Decorative Albums for End of the School Year

Welcome!

Wioletta here! Today, I would like to show you how to make decorative albums which are especially prepared for former preschoolers at the end of the school year. In the middle of the album are cards in which pictures drawn by children have been pasted.

You need to choose rigid cardboard which will serve as the cover. Next step is to paint them with the color of your choice. I chose metallic paint in a delicate silver color.

When the cardboard dried completely, I made holes and  prepared it for the creasing spring.

Then applied a structural paste through the stncil to obtain an interesting texture on the background.

When the cover was completely dry, I decorated it with a cardboard and selected flowers. I used amazing delicate flowers with a touch of golden. That’s why at the end I slightly rubbed the edges of the cover with golden wax.

At the end, I attached the front and the back of the cover and bound the whole.

Closeup images of my work….

Hope you enjoyed it.

Happy crafting!!

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Journey – An Art Journal Spread

Hi everyone,

Saadia here today!

I want to share an art journal spread with you. I hope you like it.

Little Birdie Crafts has 2 different types of handmade, archival journals. One has beautiful, thick cold pressed, 100% cotton papers, fit for watercolor techniques but also for mixed media journaling and sketching. These are available in different sizes and 2 different weights (220gsm and 440 gsm).

The other journal is a mixed media journal. It has different types of assorted pages such as canvas, white burlap, natural burlap, corrugated paper, kraft board and handmade paper.

I made this spread in Little Birdie Crafts handmade cotton paper journal. I have used gel medium, gesso, ink sprays, acrylic paints, oil pastels, pencils and  pens on this spread. The papers in this journal are very sturdy and handle different mediums well.

I started by fussy cutting butterflies from Little Birdie Crafts decoupage paper for my focal images. I kept them for later and glued the rest of the decoupage paper on the journal pages with Little Birdie Crafts Soft gel medium.

Next I applied a wash of white 2 in 1 Mixed Media Paste.

After that, I colored the pages with Color Splash sprays (Lime Splash, Lemon Zing, Ocean Mist) , followed by Little Birdie Crafts chalk paints (Sailing Sky, Wild Wasabi, Tattered Lace and Orange).  I applied the paints with my fingers. I applied dark blue acrylic paint at the edges. Added few bright circles of oil pastels. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures of these steps.

Next, I did a bit of doodling and journaling with colored pencils and a black pen.

Glued the focal images and the sentiments with gel medium.

That’s all for now.

Thank you for your precious time.

Take care and keep crafting.

Saadia Nawaz

Products used from Little Birdie Crafts store :

  • Little Birdie Crafts handmade archival art journal cotton paper  6.5 x8. 7 inches
  • Little Birdie Crafts Soft gel medium – matte
  • Little Birdie Crafts A4 Decoupage papers ‘Touch’
  • Little Birdie Crafts Color splash spray ‘Lemon Zing’
  • Little Birdie Crafts Color splash spray ‘Lime Splash’
  • Little Birdie Crafts Color splash spray ‘Ocean Mist’
  • Little Birdie Crafts 2 in 1 Mixed media paste white
  • Little Birdie Crafts Chalk paint ‘Wild Wasabi’
  • Little Birdie Crafts Chalk paint ‘Orange’
  • Little Birdie Crafts Chalk paint ‘Sailing Sky’
  • Little Birdie Crafts Chalk paint ‘Tattered Lace’

 

 

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Recycling – Floral Shaker Card

Hello

It is Linda here from Down Under!

My project started with a gift for my adorable Grandson. As soon as I saw the packaging I knew I wanted to use the front to create a Shaker Card.  I have used lots of Little Birdie Crafts products from beautiful patterned paper, thin cut dies, handmade embellishments, along with sequins, glitter and more.

Lets begin,

I cut the packaging around the acetate, allowing 2cm around the top, bottom and sides to form the frame. Then, I lay the patterned paper over it making sure the floral border is at the base of the frame.  Marked where the inner edges are with a pen.  Next, I carefully cut down the patterned paper from the mark to the top of the floral border,

Fussy cut/hand cut using scissors along the edges of the floral border as far as the left hand edge of the frame.  Adhered to the recycled frame using double sided tape.

Using another paper from the Cottage Lace Collection, I fussy cut/hand cut using scissors the lace pattern from the top edge, and trimmed to fit along the top of the frame, overlapping the sides. Then I adhered them using double sided tape.  In the same way, I cut a  slightly smaller piece to fit behind the top the floral border on the lower portion of  the frame –  glued and allowed it to set.  Using a second co-ordinating paper, I trimmed to fit the back of the frame.

Adhered 3D Foam Tape around the inside edges of the frame, making sure the edges meet  and nothing escapes, as well as just below the top edge of the fussy cut patterned paper. (as shown in the photos above)

Rubbed an Embossing Buddy/anti static pillow over the acetate to make sure there is no static so the glitter does not cling to it.

Poured some Sequins Medley – Pink Sherbet, Sparking Dotties – Strawberry,  Hearty Melange – Fuchsia Hearts and  Rainbow Dust – Rose Quartz into the clear ‘window’ –

Tip: Do not overfill.

Then, I removed the backing from the foam tape and adhered the pre-cut patterned paper.  I cut an A-Frame card base measuring  18cm x 15cm using cream card stock,  adhered the card front to the card base using strong tape.

Glued the Chipboard Birthday Celebration to the centre of the ‘window’ and allowed to dry.  Coloured portions of the balloons, using a White Gel Pen (*optional). Added  3 sets of  Handmade Flower Ariel – Moon Light,  across the top of the frame.

Used a white card stock to cut and emboss two of the Thin Cut Die- Butterfly Medley. Sponged the centre using yellow ink and the outer edges using pink ink and a sponge dauber.  Layered the butterflies together, applying glue to the body only.  Added a Catalina Charm flower to the centre of the butterfly using glue and adhered to the lower left side of the frame. Attached a small butterfly from the Spring Beaded Butterfies to the lower right side of the frame.

Little Birdie Products:

  • LBSC38524 Cottage Lace 12″x12″ patterned paper
  • CR33562 Spring Beaded Butterfies
  • CR66017 Chipboard Birthday Celebration
  • CR66994 Catalina Charm
  • CR72425 Handmade Flower Ariel – Moon Light,
  • CR78090 Thin Cut Die- Butterfly Medley
  • CR63860 Sequins Medley – Pink Sherbet
  • CR63852 Sparking Dotties – Strawberry
  • CR63868 Hearty Melange – Fuchsia Hearts
  • CR63872 Rainbow Dust – Rose Quartz

I look forward to seeing you again in a couple of weeks with a new project to share with you – in the meantime don’t forget to check out the tutorials on the Little Birdie Crafts Blog by the other Design Team Members – these ladies are amazing and inspire with every post!

{{{hugs}}} and Happy creating