Sunday 7 November 2010

Twig by Twig, Feather by Feather

Well, it's Sunday morning, so grab a cup of tea and settle in for a nice long post full of sumptuous photos. But watch out for an embellishment overload!

Back in September one of the things I bought from the craft fair was a Basic Grey Chocolate Chip mini chipboard album. I don’t normally buy things like this, preferring to make the structure myself, but it was on sale, and I already seemed to have an idea in my head, as well as the colour scheme, which was inspired by the GORGEOUS American Crafts ribbons I had just picked up:

This little apartment in Belgium has been our home for around a year now, but it's only over the last few months that I've really felt settled. The mini, made to capture the feeling of finally finding where home is, contains only one photo. Instead of pasting in pictures, I made use of lots of my materials – journalling shapes, tags, ribbons, stamps, paints, and more – to embody the homeliness I'm experiencing right now.

I mainly used Basic Grey's Pyrus and Marrakech and Kaisercraft's Up, Up and Away paper, because the neutral tones really made the colours of the ribbon pop:

I painstakingly outlined every page with stitching using a white pen - I did it first on the front cover and thought it looked so good that I just carried on.

On each page there is a little bit of hidden journalling; I wanted to keep it private, yet still show off the sentiment:

I got to use one of my new 7gypsies transparencies:

I also used an old clothing label and a business card from my most recent tattooist:

And generally, lots of stamping, stickers, rubons and paint and ink splodges:

I really love these American Crafts ribbons. I love the colours they've inspired me to use. They are my new favourite thing, for a little while. How about you - is there one little product or group of products that has led to total inspiration for a while?


  1. This is fantastic, the colours are very inspirational :)

  2. I think this is one of the loveliest mini albums I have ever seen. A great way to record your thoughts without all the photos, colours and textures are fabulous. Looking forward to seeing the "real thing" x

  3. This is an AWESOME mini!! You come up with such great creative idea's!! I love it!!

  4. It's one of those lovely projects I would love to pick up in my hands and admire properly!

  5. It is even better "in reality"! love it ! the colors are perfect!

  6. This is amazing, you've put so much love into it ... It really would be lovely to have a good look through :)

  7. I love the whole thing! It's actually quite moving cause its so sweet.