Saturday, 12 March 2011

Still bouncing!

I finished my ArtsyCrafts album at last! I put the pages together last weekend but I needed to add all the journaling, and I had some idea of embellishing the pages - I decided against this in the end, as the album was already bulging, and I liked the effect of using the various leftover bits, the packaging, recycled items, paperwork etc - you'll see what I mean as I take you through the pages! Apologies for the many photos that follow; I had intended to make a collage of them but Picasa doesn't want to play nicely today.....

Here's the front cover:
I used large bracket covers by Teresa Collins, which comfortably hold 8x8 pages. I covered the front with all the trimmings from the gorgeous papers we'd used to line the Configurations boxes, spritzed it with the Antique Gold Perfect Pearls from the Ranger goody bag, added my title (leftover printer's blocks from the kit and lettering die cut with my new Tim Holtz 'upon a time' alphas) and then used my new favourite thing, Claudine Hellmuth's Matte Multi-Medium, to stick on the little embellishments (also leftovers from the class kit, plus the layered flower made from my new PaperArtsy stamps and dies).

{Gosh darn it, now Blogger doesn't want to play either!! I can only add one photo at a time - this could take a while....}

OK, now let's take a look inside :-) These photos are all pretty small but will give you a general idea, but you can enlarge them by clicking on them if you want to take a closer look.

I wanted to cram in as many memorabilia as possible - here I've reused the envelope that contained my ticket and badges (it now holds print-outs of the blog posts back in September where I just mentioned in passing that I'd got a place in the class....) The invoice is there, as is my ticket and the notes enclosed with it. Some of these items I've written journaling onto or stuck photos or other bits and pieces onto, some are just there 'as themselves' to help me remember it all!

Here I used the invoice from my B&B the night before, collaged together a tag, PaperArtsy postcard and a couple of photos, used packaging from a die I purchased with my shopping photos and receipts, and just adhered photos back to back for one page - a line of white paint provided a journaling spot.

I stamped straight onto some of the photos; added a couple of mini photos offset onto a tag tied with tissue tape; used an envelope which contains the project instructions; and stuck two sheets of photos back to back with tissue tape along the joins. I also used a piece of cardstock from my prize!

I had to include my messy fingers.... If I'd thought about it in time, I'd have added some handprints to the background before I stuck the photos down! I wrote directly onto some of the photos, if white space allowed. My lunch badge went into a little plastic bag which had held something I'd bought (the name badges haven't gone into the album because I shall wear them again, any chance I get!) I also added a postcard of Tim, again in a plastic packet. The last page on this row was packaging from the embossing folders I'd bought.

On my way back home on the Saturday I'd stopped off at Starbucks for a quick espresso - while there, I picked up an information leaflet, a couple of cup holders and a spare espresso cup. I always associate Starbucks with Tim and (especially) with Mario! I also used the negative from one of the grungepaper letter sheets, more packaging, and a scrap of acetate on which I'd been experimenting. And again, I wrote directly onto the photo of Mario - I'd planned to do that all along, hence the white space!

More souvenirs from Starbucks on the pages about Mario - I used the receipt from my espresso, too! It's layered onto some grungepaper (I need to get better at inking it, though...) And then more packaging, and the instructions from the Configurations kit. They include all the measurements for the paper you need to line each box, so I'll need to refer to them again when I start working on the extra box I brought home. The espresso cup holds a couple of small photos, and I used the 'back to back with tissue tape' trick again for the next few photos.

The packaging from another die gave a base to a strip of photos - the overlap was just the right size to add some journaling. Then I used more packaging, and the acetate 'window' from my Configurations box, as I didn't use it in my project. I used alcohol ink on the acetate but it doesn't really show up in the photo, it's quite subtle! Let's pretend that I didn't add those photos upside down on the back of the acetate, OK? (And I was checking so carefully all the way through to avoid that mistake.... *sigh!*) I punched holes directly through the mini photo on the right hand side, but you can see the die-cut birdcage on the back peeking through, too.

Here's that birdcage, complete with birdie! I die-cut them from grungepaper and added Dymo journaling on strips of Core'dinations cardstock. For the next few pages I experimented with embossing different materials: some acetate from the embossing folders' packaging, then Core'dinations cardstock which I lightly sanded - it feels like velvet! Gorgeous! - and finally an envelope, to which I added a strip of tickets and tucked a journaling tag inside. The photos of Tim looking at his gift from us are mounted on a couple of tags.

A piece of cardboard with strips of tissue tape formed the base for photos of my completed Configurations project. I'm pleased with the collage of photos showing the close up of each small box! Then I used the offcut of acetate from the 'window' with a couple more scraps of left over paper, backed with an envelope - I wrote the journaling directly onto the envelope this time. The last page is more inked grungepaper, and I even added the sandpaper we'd used in class! The packaging from the Ranger goody bag formed a pocket inside which I've added photos of the goody bag itself. And then, inside the back cover, I've used my photo of the whole ArtsyCrafts team, with a stamped message. Let's pretend that I didn't miss out the 'k' of 'thanks' and have to stamp over, OK?!
And finally, here's the back cover:
I inked the edges then spritzed with the Perfect Pearls, before stamping with lots of Tim Holtz and PaperArtsy stamps.

That's it! Thanks for your patience :-) I can't promise not to mention this class ever again, but I have got most of it out of my system now!! And I have so many happy memories within this book and in my heart, I can't even measure how much pleasure this has given me :-) Thanks again to Leandra, Lin, Tim, Mario, Alain and all the team xx

32 comments:

Ruth said...

Wow! That's a real work of art you have there! Absolutely fabulous. You've also given an idea ...

helena said...

awesome - love the different sizes and shapes and textures inside.

scrappyjacky said...

What a fabulous memory of the weekend to keep forever....Tim would be proud of it I'm sure!!

Lizzie said...

Gosh Mel, that's an album-and-a-half! You have put together a wonderful memory book there... sure to remember it for ever and I bet you'll look at this often.
It's just great!

JO SOWERBY said...

a beautiful memory of ur wonderful day with tim and his team. hope to see it first hand one day
Jo xxx

Sian said...

One of these days I will get to hold that album in my hands and leaf through it for real. The photos are fab - but I bet it truly comes alive when you touch it :)

Anesha said...

Truly wonderful creation and full of all your lovely memories. Hugs Anesha

Maria Ontiveros said...

Love Tim, and I love your excitement about the class. The bird cage page is my favorite, though I also love the back.
Rinda

debs14 said...

Oh my goodness, you really have saved everything from that weekend haven't you?! I can't begin to imagine how you got everything in. So much to look at, would love to see it in real life!

Ginger said...

I can't believe how much you got stuffed in that album! I love all your little bits of memorabilia and so many wonderful photos. A treasure for sure... and if you want to bring it up again... I certainly would be happy to hear more :)

Clair said...

Really looking forward to you showing me this one day. I think I'll appreciate it even more if I can 'look with my hands' :)

Denise said...

I absolutely love what you have done with your book,It is a wonderful keepsake.So many textures and techniques,and it's lovely to keep all the tickets and documents and reminders,I'd love to leaf through it too ! xx

Mary B said...

Wow Mel that is great lots and lots to look at and a perfect souvenir of your wonderful messy w/e

Karen said...

What an awesome book you've created to capture this event! I hope you have a place to display it!

Gillian said...

Wow Mel, This AC album is both a precious and priceless way to caputure all the memories of the workshop.

Kaz said...

wow mel, you packed everything into that amazing book, it looks awesome!
kazx

alexa said...

Just stunning! I love all your envelopes and the tissue tape stuff and the acetates and the writing on photos and ... everything, really! What a work of art.

Sandra said...

That's a true labour of love. It's gorgeous - I love the fact that the pages are all different sizes and that you've included things like envelopes etc ... it's really fabulous. Dont' worry, mention it as oten as you want :)

Heather said...

fabulous memory keeping Mel! what a wonderful book for the future - you might still bounce when you turn the pages!! xx

Melissa said...

Mel, this is a fabulous album. I love that it contains so much memorabilia!! I may have to try something like this next time we take a road trip - a different way to showcase all those brochures, confirmation printouts, and "stuff" along the way. So wish I could see this album in person and thumb through the pages.

The Mann Fam said...

The album looks fabulous. I love that you have so many memories packed into it.

I have a question. What kind of adhesive do you use? I'm becoming very dissatisfied with what I'm using at the time.

alison290 said...

What a great memory book...my problem is that I'd have thrown half the memorabilia away( or worse...forgotten where I'd put it!!!!)

Lesley said...

Mel- what a fabulous album. can't believe how quickly you've completed it as well. I'm still working on JYC from last year.

As always, you are an inspiration to me. Thank you xx

Lesley xx

Tracey said...

Nice! That's an amazing art work you've created ... I can see all the work you've put in, and I love all the textures and different elements it contains.

Fantastic! :)

It's a Crafty Life said...

Those covers are absolutely amazing! What a beautiful album!

furrypig said...

what a great idea to record your crafty day in such an innovative and memorable way love it!

TaniaA said...

Wowowow! You put so much effort into your album, I so need to create mine too, I haven't printed any of the photos I have.

Could you email me the photos that I'm in? Thank you!

Once again, great mini!

Bethan said...

Wow...fabulous album!

Sam said...

Hi Mel. Loving your book. Wish I had taken more pictures on the day but not much time as it went all tooooo fast!!

Joanne said...

What an absolutely amazing keepsake. As my friend said, "life will never be the same again".
Hugs Joanne (Thurs 2nd class) x

Karen said...

Wow you've packed a lot in there! More like a week than a day: Great souvenir of a fantastic event.

Cheri said...

This album is FABULOUS and how fun it must have been for you to use up all those little bits and pieces from class and re-live it all while putting the album together! Looks like a lot of work!