Friday, July 22, 2016

CD Player and Case - Mini Album using Graphic 45 Cityscapes

Hello everyone!

My today's project is for the Graphic 45 Design Team, where I was given an assignment to create an easy travel themed mini album.
So... Thanks to the nature of the Cityscapes collection which I used, it is indeed a travel mini, but also a music related one because of the headphones and the design - I created a music player with a CD holder (Mini Album).

The album was created to fit into the 5” X 5” Black MixedMedia Box.
The base of the discs were cut from the Photo Mats, which came with the box.

The perfectly sized die for cutting the base of the disks was the largest from the Double Stitched Circle dies by La-La Land Crafts:
The perfectly sized die for cutting the mats of the disks out of patterned paper was the largest from the Stitched Nested Circles  by La-La Land Crafts, while the center of the disk was cut with the smallest of the Stitched Nested Circles .
To punch out the foiled disk centers I've used the circle punches of the 0.5" and 3/4" size.

The opening for taking out the disk was created on the tracing paper with the help of the Bandaid Die from the February 2016 Club Kit by La-La Land Crafts.

Here are the additional pictures of the player and the mini album:

The pictures below will give you an idea about the inside photo mats:

If you want to create a similar project by yourself, you could find useful the following measurements:

Chipboard for the album:
Covers – 4.5” X 4.5” (x2)
Spine – 4.5” x 1 3/4"

Hidden Hinge Binding for 6 pages:
4 1/8” X 8 3/4"
On the long side score at:
1.5” > 1 7/8” >2 1/4" > 2.5” > 2 7/8” > 3 1/4" > 3.5” 
> 3 7/8” > 4 1/4" > 4.5” > 4 7/8” > 5 1/4" > 5.5 
> 5 7/8” > 6 1/4" > 6.5 > 6 7/8” > 7 1/4"

Black cardstock for the pages:
8 7/8” X 4 1/4" 
On the long side score at: 4 1/4” > 8.5”
Black cardstock for the mats:
4 X 7.5”
On the long side score at 3 3/4"

Tracing paper for the CD pockets:
4 1/8” x 4 1/8”

There is a video for creating the headphones at the bottom of this post. It is not a tutorial, but it can give you an idea about putting them together.

The list of the supplies:
Double Stitched Circle dies by La-La Land Crafts
Stitched Nested Circles by La-La Land Crafts
Bandaid Die from the February 2016 Club Kit by La-La Land Crafts
Circles Movers and Shapers Die by Tim Holtz (for creating the headphones)
0.5” Circle Punch
3/4" Circle Punch
Wooden Spools, Metal D-Rings, Glass Cabochons
Walnut Stain Distress Ink, Inka Gold Iceblue Paint

The video overview of this project and the tutorial can be viewed on YouTube:

And here is the video process of creating the headphones:

I hope you find this useful and inspiring.

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, July 18, 2016

Upcycle with DIY Craft Paper Rolls from Graphic 45


If you have never heard or used the DIY Craft Paper rolls from Grapchi 45, it's just about time to begin doing that :)

The rolls come in 6 designs:
DIY Craft Paper-Bicycles & Polka Dots
DIY Craft Paper-Number & Stripe
DIY Craft Paper-Curiosity Collage & Butterflies

Each package includes 2 of the paper sheets which measure 19.5" x 27". They are thin, easy to use with mod podge and are just perfect for covering large surfaces, as well as for altered art and for the upcycling projects.

Today I want to show you how you can change the look of a storage box, a candy packaging and a cling wrap tube with the help of the DIY Craft Paper.

Let's start with the storage box. This is the embellished box:

I've used the "Architecture and Alphabet" roll, as well as a metal key and a metal pull. I've also used one of the ATC policy envelopes at the background. The flowers are from I Am Roses

The inside is covered with DIY paper too:

And this is the "before" picture of the box:

The second item is a former candy packaging. I used the DIY Bicycles & Polka Dots for altering it:

Not something fancy, but just another idea for using the DIY paper rolls :) This is how it looked like before:

The third one is a full functioning kaleidoscope which I made from the cling wrap empty tubes and used the Curiosity Collage & Butterflies roll to cover it on top:

Inside the kaleidoscope there is an acrylic triangular mirror tube. I used the transparent sequins for the front chamber. You can find a very helpful and comprehensive tutorial on how to make a kaleidoscope here. It's the same exact tutorial which I used for building up my kaleidoscope.

This was how the construction process began:

I hope you will give a try at using the DIY paper rolls while working on one of your next projects too.

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, July 15, 2016

July Anything Goes Challenge @ I Am Roses


The winner of the June Anything Goes Challenge was announced at the I Am Roses Challenge Blog and now it's time to start creating for the July 'Anything Goes' Challenge :)

I'm sharing my inspirational piece with you today and it's a mini album, on the cover of which I used a lot of the flowers:

Pink Cherry Blossoms
Soft Green Mini Lily Crafts Paper Flowers
Mixed All Turquoise Tone Mulberry Paper Flowers

I love how everything came up together. I think this is the most pastel project of mine :)

I also used the dies from the Russian company called "Fantasy", and the papers from the Ukrainian brand "Fabrika Dekoru". The paper line which I used is called "Vintage Romance" and the die cut embellishments inside the album are from the set called "Love letters". 

Here are some of the close-up pictures.  I used a wide lace for creating pockets on the inside of the front and back covers:

On the front cover I layered several papers from the "Vintage Romance" collection, and on the spine used the die-cuts from the "Love Letters":

The inside pages were created based on the tutorial from an American crafter Cathy Chapdelaine known as "So Much Scrap". I loved her "Precious Memories" mini and purchased the tutorial for building the pages. You can have a look at Kathy's works here:

I have a video flip-through for this album:

And finally, here are the rules for joining the I Am Roses challenge:

The challenge runs July 15th - August 8th (Ends 11:55pm PST)
Theme: "Anything Goes"
Minimum (2) I Am Roses Products
One project submission per participant
One winner will be chosen
Participants will upload their project to their blog or forum, Label it “July IAR Challenge”
Participants will add a direct link to their project using the InLinkz tool provided. (*if you are unable to use the tool, leave a comment to this blog post and leave a direct link to your project)
Must Subscribe/or be a Follower of the IAR Challenge Blog
Winner will be announced alongside the next NEW monthly challenge on the 15th

I hope you like the album and will join us for the challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!