Monday, August 19, 2013

Postcard mini album---COMPLETED!

     The postcard mini is complete!!!!!!!!!!  I'm really happy with how it turned out and can't wait to fill it with the postcards my sweet friends are sending me.  This album has tons of room so anyone who hasn't sent me one and would like to play along, please join in.  I'd love to fill the whole album up.
     Although the album is complete I did not take pictures of every page so that you wouldn't get photo overload.  There are ten more pages besides those shown.  I will go through each and every one in the video I'll be making.
     For the cover I used a beautiful Saturated Canary image called "Pack Light".  Believe me, if I could I would pack my bags and visit every one of the places the postcards are coming from.  I added a huge London postmark with a stencil and some modeling paste mixed with ink.  I dug through my ridiculous collection of rubberstamps looking for anything travel related and found a few to add here and there throughout the album.  I also found a few rolls of travel themed washi tape.  The sentiment was found on the internet.  I thought it fit perfectly.  The cover itself was hand cut from chipboard.  I found a line drawing of a postage stamp on line, printed it out to the size I needed and used a hole punch to cut out the notches.  Yes, it killed my hands, but I think the effort was worth the effect.

     Here's a close up of my colored image.  I tried to do a coloring video but the quality came out really poor so I think I'm going to have to buy one of those tripod arms.

     The inside covers are both covered in map paper.  The whole paper pack and embellishment line that Dilyana sent me is from Do Crafts.  I used almost the whole pack of paper and lots of the embellies too.  The stamps and tag are from my stash.  I've had the Sizzix postage stamp die forever and decided to create some stamps of my own.  They are cut from chipboard.  I painted the frame part, covered the centers with white paper and broke out more of my stamps to create the images.  Covered it all with some Mod Podge and voila!
     Just to let you know, we're having a "Map It" challenge this week at the Catered Crop.  Would love to see your projects there using a map in some shape or form.

     For the left hand page of each section I used two of the large tickets from the collection.  I glued them back to back with a hinge in between so that I could tuck them under the main page.  It will flip out the the right and I intend to jot down some info on each one about the cards in the pocket.  The little paper clip ribbon pulls are part of the collection.  When you pull it off you can swing the ticket out and there's a pocket underneath.  If you grab the tab at the top of the page and open it to the left there are two more pocketed pages underneath.
     I used some stamps I had to create miniature postcards and a template I found on line to create the mini envelope.  There are also a few 7 Gypsies ephemera pieces scattered throughout.  I used a Dymo Label Maker to add the names of a few places I have gotten cards from.

     Another hand made stamp and postcard.  That fun pushpin is a stamp from one of my There She Goes Clear Stamp sets.  The ticket side opens the same way I described above.  I used some of the washi tape to cover the center channel between the page sets.  The rest of the album is pretty much constructed the same way.

     For the back cover I used a cool suitcase image from Tiddly Inks along with some stamping and a sticker from the collection.  The large tag is from 7 Gypsies.  I broke out my date stamp.  It's stamped a little crooked but after all the traveling done in this album I'd imagine my land legs might be a bit unsteady.  LOL

     So there it is.  I hope you like it and am so grateful to those of you helping me fill it up.  I'll post here on the blog when I get the video done.  Too much noise today and my daughter has a friend coming over that she's tutoring.  I'll also post a pic of the postcards I've received.
     I'd like to enter my mini into the following challenges:

The Pink Elephant--anything but a card
Make It Monday--anything goes
613 Avenue Create--anything goes with an option of stitching real or faux
That Craft Place--stitching real or faux

     Don't forget my blog candy winner will be drawn this weekend if you haven't signed up yet.
     Have an amazing day!


Jayne A said...

Oh wow you have done an absolutely fabulous job. Your pages are so full of detail and I agree the postage stamp front page was definitely worth the effort.

Sue - bearhouse said...

WOW!!When you said that you were going to make this I knew it would look amazing and I was right!! I love the whole design, the way you have made the front cover to look like a stamp is fabulous and definitely work your hard work. I love all the detailing you have added to every page and the back cover too.
hugs Sue xx

Dawn @ LilyPinkScraps said...

Looks completely fabulous!! If you like, I can send you one from Cambridge UK as I'm pond-hopping again this week and visiting my home town :)
em your address to if you want to :)

Carla S. said...

This is fabulous, Tracy! You did an amazing job! It is so creative and well-designed! I love it! Bravo!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous !! Gorgeous !!! I love that you made the cover by hand --- (ouch!!!) -- & it turned out perfect !!!!
This is such a bomb diggity keepsake !!! Details are amazing !!!
I might just send you one.. From my travels!!

Ps -- you were a DT faves pick over @ loves rubber... for your fairy card that now sits gracefully on my wall of fame!!! Congrats !!!!!!!! :)) :))

Tracey Brossart said...

Wow I can not say enough how wonderful this all is!! This must have taken you AGES!! I love all the detail and such a creative idea!

xx Tracey xx

Ros Crawford said...

I am absolutely drooling over this ... It's beyond gorgeous!! I love the beautifully coloured images and well, everything is just perfect! And did I mention that your handwriting is to die for!

Bonnie Irvine said...

Tracy, this is amazing. I absolutely love the cover...the postage stamp shape, the beautifully coloured image, the sentiment, the stencilling...awesome. Each page is beautiful and such a cool design with the tickets. What a wonderful keepsake. I love that it's just for you, too. Can't wait for the video. A work of heART.

SiskiyouSue said...

Amazing! Such a fun way to use some great products... Glad I was able to participate. Thanks for sharing!!

Ann Marie Governale said...

Wow..I don't know what other word captures this project best. THe details are incredible and you have done so much work here. I love the image and the words that you cut apart and that look. This is just a fabulous project, and I love everything about it! xxx Ann Marie

Shazza said...

this is fantastic x

Marlies said...

Wauw a fantastic album!! All the pages look great with beautiful details. I love the vintage look! Beatiful made!! hugs, Marlies

KimCreate said...

Looks great, Tracy. You should get my postcard any day now. It's on the way. Love all the postage elements. Like the sizzix postage die and the stamp images! Great paper too. :)

Nonni said...

Wow, Tracy! Stunning work with the mini. I can't wait to see the video. All the pages look beautiful and I love the colors and all the travelling-themed papers and items. Just so so so cute! xxx

Mau xx said...

What an amazing project Tracy, its wonderful and I think you are going to have lots of us watching your tutorial.
Huge Hugs Mau xx

Ira Huberts said...

Good heavens girl! You have outdone yourself with your more than exquisite postcard album!! I love every single page, with every single beautiful detail, wow wow, truly fabulous!! Hugs, Ira
Ira’s Crea Corner

Ivonne said...

OMG Tracy, this is absolutely stunning! So much work! Loooove the cover and each one of those gorgeous pages. Hugs, Ivonne

Chana said...

Hi, Tracey! It has been a while, but we are just delighted to have an entry from you in our challenge and boy oh boy it is a humdinger! As they say, "you must have been a carpenter in your other life, because, girl, you NAILED IT! Every page not only reflects you design point of view, but also each one is balanced, detailed and beautifully composed. Your execution gets an A+! You know, I am a big fan; and, all of us here at 613 Avenue Create thank you so much for dropping this off by our house! Hope to see you in the neighborhood again very soon.
Chana, Owner
613 Avenue Create

Lisa M said...

It's incredible looking Tracy. Your print is just about the most pretty I've ever seen too!

Clevercrafter said...

What a great idea to make a mini album to store all your cherished postcards from friends. It turned out beautifully, you are a very talented person. I love the copic colouring on your images and the layout of the whole mini too. Some more videos on your work would be eagerly awaited by us all.

Shirley-Anne Barber said...

What a great conversation piece to leave on the coffee table .So beautiful .Love the perfectly coloured image and all your embellishing .
Thanks for sharing on Make it Monday

Nancy said...

Wow!! That's fantastic! I hope to watch the video soon!
Well, I'm all caught up now! I didn't leave comments on ALL of them. You've been extremely productive...and I think I've filled your inbox sufficiently! lol Happy day to you! :o)

Jinny Newlin said...

What an amazing, little book, Tracy! WOW! And your coloring is absolutely divine! So impressed with that hand-cut album cover, too. Did you hear my jaw hit the floor? What a treasure!

Ann Marie said...

Another beautiful mini, hooray!! All your hard work punching the chipboard covers sure paid off; terrific look! Love the formatting of the pages and all your special touches. Gorgeous coloring, too! So much wonderful inspiration for my own postcard collection! TFS :)

Michelle N. said...

Wow. Stunning.

Magpies Delights Crafty Home said...

Gorgeous make and what a lot of work xxx Thanks for joining myself and the rest of the DT over at That Craft Place Challenge Blog. Look forward to seeing more of your makes in the future (((((HUGS))))) xxx

Grenouille Greetings said...

I LOVE THIS!!! A wonderful idea, beautifully executed! Fabulous work, Tracy! Hugs, Lesley