Welcome! Today is the start of the second week of our two week challenge at Frilly and Funkie, and that means the Funkie side of the team gets to inspire you with their creations. I am privileged to host the current challenge titled 'Back to Nature'. I hope you'll pop over to the blog to see all the amazing inspiration by both the Frilly and Funkie Design Team members.
Here's the brief: Having just returned from our annual trek to the mountains of West Virginia where we observed so much natural beauty on our hikes, I couldn't help but make my challenge nature themed. You can make anything you like, from a card or tag to altered art, just be sure to include a natural element in your vintage or shabby chic project. Think real twigs, leaves, shells, pebbles. Or you could include a die cut or a stamped or stenciled image representing a natural object.
For my project, I decided to make an expanding pocket album, inspired by this tutorial by Sheila. Her samples are so neat and precise! She uses purchased coin envelopes but I made a template to cut mine. I also adjusted her measurements to fit my needs. Otherwise, I just copied her album, putting my natural spin on it.
To make the cover, I cut a length of manila file folder to the length and width I needed and embossed with Lumber 3D Texture Fade. I had to do some strategic folding of the card to get one continuous strip of wood grain. I layered Distress crazing, paint, crayons, and oxides until I was satisfied with the texture and color.
I colored the inside of the embossed piece with Ground Espresso and Weathered Wood paint. I cut my chipboard pieces to my desired size and covered them with paper from Wallflower paper stash. The panel's edges were blended with Ground Espresso ink. I adhered them to the prepared 'bark' strip using collage medium. I left about 1/8 inch between the individual panels so the box would fold properly. Lastly, I scored between each of the panels. I adhered magnets to the inside flap and front panel. These were not the best magnets to use; too thick to put under the paper, and they don't have the best grab. But they were the best I could get locally.
I used some die cut Fall Foliage leaves along with a twig tied with twine, mica chips and pebbles from my stash to decorate the flap. I cut the leaves from card I coated with DecoArt crackle paint and colored them with Peeled Paint Distress Crayon and Twisted Citron oxide ink.
The Quote chip serves as my title, sanded and inked with Frayed Burlap and Ground Espresso.
(Apologies over the color variation. My indoor photo light died, and it's going to be a couple of weeks before a replacement is shipped. Some of my photos were taken before the bulb blew.The light was fading as I took these photos outdoors. Just pretend the colors are the same in the second photo above as the first, which reflects the actual colors.)
Mini Album Makers August
Scrapy Land Challenge #96 Anything Goes I used 4 Sizzix die sets.
Country View Challenges August 2018 - Sun, Sea and Sand
Love 2 Create Challenge #11, Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes
The Artistic Stamper August's Creative Challenge - Anything Goes I used 3 stamp sets.
Let's Craft and Create Challenge #140 - ANYTHING GOES + option LOTS OF LAYERS
Love to Scrap LTSCB #112 - Old School!
Die Cut Divas' Silhouettes I used silhouettes on the note cards.
SumMore Fun Mood Board Challenge #35 I was inspired by the earthy colors, the letter tiles, and the wood siding.
Hugs and Blessings!
The following products were used and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique: