All in the Family

The challenge at Frilly & Funkie this go round is “All in the Family.” The challenge is sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique. As soon as I saw it I knew what I wanted to do and embarked on a two week long crafting project. While I mainly worked on it on the weekends, I think I’ll be cleaning up and putting stuff away in my craft room for a while yet! There are multiple pictures so the post is a bit photo heavy.

Memory book (2 of 20)There is a whole set of lovely photos of my beloved’s parents about the time that they were dating.They are these lovely black and white (or more like shades of gray and brown) photos of them having a picnic, going to the beach, and handing out with friends. Mum and Dad were a lovely couple who were married for over 50 years. Their relationship was beautiful and they loved each other dearly.

Memory book (3 of 20)I decided I wanted to work on an album of sorts. I poked around on Pinterest and other crafting sites to figure out different ideas for the pages and how to make a binding. I made a mini version of the album and then increased the size for what I needed. Math is not my strong point but I carefully worked on the increased measurements. I went to my local scrapbooking store and wandered around trying to find the right set of papers that not only matched but ones that reminded me of Mum and Dad. Now, I must give credit where credit is due –Tammy Tutterow’s tutorial on the flower and Alexandra Morein at Clay Guana for the ideas on the binding and page layout were inspirational and helpful. Ms. Morein’s YouTube videos were very helpful in figuring out the binding and pages (she used envelopes to create the pockets – I decided to do it the hard way and make my own!).

Memory book (9 of 20)It was a large project and one that involves using the dining room table, my craft room, and the living room table. I spent time chasing one of my cats who would take off running with ribbon, put my MISTI to work (love that thing!), and worked through the heat of the summer days to get it done. I wanted it to be beautiful but also functional. I pulled out some stamps that I had been collecting along the way but hadn’t used (like the postage stamp type stamps – I have several but hadn’t used any of them yet). And, I think my paper trimmer needs a new blade after this project!

Memory book (14 of 20)I’m quite proud of the finished project! Now to put in the photos of Mum and Dad. I hope that my project does the memories of them justice.

Thank you for visiting and I wish you and your family the best.

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The Items Used For This Project (I think I got everything…)

Inks: Distress Ink (Gathered Twigs); Ranger Archival Ink (Sepia); Versa Mark;

Alcohol Inks: Hazelnut; Gold;

Stain: Distress Stain (Gathered Twigs, Antique Linen; and Tea Dye)

Ranger: Embossing Powder (White, Princess Gold, Clear)

Paints: Dina Wakley (White Gesso; Black Heavy Body Acrylic Paint); Prima (Finnabair Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint Metallique Ancient Coin);

Pens: Wink of Stella (Kuretake) (Gold Clear);

Tools: Mini Stapler; Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper (Round and Stub/Deco); Misti (12x12; 6.5 x 8.5; 6 x 4.75); Scoreboard; Cricut (for the chipboard cuts and tag); Sookwang Double Sided Tape (various widths); Luquitex (Heavy Gel Medium); Fiskars Paper Trimmer; Tim Holtz ruler; CTMH Micro-scissors (non-stick);

Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon (Gold Satin; 1/2" Burlap Woven Ribbon); Hemptique Twine

Dies: Sizzix TH Bigz Postage Stamp Frame &  Love Struck (Cupid, Bow, Arrow & Hearts)




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6 Responses

#1 Susan Blakeley said...
11-Jul-16 8:59 PM

All I can say is "Wow!" It is obvious you put a lot of thought and effort into making something truly special. I, too, am not into math and measurement, and sometimes these types of projects intimidate me because some degree of measurement is required in order to make it work. And you really made it work! Thanks for all the lovely photos so I can really see what amazing work you have done!

#2 kathy/NorthCarolina said...
13-Jul-16 7:19 AM

Oh, this is lovely! I can see all the time and thought and effort you put into this gorgeous album. Each page is a treasure and the photos of your husband's parents will look beautiful here. Well done! I'm so glad you shared this with us at the Frilly and Funkie "All in the Family" challenge!

#3 Nancy Dynes said...
15-Jul-16 1:36 AM

Oh my goodness, this is one of the most beautiful and detailed albums I've ever seen! Everything about it speaks of the love you put in to the creation of this fabulous album. I'm a huge fan of pockets and little surprise places inside of albums, so this one completely fascinates me. The papers are perfect for your theme, so vintage! I love the stamping as well. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge!! Hugs, Nancy

#4 Cec said...
15-Jul-16 4:45 AM

Your album is fantastic with so many gorgeous pages and such a wonderful vintage vibe. I have made a couple of albums and know how much work they are but when they turn out as beautifully as yours did, the time spent is worth it. I love your cover with that cheerful crinoline flower and all the metal bits. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Hugs! Cec

#5 Linda, the funkie junkie said...
18-Jul-16 7:05 PM

Hello Ms. InkySplatters, what an amazing project you have created. I can't imagine how many hours of work you put into this fantastic album, truly a labor of love! Everything about it is simply perfection. Love the colors, the embellishments and the beautiful papers. A huge congratulations on being our Funkie Favorite over at Frilly and Funkie this week!

Big hugs, Linda

#6 Autumn said...
19-Jul-16 11:11 AM

Wow! This is tremendous!!! A true work of art in paper! Every page is perfectly designed and I adore the cover! Biggest congrats on your win at F&F! So well deserved for this masterpiece. Hugs, Autumn