Ms. Ruin's Playthings

"The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates." -Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Linen Album

Hello bloggers!  I am a little behind with my blogging but here I am, fingers to the keys, and the Avett Brothers serenading me in the background.  I have been working with canvas quite a bit lately but I also completed a design team project and that's what I'm going to share in this post.    I am not making a product list, I will just talk about some of the things I used and the techniques where I feel a prompt is necessary.  But you can always leave comments if you are curious about something.  Also, remember that you can click on the images to see a larger view of the project.  

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you THE NEW MAYA ROAD LINEN ALBUM!  Hahaha.  

This is a 4x6 linen album by the folks at Maya Road --in case you didn't catch that earlier.  This is new to their inventory and I've got to say, it was so much fun to work with.  The album is fabric so it does not stand on its own, however, I used cardboard in this baby so it NOW stands on its own!

This super cute project was made possible by my super cute nephews, Jack and Jacob.  A big thank you to one of my best friends, Rae, for letting me use her adorable babies in my book.  Oh, I wanted to add that I did take these photos so I didn't feel too bad using them.  LOL.  Plus this will be a gift for Rae once it is returned to me.

About the cover:  I used hardware by Tim Holtz and then adhered a Maya Road flower to the center.  The pretty burlap piece is by Little Yellow Bicycle.  Definitely one of my newer and most favorite products!

This page has TOO MUCH CUTENESS I almost can't stand it!!!!  This is one of the pages in which I chose to use corrugated cardboard.  I poured paint right onto the cardboard and let it run.  Once it dried I distressed it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink by Ranger.  The crown is chipboard by Maya Road which I dabbed with gold acrylic paint.  The linen tag is also by Maya road.  The cork tag is by Little Yellow Bicycle.

My name is Sonia and I love cardboard.

Meet Jack!  More cuteness!  The canvas star embellishment is by Little Yellow Bicycle (LYB) and the flower and bird are by Maya Road.

I wanted to point out that I did use gold alcohol inks on the bird.  I also cut a heart out of corrugated cardboard (surprise, surprise), painted it with white crackle paint and then distressed the edges.  

Twine, arrow stamps, and house by Maya Road.  Flower by Prima.  Key by Tim Holtz.  Stamp on tag by Tim's from the Classic Favorites Collection and it has seriously become one of my very favorite stamps.

I wanted to highlight this sweet little bird.  I used the bird in the previous page as a stencil and drew this little guy on burlap.  Then I stamped the word "soar".  The stamp is from the Art Journaling stamp set by Maya Road.

Okay, I decided to cut out two little burlap birds!  This one I misted and then added ribbon and a button.  The possibilities are endless!

I wanted to point out the cutting technique I used here.  I first stamped the paper using another stamp from the Classic Favorites by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous, then I cut along the lines using an exacto knife.  I then slid the photo under the stamped portion of the paper.  Does that make sense?  With this technique you don't have to worry about matching up paper.  

Awesome embellishment by LYB!

I decided to make a pocket at the very end because I had a bunch of photos left.  Cardboard is your friend.  Check out those grungy alphabet stamps --new from Tim Holtz.  

There is no REAL reason for this photo --other than I wanted to show you more cuteness.

Oh!  Here's another bird that I cut out using the Maya Road Vintage Trinket Bird as a stencil.  I kinda have a bird problem too.  But I make not apologies because it's "my thing".  The burlap is by LYB and that gorgeous trim is by Maya Road????  Maybe.  I'm not 100% sure but I will find out.  :)

Thanks for visiting and viewing my project.  Come back soon for previews of the March Madness Sale at Ms. Ruin's Plaything Etsy.

Peace, Love, and The Avett Brothers


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