Saturday, June 15, 2019

Time Is An Illusion: An Ode To Love

Hello crafty friends!  Today I want to share a project made with the Alpha Stamps June Kit: Butterfly Garden.  This is a great kit, chock full of gorgeous papers and fun embellishments.  Plus, it comes with the Tall Accordion Letter Folder and an Accordion Book.  I've gone rogue and set aside the Butterfly Garden papers for later use... No, you *didn't* just hear echoes of "my precious" off in the distance.  I WILL use it eventually!


I'm smitten with many of the papers from Stamperia. This project showcases "Time Is An Illusion", which comes as a 12x12 pad or as single sheets.  One of the great things about Stamperia is they make every page useable - including the cover sheet.  There's very little waste!

Time Is An Illusion Collection Pack

To begin, I covered the perforated accordion edges with linen tape, then covered everything with a coat of black paint. The made the accordion very sturdy -- good for me since I knew I'd be layering a lot onto the pages. 


In the photo above, you can see the Tall Accordion Letter Box sitting on its side.  I used linen tape for hinges and coated all the edges with a few coats of black gesso.  You can ignore the hole -- I thought I wanted a knob on the big front panel.

Instead, I went for a handle on the flap.  Speaking of flap, I wanted this joint it to be rigid, so I glued it onto the top piece, then used linen tape to reinforce the joint.  You can use masking tape in place of the linen hinging tape, but the linen is whisper thin and doesn't show as much.  I made the 1/8" holes with a Crop-A-Dile for the metal handle brads.


The kit also comes with collage sheets, and I've fussy cut all the butterflies, inked the edges and added antennae with craft wire. 


One last step to show you before we head inside:  the photo below is a dry run for the front cover.  The face piece was cut from the paper pad cover (see? I told you it's all useful!), and here I'm measuring the position so the flap doesn't cover her eyes. 


This accordian book is an ode to love.  I remember love as a teenager, and it was excruciating.  One day away felt like weeks.  Ah, young love.  To be honest, I'm not sure if the love in this book is requited, but love it is...

How long is forever?

Sometimes just one minute.

Many of the pages are loaded with embellishments, which fills the generously-sized box.




Here's an inside view of the rigid joint.  I didn't take photos of the process, but I've used two sets of neodymium magnets for the closure.  The positives are under the paper on the rigid flap, and the negatives are under the front paper (at the top of the heart on the left, and "times" on the right).


And now for a look inside.  The next four photos show the accordion pages folded down.





"And live to be the show and gaze of the time."  This is a quote from MacBeth taken out of context.  I imagine unrequited teenage love when I see it here.

The next two photos show the accordion folded out to reveal the underside of the pages.




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Other Supplies Used
Distress Embossing Ink
Emerald Creek embossing powders
Black gesso
Mod Podge
Golden matte medium
Pilot gold marker
Atyou Spica pen in Chocolate
Gelly Roll pen in Silver Star
GSLC Steampunk Frame (gears corner piece)
GSLC Henna Doodles
Paper flowers
Lace pieces
Black craft wire

1 comment:

Nancy Wethington said...

Love, love, love. Beautifully created!