Well, now that the pressure of the tax filing deadline has passed, I have some free time in which to craft, finally!  I do miss the scissors and glue when all I have time to do is work, work and then even more work on top of that....

Anyhow I thought I would try something different this time around and it turned out the Adela Rossol was having a customer blog hop.  Now, if you have never seen any of Adela's templates, you are in for a real treat if you go check them out at creationsbyAR.com.  There are some amazing templates there, and they would all definitely keep me out of mischief for quite some time!  Not only that, but if you leave a comment on each blog or on the Creations by AR Facebook page, you are automatically entered into the draw to win an as yet unreleased template - brilliant!  

If you have found your way here from the blog hop, here are the other participants: 


>>>>Lynn - http://heavenlycrafts.blogspot.co.uk/ <<<< YOU ARE HERE


You should have arrived here from Raissa's blog, and the next stop is Gina,  but first, please take a look at what I made......

I'm a great believer in getting the most out of templates, so whilst I decided to use the library pocket set......




......I wanted to make more than just a card.  I mean, we buy these templates, right?  But do we really need to restrict ourselves to just the one type of use?  Why not get as much use out of them as possible, adapt them, play with them, have fun with them?  Yes, this library pocket set makes a great card front, but if you don't cut the flaps for the pocket on one side, you can also make a mini album!!!

I actually used a digital kit for this album, one I have had for a while but due to pressure of work (as always :( ), hadn't actually used.  I fell in love with this kit as soon as I saw it, and it seemed perfect for a romantic Valentine's album:



Isn't that gorgeous?  This is a really beautiful kit, and I have plans to make much more use of it!  But back to the library pocket set....

I started with the template, printed it out on plain white cardstock and then cut it out (I don't have a cutting machine although that is now top of my wish list!).  However, I did extend one side in order to make the album as shown here: 



It's a case of not cutting the template out on one side and then that forms the extra space needed to bind the pockets into an album.

I cut out six pockets and six tags (on cardstock with the digital papers printed on), then cut two covers to fit, covering those with printed digital papers.  I put the album together using my Bind-it-All machine and added skeleton leaves and organza ribbon to finish it off.  Plus, since this is Valentine's Day and all, I added some hearts using a Stampin' Up! punch.  I distressed the edges of the hearts using Milled Lavender distress ink, and added extra hearts to the inside pages using distress ink and the negative from the punched hearts:







The flower is from my ever faithful Tim Holtz tattered florals (I really don't know how I ever managed without that die!):




I love that die and it really shows up the variation in pattern on the papers. 

Here are tags:




And the inside pages:









Love those papers from the kit.  Of course, you can use any papers and I am already part way through another album using Stampin' Up! papers.

I then decided to use another of Adela's templates that I have, Tray Chic:



Isn't that neat?  I again used the same digital kit, this time with added Cadbury's buttons!





The buttons add the perfect finishing touch, don't you think?!!!  Of course, they are not going to last long in this household!

Please do take a look at the other entries in the blog hop.  Adela has some gorgeous templates and they have done some amazing work with them. Your next stop on the blog hop is Gina.  

Please remember to leave a comment below (and on the other blogs) to be in with a chance of winning an as yet unreleased template from Creations by AR.  Comments will be accepted through midnight Eastern time on Sunday, February 10. The blog hop winner will be announced on Monday February 11 on the Creations by AR Facebook page as well as on my blog. 

Happy scrapping!

15 comments:

  1. Tethered2Home said...

    Oh my word, Lynn, my jaw dropped. Stunning creations!
    Be well,
    Amy.  

  2. Judi Markel said...

    Love your projects, really great.  

  3. Tine said...

    Gosh, you have been busy. Great projects.
    Tine :)  

  4. lisa808 said...

    Your album is super creative and pretty. What a great idea for the template. Both your album and tray are beautifully embellished.

    p.s. I can understand the Buttons not lasting long. I have loved them since I was a kid. Though Cadbury is sold in the U.S., I have never found Buttons here. Friends always bring them when they visit.  

  5. Jess said...

    great projects!! I love them!  

  6. keysha said...

    What a great idea! I dont have a cutting machine either so this is very inspiring for me! I didnt think my projects would look right if I cut them by hand... I am off to buy a few templates and start creating! Thanks for the inspiration!  

  7. Barbara said...

    Wow - I'm so glad I kept coming back! Your comments area wasn't loading for me until now, and I tried 4 times. I added you to my Google Reader list because your projects are just so gorgeous and inspiring. I LOVE the pockets album you made, and all the other things, too! I'll be browsing through your site for a long time to come, I think! Thank you for sharing all this beauty and creavity with us!  

  8. Dr Sonia S V said...

    The flower is beautiful
    PS : Please do turn off word verification but enable comment moderation to prevent spam.
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia  

  9. handmadeheartfelt said...

    Wow! Lynn, you knocked my socks off! It shows super creativity to take that template to the next level. I like what you did with the tray too-the hearts and white ribbon are perfectly romantic.  

  10. Linda said...

    Love your projects!  

  11. Mary Kruschke said...

    Lynn, what great ideas from simple templates. So very creative!  

  12. Brennen said...

    What a great way to get the most out of the library pocket template. And the trays are just adorable. tfs  

  13. lulu said...

    Nice job. A lot of ideaas  

  14. lulu said...

    Good work.  

  15. Sue from Oregon said...

    Lovely lovely creations! ♥ Sue Kment