Anyone who knows me or ever glances at this blog, knows one thing about me.... I cannot...and I say this with utmost sincerity...I cannot make anything without my Tim Holtz Distress inks.... I am such a Tim Holtz website stalker....er... fan.... I have to know....what did Tim invent today? How did he know what I needed before even the tiniest seed of an idea could form in my creative brain....what new technique will make me want to smack my head because of it's simplicity but UTTER GENIUS ? I have learned so much from his products, videos and step by step instructions. He constantly inspires me to create... and to enjoy the journey....
Having recently returned from a 2 day trip to Creating Keepsakes Convention, I had a few mementos and photos that I wanted to put into a mini album.... I wish I had more photos, but my smaller and more portable digital camera, ran out of memory stick room....yes, I know, I should check these things before leaving home....but I didn't....
The idea for the book started with Tim Holtz's Alteration line- On the Edge dies. I used kraft card stock cut to approximately 5 1/2 x 12 inches and ran each short edge through the die creating the cool design on the edge. I did this 2 more times, cutting each subsequent sheet about a half inch to an inch shorter to stagger the edges to have different length. Next, I cut lengths of Tim Holtz idea-ology paper stack- RETRO GRUNGE to fit the right side of each page and ran those through the die as well. I embossed each of those cuts with Tim's Sizzix embossing folders: Notebook, Rays, Collage, Retro Circles or Cuttlebug embossing folder Seeing Spots, Divine Swirl and Spots and Dots.
I distressed each embossed sheet with either antique linen, crushed olives, tea dye, vintage photo and corduroy inks or combo of a few of those.
All stamps by ....yeah....you already know.... Tim Holtz Visual Artistry line.... French Market, Regal Flourish, Life's Possibilities, Urban Grunge, and The Journey collections.
Fun bits were added: Tim Holtz game spinners, metal flowers and words and one tiny prima flower distressed and layered in a metal flower.
The inner page flower die cut with the Tim Holtz tattered florals Alteration die and layered with more metal accessories.
Little pockets were created for tickets and tags and a few more photos and memorabilia.
Originally, I was going to just staple the book together but it became a little too bulky for that, so i just wound lots of twine around the spine to hold it together.
This tiny little book makes me happy, and reminds me of a really fun memory. That is the whole point isn't it?