Wednesday, April 15, 2009

CB Folder Holder for Maggi

Maggi is the "It Girl" on Art-Venturers for May. I wanted to make her a Cuttlebug embossing folder holder, as she likes her Cuttlebug as much as I like mine. I found that the A2 embossing folders will fit into 4" x 6" photo page holders. You can place two embossing folders in each page holder, but it makes the book difficult to close. The folders in the picture will NOT go to Maggi, she'll need to fill the book with her own embossing folders LOL. I used the Zutter Bind-it-All to bind the photo page holders to my covers.For her "It girl" theme, Maggi choose "something related to a piece of literature/movie/song". I love the musical "Les Miz" with it's story of grace, redemption and love. I played through the sound track a couple of times while creating this piece.
For the outside covers, I wanted to experiment with canvas paper and some embossing folders. I cut the canvas paper and 1" larger than the cardboard to be used for the covers. I made a wash of blue and purple acrylic paints on the canvas paper. Then sprayed a wash of water and Perfect Pearls over the surface (doesn't show up in the photos).
I adhered a thin sheet of cardboard (the size of the cover) to the back of the canvas sheet before running it through the Cuttlebug. Because the canvas paper is almost twice as long as the CB embossing folder, I ran each sheet through the Cuttlebug twice, embossing half the paper at a time. Colored the raised areas with brown StazOn ink.
I then ran the sheets through the Cuttlebug again, this time using the musical score embossing folder. I dipped my finger into the sparkle Lumiere paint and ran it over the raised areas, getting the paint down into lower areas.
Colored the raised areas with Distress ink. Light lavender on one sheet.
Blue distress ink on the other sheet.

I decided these background pages needed a little "something". I stamped a flourish with gold Encore ink over the surface. It doesn't show up in the photo. But the gold is seen as the cover is moved in the light.
For the inside covers, I used some paper that had been in the bottom of my spray box, cut them down to size and stamped the same flourish with gold Encore ink over the surface.
To finish the front cover, I adhered some crochet lace. Stamped a quote by Victor Hugo and sung in "Les Miz" onto some "Mica & Alcohol Ink" background paper I'd made earlier. I cut out a vintage image that went well with the quote, and added a heart charm with another image in its center.
Inside front cover, added paper printed with a musical score, rubbed gold Encore ink over the surface, stamped on the same flourish, added a vintage image and added some more flourishes with the gold Encore ink. Stamped another Victor Hugo quote with black Versafine ink and added a metal charm.
Back inside cover done the same way, used a different quote, image and charm.
Back outside cover, adhered another piece of crochet lace and a cut out vintage image.
This booklet is not a "Les Miz" booklet, but inspired by the music & lyrics. Hope Maggi puts it to good use.


SweetPea said...

LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT - and so will Maggi! Beautiful work Carol!

Gaby Bee said...

I love the inspiration I get from your Blog. Love it also! So well done with perfect details.
Have a wonderful week!
Gaby xo

CK Chai said...

This is simply gorgeous!

CreativSpirit said...

This is beautiful Carol, lucky girl Maggi. I have an album the same size, I'm going to try out my CB folders in it, great storage idea thanks.