Friday, May 16, 2014

Memory Lane

Hello everyone! 

I am so sorry to have been away for so long.  I will soon begin designing again and I can't wait.  I thought I would go back in time and post some of my favorite projects.  I completed it in 2011 and I still have it proudly displayed today.

I wanted the cover of the book to be something special.  I used lots of beautiful Prima roses in a beautiful crimson color to add depth to my cover.  I love the contrast against the kraft colored background.  I also used wooden vines to add texture, as well as a metal butterfly also from the Gabrielle collection.

This side view of the diary shows the chunkiness of the pages. 

The base of the book is the Brag Book from Fancy Pants.  I loved this book because it featured  journaling pages, pockets and photo sleeves.  It is the perfect combination to showcase your photos and keepsakes.

Come inside my diary.....

Aren't these patterns just scrumptous?!!!  The Gabrielle collection from Bo Bunny was just stunning.  I found myself using it over and over again. 

You are going to see me use the word “love” multiple times during this post.  I love each and every page of this book.  I wanted the first page of the book to greet you with beauty and softness.  I used a beautiful journaling spot and I adorned it with flowers and fabric leaves.  I finished my page with a delicate wood flourish vine and liquid pearls. 

Here I am as a little girl in my little garden.  I have already started journaling about all the fun I had watching my flowers grow.

This book has an abundance of journaling pages and pockets.  It truly takes brag books to the next level!  The Gabrielle collection came with stunning metal trinkets which I used throughout the book. 

On the left side of the book I used glittered layered chipboard flourishes to frame my future photo.  I left plenty of space in order to slide my photo in the space. 

Here is my daughter when she was around 8 years old... and of course, she's surrounded by flowers!  I used lace, chipboard, stickers and cameos to adorn my pages. 

On the right side you can see where I used another metal cameo from the collection.    You can also see my favorite lace at the time from Maya Road.  I bought 10 yards of it and 3 years later I still hoard it!  It is soft and dainty and I love it!

Surprise!  Here I am again still tending to my little piece of heaven. I am an only child and I have always found solace in nature.  The "Happy" chipboard banner is from My Mind's Eye. 

I love the simplicity of these two pages.  I used a metal book plate from Tim Holtz on the flap of my envelope.  It lifts up so I can slip piece of memorabilia inside.  I kept the design on the journaling page simple so I would have plenty of space to write my thoughts.

Well, we have come to the end.  This is my favorite page!  

I hope you enjoyed this walk down memory land with me today.  

See you again soon.

Brag Book:  Fancy Pants
Patterned Paper:  Bo Bunny; My Mind's Eye
Inks:  Ranger Distress Ink; Colorbox Pigment Ink
Adhesives:  Glue Dots, ATG, Helmar’s 450 Quick Dry; Foam Squares
Flowers, Leaves and Mask:  Prima
Embellishments:  Metal Butterflies, Cardstock and Chipboard Stickers, Gems, Lettering, Metal Trinkets – Bo Bunny; Ribbon – Creative Impressions; Lace – Craft Supply, Maya Road; Fabric Trim - Maya Road; Chipboard Stickers – My Mind’s Eye; Pearl Pen – Viva Décor; Wood Flourishes - Vines – Kaisercraft; Book Plate - Tim Holtz; Flower Stickers - Anna Griffin

Tools:  Decorative Scissors – Fiskars; Punch – Martha Stewart Crafts;

Thanks for joining me today. Feel free to contact me directly with any questions by clicking the "Contact" link at the top of the page.


Maggie Armstrong said...

Was wondering where you'd got to! Glad you are back and creating again!!

Creando Con Detalles said...

Love your Craftroom!

Anonymous said...

Robin, your work is just so staggeringly beautiful! This is most assuredly NOT just craft; this is real ART, Robin! I admire your talent tremendously, and love perusing your creations - and I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Anna Griffin fan, too!

Katrina Brown said...

Ran across your blog through Gabrielle's. This book is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing this on your blog. I am so inspired to make something like this.

LM Friday said...

Fantastic work! So is your photography, truly awesome.