Friday, January 21, 2011

Lucy Edmondson: Coffee Filter Album

When I heard Gingersnaps was having a coffee filter paper challenge, I immediately thought of using the shape to make a little album, with the base of the filter becoming the spine, and the opening becoming a pocket for tags, recipes, or secret messages! As the theme for the month is Hot Beverages, this made me think of cocoa, which made me think of the sort of Parisian chocolate shops where you might drink spiced hot chocolate at the counter, or sit at one of the little tables taking afternoon tea, and take a beautifully packaged box of hand made chocolates home with you. Are you drooling yet?!

What could be more perfect for my day dreams that the Bonbons and Afternoon Tea unmounted plates from Oxford Impressions. The two sets combine well together and give you more than enough options to decorate the pages and tags for this little book. Another perfect find was the Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby paper stack, which even had some chocolatey words running through it! How about popping some of your favourite chocolate recipes onto the tags, to give as a gift?

What you will need:-

*Rubber stamps *Double sided pink patterned paper *Size 4 filter paper *White shrink plastic *Book rings *Selection of co-ordinating ribbons, lace, and fibres *Mountboard, chipboard, or thick card *Lace coasters or doilies

1. First, use your coffee filter to cut two covers from mountboard.

2. Use this as a template for your pages and cut out (you will need two pieces per page, in order to make a pocket, and because it is double sided you will not have to decorate inside the pockets).

3. Cut rectangular tags, approximately 13 cms x 8 cms.

4. Stamp the word Chocolaterie onto shrink plastic using a suitable ink such as StazOn. Cut out the word, cut slants at each end, and shrink. This will be the awning for your chocolate shop for your front page.

5. Stamp the two little girls from Crafty Individuals CI 277 on white card and cut out, and glue them so they look as if they are about to go into the chocolate shop. They are all dressed up for the occasion!

6. Make up some other shrink plastic embellishments using the teapot, cup and saucer, the little girl from Bonbons, and the little girl from Crafty Individuals CI 277. Colour lightly with coloured pencils and heat to shrink.

7. Stamp the tea cup onto a scrap of the cardstock using brown ink and cut out.

8. Decorate one of the filter pages using a selection of coffee, tea, and cocoa related stamps, leaving a gap as shown.

9. Stamp the little girl from Art Journey 'Celebrate' in brown ink on white card and cut out. (I chose this as she sat perfectly on the tea cup!). Glue both pieces to the coaster (I used a cotton crocheted one), then glue to the page as shown.

10. Carry on decorating the remaining pages (more examples on my blog). For this page, I wanted the words 'Afternoon Tea' to follow the curve of the filter shape so I curved the stamp on my acrylic block.

11. I stamped and cut out a teapot and placed it on a coaster as for the tea cup above, and added a shrink plastic tea cup, and a cupcake from Art Journey 'Celebrate', to keep the scale about right for my tea table. I made another piece of shrink plastic with the 'Love and Scandal' wording. I then dotted some glue which I sprinkled some amber coloured accent beads onto, to mimic brown sugar.

12. Now for the tags we prepared earlier. Stamp with a selection of the images in brown ink, using post it notes as masks where necessary.

13. For the chocolate cases, I coloured them with a gold pen. Sponge the edges of all of your tags and pages with brown ink, such as Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

14. Here are all the stamped tags, which I will show in more detail on my blog, to save space here.

15. Use narrow red line tape or glue to stick each pair of pages back to back, images outwards, to form pockets, as shown.

16. Use a Crop O Dile or similar to punch holes and set eyelets in the tags and the pages. Add ribbon and fibres to the tags, using a simple knot so they sit almost like a bow at the top of each tag.

17. Finally, attach all your pieces together with book rings, decorated with fibres and ribbon. Pop your tags inside the pockets.

I had such fun making this! I hope you have enjoyed it. Hope you will visit my blog for more details of the individual pages and tags.


  1. This is gorgeous Lucy, thank you for showing :)

  2. Lucy, this is wonderful - it must have taken hours, there is so much work that has gone into it. Lovely!

  3. Absolutely stunning - I love it, really inspiring,

  4. This is very pretty, love those tea pots and choclate stamps. I am still thinking what to do with my coffee filters....

  5. Totally gorgeous, Lucy! Thanks for taking us through your wonderful creation process!

  6. I love this book Lucy, beautiful work and brill instructions, x

  7. Very lovely album indeed! Thanks for sharing your talent!

  8. Breathtaking! What a gorgeous album. Thanks so much for the step-by-step - I always love seeing the entire process to learn by. :)

  9. Such a cool idea! And what a fabulous album! It's gorgeous! Thanks for sharing it!

  10. wow, this is absoutely fabulous! There's a ton of work in that, and it's beautiful!!

  11. How beautiful is this! The details are amazing, luv it, off to visit your blog and learn how to make one too!

  12. This is gorgeous, what an awesome gift! ~Diane

  13. Wow- is this ever neat! I love the visuals too- and the great images you used. Thanks for sharing!

  14. I love your album! Such a great tutorial - I'll have to try it!

  15. Gorgeous Album and terrific step by step instructions. Great inspiration. Annette x

  16. Well, this is just gorgeously fabulous.

  17. It's all scrumptiously gorgeous Lucy! Love everything about it! xxx

  18. Nice to see your creation!
    greetings from Holland!

  19. Wowsa, I envy all those stamps.
    What a great little gifty for someone as well. pop in some hot chocolate packs or tea bags with the tags. Thank you for your Ginspiration.

  20. Absolutely fantastic! The stamping is gorgeous.

  21. Oh Lucy! This is incredable, what a wonderful piece of art and a great tutorial on how to make it. Thanks for sharing your hard work.

  22. Beautiful, just beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

  23. Excellent project! Beautiful stamping and coloring!

    Love the idea to use shrink plastic to create charms and embellishments (I use it to make wine charms, then forget about other choices).

  24. Fabulous tutorial and love the pink!


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