Sep 10, 2015

Stamped Vintage Floral Mini Album

book 1
 This stamped vintage style floral mini album is one of my favorite projects to date and I am so happy to be sharing it with you.  I decided to do a book with all of my favorite flower stamps and dug through scraps of paper and piled up a rather unusual collection of neutrals and greens, but somehow they all ended up working together and I couldn't be any happier with the finished album.
book 2
 The binding is a simple ring binding and the pages were all created envelope style.  The details for cutting and scoring can be found HERE.  There are instructions about a different binding in the document, but disregard that if you wish to do a simple ring binding as I've done.  I created five envelope style pages, each with an insert.  The covers are made from covered mat board.
book 3
 One of the coolest parts of this album is the stem on this lovely purchased flower.  I took a long piece of wire and folded it in half several times, then twisted the layers together.  Then I wrapped washi tape around the wires at an angle all the way up, making sure the ends were completely covered.  I love the way it looks!  I created the "tape" to hold it down with pieces of scrapbook paper that I wrinkled and distressed.
book 4
 Here you can see the opening page with the first insert.
book 5
 Every page has layers and bits of papers, stamping, and sponging.
book 6
 I used different colored green inks to bring out the variety found in the random papers.
book 7
 This is my favorite page...
book 8
 I did lots of wrinkling and splattering.
book 9
 I tried to use the flowers in the paper to make up for the lack of stamps to fill every page.
book 10
 This lotus stamp has always been a favorite Stampin' Up! stamp.  I liked the little circle overlap on this layout.
book 11
 Besides, stamps, paper, string, and brads, I really didn't use a lot of "stuff" in this book, yet it is rich with texture.  It was fun to break out stamps I haven't used in ages to fill in the little empty spaces.
book 12
 Another favorite page with totally different stamps combined to make one focal image.  Most of the text bits are by 7Gypsies.  The one that goes up the page and the crosshatch on the page before are by Stampington & Co.
book 13
 I used the clipola on the front and back of this page.
book 14
 I made this pocket from a bit of paper.
book 15
 I tried to think of unique layouts, so some are offset.
book 16
 And the last page.  I started and ended with this simple script paper.
insert 1
 And here are the pullouts.
insert 2
 Some staples as embellishment.  This green paper is over 10 years old and was one of my first Basic Grey paper pads!  :)
insert 3
 The yellows are from a new Authentique pad.
insert 4
 I fussy cut this flower.
insert 5
 On some pages I punched the pull out circles on the top or bottom to add interest and reduce bulk.
final book
So what do you do with a stamp?  You put it with one, or two, or three, or forty others and join in the Use a Stamp STAMPtember Celebration at Simon Says Stamp!  I'm linking this mini to SSS Wednesday for the Use a Stamp challenge HERE and to Allsorts for their Lots of Layers challenge #327 HERE and to Craft Stamper Magazine for their Take a Stamp challenge HERE and to Word Art Wednesday for their 200th post celebration HERE.  Let me know what you think.  I so appreciate your comments. <3

15 comments:

  1. What a beautiful album Autumn! I love all of those nature inspired colours you used. Thanks for joining in the Craft Stamper TIMI Challenge :)

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  2. This is page after page od intricate details, shapers, inspiration and colors. Thank you so much for taking time to post your very creative art with us this week at Word Art Wednesday in our 200th Celebration Week’ challenge!.
    Blessings and Hugs, Carole

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  3. So beautifully put together and I too love your flower stem...looks perfect on your album cover
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

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  4. So many lovely layers here on your journal and great colours, just perfect for our Allsorts theme this week, many thanks for joining in.

    B x

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  5. This is beautiful.
    Love all the pages.
    Thank you for joining us at Allsorts this week :)

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  6. Oh my goodness! This mini album looks like it took some time and thought to put together! Outstanding design and so so so many wonderfuk things to look at. Your use of the wire and washi tape on the stem is genius and so well done! What a lovely way to showcase all those awesome save flowers and tidbits! This is a true work of art and joy. I can't help but smile while looking at it. Layers ion layers and details. Awesome sauce!! ~Niki

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  7. Gorgeous project... lovely colors!!
    Thanks for joining in with the Craft Stamper challenge ... good luck!
    xxx Ellie Knol xxx

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  8. Absolutely stunning album and a great idea for using scraps -love all the images and papers and gorgeous flower on the front-I agree -brilliant stem
    Carol x

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  9. What an amazing album, Autumn ... so much wonderful interest, texture and dimension ... and such lovely quotes ... every page is so very pretty! Anita :)

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  10. Absolutely love this - it's like a Victorian lady's botanical sketch book - stunning way to use up scraps - this is wonderful!
    Alison xx

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  11. Oh wow, this is gorgeous! I can totally see why this is one of your favourite projects up to date. I love mini albums and this one is very pretty. Great colours and I really like the nature theme - all the flowers and those birdies ... Amazing! Hugs! xx

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  12. Hi, I just wanted to double-check - you're in the US, aren't you? Are you sure you want to be in the draw for tickets to the Ally Pally London craft show?!
    Alison xx

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  13. What a beautiful mini album, all the colours work so well together, and I love all the little details. Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper Challenge ...... good luck! Linda xx

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  14. wow! this is a beautiful mini book!! you put in so much detail :) thank you for playing along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

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  15. Absolutely gorgeous mini album! Every page just as beautiful as the last!

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