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Sunday, October 27, 2013


A few weeks ago,  I made this box but just never got round to blogging it.  Anyway, I thought I'd show you it now.  It's an image heavy post mind, 'cause there's loads to this.  The whole project was done with mountboard,  GCD Studios 'Ella Blue' paper line and brown Bazzill card stock.

It opens into a writing slope (as long as you're not too heavy handed, lol) and there are pockets and flaps a plenty.  The name comes from the fact that it's for Mia and Aidan (my grandchildren) and hopefully their children and their children's children. I want them to know that I'm more than just 'Grandma' who always spoils them and that I have thoughts and feelings, likes and dislikes and that I've had good and bad times. Basically, I want them to know ME.  I did try scrapping a B.O.M. but didn't enjoy it at all, so hopefully I will actually fill this.

Each page in the larger album has a different sentiment stamped onto it. What you're looking at is a wrap with its own pockets and flaps. It slips off the underpage and that flaps open for more pics or journalling.

As you can see, there are 3 mini albums in the box.  Each is put together slightly differently, but there are loads of pockets and flaps.  The plain brown card is for your photos and the loose ones can be put in any of the pockets or flaps.  I cut down some manilla folders to make the 3 file folders that are at the back of the box, and there's room for more.  The lid has a couple of expanding pockets as well as the little front pockets.  Every single edge was inked with Walnut Stain distress ink.  I used a Tim Holtz binder ring, T.H. metal tabs, T.H. corners and some of his bull dog type clips too.  Border punches were from EK Success and Martha Stewart, dies from Memory Box, Spellbinders and Cheery Lynn.  The title and the birds were cut on my Cameo.  Sentiment stamps from Kaisercraft and Creative Expressions.  There's other bits and bobs on there too and I finished it off by glazing with Liquitex. Sorry the photos aren't brilliant, I found it quite difficult to photograph for some reason and I've had to miss loads out too.

Thank you to the amazing Paper Phenomenon for the instructions.   I've another project to show you later and I'm also working on a 3rd one at the moment.

Entering into:
613 AVENUE CREATE #43 - Anything goes. 
CRAFTY HANDS #1 - Anything goes. WINNER
CREATIVE FINGERS #8 - Anything goes. TOP 3
CRAFTIN' BOUTIQUE #13 - Anything goes.
CRAFT MY LIFE Oct/Nov - Anything goes.
CHALLENGES 4 EVERYBODY #32- Anything goes.
SCRIBBLE & SCRAP #4 - Anything goes.


Sandra Wright. said...

Stunning,absolutely stunning,a truly beautiful creation.

Thank you for playing along in our very first challenge over at CraftyHands...xx

Tracy said...

This is an amazing project Lorraine. The shape is so creative and I love the idea of putting it all together for the kiddies. So much history is lost. Love the mini albums for different aspects. Incredible creation! Hugs!

Elly said...

Unbelievable beautiful, Lorraine ♥

Chana Malkah said...

Lorraine, this is just stunning! I love Paper Phenomenon and have made a few of her projects. Right now I'm working on a few templates I purchased from Laura Denison at Following The Paper Trail. Those two ladies keep me busy. (LOL) I don't have a lot of use for mini albums, but PP and FTPT have such fabulous projects, I can't resist making them.

You really did a fab job of this. I have an old fashioned lap writing desk that has the exact shape of your project. I wanted to up cycle it, but was afraid. Your beautiful project has given me courage.

Didn't mean to write a new Espistle! :D) Thanks for leaving this on our front porch here at 613 Avenue Create. Your desk is outrageously pretty!


Sarah said...

Wow Lorraine, you've really gone to town this time!! It's exquisite, a true work of crafty art you clever thing xx

Blossom Cards said...

what a fabulous project wonderful thanks so much for sharing with 613 Avenue create this week happy crafting to you Rachel DT

As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

Wow! this is absolutely stunning so much work and well worth it for the end result is fabulous Ginny x

Anonymous said...

What a fantastic creation, I just love it.

Thanks for joining us at Crafty Hands Challenge Blog.

Moira DT.

Alyx said...

This is absolutely incredible Lorraine! Fabulous, brilliant, stunning, amazing...I like it a lot! Fantastic papers and colours. A definite keepsake.

Thank you for joining us over at the Scribble and Scrap Challenge. Good luck.

Riette said...

I think "gob smacked" is the term? I'm definitely book marking this to check out when I have plenty of time to drool over your project. WELL DONE!
Thanks for joining us at MAWTT in our Shape Up challenge!
Red (Riette)

Denise Goeldner said...

Wonderful project beautifully done. Thanks so much for joining us over at Creative Fingers Challenge Blog, good luck and hope to see you next time
~ Denise DT ~

Andy Llewelyn-Brinsley said...

Wow sis, this is the sort of thing you do better than anyone I know and this particular project is just fantastic, beautifully put together and I love the papers used too, very classy. Superb x
Andrew x x

Sue said...

WOW! This is totally stunning Lorraine. Such a wonderful design. I love the papers and all the detailing you have added is gorgeous.
Sue xx

toni said...

Lorraine this is simply AMAZING! so beautiful and what a brilliant idea,you have created a fabulous family heirloom, going back for a second look ! x

Nannieflash said...

Hi Lorraine, wow love that desk and your albums are just gorgeous its going to be a very special place to play and use. hugs Shirleyxxxx

Mrs A. said...

Your desk is an amazing work of art and sure to be treasured for a long long time to come. Each piece a master piece. Thank you so much for entering into the Craft My Life challenge. hugs Mrs A. (DT).

My Creative Therapy said...

Lorraine! This is amazing!! When I the top of the box I thought to myself "She has one too!". Except mine was literally a box that I put important things from my childhood and teen years in it and wrote on the top "My life in a box" Brings back memories...I'll have to find it at my mom's! Thank you so much for sharing with us I always admire your work! Thanks for playing in our neighborhood again at 613 Avenue Create!
Co-Owner/DT Coordinator

Yuri said...

Wow, Realy stunning creation Lorraine! Thank you for joining us at A Creative Romance.
Hugs, Yuri xx

sparklingblackrose said...

Just gorgeous! Thank you so much for joining us at my Craft My Life-All Crafts Challenge, hope to see you enter again soon! Elaine-xxx- p.s I have candy if you would like to pop by and enter :-) http://www.sparklingblackrose-craftmylife.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/all-crafts-challenge-octnov-midway.html

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