Monday, January 07, 2013

Art Journal for Christmas Card photos

 First things first. I need to announce the winner of my giveaway from last week.   
The winner is  nannyj  aka Judy  ( Judy... shoot me an email with your mailing info, and I'll get those goodies off to you).
For those who didn't win this time.... no worries.. I'll be hosting more giveaways very soon! promise!

 ** Today is Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage linky party.  I will share my project here, link to the other Design Team members and then link to the Heartwarming Vintage blog( at the bottom of my post) , were you will be able to find all the links to see everyone's project who plays along. We also welcome you to play along with us. All you have to do is create something using any Crafty Secrets products and link it up at the bottom of Sandy post on the Heartwarming Vintage blog.  We'd love to have you play :)

Today I'm sharing a project I was inspired to do when I saw this book done up as a "December Daily" on Pinterest here, only I decided to use my book for a different purpose.  It seems like so many people are sending "photo cards" for the holidays. I love that idea, and I love displaying them on my fridg.  But after a while, when I end up taking them down from the fridg, I hate to just stick them away... so.... I decided to created a sort of Art Journal for Christmas Card photos that I can leave out and even add to year after year.  I'll walk you thru the steps of how I created my book, and some of the different ways you can add to your book if you choose to make one.  Keep in mind.. it's a work in progress :)   I love the creative freedom it offers and that fact that I can pick it up and work on a page any time I feel like it.

I used papers and images from  Creating with Vintage Typography.   
I'll show you below, some of the different ways I used elements of the CD to create pages in my book.

Now you need to find yourself an old book to work with.  Old is great, you'll just want to make sure your pages aren't to brittle.
As I add to my book and it's gets very thick, I may want to remove some of the pages. I don't want to weaken my binding of my book to much when I do that , so I've decided to drill holes and add rings for more security.
(I like the look of it too :)

So just mark of with a pencil the same distance in about a 1 1/2 from the bottom and another about 1 1/2 from the top and drill your holes, large enough for your rings to go thru.

If you rather you can create your cover first then do your drilling. I did my drilling first.  For my cover I printed off the butterflies from the CD, and set them aside to dry a minute while I did a bit of painting and misting on my cover.  After my paint drys I used Mod Podge to add my cut out butterfly images to the cover of my book.  (If you are using a linkjet printer like I do, I like to let it sit a couple of minutes after I print it to make sure the ink is dry before I use Mod Podge on it to avoid any smearing).

I'm a sucker for pennants and banners, so I love using these from the CD.
I added the photo cards differently depending on their size and if they had something on the back I wanted to be able to see also.  This one was large and also had a back so I just punch holes and added it freely, like another page.

I did the same with this one .  Just decorating the pages is lays between with paints and borders from the CD.

This way I can still see  the back side of the card.

Cards like the one below I actually attached to the page itself, and decorated the page opposite it.
If you feel like your pages are not strong enough .. you can mod podge several pages together.   I found that added the photos really gave alot of strength to the page, so I didn't do that.

As with any journal, some of the pages or things in the book might not have as much meaning to others as they do to you, because you know the reasons you chose certain things.  I made this heart out of map paper that I printed from the CD for this page of my friend Liz and her family because .. well for one .. she has a HUGE heart.. and two because they are an adventurous family at travels all over the world.

This sheet of printable borders is perfect for little adding pieces for your photo pages...

like I did here.  I think I used all the borders on this sheet. Each on a different page.

There are also alot of great frames on this CD that  I used for medium to small sized photos.  Of course the great thing is .. I can size and print them any size I need,.

yes.... I got some super cute cards this year did I?    Exactly why I want to create a book I can set out on my end table to enjoy all year!

The photos above and below are also frame from the CD.  I just printed them , cut them out and added the photos.  Same with any of the papers, borders ect I used.

On alot of my pages I did my misting/painting ahead and let them dry, then went back and added my papers and photos.    

I printed off the tags from the CD  to add the smaller photos of the kids too, so I can stick them into the envelope.

The envelope is also I printable template that is one the CD.

So, like I said, so far, I've just been printing and cutting to add to my book.  But below I'll show you have I used PNGs from the CD to make the elements on the pages below.

As most of you know who have been coming here very long,... I'm just learning  about digital scrapbooking as I go. So if your just learning.. you are not alone.  And if you know much at all about it.. you know more than me. lol    I know it seems overwhelming to learn, when it seems like so much, so I'm going to share simple little things that make it easy for me to get started.    Like PNG's. They make me happy. Because the are so easy.  lol    Below.. the frame is a PNG.   I can open the file with the sheet music and click and drag the frame right on top of it.  I can print if off and  cut if out.

Same with this film strip.  See how could just drag if over onto the paper.

See.. baby steps.    I then cut all these elements from the  card and added them to the film openings.  It doesn't have to be all digital, but being able to work digital and traditional together (hybrid)... opens up so many opportunities.  You can change size, color ect ect ect.

Here is another example of using a PNG and being able to add whatever background, make it whatever size and add my own text.

I did the same with the magnifying class below. Using it for the family's name.

Like I said earlier, it's a book "in progress". Something I can pick up on a whim and work on, one page at a time. Some days you feel like being creative, but not taking on a huge project.. this will be fun for a quick creative fix :)
I'm so happy that the photos wont be sitting in a drawer, but instead set out to be shared all year.   I didn't even notice at first the title of the book I used, but it turns out that it's quite fitting. yay!

Okay, here are the links to the other Crafty Secrets Design Team members and to the Heartwarming Vintage blog .  At the bottom of the Heartwarming Vintage blog you will find the links to all those who play along to see their projects... and to were YOU can link up and play along if you want. (Which of course we would love).      We do this the first Monday of every month, and everyone is always welcome to play along!

   Heartwarming Vintage Blog   

Thankyou so much for coming by! I hope you feel inspired to create a book of your own.

Have a great day!



Martha Richardson said...

Love this journal...everything about it, just perfect!

Brenda said...

Love this idea. I never no what to do with all those Christmas card photos. This is the perfect solution.

Debbie K. said...

Congrats to the winner of your blog candy! LOVE your cute Christmas Card booklet, Ms. Vicki. Very clever and useful. Have a great week!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Vic, you are brilliant! I am so in love with this idea. I can see all kinds of uses for it. Love all the goodies you've tucked inside.

Karen Stephenson said...

what a great idea. Love how you made the photos part of a layout instead of just stuck in the book. really like it.

Rebekah said...

Oh My GOSH Vicki.. your journal is AMAZING!!! Such beautiful pages:)

Melissa Bove said...

Oh Vicki!! I love this idea of using an old book as a photo album!! Brilliant!! So beautiful!!


Michele Kovack said...

This is soooooo friggin cool!!! I LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!

Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Co. said...

WOw - Vicki, this turned out so cool and it was wonderful looking at all the photos you posted with tips and ideas! You really showed how versatile the CD's are. Great job!
I added it to our Pintrest boards

Thank you,I know how time consuming it can be to edit and add that many photos!

Shirley Sendgraff said...

I LOVE this!! Always wondered what to do with those great Xmas photo cards!! What size was your that the title is so fitting! You hit it out of the ballpark once again, my talented friend!! I use the tag idea for all of my old billfold photos of the grandbabies and keep that on a big ring so I can add to it, cuz ya know this MiMi can't throw those away or shove them in a drawer! Great minds think alike:)

linda said...

I love this idea! Our family doesn't send out many photos (but maybe I could get something going this year)! But, it's also a great way to save all those beautiful cards I can't stand to part with!

Jane Wetzel said...

TOTALLY awesome Vicki! I love what u have done here! I think I need to make one- this could be so versatile too Once again I know why I love coming to your blog! Thanks for the inspiration! Do u use any certain type of drill? I suppose you could use those little circle hole re-inforcers if the page starts to weeken at the hole?

Renee V said...

Oh my goodness this is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!! I would love to try something like this, thank you for the photos/details/& tips on hybrid work - someday when I get a color printer I will be referring back to this post. And thank you for picking a winner that didn't cheat and post multiple comments for some reason ;) Congrats Judy!

Bettyann said...

I am blown away Vic by your creativity...what a fabulous project....maybe this will help me get my creativity juices back...way to go girl !!!!! xxxxx

Anonymous said...

You are just the most inventive young lady! What can I say except you ALWAYS blow me away!

Winton Rose Paper creations said...

Thankyou so much for sharing this amazingly creative journal. What a wonderful way to use an old read.

Anonymous said...

This design is incredible! You definitely know how to keep a reader
amused. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost.
..HaHa!) Fantastic job. I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that,
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jan metcalf said...

You are very inspiring! Great ideas for altering a book!

Joan V said...

Wow, this is so awesome. Thanks for the inspiration.

Marlene (cards4u) said...

What a great idea!! Can't wait to give it a try : )

cinmfoster said...

Beautiful Christmas card album. Love how you used the digital elements ro finish off your pages.

Karen Letchworth said...

Hi Vicki: What a wonderful idea using a vintage book to save Christmas greeting cards. Lovely!
I had a lot of fun with this challenge at Crafty Secrets and always love the opportunity to make something shabby with the sweet products. Love them all!
Thanks for sharing, and have a blessed week!

annemarks said...

That is such a neat idea, very inspiring too :)