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:-
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!
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.
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.
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.