Saturday, November 14, 2009

Communique Curves (1)

The final day of sneak peaks has arrived.  Communique Curves and Communique Curves sentiments will be officially available for purchase on Nov 15. Make sure you head to the Papertrey Ink forums for the countdown Sat. Nov. 14th.  I really look forward to forum time--it's live chat at its best.  The chatter moves quickly but the party is fun.  I will be popping in for a visit this month too!  Please feel free to ask me questions about the set and I would be happy to answer them.

Onto todays sneak peak...I enjoy many aspects of the paper craft industry--card making, 3-d items, jewelry, home decor, scrapbooking...the list doesn't end.  As a card maker I look for certain things in each stamp set before I buy it (versatility, size of images, theme etc).  As a scrapbooker I also look for those same things but also for the size of the font--you'll love that these work well for your scrapbook projects too.

Today's project is a paper book scrapbook for the holidays.  I created it as a "before" the event gift that could be filled up throughout the holidays with special memories, momentos and photos.  One of my favourite things about making scrapbooks using lunch bags is that the bags have openings where you can tuck special things into them--notes from the kids, letter to santa, party napkins, tickets to the Nutcracker, small cards, extra photos etc.

I began my project by sewing the fabric swatch to the front and back of the lunch bag using a zigzag stitch. Next I stitched on the buttons.

You'll note I also stitched some extra bags in the center of the bags.

I stitched the ribbon to the edge of the fabric so that I could tie the scrapbook album closed.

I stamped "Home for the holidays".  I masked the sentiment with a post it note and then stamped the wreath image in True Black.  After which I outlined it with my Copic Markers and then adhered red beads to resemble berried.

Here is a close up of the first page.  I stamped the background using the two circles from Communique Curves and Pure Poppy ink.  You'll note that one of the circles is double ringed while the other is single ringed.  Then I stamped the ornament in pigment ink and the "Jingle All the Way" sentiment in True Black.

I began by stamping a strip of dots from Polka Dot Basics II using white pigment ink.  Then I stamped "Holidays" in Pure Black. I created an eye candy scallop punch by stamping the wreath followed by the double ringed circle before I placed a button and ribbon in the center.

I started the third page by stamping the wreath over the entire page using Spring Moss.  Then I stamped the sentiment "Wishing You a Beautiful Holiday".

On the adjacent page I decided to tie in the Spring Moss cardstock by adding a strip against the Pure Poppy cardstock. I stamped the paper strip using white pigment ink with Polka Dot Basics II and the sentiment "Christmas is love with all the trimmings" in True Black.

On the fifth page I added a cuttlebug layer in the center of the page and offset a circle stamped with Polka Dot Basics II on Kraft paper.  I stamped the sentiments "Season's" and "Greetings" in True Black ink.  I also stamped the ornament in Spring Moss.

On the adjacent page I stamped the edges with white pigment ink and the circle of dots stamp image.  I placed a layer of Ripe Avocado cardstock in the center of the page.  I stamped "merry merry merry" in True Black and the graphic tree and stars in Spring Moss.

On the next page I stamped the snowflake from Snowfall Additions in white pigment ink. I also outlined the edges with white pigment ink too.  I stamped the "Christmas" sentiment in True Black.  As a final touch I added buttons to the centers of the snowflakes.

On the adjacent page I began by stamping Polka Dot Basics II in white pigment ink.  Then I used a scrap from my card from yesterday and sewed it onto the cardstock to make a pocket.  I added a die cut stamped embellishment to the pocket too (see above for more details).

I began by creating a stamped background using Polka Dot Basics II using white pigment ink.  I stamped "'tis the season to be jolly" using True Black ink.  I also used my cuttlebug scrap and placed buttons randomnly on it to finish off the page.

For the final page I thought it would be fitting to add a tree (from Beyond Basic Borders) with green buttons and a snowy ridge (scallop from Beyond Basic Borders) alongside the greeting "Happy New Year".

As a final touch I decided to add "Homemade By" stamp from Holiday Treats.

Stamp Set(s): Circle and sentiment from Communique Curves (Urban Design by Alli Miles) by Papertrey Ink, Polka Dot Basics by PTI, Snowfall Additions by PTI
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White by PTI, Pure Poppy by PTI, Ripe Avocado by PTI, Spring Moss by PTI, Kraft by PTI
Ink: True Black by PTI, Ripe Avocado by PTI, Spring Moss by PTI, white pigment ink
Accents: Pure Poppy Buttons by PTI, Ripe Avocado Buttons by PTI, Pure Poppy Ribbon by PTI 

I hope you have enjoyed the countdown and look forward to seeing you at the release party in the Papertrey Forums.

I will be back throughout the week adding even more projects using Communique Curves.


P.S.  Thank you for stopping by my blog and following me through the countdown.  Here are some exclusives reveals for my blog readers: Communique Sentiments set includes the following sentiments: "With Sympathy",  "Hello", "Get Well Soon" and more!


Dana said...

Wow, Alli!! I ususally make cards only but I think you have just convinced me to give that mini book a try. It's so adorable!

Cheryl said...

I can't tell you often enough how glad I am that your life is now allowing you time to design. This little book is so cute and I adore the button Christmas tree. Very creative.
Thanks for sharing.
Cheryl Sims

katemeri said...

This little book is so cute! Thanks for sharing how you made it.

Anonymous said...

Such a great project! I love this paper bag books. I really like your idea of stitching the extra bags in the middle.

Melisa Hunter

Diane Jaquay said...

What a beautiful little book, love it!

Melissa said...

What a beautiful book! I love the fonts you've chosen for this set--great job!!

Kim said...

Darling little book! One of the cutest I've it!

Karen said...

OH MY GOODNESSES! I love this book! What a wonderful gift and what a wonderful way to really showcase your stamp set! This is so in my shopping cart tonight! THANKS for the great series of reveals. So glad you have time to stamp again!

Rita said...

I'll add lunch bags to my grocery list. Beautiful book...great inspiration! Thanks, Alli. "See" you tonight at the party!

Nancy L. said...

Alli, its adorable!

Niki Estes said...

Alli, this is so neat! I love the fabric and all the embellishments!

Michele Boyer said...

This is REALLY cute, Alli! I love your new set!

Glenda said...

All I can say is WOW! Fantastic. Great work!

Heather Jensen said...

I have had several lunch bags folded in half just sitting in my scrap room for a year now. i knew I wanted to make a little book but wasnt sure of the direction I wanted to go in. Well now I know. Thanks so much for the inspiration. When I get mine finished I will send you a link to my post.
With credit to you!

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