Posts tagged with "glitter"

Explore, Dream, Discover – glittery handmade cards

It’s of no surprise to anyone who knows me that I have a huge collection of scrapbooking paper and paper packs. The scrapbook pages I craft sometimes have very specific themes and I, naturally, have to cater for these eventualities; this also means that I am left with stock of some rather unusual papers that I wouldn’t ordinarily use.

One such pack is the TC Travel paper pack from K&Company

Travel by Tim Coffey at K&CompanyIt has some beautiful papers in it that are seascape themed – seaweed, shells, lighthouses and so on. It’s not a pack I would ordinarily buy but, it is lovely and after I had used it for a client’s album I was left with a few sheets.

Travel by Tim Coffey at K&Company

The one that caught my eye was the front sheet – a collage of sea themed icons set into postage stamps. I really wanted to create something with this unusual paper.

I took out the pieces and started to cut into the postage stamps, the original idea being I would use them as stamps but as I cut them into manageable pieces from which to cut smaller, I noticed how lovely the panels of grouped stamps looked.

I took pre-folded Kraft greetings cards and began to craft some very simple cards.

Handcrafted cards at The Scrapbooker

I’m not one for over complicating things unnecessarily so a touch of glitter in the right places was all that was needed to finish them off.

Handcrafted cards at The Scrapbooker

The idea was to allow the cards to be have the same format so they could be sold as cards for framing as collections not just gifting.

Handcrafted cards by The Scrapbooker

They were a huge success – I crafted almost 40 cards from this paper pack and had to purchase more as demand increased  – a very economic way of using up paper packs!

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Handcrafted photographic albums hit the store!

Since I first introduced my handcrafted scrapbooking albums a few months ago, it occurred to me that there may be a small market for bespoke handcrafted photographic albums. At the time, there was no way I was going to even attempt to design a framework or get my head around the process (and the maths!) required to craft something like this – after all, it had taken me weeks of trail and error (and a box of half finished albums) before I got the scrapbooks just right. No, I would shelve the idea and concentrate on new designs for my scrapbook albums, like this gorgeous ‘Weekend in Paris’ album.

Then a couple of weeks ago, the inevitable happened: an enquiry from a lovely lady wanting VERY large bespoke photographic albums to fill with memories of her Mum. How could I refuse?!

I sat down and worked on the dimensions and considered the materials I would need – a very heavy frame for a start as these were to house traditional black photographic leaves AND glassine sheets.  After a week or so, the design was done, the frame board acquired  and the handmade indian paper ordered that would be the cover…oh and some rather wide black grosgrain ribbon.

I started to craft the album…..






The front and back panels were similar to the scrapbook albums frames but that is where the similarity ends. An additional super-strong spine needed to be crafted to house and carry the weight of the heavy photo leaves and the glassine paper (this album housed 30 leaves and 30 glassine papers).








Securing it all would be tricky. I already had a supplier for my album posts but these simply weren’t large enough OR tough enough: new posts would need to be ordered and, it turned out, manufactured specially for the job.

My client was very specific about the cover – her Mum had been a huge Art Deco fan so the album had to reflect this. A gorgeous olive green paper with burgundy pattern and glittery green diamonds was selected. I had my reservations about the black ribbon but it all worked out so well, especially with it being lined with black paper.

Please with the album, I packed it off to my client and waited to hear what she thought. I was delighted when I received this …

 “Hello Andrea – just to let you know the album arrived
this morning and it is beautiful.
Thank you very much!”

On the back of this little success, I am now offering these lovely albums, with a choice of papers, in my shop. If you are looking for something special and unique, hop on over there and take a look around!

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Handcrafted invitations: a labour of love

There was a time when I first started out, when I would give anything (within reason) a go. It takes time to discover what materials you enjoy using, the pieces that you enjoy creating and what your style is. I was asked on a few occasions to create handcrafted invitations for friends and family; I didn’t mind – it gave me an opportunity to experiment and  I did have some success with it but it isn’t really what I’m all about.

                                                     Graduation invitations and name cards 

Producing several hundred of the same design can be exceedingly monotonous and incredibly time consuming. I don’t advertise this service but when you run a design business, it’s a little hard to avoid and occasionally I get approached by my regular clients if they get wind that I CAN do them.

Journalist and fashionista, Priyanka Gill is one such client. I have been asked several times to produce e-invites for events, private functions and dinners. I was also approached about designing something unique for her daughter’s birthday party. The brief was simple – it must be handcrafted, dimensional,  packaged in a box and have a ‘Secret Garden’ theme. I set to work and designed a square layered invite that would feature a dimensional fairy, a fairy garden watermark and garden elements sitting within a layered frame. It would all be tied together with pink satin ribbon embellished with a glittered ‘R’ to represent her daughter’s name.

I created a mock up and sent it to Priyanka. It wasn’t until she approved the design and told me she needed 100 of them that I began to calculate the number of separate elements and processes that would be needed to create it… some 2200 pieces!! Oh my – my Cricut was about to get the workout of its life!

And so it began ….









My process would be simple: die cut or hand cut everything first, decorate the smaller pieces, then assemble, embellish and tie together. Keeping track of all the separate elements was key, luckily I had a stash of old tubs and lids (I knew these would come in handy) which were perfect for the job.

                                                                 Glittering the capital ‘R’s

When it came to assembling  it all, I had to ensure that each element was placed in the right order in the layers or elements would be unseen behind panels or other elements. I started with the invite front and the brown scalloped panel behind it, on which the fairy would ‘perch’ and the base flower would sit. I also curved the fairy’s wings and sprinkled angel dust on them.

Adding the elements to the base frame would be easy as long as I remained organised and focussed … easier said than done when there are so many tiny pieces.

The front panels are finally decorated

and assembly can begin …










All in all I was really pleased with how they turned out even if they did take forever to craft! They looked amazing sat in pretty white boxes and more importantly, my client was happy.

Most definitely a labour of love.

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