black cardstock with the Tim's ATC die cut.  Stamp the "wishes" sentiment from Tim's Good Thoughts stamp set onto the black cardstock using Ranger's Distress Embossing Ink and sprinkle with Antiquities Frosted Crystal Embossing Powder.  Heat set to matte finish, not a complete gloss of this technique will not work. Rub white chalk over the letters and then gently wipe away the excess chalk dust with your fingers.  Mount onto a piece of Kraft Cardstock that has been distressed with Gathered Twigs.  Punch the corners to make them rounded.  Distress the edges with Black Soot. Stamp another heart from that same sentiment using the Distress Embossing Ink and sprinkle with Fired Brick Distress Embossing Powder.  Heat set and rub off excess particles with your fingers.  Cut out the heart, leaving a slight edge and color the edge with a Fired Brick Distress Marker.  Glue in place over the heart on the sentiment. Tear a piece of Tim's Terminology Tissue Wrap to cover a portion of the background. Distress with Gathered Twigs and ink the edges with Black Soot.  Randomly stamp some polka dots and checkerboards from Tim's Bitty Grunge stamp set in Red Geranium and Jet Black Archival onto the Tissue Wrap. Glue in place. Center the "chalkboard" on the page and glue in place.  Add a silver metallic arrow from Tim's Borders Industrious Stickers

The Soar Tag ...

Distress a manila tag with Wild Honey and Peacock Feathers then Gathered Twigs and edge with Black Soot.  Paper Distress the edges and add more Black Soot. Stamp Tim's butterfly from Fairy Tale Frenzy stamp set using Jet Black Archival. Then stamp the sentiment from Tim's Stuff to Say stamp set. Color in the wings on the butterfly using Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink and a Detailer Water Brush. Use Glossy Accents on the butterfly's body and drippings. Randomly stamp the letter sampler from Tim's Artful Artifacts on the background using Jet Black Archival. Place "SOAR" from Tim's Ransom Alpha Parts onto a piece of black cardstock and cut out a rectangle. Back the rectangle with a piece of chipboard and glue it together. Cut out the rectangle again. Edge the rectangle with a Gold Paint Dabber.  Pop dot "SOAR" in place on the tag and then dab the Gold Paint Dabber on top of the letters.  Heat set.  Apply Scor Tape to the back side of the tag "tab" you have folded under and attach the tag to the lower top of the right page.


Pages 7 and 8

The left page is done right on the manila folder and is probably one of my favorite pages in the book. I distressed the background using Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks. I then did Tim's Spritz and Flick method with water to mottle the background followed by a light spritzing of Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist.



Here is what the page looked like before I added some stamping and the little fairy girl. 


The little fairy girl from Tim's Winged Things stamp set is stamped onto a piece of Specialty Stamping Paper and colored using Wild Honey, Broken China and Shabby Shutters Distress Inks on the girl's wings and clothes.  Her skin is done using a combination of Scattered Straw and Tattered Rose. It make a beautiful skin tone. Then I added more Tattered Rose to her cheeks. Her hair is a combination of Scattered Straw and Tea Dye Distress Inks. Then using an Ink Blending Tool and Antique Linen, gently grind the ink all over the colored image.  This "sets" the color and seems to just blend it all together so beautifully. Next I cut out the girl, leaving a small border that I later colored with a Scattered Straw Distress Marker and edged with a Black Soot Marker.  

I stamped three column tops from Tim's Classics #2 stamp set.  I colorized them with Pumice Stone Distress Ink and a Detailer Water Brush. Next I stamped the two small globes from Tim's Tiny Things stamp set on the two outer column tops and colorized them with the water brush and Peacock Feathers for the water and Rusty Hinge for the continents. Next I stamped the sentiment from Tim's Random Quotes stamp set and added the doodled frame around it with a permanent fine line black pen. I then randomly stamped portions of the small flourish from Tim's Fabulous Flourishes stamp set. To add some nice highlights, I spritzed Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist onto my Craft Sheet and used the water brush to add detail to the column tops, around the frame and randomly on the flourishes. I distressed around the edges of the page with Gathered Twigs and a touch of Black Soot and then pop dotted the winged girl perched on the center column top. 


The right side is a brown spattered cardstock from Tim's Lost and Found Paper Stash that I tore into an approximate 4" x 6 1/4" rectangle. I distressed the edges with Black Soot. I stamped the crackled background from Tim's Ultimate Grunge stamp set followed by Tim's Weathered Clock from his Soulful Journey stamp set. I added "JOURNEY" from Tim's Traveling Friends stamp set at the top and the bottom sentiment from Tim's Good Thoughts stamp set at the bottom. I colorized the hands on the Elements Tissue Tape with the water brush and Broken China and Tattered Rose. Finally I stamped "BRAVE" (taken from a sentiment in Tim's Way With Words stamp set) onto the outer tab and added the little doodled design. 


Pages 9 and 10

The left page is also done directly onto the manila folder.  I lightly distressed the page with Peacock Feathers and Gathered Twigs.  I stamped the sentiment from Way With Words stamp set in the center of the page using Jet Black Archival. I then inked around the edges with Black Soot. 

The "ART" Tag ...

Distress a manila tag with Wild Honey and Peacock Feathers then Gathered Twigs. Distress the edges with a Paper Distresser and then ink with Black Soot. Lightly spritz the tag with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist. Randomly stamp the larger Fabulous Flourish stamp set onto the tag using Jet Black Archival. Emboss the letters "ART" from Tim's Cirque Alphabet using Ranger's Distress Embossing Ink and Black Embossing Powder. Lightly sand the tops of the letters to reduce the shine. Cut them out and ink the letters with Peacock Feathers. Edge them with a Black Soot Distress Marker. Glue them in place on the tag.  Using a Black Graphite Pencil and a Detailer Water Brush, create a shadow around the letters.  Apply Scor Tape to the underside of the "tab" created on the tag and glue the tag in place on the upper portion of the right page. 


The right page is heavily distressed onto a piece of cardstock with numbers from Tim's Lost and Found Paper Stash.  With my finger, I added Wendy Vecchi's Crackle Paste lightly and randomly over the paper.  When it was dry, I heavily inked the page with Peacock Feathers and a little Gathered Twigs. I then edged the page with Black Soot. Next I stamped the soaring bird from Tim's Bird Feather stamp set in the upper portion of my page, underneath where the "SOAR" tag would rest. Next I randomly stamped the "Fig. 1, etc" from Tim's Bird Feather stamp set followed by random stamping of the love letter and leaves from Tim's Nature Walk stamp set. At the bottom of the page, I heat embossed the sentiment from Tim's Random Quotes stamp set using Distress Embossing Ink and Black Embossing Powder. Finally I added the black measuring tape from Elements Tissue Tape and gently smeared paint from a Gold Paint Dabber around the edges and on the crackles of the page. I then added Scor Tape to the page and glued it in place on the manila page. 


 Pages 11 and 12

The page on the left is a combination of Ripe Persimmon, Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks blended together on a 4" x 6 1/4" scrap that looks like a ledger page from Tim's Lost and Found Paper Stash. It is then lightly spritzed with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist. I continued the black measuring Tissue Tape across the top of this page. The stamped head image is from Tim's Classics #11.  


It is stamped onto manila cardstock and colorized using a Detailer Water Brush and Tattered Rose, Scattered Straw Distress Inks for the skin tones.  I then added some Gathered Twigs around the perimeter of the head, eyes, nose and neck for a shadowing effect as well as the eyebrows. The lips are Tattered Rose and the eyes are Faded Jeans. I cut out the head, leaving a small border that was colored with Scattered Straw and edged with Black Soot. I added the two strips of harlequin Elements Tissue Tape across the page and added the doodled outline on either side of the tape. I then glued the head in the center of the page and added "SERENDIPITY" from Tim's Winged Things stamp set underneath the head.  It was stamped onto manila cardstock using Jet Black Archival, cut out and edged with a Black Soot Marker. I then glued the head onto the center of the page with Serendipity right under it.  I added some art journaling around the head and randomly stamped some polka dots from Tim's Bitty Grunge stamp set in Jet Black Archival.  Finally I used just a touch of Turquoise Perfect Pearls Powder and wet the end of a Q-Tip.  I tipped the Q-Tip into the powder and added some shimmery turquoise dots on top of some of the black polka dots. 

The final page of the journal features a Mona Lisa from Tim's Mona's Sketchbook stamp set.  She is stamped onto the page and then masked in the same manner as David was on page 3.  I then distressed the manila folder page primarily Peacock Feathers and edged it with Gathered Twigs.  Then I cut out just Mona's silhouette, layered it on top of the stamped Mona and added the Persimmon coloring inside of the circle around Mona's head.  I added a pocket to the final page in the same manner that I did on the front interior page only this time, I dry embossed the pocket with Tim's Bricked Texture Fade.  I then colored it with Rusty Hinge and Fired Brick Distress Inks.  I added color to the mortar and also the chipped bricks with Pumice Distress Ink and a Detailer Water Brush.  I inked the edges with Black Soot and glued it in place.  I stamped the sentiment from the Mona's Sketchbook stamp set and the line of stars in Jet Black Archival Ink onto a piece of plain white tissue paper.  I then tore the tissue paper around the sentiments.  I brushed Matte Multi Medium onto the surface of the brick pocket and laid the sentiments in place.  I covered the sentiments with a light top coat of Matte Multi Medium and heat set them dry. (I had also added another little strip of Tim's Tissue Tape to the outside edge of the page).

I glued the 4" x 6 1/4" back of the book in place and returned to the front of the book to create my cover.


The cover of the book features sweet vintage images from some of Tim's newest stamp sets: Nature Walk and Bird Feather.  First I stamped the nest onto the page using Jet Black Archival Ink and heat set it. Then I colored the nest using Gathered Twigs and a Detailer Water Brush.  I then used the larger love letter and lightly stamped it onto the center of the cover. I stamped the bird from Nature Walk onto manila cardstock with Jet Black Archival and colorized it using Rusty Hinge and a Detailer Water Brush.  I cut it out, leaving a small border that I colored using a Scattered Straw Distress Marker and edged it with a Black Soot Marker. I added some little feathers and real tiny wooden sticks under the bird and glued them in place using Glossy Accents.  I pop dotted the bird and popped him in place.  "WORDS" at the top of the cover is more of Tim's Alpha Parts that were glued in place using Glossy Accents (even though they are adhesive on the back, I still like to secure them with Glossy Accents). Then I pounced over them with a Gold Paint Dabber and heat set them.


 Finally, I added a binding to cover where I had glued the folders together.  I cut a 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" strip of natural Sticky Back Canvas and distressed it with my own mixture of a little Gold from a Paint Dabber mixed in a Mini Mister with Water.  I sprayed that onto the canvas and heat set it. Then I distressed the edges with Gathered Twigs and Black Soot.  I stamped the buttons running down the center of the binding with Jet Black Archival Ink and added the "faux stitching" with a permanent black ink pen. I removed the backing of the canvas, added a piece of 1/2" Scor Tape (to better ensure the permanent sticking to the book), positioned the binding over the folded edges of the manila folders and glued it in place.

DONE!

The back sides of the inserted tag flip outs are left blank for journaling and more tags, notes or ephemera can be added to the top and side pockets. 

This was so much fun to make and it really brings me joy to look over the pages and read all of the sentiments.

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97 comments:

  1. Candy, this is just incredible!!!! So beatiful, and SPECTACULAR!

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  2. DROOL again another outstanding project. This is so full of technique and detail. If only I had half as much talent. Fantastic job and as always I am inspired. I must try my hand at whipping one up.

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  3. You always come up with the most amazing projects. I love that you used plain old manila folders as your base, because they're easily available and very inexpensive. Blessings!

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  4. Candy such a wonderful piece and a tutorial. Love your work. Karen.x

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  5. Truly LOVE it! Amazing job, girl!

    ~Linda

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  6. Oh Candy - your creativity is really contagious - this books is so so so awesome. I want to make one now. Every page in your book is like a lovely advneture.

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  7. So so so beautiful and stunning!! Wow!!

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  8. Totally amazing Candy! I love everything about it! Sue C x

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  9. wow Candy. what an amazing treasure. heavily tim holtz inspired and yet still unique and individual. I love this so so so much.

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  10. Candy, your book is absolutely stunning, each page is so rich and an absolute delight to look at. It is hard to imagine that this started life as manila folders, it is truly amazing. I have bookmarked your tutorial as I want to read every single word again! Stunning work. Hugs, Anne x

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  11. Oh Candy, from the moment I saw the preview of this I could not wait to be able to see the rest.... All I can say is WOW!!! I must check out the video because this looks like such a wonderful way to put a book together. Your inside pages look totally amazing, each one is a glorious feast for the eyes, so full of fabulous techniques and details! You have totally done it again, this is amazing!!!

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  12. Wow, a marathon post and a stunning project! This is awesome Candy, love everything about it! Chris xxx

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  13. Candy, this little book is a marvel! It belongs in a gallery with its wonderful design, inspirational words and magnificent techniques. I does not look like manila file folders!!!! It looks like ancient pages, and those backgrounds just make me swoon with delight. Your joy for life, your love of art and your boundless creativity show in every delightful detail. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I'll be thinking about it all day.

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  14. You have created a treasure, Candy!
    LOVE every single page and all the subtle colouring on your enchanting make! Thanks for the tutorial - so lovely of you to share the making of! I love seeing this treasure coming to life! And your post once more made me stand in awe - seeing what really gifted people can make from card, paper and ink.

    Hugs,
    Claudia x

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  15. Another amazing project! I have to try this file folder base. I just bought a whole box, so I'm ready. Every time I look at this, I see something new. Just spectacular! I'm taking a 3 part Ranger technique class at the LSS I teach at, as a refresher. Thanks for all your amazing inspiration!

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  16. Candy this is awesome and truly inspiring. I adore all the elements pages of this amazing project.

    Thank you for sharing....hugs Annie x

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  17. Oh my lord Candy - how artfully brilliant you are! I will come backl this evening to go thru all the details but in the meantime I can see that this is EXTRAORDINARY!! Incredible technique and talent at play - its looks so beautiful and utterly uplifting. You have indeed put a Spring in my step! Will return..have a lovely weekend. Nicola x

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  18. Love this Candy. Hope you'll be teaching this in Branson.

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  19. Absolutely beautiful Candy!

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  20. Breathtaking! This is a real work of art! So clever to use the folders to make this too. ~Diane

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  21. Absolutely stunning Candy!! I am in awe of how you can make such a wonderful book from file folders!!!! You have an amazing talent. I love all the stamping and techniques you have shared, in fact just everything about it. Thank you for such amazing inspiration and I am so thrilled to be sharing this journey with you. Jennie xx

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  22. Oh my goodness! Candy, you certainly went all out on this lovely mini filled with so much inspiration and gorgeous pages! I love watching this come to life and each page is amazing! Wow, you have really knocked this out of the ballpark! My Classics 11 is on backorder, but I am so glad I ordered that. Love every little page here! Hugs and Happy Weekend!

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  23. Amazing!!! Love every single inch!

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  24. Thank you so much for sharing this TRUE WORK OF ART! Each page is simply beautiful and your use of the words with all the other images is perfect. It shows that you really gave the subject lots of thought.

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  25. Oh this is a wonderful book and your tutorial is fabulous. I really love how you created pockets out of tags. I never would have thought of that. Thank you also for turning me onto The Paper Addiction you tube channel. I've been watching it non stop today. I love your book!

    Hugs
    Caroline

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  26. WOW Candy this book is adorable so Tim love it all. :) Thank you for sharing every page I have enjoyed looking and drooling a little lol.

    MaggieH

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  27. Absolutely sensational, Candy... From the moment I saw your sneak peek of the cover on the VJ draft post, I've been dying to get a look at the inside, and you've exceeded my expectations. Every single page is an absolute delight - papers, stamping, inky loveliness... utterly wonderful! What a joy of a creation!
    Alison xx

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  28. Stunning book Candy, amazing details and gorgeous colours. I love your use IOC imagery and your design is stunning. The pockets add wonderful interest to the interior. As always a well thought out beautifully executed piece. Tracy x

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  29. Ohh my goodness Candy, your BOOK OF WORDS is truly AMAZING, I love it, every little detaill is just fabulous woww, I really love it lots Love you xxxx Terry

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  30. Love it Candy! Really grasps the Tim Holtz vintage, grungy style!

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  31. Oh my goodness Candy! What a fabulous mini album! I love all the distressing and your attention to detail! I could just stare at this for hours! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  32. This is breathtaking, Candy, wonderful, gorgous and brilliant.

    Have a lovely weekend

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  33. Wow Candy, this is so gorgeous! Love each and every page and all those sentiment stamps and wonderful images together. A wonderful book!

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  34. A truly magnificent creation!!!!!

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  35. Candy, your book is beyond words!!!! Wow!!! I love everything and every little detail!!!

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  36. Your piece is so stacked with detail and inspiration! Love how you have created this and the colours you have used are gorgeous too! What an amazing piece xnhugs x

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  37. Oh my gosh Candy, this book is amazing, so beautifully made and full of wonderful colour combinations and details. Each page is a masterpiece of incredible stamping and design, you have included words that inspire and encourage and images that leave the senses stimulated and excited. I really want to try one if these. Happy Sunday xx

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  38. Hello Miss Candy, when I saw the cover I knew it was going to blow me away, eekkkss, this is THE BOMB, well your are a part of the BOMB SQUAD, every page is SUPERB, loooooove all the tags, your background are GORGEOUSSSSS,looooove how you joined it together, this post is brim full of inspiration, thanks for the excellent tutorial, hope you have a wonderful day, ((( BIG HUGS))))...

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  39. Oh wow!!!!!!!!!!! Really ... what else is there to say! I finally got by to look at all the details. This in insanely brilliant. I love the construction of this book out of manilla folders! I've got to try this. It's so cool with the pockets and inserted tags. I love your colors and stamping. And that binding with the sticky back canvas ... such a creative way to make this book come together. Candy, I never cease to be amazed when I drop by your blog. You inspire me with ideas and your creations always let me leave your blog with a smile. Hugs to you! -- Mary Elizabeth

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  40. Another stunning project! I totally love every part of it. Thank you for sharing the construction & for your lovely comments on my blog.
    I'm thrilled to be a part of this Vintage Journey & hope to play every challenge :0)

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  41. Holy cow, Candy! This one made me GASP out loud! Once again your blog has caused my husband to think I am having some sort of medical attack! :) But how could I not be in awe of this?? You are like this brilliant wizard (wizard-ess?) that transforms the most mundane things into these spectacular creations. And not to put added pressure on you, but you do this EVERY TIME. Your creativity is boundless and I am so inspired every time I swing by your blog. I adore so many parts of this, but I think my favorites are the background colors (that dreamy creamy teal), the bird and "Words" font on the front cover and the button binding. I am still sighing contentedly at this one, so thank you once again for sharing something so incredible!

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  42. Wow Candy! I love your tutorials and I love your works! This mini is great, really incredibly beautiful! I love every little detail! I'm happy, very happy, you're back full time! You know I'm your fan! I missed your style! BArbarayaya

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  43. Stunning box. Love all details. Beautiful stamping.
    Joanna

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  44. Stunning box. Love all details. Beautiful stamping.
    Joanna

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  45. Stunning book. Love all details. Beautiful stamping.
    Joanna

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  46. Its a stunning book Candy - Love the colour scheme, and all the stamping and images. I came across as I thought the cover looked wonderful but the inside is awesome. Love it!

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  47. I've been sat here for ages drinking in each and every detail of this incredible mini book Candy. What a triumph! You combine the papers and stamped elements so perfectly here. I'm sure even Tim's jaw would drop! Jenny x

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  48. This was fabulous. Not often do I read from start to finish but the processes and explanations were just great. Thank you.

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  49. Hi Candy, I haven't been blog-visiting in quite a while. I am in awe. Glad to see that you're still so awesome! It's nice that some things never change!!

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  50. Fantastic book so beautifully made!!! Love the details.

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  51. Yay Candy how pleased was I to see this being given a special mention this month. Congratulations on your Blogworthy link.
    hugs Brenda xx

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  52. I told you even Tim's jaw would drop and there goes that clang! huge congratulations on your Blogworthy link my wonderful friend! Jenny x

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  53. I am totally blown away every time I visit your blog! Fantastic!

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  54. Yippee and big congrats!! No wonder this is such an amazing book!!! More than well deserved Candy!!!

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  55. stunning project Candy...no wonder Tim fell in love with it...big congrats on your blogworthy link...hugs kath xxx

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  56. WOW, seriously amazing attention to detail. Gorgeous book! Thanks for sharing.

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  57. WOW what a gorgeous book...so creative!!

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  58. Yes this truly is a beautiful book. A Huge CONGRATULATIONS for making Tim's blog worthy list. Your work is STUNNING. Thanks for sharing your creative process and knowledge with us all. Karen.x

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  59. WOW! This is so AWESOME! It looks like so much fun!

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  60. I love the colours you've used and of course the stamps! Yummo, utterly stampalicious! Thanks for sharing.

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  61. Wow spectacular Candy, I am trying a card with these techniques! thanks for sharing.

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  62. Большая работа , так много интересных деталей , смело ! Хочется так же легко использовать цвета , творческие приёмы и фантазию :)

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  63. Hi Candy. What a fab book, and a great tutorial. Take care.

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  64. Hugh congratulation for Blogworthy link on Tim`s blog! Project is awesome as always and I already admired this at AVJ blog!

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  65. Huge congratulations on your Blogworthy Links Candy! Hugs, Anne xx

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  66. This is wonderful Candy, a very worthy blogworthy link. Gorgeous! x

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  67. candy, this project is really wonderful, i love the colours you have used throughout and the sentiments are inspiring. thank you for sharing, corinna

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  68. This is an amazing work of art - I just LOVE it and want to make one for myself! Thank you so much for showing how you did this step-by-step!

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  69. Congrats on receiving a well deserved shout out on tim's blogworthy links 2014-04-25

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  70. wow! this is really amazing!!! love every little detail of this project ^.^

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  71. Wow! what a great project ...I look at Tim's Blogworthy list for inspiration and you did not let me down..Thank you.

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  72. Candy, this is amazing. Just found you after a mention on Tim's blogworthy links! Love your work and can't wait to see more. Thanks for the detailed step by step. Jean.x

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  73. This is superb! Thanks for the tutorial and for sharing. Congratulations on Tim's blogworthy links. :)

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  74. Holy Cow, Candy! No wonder Tim featured you on his blog!! Amazing mini. I loved drooling over every page. Loved everything about it!

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  75. I love quotes and this was a beautiful project

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  76. I was not surprised to see that Tim picked this project to feature (but he could of course have picked all your gorgeous projects). It is wonderful. Thank you for the inspiration Candy!

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  77. Love, Love, Love! far too many things about this mini book. From the stamps used to the backgrounds you've created! Thanks for sharing. Cheers,

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  78. I was trying to think of a special book to make for my grandchildren. I think a variation of this would be terrific. Thanks for the idea - beautiful work!

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  79. Love this project! I am really inspired to do this as I also love WORDS.

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  80. Inspiration overload!!! Love this! It really made me see some things differently.

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  81. wonderful mini book!! I love all the details. =)

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  82. Candy,
    Such an amazing creation, full of techniques and Tim goodness. Here from Tims blog

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  83. this is wonderful, thanks for sharing!!! Love it

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  84. So delighted to be Blogworthied alongside you and this magnificent creation, Candy - you already know I adore it, and was so thrilled to see it rightly recognised by Tim.
    Alison xx

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  85. This is a fantastic project, now I know what to do with all my old manila folders!!

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  86. CAndy you know you're one of the lights that illuminate my way creative! You're one of my certainty, your projects are always mereavigliosi! And Tim knows! Congrats for blogworthy links! BArbarayaya

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  87. Okay I'm seriously on a creativity HIGH ... this is FABULOUS... so love the concept, the project... my goodness ( I can see why you made Blogworthy... well deserved... Congrats )! Great tutorial too ... I feel a scraplift coming on :) !!

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  88. I only found your blog today through "A vintage journey". I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS PROJECT OF YOURS! Just the pic on that site made me drool and here you have a whole tutorial! How generous and creative you are! I am still new at this stuff and never made anything this complicated but it sure makes me want to try. The colors/blending and the composition etc. are done so exquisitely. I love birds a lot and this project speaks to my heart. Thanks so much for sharing this project and tut, I am now your new fan!

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  89. This is amazing!!!!!! I had been thinking about doing a sayings book and now I have seen yours I think I would love to do this. Only thing is you have set the bar very high. Your tutorial is amazing! Love TH and you have been a wonderful advocate! Don't have as many stamps but could probably manage with what I have in my stash...... TFS

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  90. Thank you so much for taking the time to photograph each step of the construction! Loved seeing the details of each page. I came to your site from Pinterest...so glad I'm here!

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  91. Thanks so much for the tutorial!!! This is amazing!! love it!!

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  92. This is awesome. I always look for tips in anything easy for me to make.and this one was amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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