As some of you may know, Graphic 45 announced on their blog the names of the TOP30 finalists for the 2016 Design Team, and my name was mentioned there too!!! I feel extremely honored and happy!
For the second and the final round of the DT call, the finalists were asked to create a video tutorial of one project OR to create a video with a description of 3 projects which represented them as designers.
Those who follow my blog and You Tube, must know what I chose LOL.... Tutorial!! Exactly!!!
I should mention that coming up with an idea for a project, for me personally, is much harder then the process of its implementation. There are 3 new collections of papers which have been recently released by G45 - "Enchanted Forest", "Voyage Beneath the Sea" and "Cityscapes". I decided to have a closer look at the papers themselves and let them choose for me, what to create. Might sound strange, but this is exactly what happened, when I saw a pattern with lots of postage stamps on a sheet from the "Cityscapes" collection. I remember my dad's collection of postage stamps, which he kept in a large stamp holder and being a little girl I adored flipping through its pages, looking at the different stamps and beautiful vintage postcards. From here to there - I decided to create a cute stamp holder and to cut out the stamps from the "Well Traveled" paper. Of course, the holder needs to be placed inside something - from here comes the idea to create a trunk, and to put a magnifying glass and an album with the stamps inside.
The best way of getting inspiration for creating a box or a trinket, is by searching through the vintage Chinese boxes in Google. I found one which served as a base for my trunk.
I'm talking a lot today, right!? :)
Without further ado, here is what I came up with:
What do you think? While designing this piece, I filmed a video and made into a tutorial on how to construct this trunk from scratch. The links to all the parts of the video will follow below.
The top compartment has a mini album with 7 pocket top loading pages. Each pocket page has a tag for additional pictures or journaling. I kept the cover simple, and created a shaker window, using a magnifying plastic sheet and some sequins. The magnifying sheet is not far enough from the picture, so it looks the same in size, though it still creates a nice "fish-eye" looking effect, when you move the album in your hands and look at the cover.
The album is stored in the top compartment, which flips open and reveals another storage place, where the magnifying glass is kept. Elastic bands, which are connected to the bottom of the compartment with a few brads, don't let the magnifying glass slip and move while the top section is opened.
This is how the Philaterium Trunk looks like when the whole top section is unfolded:
The bottom drawer is where the stamp holder is kept. The name of the project - Philaterium - was inspired by the word 'philately', which is the study of stamps and postal history and other related items.
On the stamp holder cover I used one more chipboard tag and a die cut from La-La Land Crafts with the buildings skyline. Isn't it perfect for this collection?
Most of the time, I'm creating the pages in my albums, using Kathy Orta's hidden hinge binding method, but this time I wanted to try something new. Since the pages are not bulky and don't have any embellishments on them.
I binded the pages using so called 'spacer' chipboard pieces and layered on top a protective sheet (made from the tracing paper). I think it looks like a real stamp holder, don't you think?
I had a tremendous fun creating this project and no matter what the results of the final round would be, taking part in the Design Team Call brought me a huge satisfaction and inspiration.
In the following photo you can have a look at the both of the albums and the trunk again:
My video overview of the Philaterium may be found on my You Tube channel:
And now to the tutorial!! :)
As you can imagine, creating the trunk takes time and that's why the tutorial consists of several parts.
The first one is about the basic construction:
The second depicts a speed process of attaching the metal parts and putting the parts of the trunk together.
The third is about creating the stamp holder album for those who are not bored and want to try creating one for themselves (ha-ha) :)
Thanks for your time.