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Saturday, 19 March 2016

Triple Trouble Corrugated Album

Hi Everyone!

The lovely and talented ladies at Creative Carte Blanche have a new experiment for us!  For Creative Adventure No. 2 we are to use three things that do not go together - Corrugated Card, Lace and Metal.

I had been watching a video on the Wanderlust experience where we learned how to re-purpose an old book.  I don't really have any old books suitable for re-purposing, but I had the idea of starting from scratch and making a little album from corrugated card, using some techniques I learned through attending an Andy Skinner class last year.  I don't have a lot of step by steps today as my album kind of 'evolved'.
To create the cover I used some packaging and started by stripping the top layer.  As you can see I did not strip it right back as I wanted some areas that I could decorate.
I coated the 'left over' layer with DecoArt Gesso in white.  Once it was dry I coated the gessoed areas with DecoArt Crackle Paste and left it overnight to dry.

Next, I created two 'washes', the first one using DecoArt Fluid Acrylic Paint in Cobalt Teal Hue.  I mixed a drop of the paint with about five parts of water and used this to paint over the crackled areas. 

The second wash was made with Quinacridone Gold and this was painted over the edges of the album, front and back and allowed to drip down.  I also painted the lace with the same wash to give it an aged appearance.
I treated the back of the album in the same way.
For the inside, I cut down two manila folders and created three signatures.  These were gessoed and painted in DecoArt Americana Deco Chalky Finish paint in blue (ADC20).  I attached the three signatures using some string and then decorated the string on the outside of the album with some wooden beads from my stash.
I used some embossing paste, stamping, remnant rubs and die cuts to decorate the inside.  I did not do anything too bulky as I want to add photographs at some point.  Since I used the manila folders, there are a few pockets for storing things in too.

The Idea-ology piece was rusted using a mix of DecoArt Fluid Acrylics in Paynes Gray, Quinacridone Gold and Cobalt Teal Hue, followed by a layer of DecoArt Ultra Matte Varnish.  The butterflies were stamped onto a piece of aged book page, the central butterfly was coloured and then covered with DecoArt Liquid Glass (Clear), followed by a coat of Ultra Matte Varnish.
I really enjoyed making this little album, the finished album measures 6" x 6".

I am entering this into Creative Carte Blanche Triple Trouble Creative Adventure #2.

Thanks for looking, I'll see you again in a day or so.  Thanks so much too, for all your lovely well wishes, we are slowly getting back to normal!

Hugs, Anne xxx

60 comments:

  1. Oh Anne! How unbelievably gorgeous is this! I see inspiration left and right from this awesome course, but this piece just thrills me. And a big hats off to you for making it your own and not pining over not having "just the right book" to alter. Love that about you and love this amazing textural cover. Gorgeous! <3

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  2. What a stunning make Anne. Love everything about it and you sure make those troublesome triplets look perfect together. The gold on the lace makes it look gorgeously vintage and your rusted metal is fabulous. The ultra matte certainly gives a wonderful dead flat look. I have to add 'signatures' for the inserts as a new word to my vocabulary, they look fab! So glad to hear you are finally on road to recovery but don't overdo it too quickly. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Nicola x

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  3. wow Anne - this is totally beautiful - I love it to pieces - I love the use of the corrugated card - it looks fabulous and the lace is so very pretty - beautiful work lovely lady!!! Big hugs rachel x

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  4. OH ANNE!!! This is scrumptious! The texture is MAGNIFICENT!!! wow...I just love the whole look! It is gorgeous! beautiful take on the Triple Trouble Challenge!!! Hugs!!! Thank you for sharing at CCB!

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  5. Wow Anne, your little album is gorgeous in all it's grunginess. I love that teal colour and the wonderfull crackles, not to mention the amazing rust effect you achieved on the idea-ology focal point. I am in love with this little book. Glad to hear things are improving for you at last Hugs Lottie x

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  6. Anne, this is gorgeous. I adore your cover colors!!! My fav for sure! Your combo of corrugated paper, the vintage lace trim and ornate plate focal point are beautiful together! Love your vintage style with this book cover! Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Carte Blanche.

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  7. Fabtabulous... love the look ... you totally rocked this !

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  8. I absolutely LOVE this album cover, Anne! You rocked the challenge and combined the three media pieces so beautifully! The colors are some of my favorites! I also love how you "rusted" the book plate. It is Fabulous! I am so glad you shared this with us at Creative Carte Blanche! Can't wait to see more of your work!

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  9. Gorgeous work Anne! love the cover and the inside.... my favourite color! the rusty book plate is absolutely amazing! Barbara

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  10. Crackled corrugations, beautiful colour washes and a wonderful rusty book plate make for an incredible album Anne, this is utterly delightful, love it.
    Happy Sunday.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

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  11. OMG, Anne, you have outdone yourself again with this outstandingly beautiful mini album! It's absolutely stunning with that crackled corrugated cardboard, perfectly rusty book plate, fabulous colours (my favorite colour combo) and that amazing vintage lace! So vintage, so artistic, so clever and so wonderfully done! Bravo, my friend! Big hugs! Branka xx

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  12. Love all the texture with this.xxx

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  13. What a stunning little album.
    I love the colour choice and the textures just make you want to reach out and touch it.
    Toni xx

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  14. Beautiful album, colours are perfect and the 3 textures are made for each other as they are put together soo brilliantly X

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  15. Hi Anne, this is a gorgeous little album. I love the textures and the colours you've chosen, you've made these things look like they're meant to be together. It's a wonderfully evolved piece, well done. The rust and ageing on the book plate is amazing too. Alexandra xx

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  16. Hi Anne, this is a gorgeous little album. I love the textures and the colours you've chosen, you've made these things look like they're meant to be together. It's a wonderfully evolved piece, well done. The rust and ageing on the book plate is amazing too. Alexandra xx

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  17. Absolutely superb Anne, wow,I am completely in love with how you did the cover!! That particular colour combination over the gorgeous crackle just makes my heart sing, and I adore how you rusted the book plate! So clever how you placed it over the central one of the three butterflies. This has to be a new favourite, - stunning!!!!

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  18. This little album is absolutely gorgeous Anne, I love the way the painty textures look like they have just worn away to reveal the cardboard underneath. The painted lace and rusty framed butterflies give it a beautiful vintage feel, as do the addition of the beads. The inside pages are just as stunning and it will be a real treasured book of memories once you have your photos in place. Mo x

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  19. Lovely Anne, love how you showcased the centre butterfly. The texture from the corrugated card combined with the rust of the bookplate is lovely. Love the added touches of lace too and the stamping inside your book. Tracy x

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  20. I think this has to be one of my favourite Anne makes ever, and that's saying something as there are some stunners in that list!!! LOVE IT TO BITS in every way, the corrugated paste paint combo, touches of lace and beads and those gorgeous pages. Massive round of applause from this corner of the UK my friend!!!!!!!!!!! xxx

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  21. What a gorgeous album Anne. I love all the texture ..... the crackle looks amazing. Xx

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  22. An absolutely stunning piece of creativity. You make the 'tricky' challenge you were given look sooooo easy .
    From its creation to its completion I totally LOVE your mini album and as always you have left no stone unturned in your design and execution .
    You picked up the challenge , ran with it and absolutely nailed it my friend .
    big hugs x

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  23. That's just gorgeous, Anne - I love the soft teal against the corrugated earthiness - a fabulous little album!
    Alison x

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  24. I was so eager to see what you would do with this one and you didn't disappoint! I really loved the way you featured the corrugated element as your book cover. What a treasure, thank you SO much for sharing this on Creative Carte Blanche!

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  25. Anne, this is totally fabulous - Just love looking at it. You have really outdone yourself on this one. S@ndy

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  26. Hi Anne,
    Seeing this on FB, couldn't resist to tell you on your blog too how gorgeous album you have created!!!
    Hope everything is fine for you now if you have had some problems or health issues recently.
    Hugs, Coco xx

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  27. Yep - just awed and dumb struck... nothing to say except ditto, ditto, ditto, ditto EVERYTHING that's been said. This is just BEYOND INCREDIBLE Anne. Wow. Pinned!!! XXj.

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  28. Anne this is just stunning - I am amazed at the way the corrugated card has taken the textures and paint effects so well. It really is am amazing piece of work. Just love it x

    Just back for another look and see my previous comment hasn't posted - so apologies if there is a repeat somewhere!

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  29. This is just too gorgeous Anne!!!! I love it, Angela xXx

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  30. Well I'll be twitterpated! This is gorfeous and I can only imagine how much time went into making the design and the pages! Wowzers! The rusted ornate frame is superbly yummliscious and awesome sauce! Love the colors and I want to reach out and touch this fantabulous cover! Drool! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

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  31. Anne I love the paint on corrugated cardboard. Colors are awesome and the label is the perfect finishing touch! Beautiful!

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  32. Well, you finally did it, Annie. I am utterly speechless over this incredible creation!! But I can say that I'm SO SO SO glad you two are finally feeling better! Love and hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  33. Loving this project with the blues and greens and corrugated card. I was inspired by the same video but mine is still in bits at the moment!! Elaine xx

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  34. Superbe cet album! I love corrugated board and you made it so amazing! Gorgeous album and brilliant butterfly frame. Thanks Anne for your lovely French comment for Paloma!

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  35. Such a stunning album Anne the colours are so elegant together and I adore your centre Ideaology piece. The perfect finishing touch along with your beautiful butterflies.
    Hugs, Julie x

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  36. Well Anne - you really met this challenge head on. I guess the more I try things (but I have to try them first - I seem to stick to the same old thing) the more I will learn how to do some of this. I have always said - if you do not have an old book to re-purpose you make one! Noticing the title on your gorgeous old book - you can make this into your own personal story. WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT BUGS THIS WINTER AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT - Redanne
    Do I really have to sign this?

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  37. I would have been so clueless with this challenge, but you are never fazed! I'm going AAHH, at each different step, and what you evolved, looks wonderful. I can imagine this being discovered from some far distant era, with the crackling, the choice of colors. You are amazing in knowing how to combine these different paints to create just exactly the perfect shade for your specific technique. I really enjoyed seeing how you altered the corrugated cardboard. Also brilliant look to the manila file folders. I'm like Sandy, above, I'm always afraid to try, I guess! But you never are, and you always create something stunning, and uniquely yours! TFS & Have a wonderful week

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  38. Gorgeous work Anne! Love the design and such a great color choice!!!
    Hugs
    Samra
    Paper Talk with Samra

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  39. Love the distressed front cover Anne and the beautiful colours you have used. Great details on the inside too

    Sending you my best wishes

    HUgs Annie xx

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  40. Wow Anne, this is just incredible! You really put so much into every project, I never walk away without learning something or being inspired to try something! I love the corrugated cardboard with the crackle and the soft aqua touches, wow! Such a stunning cover and the pages look wonderful too! So beautiful. hugs :)

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  41. Absolute splendor and something I am sure you are proud of. Small but mighty. This is an absolutely gorgeous cover...it's always about the cover...It has to invite people in with it's beauty and you've certainly achieved that. I'm feeling philosophical today...lol! Gorgeous piece...pinned!

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  42. Another lovely creation from you, Anne, but this one is at the top of my LOVE list! Love the texture on the cover, the colors are just yummy and of course that rusted frame in the middle of it all just steals my heart! So inspired by your beautiful work here, Anne! Big hugs!

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  43. Absolutely fabulous, Anne, and I also love your title! Your little book is fabulous.....love that cover with all that luscious texture, and all of the gorgeous signatures - very special!! xxx Lynn

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  44. Oh wow, this is absolutely stunning, Anne!! It took me forever to comment because I couldn't pull my eyes away from staring at it!! The texture and the details are amazing!! I love the colors and the rusted frame!! Wow!! This is spectacular!! Have a great evening!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  45. Hi Anne!! Me again to say thank you for the kind comments. I also wanted to come drool over this piece again! I totally love it!

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  46. Oh! J'adore la couverture!.... C'est vraiment très très joli!....
    Bonne journée

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  47. Gorgeous Gorgeous GORGEOUS book! Love the crackled effect on the corrugated, and the rusted metal piece is perfection. Wow! I'm blown away.

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  48. This is just beautiful! I love the soft airy, fresh colours, and looks great on the crackle corrugated board. What amazing work hun xx

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  49. What a gorgeous book, Anne. LOVE the texture!!

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  50. What a great album Anne! love the torn cardboard, the beautiful colors and crackle - and the inside folder pages are a great idea - this will be a great place to keep special photos or 'stuff'!! have a lovely Easter! Julia xx

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  51. Just popped back again Anne as I wanted to thank you for visiting my blog and leaving me such a lovely comment on my news, I so appreciated it and to say Happy Easter.
    hugs Brenda xxx

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  52. Stunning!! Adore everything about this piece xx

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  53. Anne
    Your book is beyond beautiful!
    The texture, the most beautiful colours and that touch of lace and I love the faux rusted frame. There is a gorgeous elegance to it all.
    I noticed you used Liquid Glass, I am so impressed with that product, personally, I prefer it to Glossy Accents, but that is just my view.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  54. There is something very satisfying about making books Anne. Stripping back cardboard is gives so much texture to a project.
    You've got a massive following now. Well done my friend
    Lynn xxx

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  55. Stunning Ann! LoVe that crackle! Hugs, Chrisx

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