As you may have noticed, I really love the detailed flower dies that are on the market. To assemble them, you almost always need to download a set of instructions from the manufacturer’s website. I’m always losing them so I thought I would put them all together, perhaps in a binder. Then I realized that scrapbooking journaling is what “we” do — so I decided that I would make a scrapbook/journal to hold all of my flower instructions.
Like most scrapbook/journals, the first step was to find a good album to work with. I found one almost immediately that is burlap-covered, with a little lace. It is a good size to hold the instruction pages (approximately 7″ x 9″), and the book is bound in such a way that it will lay open flat so the instructions can be easily read. This is a picture of the journal as it was when I purchased it (the interior pages are kraft paper — so there are lots of possibilities there too). See some other die-cutting flower projects !
Now for the decorations . . . . It is a flower journal, so it makes a lot of sense to have flowers on the cover. The Leane Creatief flower dies are beautiful when made in felt, and fortunately they have my favorite — Daisy. With the help of my Sizzix Big Shot I was able to quickly cut the pieces needed for three daisies. The packaging for the Leane Creatief dies always shows instructions (and a photo) for felt flowers on the back, and I was able to quickly assemble them with a needle and a little thread. Here’s a picture of the easy-to-follow instructions from the reverse side of the Daisy package –
I decided to add a few beads to the center to add a little interest. I was able to do this easily with a regular needle (no beading needle needed) and some thread. If you’re not into sewing, you could also assemble the felt flowers with a little fabric glue. Here is a close-up photo of a finished daisy –
With the flowers completed, I pulled out some additional beads and treasures, and tried placing various things on the cover of the album until I was happy with it. Ultimately I decided on something simple – three daisies and a little brass word (“blessed”) on a piece of lace in the center. I attached each with needle and thread so it would stand up to some wear and tear. I love how it turned out! Here’s a close-up of the finished project.
Please see the short video for additional information on the Leane Creatief felt flowers, and my process for decorating the cover.
It will probably take me a while to complete the book. Instead of cutting apart all of the instructions, it will be easier to just re-print them at about 75%. This is a size that will fit on the page, and it is still readable. I printed the Sizzix Susan’s Garden basic instructions and the Primrose instructions and placed them in the book so you can see how well it will work out (I used a glue stick to attach them). There is even space left for some embellishments, and perhaps some pictures, etc. Here’s a photo –
Scrapbook, photo album or journal
459630-Leane Creatief Daisy Flower and Leaves
felt — I used a medium green, gold, medium brown and antique white (mine was the inexpensive felt from the craft store — wool felt would work beautifully for this project)
657900-Sizzix Big Shot (I have several machines, but the Big Shot seems to be the best when it comes to cutting felt.)
Needle and matching threads
Lace (small piece)
Glue stick (to adhere the flower instructions)
You can check out all different flowers we’ve got here: http://www.ucutathome.com/store/theme/Flowers/id/3
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!