Monday 4 May 2015

A retro mini....

Hello Friends…
Welcome to my page today..Thanks to my new followers and hope to keep your interest in here with my projects.
Today’s project is a girly re cycled project for my niece who just graduated from high school and I wanted to give her something “special” to record all the wonderful memories with her friends. It is s co incidence that she celebrated her birthday last week and it was just perfect timing!
You know how these teens are, especially girls…a bunch of them, giggling and talking and having fun and talking their minds…they are a lot different from what we were…do you agree???
I dint want to make it too girly and neither vintage and so I decided something in between like bright spring colors, lots of flowers  and a keep sake every teen would secretly admire…
Yes, I made a TP roll mini album with a hinged binding so it’s all covered and clasped with all the secrets tightly locked, lol!
I want to start with the cover where I have used the negative of this ornate oval die and I applied crackle texture paste randomly with a spatula and let it dry. When it dried, I sprit zed my new TSUKINEKO inks in Eucalyptus…wow! A lovely green it turned out to be. I rubbed in some old gold Inka gold with my fingers on the top and edges. Some chit chat stickers from Ideology completes the scene here.
A perfect background for the bunch of retro girls peeking from the frame…. Just look at them…happy and all smiles!
The other side of the cover has a lovely resin flourish which I made in brown and then rubbed in Inka gold. The sentiment has the same treatment as the retro girls frame.
The cover flap has a crochet lace and a sentiment from KaiserCraft …a perfect reminder for the good times.
On the top I have hand dyed the seam binding with DI and followed Tammy Tutterow’s tutorial to make a shabby loopy bow. I made my first chunky charm with a teen girl in mind, high heels, comb, colored wooden beads, pearls, keys and more!
 I dint want it too is attached to the bow with an Ideology trinket pin which says “secrets”…I can almost visualize the girls whispering this in each one’s ears!
I have used papers from DCWV, as proud as a peacock paper line and some Graphic 45 French Country Paper Stack papers from my stash.
I have used 6 TP rolls to make the pocket pages…each page has a tag in the pocket and some stamped sentiments on the main page. 
Handmade flowers using Sizziz and Joy Crafts die add color to the pages.

A mini wooden peg says “laugh” and floral paper clip for added interest are also used as embellishments.
I have taken scraps of PP from my stash for journaling and a bunch of ornate tags too using Joy crafts die.
Here is pic of all the little things inside the pockets…so much to giggle and write for the young lady! I can imagine the glee and joy she would have in journaling the interesting memories of her high school life…(wink) !!!
I have also used some funky border stamps from paper Artsy for the front and last page which has some additional papers slips for journaling or can be used as photo mats.
The closed hinge binding makes it a lovely mini book, which can hold a lot of interesting details, can be closed and sealed with Velcro and tucked inside almost anywhere so “mom” cannot see, lol! Have you done that…I have…mom, I hope you are not reading that!
This is going to my niece as a surprise and I hope it does that! Do let me know if you enjoyed this post.
I would like to have my retro girly mini enter the following challenges..
TIOT – retro 1960’s ( I love this challenge)
CraftyRibbons Challenge – AG with ribbon
Loves RubberStamps Challenge- use atlest 2 dies (flowers, ornate oval and ornate tags)
C.R.A.F.T.Challenge blog- Add a charm/metal
613 AvenueCreate – AG feminine
The Shabby Tea Room Challenge - Pretty in Pink
Until my next Creative Journey,
Happy Crafting and Re cycling,


  1. lovely mini as usual Rupa !! love the retro girls on the cover and the crackle cover is gorgeous !! sure your niece would appreciate this mini loaded with so much of love and cheer !!

  2. An AMAZING project is this!
    Thank you for joining Try It On Tuesday!

  3. Adorable!! I am sure this is one gift she would treasure for life. Awesome cover. Loved the retro gals. Whether you intend or not there is vintage look one way or another and that's how i am attracted ;)

    1. Thanks Mridula...I knew this will satisfy your taste buds, lol!

  4. Adorable!! I am sure this is one gift she would treasure for life. Awesome cover. Loved the retro gals. Whether you intend or not there is vintage look one way or another and that's how i am attracted ;)

  5. HI Rupa, this is a fabulous project and I'm sure your niece will treasure this, Love all the little details you've added this this and the cover looks wonderful.
    Avril xx
    p.s Thanks for sharing with us at TioT

  6. A stunning project Rupa, your niece will treasure this. Fantastic details and inside as well.
    Yvonne xx
    Thank you for sharing it with us at TioT's as well.

  7. Rupa this is totally fun and so colourful. Yes that's what those days were sunshine laughter and legs good enough to wear minis that were as short as possible.
    Fab Darling truly Fab!

    1. Thanks made me smile dear. Wow! Those days...

  8. Such an awesome design! So glad you could join in with us at Loves Rubber Stamps this week!
    Hugs, Dangina

    1. Thanks Dangina for liming and following. ..hugs.

  9. Love your project Rupa - the retro girls are perfect for our theme! Thanks for joining us at TioT challenge.

  10. This is just fabulous, Rupa! What a wonderful gift for your niece, I hope she records many happy memories in this awesome album! Thanks for joining in at CRAFT Challenge!

    love Mags B x

  11. A fabulous card. thank you for sharing your card with us at CRAFT Challenge this week. Marlene DT

  12. Genius use of a TP roll and I bet this album will be greatly enjoyed. And your retro girls are just the perfect touch! Awesome sauce! ~Niki

    1. You are so sweet Niki...thanks for those those generous words! Hugs.

  13. Love the album and its retro look, Rupa!! Great girly touch!! Sure she gonna treasure this!

  14. Wow Rupa!! As usual, you have blown me away with your amazing creativity!! This is just spectacular, what a glorious gift! I love the image you used and the fabulous crackle texture on the front, so incredible! You have included so many wonderful details, just amazing! hugs :)

  15. so fabulous. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

  16. Love your cover image. My grandmother made everyone of those outfits for me. I can't remember if it was a Simplicity or Butterick pattern. Your album brings back fun memories and i think you did a good job of maintaining the "sixties" feel throughout the design. Nice Job! Thanks for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana, Owner

    1. It's a pleasure to have you over Chana, Glad I brought back some happy memories for you. Big Thanks and Hugs.

  17. Nice work, thanks for joining us at TIOT! Valerie

  18. Great image and thanks for sharing it with us at TIOT.
    Hugz, Z

  19. Thanks for sharing your beautiful creation with us in The shabby Tea Room! I really love the retro images, great album!