Sigh………… I’m in love………..with Graphic 45′s Botanical Tea Collection! Oh wait, maybe I’ve said that before, oh well, I’m saying it again, this collection is just gorgeous and so nostalgic, at least for me anyway. I’ve created a mini album this week and fussed and fumed over the binding until I think I finally got it right (3rd times charm isn’t that what the old saying is?).
To make this album it’s super simple, no really, it is! I started with white cardstock, around 100# and cut 8 pages 5″ x 6″. The reason it’s not square is because I had made a coordinating gift box to put it in (check out my blog – link below- to see the box) and I wanted to leave room on the 5″ side to add a Cinch binding. Once I cut my decorative papers I realized the white was too stark so I inked the edges, about an inch in with Tim Holtz‘s Antique Linen Distress Ink. Then I cut my decorative paper from the collection about 1/4″ small (4 3/4″ x 5 3/4″). I cut 16 mats, two of each design so when you open the book the right and left sides compliment one another.
Leftover pieces can be used to compliment the main page patterns in the form of pockets, belly bands and focal accents.
By trimming and following the pattern edge you can create a fun border.
As I said in the beginning I redid the binding several times, first using white coils and my Cinch, next blue coils and fibers hanging and finally I gave up on the wires, it just wasn’t the right look. Instead, I took blue 1/4″ ribbon and laced it from bottom to top, tied it in a knot, added the metal butterfly and ran the ends through it to the back adding a knot on each loose end. I added a few charms, I especially love the little teacup that a friend had given me just this week, perfect timing! The point is, don’t give up, if something doesn’t look or feel right keep tweeking it otherwise you’re never going to be happy with the end result. It may be just the color that’s off and by changing it up you’ll be so much happier, I know I am!
Catch the rest of the pages in the video below and the gift box I made to house this in is in my blog post here -> Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Gift Box. One last thing I used Spellbinders Die D-Lites Corner Flourish around the Botanical Tea tag on the front. The paper had flourishes around it but that’s way beyond my fussy cutting abilities so I added my own with some blue paper, love the look. I also misted the solid outside papers with Lindy’s Frosted Forget-Me-Nots Starburst and Alpine Tea Rose Starburst sprays then inked them with a combination of browns from Tim Holtz’s Distress Inks, the last step was to lightly mist overtop with Lindy’s Blazing Sun Glitz Spray. I love how it turned out, I hope you do to.
So why not try this mini today, yes you can do it and you’ll love the end result!
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!
Supplies from the Store:
4500889: Graphic 45 Botanical Tea 12×12 Paper Pad
4500895: Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Chipboard 1
4500896: Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Chipboard 21
4500893: Graphic 45 Botanical Stickers
4500896: Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Chipboard
4500892: Graphic 45 Tags and Pockets
S2-050: Spellbinders Die D-Lites Corner Flourish
S4-418: Spellbinders Labels 36
TIM19497: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Antique Linen
TIM32823: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Gathered Twigs
TIM19510: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Tea Dye
Supplies from my Stash: Cardstock; medium weight chipboard, ATG, Beacon’s Fabri-Tac, 3D Crystal Lacquer, Metal pieces, bling, ribbon, Lindy’s sprays, Aleene’s Tacky Glue