Monday, 23 April 2012

Design Team project #1 featuring Prima Almanac Collection

Good morning all you lovely Snazzy visitors, Astrid here with my first project this month featuring the wonderful Almanac collection by Prima. I think this must be one of my all time favourite collections, so versatile as you probably have seen already from all the great projects my teamies have show cased so far. If you haven't done so already, make sure you click the link on the right here and leave a comment on that post for a chance to win the stamps and embellishments that come with this collection, they're awesome!!
So onto my project, I decided to make a mini out of envelopes, a great idea passed onto me by our wonderful boss Val. Here is the cover:
To make the mini is so simple, all you do is take about 6 equally sized envelopes, on 5 of them you fold the flaps back and slot them into each other. On the last one you make a score about 1 cm wide where the flap attaches to the rest of the envelope and fold it round the others, you cover it with your chosen papers both inside and out and voila, your basic mini is done and you can start the fun of decorating it.

For my cover I used one of the papers (obviously), and played around with it, I used Distress Inks in Pumice Stone, Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose and Victorian Velvet. I used these colours right through the mini, For the cover I also used a Prima stencil from my stash, some die cuts, and several of the wonderful charms and buttons that come with the collection. For the rose you see, I used one of my favourite techniques to alter the papers a bit, namely decoupaging one of the layers of a paper serviette with Mod Podge. Her are some details:
For this label I used one of the stamps. The title is computer decorated, then I stamped over it and carefully cut it out.
Both the butterfly (cut from one of the papers) and the cherish charm are part of the collection
For the inside pages I did not have quite enough papers as I also wanted to make a second project. So for some of the pages I used some Kaisercraft papers from my stash. By applying the same techniques to them, they tie in pretty well with the Prima collection though I think. Instead of showing you endless photos (and descriptions) of these pages and the tags etc, here is a little video that shows them:

All of the tags are made with the elements from this collection, they are just ideal for a mini I think. This one is going to hold photos of my first grandchild that is on the way...:o)

Well, that's it for now, I will be back on Wednesday with another little project that uses the collection in its unaltered state. If you want a chance to win those goodies, don't forget to leave a comment by clicking the side bar icon!


craftimamma said...

Stunning project Astrid. I love those envelope mini books and you've certainly used those gorgeous papers to their full advantage on this one. I shall have to look at this project several times to take in all the wonderful details. I do agree with you that this is an awesome collection of papers and embellishments and we were so lucky to get to 'work' with them.

Lesley Xx

craftimamma said...

I'm back again 'cos I forgot to say love the clever little video. I wouldn't have a clue how to do that!

Lesley Xx

Orlie said...

I think your work is TRUE ART!!!! I am an Oldie but Goodie and when I found your blog I was home again. i have gone threw most of your older post and am just amazed at all the Beautiful work. Can't wait to see more.

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...this a just beautiful Astrid...Mel :)

Sandie Edwards said...

This certainly looks amazing, and I just love that paper collection and how you used it, especially finding matching Kaiser papers to add. I'll bookmark the video to watch 'later', as son awake at moment :-)

Netty said...

wonderful project and like everything you make its beautiful, Astrid. Loved the arty video. Annette x

snazzyoriginal said...

This is absolutely gorgeous Astrid, so beautifully detailed. Huge congratulations on your family's exciting news too xx

Ephemera said...

Hi Astrid, what a fabulous mini book. It has made me want to make one, the paper are truly gorgeous. xx

Astrid said...

Its a gorgeous and very beautiful mini. And you so its so easy to make, for you then, but for us its difficult.
The decoration and details are fabelous.
Thanks for the video with the foto's.
Hugs Astrid

Gillian .... said...

As Lesley said earlier, you have used the papers to their full advantage, fabulous detailed project Astrid, simply beautiful, love the video showcasing all the details. x

Marisa Job said...

Wow! Another amazing project! This is just beautiful, I loved the video too!! Hugs!

Minxy said...

Absolutely beautiful Astrid, I just love how you got so many of the different elements into one project.