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Friday, 24 July 2015

Mini Album - Friday 24th July 2015

Hello Friends,

I hope you have all been having a good week...Friday is here and the weekend beckons, yay!!!

Today, (I'm afraid) there's still no escaping from owls or a photo heavy post! I decided to make a mini album of my photos from our recent few days away, when we visited one of my favourite places, The Cotswold Falconry Centre.

This month's challenge from Eileen Hull over at Art with Heart is to create something with a 3D you know one of my favourite ways with craft is 3D, pop up cards, decor objects...but I couldn't really use my window box for this as I made one last month...however, I think this little book counts as 3D and has some touchy-feely textures that stand out from the book...

I made the book using Eileen's mini album die for Sizzix (love this die, the best for mini albums!) and embossed the cover with a leafy embossing folder. I then rubbed copper relief paste into the embossing to bring out the texture and give it shine.

The owl (Sam Poole design) was stamped on to a fabric-paper with a furry texture - yes I know owls have feathers, but the point is it is very tactile, feels soft to the touch. I adhered the owl to the cover with 3D pads to raise him and then stamped him again on paper and added the eyes and beak with foam pads.

I drew the branch freehand and die cut the leaves, the letters are a Tim Holz alterations die for Sizzix.

For the first page inside I wanted to add the close up photo of the little owl I got to fly  at the reserve (such a cutie!).

To create the texture of the tree trunk, I die cut a hole in the centre of the card and then smoothed embossing paste over the card, leaving raised areas quite randomly. 
Once dry I painted over it with brown paint and added the photo.

I made the book into a journal of the day, plus a few photos at the end from a favourite falconry lesson some years ago and the Sparrowhawk garden visitor, adding die cut and stamped flowers and leaves to the are all the pages

Thank you so much for stopping by again, promise this is my last photo-heavy post for a while, have a great weekend all!

Art with Heart Challenge -Make it 3D: July 2015

Love and Hugs
Carole X


  1. Wow Carole this is an amazing tribute to nature's awesome birds. Such a wonderful keepsake.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
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  2. Hi Carole this is a stunning mini album. The cover is gorgeous I recognise the cute owl. It is nearly a year since we stopped being on Sam's Design Team. The pages are beautiful. You have put so much effort into creating a thing of beauty. I hope you have a good weekend. We are off on a cruise on Sunday so I will be out of circulation for a while. Hugs Jackie

  3. Photo heavy is not a problem for me, I love looking at your photos of the birds Carole, they are all so beautiful. Your album is fantastic, I love the fantastic wood effect you created for the little owl and the cover is really beautiful too!

    Thanks so much for joining in Eileen's 3d Challenge at Art With Heart with your beautiful creation! Hugs, Anne xx

  4. Hi Carole,
    What a superbly made mini album.
    I love everything you have done to create this gem of a creation.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  5. Morning Carole.
    A great project, a labour of love. Gorgeous.

  6. Amazing album Carole!! So much work and TLC went into every page! Great colours and textures, perfect choices for the bird images! Well done. hugs :)

  7. Love your book and the "furry" owl is so darn cute! lol Great pictures of your birds, a book to treasure!

  8. What an AMAZING textural gorgeous mini album. It must have been so fun putting this together and creating this charming memory book!

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  10. Love your book and how you have made it so textural! Your photos look great too and you are so good actually getting this done so quickly. I have photo's from our European holiday in 2011 not done and here we are going back in 2 weeks!! lol

    1. Hi Vikki, I too have photos from our last trip to the USA in 2013 and older...I decided this year enough is enough and to make mini albums of special photos from smaller trips, I'm still working on 2013, lol X

  11. Gosh Carole - lots of work has gone into that fantastic book!

    What a fabulous record of your exciting day.

    Loving all the texture on the front very much.

    Have a great weekend.

    Love Jules xx

  12. That's a brilliant idea for a journal and I love the owl on the front, he's gorgeous. Happy crafting, Angela x

  13. Wowzers!! I love the mini book, love that you just got on with it..I find that I leave these things too long and then the moment is gone. I love all the owls and other birds, great photos. Cx