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Sunday, November 29

Flip Fold album with Heartfelt Creations.

Yesterday on the Heartfelt Creations blog, Emma Lou hosted a live stream from the design room where she released the brand new flip fold albums and inserts, and storage. These album are awesome, but I can see how they may seem a bit overwhelming for some at first glance, so I am sharing heaps of photos of the first one I have created, to hopefully give you lots of ideas. 

I have to admit, when I first opened up the packets, I was at a bit of a loss as to where to start. simply because there are so many options, which is really what you want to see in a new product, but it does make it tricky to know where to start.

Here's a bit of a run down of how I approached this, but of course this doest;t mean you have to do it this way. Once you get a roll happening, you really will love making these albums. I can't wait to get a start on my next one. 

The process:
1. I knew that I wanted to line each of the pages as well as the cover, and I had the idea of the belly band  for the cover straight away, so knowing that this would use up the biggest pieces of paper, I started there, to make sure I wouldn't run out. I measured up the covers first, then the pages. Remember that while the pages are all the same, the inside from and back cover are different measurements. I used double sided tape for the papers, so that I could go back and lift up some of the edges to tuck in the hinges of some of the pockets.

2. I made sure I saved the sentiment and decorative strips so that I could use those in the spine between each of the pages. At this point, I also set aside time to make my belly band. You can see detailed instructions for that over on the Heartfelt Creations blog. 

3. I went through all of the flip folds and pockets and folded them up to see how they would look, and   started to plan out where they would go in the album. I used some reposition able tape to hold them in place. 

4.  I went through and started measuring and cutting. (hint:  measure all your panels in one go and write the measurement on the card base. It will be covered in paper anyway, and saves a lot of time). Starting again with the biggest panels, I started cutting and pasting all the panels in place. Keep in mind this is where you will want to die cut any of the flaps. You can see how Emma Lou did that in the stream from yesterday. Keep in mind also where you want to add a magnet to help everything stay closed. I used a bottle cap magnet on one side and a small washer on the other, adhered under the paper. Remember to check that you don't have too many layers for the mange to work through.

5. With the panels now covered, I went and adhered them in place, lifting the large panels and resticking where necessary. I also die cut lots of borders. 

6. Now I made lots of leaves and flowers all in one go. I have a big box of them on my desk. I went all assembly line and made stacks, dipping many of the centres in Gala Glitz. Once dry, I went through and embellished all the while going back and checking that the album wasn't getting too bulky to close. 

This one has now gone off to head office, so I chose not to add photos this time, but hope to next time around.

So now some photos, starting wth the front cover: 
The band closes with a magnet. 

The spine

 Inside front cover and page 1. I used a corner die to create a pocket and more of the border dies to made large decorative tags, which both pull out. 

 The second page has a pull out mini album, with a pocket for memorabilia or just to slide a photo into. I used a mix of small panels and plain background paper to cover each page. The panels add extra printed embellishment without adding more bulk. 

 Page 3 has small pull out tags and an envelop at the top 

 Page 4 is a full size open out album. I used a border die from the December collection to create a band down the front of the album, that a photo could be slipped into. 

Page 5 has a small flip out mini book, plus a decorative matt at the bottom. 

   Page 6 is a single open pout flap with a double pocket. The printed square panels in the patterned paper fit this perfectly. 

Page 7 is a fold out book with pockets at the top and bottom. 

  Page 8 is a cascade pull out. I sed the same paper across the panels for a cohesive flow.

Page 9 opens out with a hidden pocket underneath, and a library envelope pocket on the top with a decorative tag.  Opposite is a trifold card fold out.

Inside the back cover is a pair of cascade fold outs. I used the small decorative corner as an accent under the album corner. I used one of the new border dies to create an extra decorative pull out on the back cover. 

Some of the flip folds do look a bit confusing at first glance, so be sure to check the blog and save photos of the albums that the team is sharing, so you can see how they look all made up and decorated. I find that a far easier way to work out how they go. Most of the team will also have heaps more photos on the blogs, so please do take the time to go and take a look. Some also have videos to go with them. 

I have more photos but didn't want to go to crazy, if there is something you want to see or have explained in more detail, please leave a comment and I will get back to you. 

I hope this has inspired you to have a go at making one of these albums. I won't lie, it is time consuming, but I think it is well worth it. 

Tuesday, November 24

Exciting things happening at Heartfelt Creations.

Before I show you my project for this week, let me tell you all about a special event happening at Heartfelt Creations. This week, on Black Friday, Emma Lou, the creative director, will be hosting a live stream on the You Tube channel at 1pm EST. This in itself should be fun, but what you really want to be there for is the release of a brand new line of products. 

We designers have been working with these products for the last little while, and I can't even tell you how excited everyone has been putting these together I can't really tell you much more than that without getting into big trouble, but if you check out the blog this week, and watch Emma Lou's video, you will get a pretty good sneak peek. 

In the meantime, I have a new card to share using the All Glammed Up collection.  Just like last week, I have really liked making some new roses to go with this collection, and am loving playing with the Gala Glitz. I need to get this in every colour! I love that you can make a really elegant and different looking rose using this stuff. 

For those of you from home in Australia who love Heartfelt Creations too, you might be interested in a Facebook group called Heartfelt Creators with Heartfelt Creations. I'm not sure how this group came about, it is not run by HFC or the Design Team, but us designers, as well as some of the in-house team do drop by from time to time. It is a great place for Heartfelt customers to share projects they have created using HFC products and a good way to source the products in Australia. Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1709905832563720/

Saturday, November 14

Beyond the page with Ruby Rock-It |Alicia Barry|

This year,  I am excited to have some friends coming over for a Thanksgiving dinner with a bit of an Australian twist (Turkey dinner with pavlova desert among other things...and yes I know that pavlova is technically Kiwi). 

I have been having fun getting on board with the American traditions, using my Ruby Rock-It supplies to help me out. 

This is just one one place setting for our meal. I can't wait to see the entire table all set.

These paper pumpkins are certainly nothing new, but I was excited to see how one would look made from the new Hearts and Stripes range.  I also paired this with some glittered paper from the Dancette range. 

I hand drew the leaves to co-ordinate with the pumpkin, and made a matching utensil pocket from a brown paper lunch bag. I used twine from Maya Rd on both projects along with tired paper strips to simulate the tendrils on the pumpkin vine 

Ruby Rock-It Supplies:

Thursday, November 12

All Glammed Up with Heartfelt Creations

This week is time for another wonderful new release from Heartfelt Creations. This collection is called All Glammed Up. 

Cue the spotlight and roll out the red carpet because the new All Glammed Up Collection by Heartfelt Creations has arrived! This ultra feminine compilation of glamorous flowing gowns, lavishly flower filled heels and stunning rose accents all showcased in elegant tones of reds, blacks and golds are the perfect combination for any stylish celebration and are sure to have your magnificent paper crafts taking centre stage and dominating the runway! Modern patterns and motifs mixed with eclectic and vintage style lend the perfect blend to any masterpiece whether you wish to dress your project up or down.  The grand and regal footwear illustrations coupled with the complementing dies are perfect to create that specialty shaped invitation for a special bridal shower or girls night out. The wide array of sentiment stamps included in the collection are ideal to have on hand for a variety of occasions, while the gracefully detailed and lace like gown and floral sprays and accents are sure to bring that extra touch of splendor to all of your layouts, cards or altered art projects.  So channel you inner fashionista, gather your finest glitters, rhinestones, ribbons and laces and join us in celebrating life's beautiful moments with this stylish, timeless and classy collection.  

Here's my first project with this pretty and elegant collection.  At first I wasn't sure that the show image was for me, but once I started playing with this collection,  it has become one of my favourites. The colours are so nice, and the shoe is actually a lot of fun to play with...but more on that in my project for next week. This week, I have focussed on the flowers in the collection, and made the roses really elegant by adding Gala Glitz to it. (Available here)

This card is a flap fold card, the left side opens, but the decorative border on the right does not. I got myself some new watercolour pencils that I used to colour the image. 

As always check out the blog for lots of great samples, and another excellent video tutorial from Emma Lou, where you can see this collection in more details, and find out about something exciting happening for Black Friday here in the States. 

Friday, November 6

Heartfelt Creations- a double share.

The good news is that our stuff has finally arrived from Australia. It arrived last week, and with Michael working away, I am still unpacking and sorting out where everything will go. I haven't even had a chance to plug my computer in yet (lucky for the laptop), so needless to say I have not blogged this week, so today I am taking a 5 minute break to do a double share for you.

These are the last of my Italiana Riviera projects (for now :)) before a new collection is revealed next week.

First up, is a card that I am really pleased with. I really love the delicate border die that comes with this collection. This is a double flap card. You can get the full instructions for this over on the Heartfelt Creations blog.

Next up is a card with a very detailed vineyard image that I played with using some new watercolour pencils. This is one of my favourite ways to add colour. Ive used the same die again to create some extra detail on the top of my card. 

There are a couple of great off the page projects on the blog from some of the other designers this week, make sure you check them out, and don't forget the you can print project sheets straight from the blog.

Thursday, October 22

Heartfelt Wednesday

For my Heartfelt Creations project I have made a layout using a picture from a visit to Napa Valley a couple of years ago. I don't actually drink wine, so some of the wine bottle images don't really suit the story from our photos, but the colours in this collection are just perfect. I also enjoyed making the roses to adorn this layout.

For the rose, I have added extra dark purple ink along the edges of the petals, then sprinkled them with clear glass glitter. I can;t wait for our camera to come in the shipping container, so that I can get clearer pictures of my work.  You'll have to take my word for it, the roses look so much better in real life. 

I also added Glossy accents to the grapes in the images to make them a little more life like.  By the way the vines leaves that come in this collection are awesome and really versatile. Such a good size too ( in fact there a a few different sizes). 

As always, check out all the great stuff from the Design Team over on the blog. Check out the card that Susan Smit made, it is so beautiful.

Tuesday, October 20

Maya Rd and Ruby Rock- It Swap

At Ruby Rock -It we are very lucky to have the opportunity to partner up with other companies from time to time, and this month, we have been doing a bit of a swap with Maya Rd. They have such cute little trinkets, and off the page projects, and their products go really well with Ruby Rock-It collections. For Ruby Rock-It we are also showcasing the new mini collections that are now available. 

Today I have combined a Maya Rd shadow box with the Girl mini theme to create this little decoration to hang on Amelie's wall of her room in our new house. 

I started by painting the shadow box white. The shadow box comes with chipboard inserts for each of the windows which is so clever. It made it really easy to line each of the windows. No measuring or anything, I just covered the inserts with patterned paper and adhered them with foam dots. 

I used a combination of patterned paper, die cuts and 3Ds stickers to create the main title block.

Love the cute little owl embellishment from Maya Rd.

I used a couple of Bella! florals to bulk up the floral die cuts. 

The butterfly is my favourite part. I have layered two die cuts with an acetate butterfly from Maya Rd. I used lots of foam dots between the layers, and especially on the bottom to really lift it up high.

I also created a banner across the bottom using foam dots, 3D stickers and twine from Maya Rd. Since the twine is made from raffia, I unravelled some of it to make co-ordinating paper ribbons. 

Supplies used:

Thursday, October 15

Sharing the new Italiana Riviera collection.

It is new collection day at Heartfelt Creations, and today I have a card to share with you using this awesome range called Italiana Riviera.

It's time to slow down the daily pace, take a deep breath and embrace life with the new Heartfelt Creations Italiana Riviera Collection.  We invite you to stroll down the Italian coastline taking in the spectacular seaside views, open markets, and amazing architecture while allowing yourself to relax and get lost in an easy going way of life.  Feel the gentle breeze, breathe in the aromas of salty mist and mouthwatering eats as you pass by a harbour lined with delightful cafes and quaint little shops calling out to you to pause for a visit. Step through towering stone gates to meander through perfectly manicured vineyards boasting rows and rows of coiling vines filled with dense foliage and  plump clusters of exquisitely purple hued grapes.  Then as the sun sets, continue to take in the old world charm and beauty of the area as you relax in your villa, enjoying a glass of fine wine aged to perfection while jotting down all of the days wonderful adventures on an old fashioned postcard, pausing occasionally only to peer out the old stone window that reveals the most surreal view of lush gardens, stately mountains, beautiful flowers and that perfectly manicured vineyard.  At Heartfelt Creations we dismiss the misconceived notion that you are required to leave your craft room to experience the finer things in life...so come along with us as we invite you to explore the charm and elegance of the Italiana Riviera Collection!

Here is my favourite part of this new collection. I do love that it is purple, which would normally be my favourite part, but check out this gorgeous border die that comes with it! It comes in two parts meaning that you can cut the intricate die in one colour, and then a background in another, or both the same as I have done for my project this week, which I think creates a really elegant look. This would be so nice in metallic yardstick on wedding invitations. 

There is no flower stamp and die with this collection, so I have created these cabbage roses uses the Botanical Wings set. 

So many beautiful projects on the blog this week. Be sure to check them out, along with a video from Emma Lou with some tips on how best to cut the border die that I have used here. 

Thursday, October 8

Mum Bouquet

This week for my Heartfelt Creations project, I decided to try something a little different. I haven't done a card or a layout, but instead wanted to really focus on the pretty flowers that are a part of this collection. I have recently made some silk flower arrangements for fall for my house, and decided I could make something similar using just paper. 

For this bouquet, I have made 10 full sized flowers. As opposed to the close shaped Mums I have previously made with this stamp and die collection, I decided to reverse the shape of the petals, to create a far more open flower. Some dark glass glitter in the flower centres, made these more of a gerbera shape.  I used the same petal in green to line the base of each flower, and used a trimmed down stamp and die image for the leaves. 

Meanwhile, have you checked out the work that Penny O'Dell has done for the blog. She has been using the same die set to create clay jewellery. So clever!