Weekend Creative : February #4 : A Bit of Heart

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Last night we had a great local get-together to play with the February kit from Cocoa Daisy (a really fun collection of products put together by CD Muckosky). It was all the things that are good about scrapbooking with a group: reconnecting with old friends + making new ones, doing a bit of creative experimentation, lots of chatting, etc.

For the gathering I put together a 6 inch x 6 inch minibook using the kit, did a little demo on how to create the textured cover and interior pages (cardboard pages + KI lace cardstock + paint), and typed up a step-by-step to complete the album. Download AEheartbook PDF How-To (4MB). It was fun to see the variations that came about as people played around with the different elements in the kit.

Here's a look at the cardboard page before (I used mod podge to adhere the lace cardstock to the cardboard - we also tested out spray adhesive on it last night and that worked great as well):

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And after (machine stitched the Heidi Swapp heart onto the painted cardboard cover - if you don't have a machine you could use a brad to hold the heart in place):

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The stitching of the heart onto the page was inspired by a layout I saw online awhile back and has been on my mind with all the cool Valentine crafts floating around. I found the actual image again in my inspiration notebook but it was missing a name. Does anyone remember/know who created this page? Edited: Thanks guys + thanks Jill Hornby for the inspiration. And thanks for the heads up about this layout being featured on Scrapjacked.

Here's a look at the inside pages:

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(Machine stitching around the outside - right through the Hambly "Clearly Heavy" Overlay - to create a frame around the photos. Photos are cut to the same size and adhered to each side of the acrylic.)

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The prompt this weekend is this: Focus on the specific technique of layering one element on top of another and painting over the entire thing to create an entirely different look. This could be on a layout, within a minibook, on a card, etc - just take the concept and run with it. And in case you missed it above, Download AEheartbook PDF How-To (4MB)

Enjoy!

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  1. Jill Barrett

    2008-02-24 01:18:34 -0500

    You are a constant source of inspiration. Don't know how you do it. Really beautiful mini and I know that I will be using this new idea! Kudos to you!

  2. Cristina

    2008-02-24 04:34:04 -0500

    Hi Ali-
    Love it, love it, love it!!! This is my 3rd Cocoa Daisy kit and I was having some trouble getting started with it. The paint on top of the lace is just such an "aha" idea. I'll be working on my version today...
    Happy Sunday!

  3. Cristina

    2008-02-24 04:34:33 -0500

    Hi Ali-
    Love it, love it, love it!!! This is my 3rd Cocoa Daisy kit and I was having some trouble getting started with it. The paint on top of the lace is just such an "aha" idea. I'll be working on my version today...
    Happy Sunday!

  4. Lisa

    2008-02-24 06:41:03 -0500

    Love it! I went over to Cocoa Daisy and ordered the kit. Can't wait to play with it!

  5. Natasha

    2008-02-24 07:53:32 -0500

    Not sure if you will notice my question you get so many comments :)
    How do you stitch on your chipboard etc. I'm too scared in case I break my needle or the foot. Do you use a normal needle?
    Love your work :)

  6. vinnie

    2008-02-24 08:58:08 -0500

    that is so stunning! I'm such a fan of your work!

  7. Kelly Libby

    2008-02-24 09:09:42 -0500

    I really like this. Very cool. I think I'm headed to scrap. Been WAY too long! I really liked your organization system and process. Have a nice weekend. If you get a chance, I wanted to ask you something off the blog/posting. Can you shoot me an email.

  8. Penny

    2008-02-24 13:35:14 -0500

    This is simply gorgeous! I plan to shamlessly scraplift this in its entirely. :-) Thanks for another fun and easy project.

  9. Heather Main

    2008-02-24 14:28:27 -0500

    Beautiful as usual :)
    I used that laser cut paper on a mini album for Valentines day but I never thought to paint over it!
    Heather

  10. lori p

    2008-02-24 15:18:09 -0500

    thank you ali for such a wonderful mini book, complete with ALL of the instructions. what a nice treat!! thanks for constantly inspiring me & always giving me something new to try!! love this!!

  11. Amber Lee

    2008-02-24 17:41:54 -0500

    Ali love the inspiration, had a blast with you girls on Thursday. My version is up on my blog. Have a great week!

  12. donna jean

    2008-02-25 04:15:15 -0500

    thanks ali-- i cannot wait to try this new book! i just ordered th ehambly pages!!! yeah!!
    donna jean

  13. Rebecca

    2008-02-25 09:48:09 -0500

    WOW. This is awesome. I never would have thought to do that with the cardboard and paper. Can't wait to try it!

  14. Christina L

    2008-02-25 09:55:45 -0500

    This is such an awesome way to do an album! Would never think to do the repetition as you did with the textured pages!

  15. Laura Casey

    2008-02-25 10:45:57 -0500

    I haven't done many mini albums...but I really adore this one ! Thanks for the inspiration.

  16. Laura Casey

    2008-02-25 10:46:17 -0500

    I haven't done many mini albums...but I really adore this one ! Thanks for the inspiration.

  17. Laura Casey

    2008-02-25 10:46:35 -0500

    I haven't done many mini albums...but I really adore this one ! Thanks for the inspiration.

  18. robindiane

    2008-02-25 13:24:58 -0500

    Beautiful mini album.

  19. Coco

    2008-02-25 14:08:33 -0500

    I've never done a mini album, but I sure like this one. Just might try to make one!

  20. kelly lown

    2008-02-26 02:27:49 -0500

    Thanks for including a link to my shop in your blog,... somewhere... a fellow etsyian told me you did, LOL!
    Darling album and your son is growing into such a fine looking young man!

  21. Wendy Kwok

    2008-02-28 00:32:50 -0500

    hi Ali
    I sooooo want to do a album like this.
    May I know where to get the cardboard? Can I use card stock instead?

  22. Nichole

    2008-02-29 05:38:54 -0500

    Hi Ali! Thanks for the inspiration here. I created a mini book last week making the cover similar to yours. I loved how the technique made my cover look! You can see it here if you like: http://inconsistentart.blogspot.com/2008/02/mini-book-and-ali-edwards.html

  23. Jenn

    2008-03-02 14:44:45 -0500

    This is simply beautiful! Definately giving this a try!!

  24. Jenn

    2008-03-02 14:45:03 -0500

    This is simply beautiful! Definately giving this a try!!

  25. miranda

    2008-04-28 09:02:13 -0400

    Thank you Ali for this cool mini workshop!

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