August 24, 2016

Vintage Photo Flip Book

As a mixed media artist, I naturally have many old photos, millinery flowers, buttons, and other treasures to use in my art. I hoard them and then a project comes along in which I just have to use some of my treasures. This was one of them.

I have so many wonderful old photographs, as I'm sure many of you do as well. But I've never really displayed them, except for propping up the occasional favorite. While doing Guest Design Team work for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts, I knew from the get go that I wanted to use the Standing Flip Book that I received. Then I put two and two together and came up with a project that was so relaxed and great fun to create.

I bet you can already see where I'm going with this one. I find such pleasure in mixing up vintage lace and treasures to create art. I have several altered books I have made on my own and in swaps that use these same items. Why not a Standing Flip Book to display? Exactly! Too good of an idea to pass up. So I got busy. The stand comes with six pages laser cut from heavy duty graphics board. 

First I ran my pages through my Xyron adhesive runner. I love this baby when it comes to applying adhesive to larger surfaces. I chose several papers that blended nicely together including this Juliet Verona 12x12 sheet, this fabulous Tan Faux Leather Paper, Lotus Scrapbook Paper and more. 

A quick trim and file, (yes that is an emery board) and I'm off to the next side. 

OH OH OH, DON'T forget to re-punch your holes before covering the other side. 

Done covering and filing, next a bit of Antique Linen Distress Paint so that my edges blend in with the front and back of the page. 

Now it's time to play with my photos, which I want and where, as well as larger and smaller pieces of vintage lace. I love to layer it all and just add to the page as much as I like.

For this photo, I decided to make a frame using vintage lace, folded over and glued into place. Clothes pins are a MUST to give you extra fingers while glue dries. Just be sure to remove them before the glue dries all the way, other wise they too will be glued into place.

Above is the back and below is the front, just so you can see how the finished process looks during dry time. 

For this page I used a large piece of vintage lace that I was able to wrap all the way around the page, meeting the edges in the center of the back of the page. 

I added another piece of lace down the center to cover the seam.

After adding my photo, of course I once again used my clothes pins to hold it all in place for a bit.

I love the design of this mirror (Mirror 1). It reminds me of the frames you would find on old pictures. So I decided to alter it so I could frame one of my favorite old pics.

After cutting the "stand" off, I filed the cut edges smooth. Of course I saved the left over parts to use on another project. The detail is just too perfect. 

The frame looks gilded with the use of Distress Paints in Tarnished Brass.

The main thing is to just have fun with it, no stress, no time line, just use the things you love to make it your own. I made a huge mess in my studio with lace and buttons everywhere, but each page was given a life and I love the end result.

I wanted the actual flip book to be somewhat manly, but in those natural tea stain colors I adore. I used several layers of this printed tissue and lots of watered down glue. While wet, the tissue easily peels apart so "trimming" was easy. After I put all of my layers on, I did a final, thicker coat of glue to "seal" the piece.

So here is my finished flip book. I can change the "cover" page often, especially since I did both sides of the pages.

I didn't feel right separating these two photos, so I put the child on one page and the (I'm assuming) mother on the next.

Vintage shoe clips always make a project gorgeous, if you don't hoard them and keep them all together, lol.

Vintage buttons, vintage lace, and a classic silhouette (Vintage Ladies Silhouettes Set) equals pleasure for the eyes. 

So tell me, what would you use this Standing Flip Frame for? Leave me a comment to let me know. 


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August 17, 2016

Time For A Safari

It's week three as a Guest Designer for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and I chose this wonderful Memory Tray Shadow Box for my project along with the new Safari Chip Board Animals.  Alpha Stamps (my regular awesome Design Team) just happened to get these new Graphic 45 papers called the Safari Adventure Collection. Perfect for my African trip.  

To start, I always lay my pieces all out, like a puzzle, to make sure I know for certain which part goes where. Then I'm ready to start building. 

When putting the edge pieces on, I like to hang the whole piece over my desktop so I can more easily place the piece into place. Just a better angle for getting it together more quickly.

After it is all together, I like to put a dab of glue on the joints just to give it additional strength. 

Messy is better and finger brushes make one more in tune with their project, lol.

This step does not take long at all, if you are willing to get a little messy.

I also applied glue to the back of the piece, but this is not necessary if you are covering the back as well. Personally, I must do the backs of all of my projects or I just feel naked and unsettled. 

After adding this darker designed Natural Habitat paper to the back of my piece, I smoothed it out as much as possible with a bone folder. 

Sandpaper can be a best friend at times for smoothing edges down so they look more like a part of the whole instead of just a glued on piece.

Emery boards work great for those tiny spots. Don't spend a fortune on expensive "weathering" tools when a good ole' $.99 package of emery boards can do the trick.

Next I did a little rub down with an ink pad to bring it all together and darken the white core of the paper that was showing. 

After my paper is all in place, it's time to paint. For this project I used corresponding black paint to coincide with the back. 

Now that the painting is done and dry, the real fun begins!

I started by placing different elements into place, deciding exactly where I wanted my placement which then led to me knowing which side of my Safari Chipboard Silhouettes to paint. 

Good ole Distress Paints for the main color of each animal made it a quick and non messy project. Love these little dabbers so much!

Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Picket Fence, Weathered Wood

Then I used markers to "paint" on the details. This beautiful page from G45 Safari Adventure was great for inspiration and guidance. What do you think?

I combined my painted animals with animals and items from the Alpha Stamps Collage Sheet Out of Africa .

I knew I wanted to place my cheetah "in the trees", so I had my youngest run outside and get me a small stick to use for the tree branches. 

After cutting out my leaves from my collage sheet, I used a pencil to give them a bit of shape. 

I always have foam tape on hand to give my items dimension. This way my cheetah can relax on his branch and the leaves can pop out and help him hide while he looks for prey.

I wanted my bottom trim to not be so stark and have a vintage feel, so a swipe or two of a brown ink pad did the trick.

I also added images from the G45 Papers like the camera and lantern that I added some Liquid Pearls to, to make the lantern look like it was actually lit up.

I had some vintage miniature animals that my mom passed on to me and the monkeys were perfect pals for this rhino! 

A few feathers and a vintage broach are the perfect touch for my "vintage" safari Memory Tray Shadow Box.