Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Design Team Project for April 2016 by Brenda Crouch

Hello Everyone, Brenda here! I am so excited to share this design team project, I absolutely love how it turned out. I had the pleasure of using the Authentique Homestead Collection, and must say it was truly a joy to work with. When I heard I was getting this fabulous collection I knew in my head exactly what I wanted to create.
I love the vintage feel of this collection and of course it 'screamed' recipe album! This recipe album however is a bit different, it is not only an album, it's also a recipe file box! This one of a kind creation measures 8x8 with a full 5" spine! The larger spine was necessary to accommodate the surprises inside. The patterns, colors and quality of this collection are outstanding and how absolutely beautiful it paired up with the red Carta Bella cardstock. Love it!
The cardstock sticker sheet is a plus in this collection and I used a lot of it throughout the album. The H O M E matted and running down the side of the cover is from that sticker sheet and matted with the fabulous red. Metal childs utensils I found at an antique shop fit in perfectly with the theme and the graphic I found online completed my vision!
The back cover of this creation...I found this vintage lady and just had to use her also, so she compliments a long side pocket that holds 4 of the cool ephemera cards from the collection. The colors of the graphic work perfectly with this collection.
Open the magnetic side closure to reveal the insides. I can't tell you how much I love how this turned out!
Inside the cover you will find a handmade recipe 'box'! This accordion recipe box will hold a ton of recipes. Like the inside of the cover, this recipe box is papered with the same chicken wire pattern paper from the collection. Love love love it! Matching red seam binding sets it off perfectly. Cut a parts and stickers were matted and used to adorn the front of the box. The box itself is constructed from heavy chipboard to insure a long durable life.

Lifting the file box flap, it exposes a bottom pocket with several file cards there and the ability to hold even more. Inside the accordion pockets are 'recipe planners' matted on beautiful red cardstock with pretty die cut edges. These recipe planners are amazing, and compliment this recipe box. Lots and lots of recipes can be added to those pockets! What fun to have an album AND a recipe box all in one!! Love it and have had wonderful responses to it.

The spine is so roomy, there was plenty of space to add a magnetic bookmark with a pretty matching red seam binding ribbon pull. After it's used, it will attach right back where it was via the magnet. A pretty matted sticker stop helps to keep it snugly in place.

Page 1 is of course inter-active and every page is also different. I love the anticipation of what is on the next page. This page has a bottom magnetic flap with bottom stops and recipe cards. All pages have a large top load mat/tag decorated with the papers I used throughout the album.
Page 2 & 3

Page 2 with all the flaps open and all the goodies it holds displayed.

Page 3 with all the inter-actives shown and the goodies displayed.
Pages 4 & 5.

Page 4 shows it has 2 nice pockets that are decorated with matted sentiment stickers and pretty red sheer ribbons. Recipe cards fit nicely in these pockets and they will hold several.

Page 5 has a magnetized flap and lots of goodies underneath.
Pages 6 & 7. Pretty pretty pretty pretty.

Page 6 has a long side pocket decorated with the gorgeous pattern papers from the collection. A sheer brown ribbon kicks the pocket up a notch. Inside that pocket is a booklet decorated with more of the cool cardstock stickers and some sprigs of the red seam binding ribbon. Inside the booklet there are recipe cards ready to record those much loved recipes.

Page 7. This page has a removable recipe card and holder. It is magnetized and will 'snap' right back onto the base page to be held securely in place. Goodies are inside when it's opened.
Pages 8 & 9. I just love the graphics in this collection!!!

Page 8 was decorated with the cool barn wood paper from the collection. I have a bottom pocket that holds more matted recipe cards. This creation will hold a ton of recipes! I loved how the barn wood paper had what appeared to be 'old' nail I wanted to play on those and make them stand out. I punched each one and inserted copper colored brads that really give the page some dimension.

Page 9. This page has a bottom corner pocket embellished with matted cut a parts to give it some interest. The awesome mat/tags fit nicely in that large pocket.
Pages 10 & 11. Love these pages!

Page 10. A magnetic flap holds 2 cut a part matted tags in place nice and securely in their bellyband.

Page 11. This page is a side waterfall page. I love this side waterfall! Note each of the waterfall pages is papered in the barn wood pattern, so each and every page I added my version of the nail heads via the copper colored brads. I love the look! The last page in the waterfall is a pocket with a booklet that holds 4 cool ephemera cards.
Page 12 & the inside of the back cover. OMG...I honestly love these!

Page 12. My all time favorite technique is the waterfall and I try to include one in all my albums. I just think they are the greatest things, since they hold so much in such a small area, genius. I know this technique has been around for many many years, I'm just happy I found it to carry it on. This waterfall has a ton of recipe cards and plenty of space to write several. Lift the entire waterfall to expose a pocket on the underside of the base of the waterfall AND on the actual base page! That's 2 pockets with lots of vintage cut a parts and ephemera cards. Close the waterfall and the magnetic closure will keep it securely closed. On the closure, I have adorned it with another antique metal knife which again is perfect for this theme. I LOVE IT!

The inside back cover. I made a large envelope from the paper in the collection that has recipes on it. Inside it holds a 6x6 card...what a perfect place to store those hand written recipes that you want to keep...those family recipes, the recipes from friends those that you want to keep forever and might be a bit fragile. They will all be in one safe place. A pretty red seam binding ribbon keeps the envelope closed and tying it up in a pretty bow makes it even prettier.
Materials List
*Authentique Homestead Collection 12x12 pad, 6x6 pad, cardstock sticker sheet & Ephemera Cards* Red Carta Bella cardstock* Matching Colored Seam Binding* Medium Weight Chipboard* ScorTape* Glossy Accents* Antique childs utensils* Various sheer ribbons* Recipe cards* Various embellishments from my stash*


Danli said...
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Danli said...

Beutiful album. Are you going to have a tutorial for this amazing recipe album? TFS. Love it!!!!