Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Today's Project
Graphic 45
Ladies Diary Box Set

Here is the project I completed today.  I started it last week, but with the stomach bug that I have been fighting, I didn't feel up to completing it until now.

I use Graphic 45 almost all the time.  My place is full of it and I can't help but buy discontinued stacks and every collection that they come out with.  

I started with the box I purchased from Michael's in their wood department.  I removed the hardware from the front of the box and painted all the edges black with Folk Art paint.  I added this drawer pull from Graphic 45's Staples line.

I took a sheet of chipboard the was in the middle of a stack of paper that I purchased.  Cut it down to 4x6 and painted all the edges with more black paint.

I cut sheets of paper to just smaller than 4x6.  This is so when attached to the chipboard you will be able to see the black paint.  I inked all the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink by Ranger.

I attach all the papers to the chipboard using my favorite go to glue Glossy Accents by Ranger.

I organize all the papers so that they are in random order.  

I use my Bind-It-All by Zutter to punch holes and then use it to add the spiral binding.

I then fussy cut the image for the top and added a bow with a Graphic 45 Staples Brad.  I'm not big in OVER-DOING things.  Sometimes less is more when you have such great papers.  I hate covering them up with "stuff".

I added these roses to the front from one of the sheets of paper.  They are really pretty.

Here is the inside of the box.  I decorated the inside top with my favorite polka-dots from this collection and a beautiful image.

Here is a better picture of all those dots.  They are just the prettiest.

I added one of Graphic 45's Staple keys to the front of this album with a Tim Holtz Pin.  I also added Graphic 45's Staple Tag with the key hole.  This lolly pop flower was made by my good Idaho buddy Audra who makes really amazing flowers.

I used some pretty lace from a swap for the leaves next to the black flower.  I added this image to the front and the handle is by 7 Gypsies.

Here is the first two pages.

This first page I left lots of room for a large photo and a tag to write on.

This page I did not leave much room for anything else.  The pink trim was sent to me by California's own Karen B.  

More of that beautiful trim on this side.  I added an envelope and tag to the pocket.  You can fill the envelope with additional ephemera that would normally fall out of the book.

This photo mat has machine stitching and a pocket with a tag in it.

I machine stitched a zipper to this page.  I hung a teapot (from Miss Debi from TX) from the zipper.  This is also a pocket page and has a tag tucked inside.

Here is how the zipper looks when down.

I love this Graphic Staple Clothespin.  I attached it using E-6000 glue and clipped a small booklet to it.

The blue flowers on this page I got from Karen B. (of Cali) and I think they are Prima.  She hooked me up with some flowers that I just cannot get here in Idaho.  I fussy cut the pretty lady  and popped her off the page.

Here is room for a wallet photo with trim from a swap and some rhinestones from Kat (Christina) in our black swap (Chipboard is all from Audra).  Thanks ladies for spoiling me in our swaps.

I inked the edges of this doily and used it for a pocket to add photos to.

This page has a side pocket for tags, photos or anything else.

Here is the back of the album.  This post card fit perfectly and I knew it had to be the back.

Hope you like my album and box.  It was a lot of fun to make.  I hope it makes a great gift or keepsake for someone.  Thanks for stopping by the blog today and checking out all these photos.

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