Sunday, 11 January 2015

Turning 18...a whole NEW world!


Hello Crafters

Welcome today to my page with something really NEW from my side for this new year!
The challenge this month at Anything But A Card ChallengeBlog is “ NEW BEGINNINGS”. You can create anything your heart desires EXCEPT a card and do stick to the theme!
I thought turning 18 opens up a whole new world for any kid and couldn’t resist sharing what I made for that milestone birthday!
If you have read the title and are wondering even remotely, if it’s ME…NO..NO! I wish I could get back to 18…such wonderful, carefree days, Do you ever feel that anytime or is it just me???
Well, coming to the project, I made this for a mother who wanted to gift something “unique and special” to her daughter on her 18th birthday! She wanted her daughter to treasure it for a long, long time and I just knew I had to do this one..

Have a look…I made a pocket album with lots of inserts, tags, photo mats, spaces for journaling, stamping and of course to showcase a bit of my handmade embellishments too!

Since it was for a “little lady” I stuck to pastel colors and a floral theme which I guess will appeal to her in the years to come too! I have used papers from Recollections paper pack.

I have layered 2 empty cereal cartons to make the album cover, they really get sturdy there!
There are in all 5 main pocket pages, all with different colors, have inserts in them and some inter active elements too.

Album making is a new experience for me, this is probably my 3rd in the last one month, yes I am addicted to making these now!


I love to have sentiments and quotes as inserts inside the album. It throws up a nice surprise while you are actually browsing thru your old memories…I hope you get the picture here!
I have used a lot of stamps from TH, Heartfelt Creations, Fiskars and Paper Artsy for the quotes.

I dint want to get too vintage with the album, keeping the age in mind so just got about distressing the edges with co coordinating DI.
On some pages I have a mini accordion fold out held together with a satin ribbon which can hold smaller pictures.

On the whole the album can hold up to 40 photographs…Am sure the mom is going to have a great time filling it up and I can also imagine how the young lady is going to feel when she actually receives it! I am feeling emotional here…
For the closure, I have use a broad nylon ribbon and stained it with matching DI and this makes a lovely big bow when tied up, just like a little girls pig tail!

For the front cover, I have layered some cheese cloth, a doily and then the title is on corrugated cardboard panel, torn in places and egged with gesso for the shabby chic effect!
The lovely lavender flower too is from TH tattered florals and have edged it with Prima chalk edgers in grey for that chalky look and some twisted rose buds add that perfect feminine touch…what say???
A little resin butterfly in blue hovers around too.

On the spine I have some beaded danglers made with glass beads and baubles and have told the mother to attach some of her favorite charms or pendants. She was so excited with that option.
So, that brings me to the end of the album tour! I feel I have finished off very early…feels like I haven’t shared enough!

Cheers to “New Beginnings” and hope to see you all play along. Do visit here to see some amazing inspirations from the team.

I would like to enter this album in the following challenges..
OLLCB – words to inspire (there are whole lot of them inside!)
Shopping Our Stash Challenge – Use something New – (new paper artsy and heartfelt creation stamps)
Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your thoughts here…I love to read them all.
Until my next creative journey…
Happy Crafting and Re cycling.

Big Hugs.

42 comments:

  1. Your album is absolutely divine Rupa, so many gorgeous goodies and I can't believe you have used cereal cartons - so clever!

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  2. What an amazing album, so much work. Thank you for joining us in the Craft Stamper TIMI challenge this month, good luck. xx

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    1. Glad you liked it, Nikki. Thanks,

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  3. This is stunning, sure to be treasured by the recipient (and her mother who requested it)! Thank you for including details on how you made it.

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    1. Thanks heather..oh yes! the mom liked it, am yet to know the daughters reaction. Her birthday is tomorrow!

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  4. WOW! such a gorgeous book and I love all the tags. The front cover also alot of time was put into it and it and well worth it. x

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    1. Thank for those lovely words, Elaine.

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  5. Rupa, this is stunningly beautiful and I am sure it will be treasured for years to come! I, too, am a lover of mini albums and altered books. I wish they didn't take so much time, then moare could be created. Your talent shines through with each new creation in this genre! Thanks for sharing with us here at Shopping Our Stash!
    Hugz,
    Chana Malkah, DT

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    1. Chana, my friend! As always...love to hear from you. Thank you so much.Hugs.

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  6. Just gorgeous Rupa!! I love all the wonderful papers you used and the big loopy bow to tie it closed!! What a fantastic idea for a gift from Mother to Daughter...she will definitely cherish this forever!! until next time, big hugs :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Pamellia.

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    2. Still getting used to my new DT hat, forgot to say Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Anything Goes' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

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  7. Great project thank you for joining us at Ooh La la Creations Sue DT xx

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  8. Such an amazing album! Thanks for joining us at the Take It Make It Challenge.

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  9. What a beautiful album! I'm sure she will love it. Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

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    1. Thanks Leslie...am waiting for the verdict with bated breath. The kids bday is today!

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  10. Oh my goodness Rupa what a beautiful way to commemorate such a special birthday. I bet the mum you made it for to give was thrilled to bits. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

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    1. Thank you so much Jenny. The mom loved it, yes!

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  11. What an absolute keepsake to get on your 18th birthday. Beautiful project Rupa.
    Julie x

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  12. This is stunning, and definitely something to treasure. Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper challenge ..... good luck! Linda xx

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  13. I am lost for words, something very rare I can assure you! What an absolutely delightful album, as you say it holds so many surprises and is so beautifully crafted. Love the papers the different folds and pockets, the sentiments, the whole thing! It will be so much fun to fill that album and I'm sure it will the held dear for ever. Thank you so much for sharing with us over at Ooh La la, so lovely to have you join us, Jx

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    1. Thank you so much Janice for all those lovely little things you said. Am going to cherish it for sure!

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  14. What a fabulous album and all those lovely stamped images, thanks for joining in at the Take It Make It challenge and good luck, Elizabeth x

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    1. Thanks and glad you liked it, Elizabeth.

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  15. Stunning project, what a great keepsake. So perfect for an 18th birthday. Thank you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes Challenge and Good Luck! Del xx

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  16. This is another fabulous mini, Rupa - you're on a creative roll! So fresh and pretty, beautifully done, and fab inspiration for the ABAC challenge.
    Alison xx

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    1. Thanks Alison, glad you liked it.

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  17. This is so beautiful in every way Rupa, so happy you joined in at Craft Stampers Take it, Make it challenge xoxo

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