June 22, 2022

Something Old & Something New Baking Journal

I have so much to share with you from this project, inspired by the Retro Baking Junk Journal Kit from Alpha Stamps this month. 


It started with a Pocket Folio with the addition of 3 Pocket Inserts with Tabs, which are all included in the kit. It all gave me lots of room to stuff goodies within. I had some items from my grandmother's collection of recipes and labels, but there are so many neat images that come with the kit that I knew it would turn out fabulous.


My plan was to use the included red and white bakers twine to sew the Pocket Inserts into the Pocket Folio. So my first task was to add the twine into punched holes before I glued the inserts together. It was as easy as...

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Then I was able to glue the inserts together and I used clothes pins to hold them in place so the glue could dry a bit.


I also had a plan in my mind to attach some adorable charms to the ends of the twine.


I added additional baking items like the Large Sifter, a Tall Milk Bottle, and many more kitchen charms. All can be found through links in my supply list below. 


So now, let's take a look inside.


I had several types of old food stamps to include, but also had the kit collage sheets with lots of vintage images.


I fell in love with this 12x12 Mason Jar Madness paper that has colorful vegetables on the opposite side.  I used some to make a little book of stamps. 




One of my favorite parts of the kit is the Retro Baking Recipes Paper Set. The papers are thin and easy to work with. 


For the left hand folder, I cut out the Jif jar and the lettering. I like how you can see through the thin paper just a little bit to see the red gingham paper underneath. 



Inside of the right hand folder, I included some of the "Retro Recipes" papers and left them just as they are. They look just like the authentic saved recipes from my grandmother's saved collection from food containers and ads.  


The next spread included many Tiny Baking Set and Tiny Kitchen Items die-cuts. I used colored ink pads in the same Aqua and Red from the Ric Rac Trims to make them bright and tie it all together. 
 

Strips of coordinating paper can be added to any of the pockets to add an extra spot to save more goodies. I added a small dab of glue to each end so that the center would not be attached to allow a space for more layers. 


Do you like the tiny Kitchen Mixer Button? I used acrylic red paint to make it really pop and it is just too adorable. 



These double sided ATCs came from the Mini Vintage Fruit Catalog Covers Collage Sheet. They are  gorgeous all on their own, but could easily have some embellishments added as well. 


The inside back cover of the Pocket Folio was a great spot to add another pocket. Again, I just added some cut paper (the triangular red bit) and glued it down on two sides. Perfect spot for more collage sheet images. 



The wooden mixing spoons are actually brads, (Muffin Pans & Mixing Spoons Metal Brads). I cut the brads off of the back with regular scissors (careful to dispose of the metal bits in the trash). Then I added them with a dab of liquid glue. 




The included white trim and gingham ribbon were perfect to accent the folder and tie it all together.  





Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope my journal put a smile on your face and inspired you to create! 

xoxo

Rhonda...


May 28, 2022

The State of Being Free


One of my favorite color combinations is deep purple, green and blue. When I saw these Summertime In Blue Papers, I knew I had to create with them and that whatever I made was going to turn out beautifully.



I can always find a use for old dictionary pages. We have a huge used book store in my town and I found my first vintage French Dictionary there. A really old and beautifully illustrated one. The older and dingier the pages, the better. They are especially useful when you are creating with a certain theme in mind, like fairies, butterflies, and freedom.


Freedom was the main word that came to my mind as I kept seeing all of these wonderful, free fairies. The thought of being a free fairy, flying about in the depths of nature sounds so heavenly to me. 


I love the richness of the Olive and Purple Crepe Ribbon. Not only is it beautiful, it also helps to hold the album together and easily turn each page. 


The first thing that I did for this project was to put my Birdcage Shaped Album through my sticker machine. Then, I covered each page in one of the Summertime in Blue Papers. This gave me my "canvas" to create on. 


For the album cover, I decided to line the back of the "cage" with a dictionary page, then one free fairy, escaping from the cage, with magnificent wings. These Open Half Butterfly Gold Bezel Wings are available in this smaller size as well as a bigger size that have a Swallowtail design. I covered the back with a colored resin to make them stand out even more.


The next thing I did was gathering the different collage sheets that I wanted to use (see link below). I cut out all of my favorite fairies and made sure each one had wings. Most already had wings, but for a few I cut some out and added them. 


After I had all of my images cut out, I decided on words that I could add from my old dictionary. Some words I tore from the page, some I cut out, and some I used a paper punch to get a desired shape.


Then, I just played, adding images to one side, then finding others to add to the opposite side. It seems to be the way that works for me. I can't sit and finish each page in order when I am making an album or book. It's fun for me to just add bits here and there and it always comes together.


For all of my fairies, I added some antennas first in pencil, then outlined them with a black get pen. The cover fairy has wire antennas that I created with the trimmed off flower stems of the Mini Rose Buds I used below. I used a black Sharpie to color it black and wrapped it around a toothpick to make it swirl. 


The extra fun part was choosing chipboard images and decorative metal pieces to add. 


And as usual, I used a few matching colors of ink pads to add a boarder to my pages, to make everything blend together and to make the color in certain areas really pop. 


I think that this chipboard image is my favorite, Swirly Thistles Chipboard Set. I dabbed several colors onto this one and love the end multicolor result. 





For the back of my album, I used the definition for Freedom along with one last free fairy.


All I need now is to find my wings. 


Thanks for visiting!

xoxo
Rhonda...

May 7, 2022

Lavender Fields Forever


There is a reason I know I am excited about sharing this project with you. After working on this blog post for about a week, adding details, writing out directions on the things I wanted to highlight, adding all of my Alpha Stamp product links, and being happy that I finished ahead of time, do you know what happened? I will tell you what happened. I lost it, the whole damn post, poof, gone! I tried for over an hour to recover it and then just had to go outside and breathe for a bit. Luckily the star gazing calmed me down. But even though I have to start all over again, I'm still really excited to share my work.


I was shown these gorgeous Vintage Lavender 12x12 Papers and my imagination just went nuts. It was even more intense when I saw the matching Rice Papers (full supply link list below). I suddenly saw my dream bathroom that my husband and I have already planned out, and decided to make a miniature with an 8x10 Room Box With Curved Fa├žade. The room would focus on the view of the lavender fields out of a huge old window.


Obviously it had to have an old bathtub and pedestal sink


I love how it came out!


The wallpaper, floor tile, ceiling, molding, sink tile, window seat, sides and back all came from the Vintage Lavender Paper Pack


I have always been a fan of toile patterns. I wanted the outside of my Room Box to display the beauty of this toile paper. And the young lady holding a huge bundle of lavender, yep, came again from the same papers. 


But now, I am going to get back to the many goodies within the interior of my dream bathroom.


The 5 Inch Tall Double Windowpane Windows remind me of the tall apartments you see around France. I'd love to sit there and enjoy the view all day and night. The bathroom naturally, would have a Window Seat with a comfy cushion. This one just happens to be upholstered with the Versailles Stripes Rice Paper. I'll tell you more about that below.


The Streets of France 2018
By Rhonda Thomas



I used some batting as my "cushion" and wrapped it like a present using the Versailles Stripes Rice Paper


Instead of using tape on this package, I used just a touch of glue as not to ruin the paper, but it is actually very thick and durable rice paper. 


Next, I used  glue to attach the cushion to the 4 Inch Wide Window Seat that I had made beforehand. It is wrapped with, you guessed it, more of those beautiful papers. The rice paper gives the cushion the appearance of fabric. 


I added a nice basket of bath towels and a bottle of lavender fragrance. A vintage table runner was used to make the rolled towels as well as the hanging towels that are behind the bathtub on a towel rack. 


All of the metal items in my bathroom are naturally made from gold. Ok, they are all just painted with the same acrylic gold paint to make them match. The Bathroom Accessory Set contains the towel rack along with many of the other items I used in my bathroom.


An oval frame displays a tribute painting of Marie Antoinette (Portraiture Collage Sheet).  The frame over the sink is the same and came from a Set of Oval Frames. The frame pops open so you can make it into a mirror, photo, or whatever you like. 


The mirror looks so real and was made using Nonbrakable Mirror Material that can be cut using scissors. 




 I used Glossy Accents Dimensional Medium to make the window look like it had actual glass panels.


I traced the bottom of the sink onto the Lavender Sisters Rice Paper and after trimming it out, cut small 1/4 inch slices around the edge of the paper. This aloud me to glue the paper inside of the sink basin and make the edges curve inward more uniformly. What gorgeous "tile" this made and there is even a gold drain, (dab of paint with a cotton swab).


If you are going to soak in your bubble filled tub, one must have a side table to place things on. This table with it's wrapped bath towel and handmade farm soap was created using a Tiny Metal Birdbath


There also has to be a bath tray to place various toiletries, a drink and a book. This one was made by using a Large Rectangular Bronze Filigree piece. 


A curved edge (pencil) was used to bend the edges of the filigree inward to create the bath tray and allow it to slide onto the edge of the bathtub.  




And now for the Piece de Resistance, the "real" crystal chandelier. I am so proud of how well it turned out. It was created by using a Large Silver Candelabra that was turned upside down and attached to the "ceiling".


I really had to ponder how I was going to pull this off for a bit, but it worked out so well. 


Years ago I found a crystal chandelier at a yard sale for $5 bucks. You KNOW I wasn't going to let that one get past me. I took all of the crystals off, gave them a good soak and cleaning, and have been using them in projects ever since. 



I used a piece of wire and placed the end through the tiny hole in the crystal. Next, I took the opposite side of the wire and wrapped it to created a spiral. This created a small piece that could be inserted and glued into the "chandelier" candelabra

 

After the glue dried, the chandelier was ready to install over the tub. I carefully poked two holes into the "ceiling". One piece of the same wire was placed into the top, wrapped once around the chandelier, and then fed back up through the "ceiling". Both wires were then tightly twisted and placed down which I then "disguised" with paper flowers as shown below. 


After attaching with wire, glue was also applied between the chandelier and the ceiling, to hold the chandelier in place. I also rested the room box upside down (floor on top) so the chandelier could become good and tight on the ceiling while the glue dried. Gosh, I hope that makes sense. 




I purposely left a tad of the wire exposed so that you could see it. I cut the stems off of some paper flowers and glued them directly over the wire. A few green leaves were added as well.



The paper flowers add to the elegance of the toile designed papers.






So not only is there a tribute to my art muse Marie Antoinette, there is a tribute to her Hamlet, which I swear I lived at in a past life. This picture came from a very old set of postcards from Versailles. I couldn't resist but to share a pic of me during my trip there. I didn't care about going into the Palace, I just wanted to experience the Queen's Hamlet and it is honestly one of my favorite life memories. My oldest took the picture! 


Wow, I just wrote that entire redo in one joyful sitting. And I like this second version of my post much better, and I hope you enjoyed it too. 




Thanks for visiting!

xoxo
Rhonda