Sunday, 29 June 2014

Sugar and spice

Today I’ve got the first part of a big project I am doing up, a baby book for a colleague at work who is expecting her first little girl.  This is taking a lot longer than I thought to complete so to motivate me I am going to post up the only bit that is finished so far, the cover.

To make up my baby book I’ve used a Tim Holtz Collection Folio, the large size, and gone to town with the decorating of it.  To do up the front cover I have followed the layout sketch at Feeling Sketchy and got inky and powdery with all sorts of good things.  I started with Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Picket Fence and then sprinkled on some Fran-tage.  On the layout I used modelling paste and a stencil for my butterflies and added some Distress Ink into the modelling paste as well as some more embossing powders over the top.  I also did the same with the textured background that is only just visible under the papers.

With all my various effects on the cover I am also entering this in the current Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenge.  There are copious amounts of flowers all over the cover, as expected for little girl’s book, so I am also entering this in the current challenge at Paper Crafting Journey.

I swapped out the black elastic closure for some pink elastic.  I was going to put a word band or some letter charms on the elastic but the cover is way too busy as it is.  Notice that border, looks pretty good, doesn’t it?  Well it had better for the work that went into it, let’s just say these Collection Folios are made thick and tough and it was also too big to go through my Grand Calibur so I traced and cut round my Sizzix die and then used various sized hole punches for the lacy edge.

Opening up the folio you get two flaps top and bottom and I decorated the outside of these with some chippie words, these I painted up and sprinkled with Fran-tage also.  The large heart buttons have been in my stash for ever as have the tulle flowers, I think they were from Webster’s Pages.

I’ve tried to tie things together with matching elements so I’ve got some of the same Organza Pearl Pink on the inside of these flaps.  The top one is missing the pocket, I have no idea where I’ve put the packet, it’s got to be somewhere in my craft room!  It’s meant to be for the hospital name card from the baby’s crib.  The bottom one is ready to go with a pocket for the baby’s wrist tag.

There’s also a flap on the right side and I’ve used the same Organza Pearl Pink on the outside with some buttons from Jesse James.  On the inside I have the same lace as the top and bottom flaps and some chippies and more of the Jesse James buttons and flowers to tie in with the other flaps too.

You’ve got to have space in a baby book for all the vital statistics from the birth and I’ve put that on the inside left cover using a piece of vellum over some lovely shimmering cardstock with some more flowers and another piece of lace.

The back inside cover I’ve done up as the last page looking back over baby’s first year with some journaling cards ready to go.  I’ve tied this in with the flaps using the same lace and roses too.

Stay tuned for the inside pages, hopefully in the next day or two, I need to get this finished before baby arrives!

Chalks & Powders etc
Fran-tage Embossing Enamel ~ Aged Ochre, Aged Scarlett, Aged Silver, Shabby Pink & Shabby White
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Embossing Powder ~ Starburst Candy Rose
Pebbles Chalk ~ Pink
Pink Mica
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
Magenta Stencils ~ Nature Elements
Memory Box Stencil ~ Texture Mesh
Sizzix Thinlits ~ Scallop Border
BoBunny Jewels ~ Frosting (coloured with RV34 Various Inks)
Kaisercraft Paper Blooms ~ Dusty Pink
I Am Roses ~ Mulberry Paper Roses Variegated Pink and Pink
Jesse James Dress It Up Buttons ~ Baby Girl
Kaisercraft Pearl Strip ~ Pink Champagne
Kaisercraft Sparklets ~ Hearts
Metal Charms from stash ~ Hearts & Umbrellas
Tulle Flowers
Inks & Paints etc
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst ~ Cheshire Cat Cherry
Liquid Pearls ~ Copper Pearl
Tim Holtz Distress Ink ~ Shaded Lilac, Tea Dye & Worn Lipstick
Tim Holtz Distress Paint ~ Picket Fence
Twinkling H2O ~ Just Peachy
Pion Design Fairytale of Spring ~ Hope
Pion Design Sweet Baby ~ Pink Baby Blanket
Ribbons & Trims etc
Live & Love Crafts Lace ~ Adélaïde, Pearl Lace with Beads & Pastello Pink

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. What a wonderful project this is ! Your colleague will be very happy with the result !! Thanks for playing with us at Feeling Sketchy !

  2. Wow what a wonderful layout, thanks for joining us ~ Michelle FS DT

  3. This is so very pretty. I love your use of the flowers and all the papers you chose! Just lovely!Thanks so much for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  4. Very very cool. Love the soft colors you used.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

  5. This is gorgeous! Sweet soft colors and I love the way you used the flowers. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  6. This is a beautiful project! I love all the wonderful texture on the cover...and the banner page made me say, "awwwwwww." Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge 10!

  7. So pretty ! Was expecting a "SteamPunk" baby with a Halloween theme :>) .... (just kidding ) New Momma will be so happy with this lovely book !

  8. Very nice project. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  9. A beautiful project Emily. So sweet all the pastels & flowers, how lovely!
    Thank you for playing along at Feeling Sketchy with us.
    Debi - DT Co-ordinator@FS

  10. Great project !How clever to use the sketch for your cover ! Thank you for playing at Feeling Sketchy !


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