ShereenAftab

ShereenAftab

I’m Shereen, married to Aftab and mother of two grown up children. I’ve been a doctor, a business woman, a stay at home Mom and finally doing what I love best which is ‘making pretty things’.
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Hello everyone. I’m doing a memory book to honor my late mother. I needed to add some space as it is rather small on its own. So I made a little booklet similar to this one by                  ‘7 Gypsies’.

To make a similar booklet I started with a 2.5″ x 7″ piece of double-sided patterned cardstock from ‘Printery’ a Prima collection.

I stamped a ‘stitched’ border to mimic the stitching in the 7 gypsies booklet. I love to stitch but my machine needs fixing. Then I scored at 1″ and 4″ from one short end.

I adhered a piece of off white patterned cardstock to the outer side of the flap to make it stand out.

Next I did the ‘pages’. I cut 3, 2.25 x 5.5″ pieces of heavy off white paper and scored them down the middle. Then I made holes in the pages  and the cover using a paper piercer.

I used a piece of Tim Holtz paper twine to string the pages and the cover and tied it on the outside.

I decided to use a velcro closure for my booklet. For this purpose a punched a ‘clock’ from the patterned paper and layered it onto a slightly larger piece of black cardstock. I adhered it to the flap. Next I placed a velcro piece on the underside of the clock and a coordinating piece on the booklet front.

I attached my little booklet to one of the pages of my memory book with a Tim Holtz trinket pin which I threaded into a piece of lace.

If you are wondering about this brown grungy background to all the pictures well this is my non-stick craft sheet that I keep taped to my work surface.

I will hopefully do a post soon on the complete memory book. Till then happy crafting.

 

In Love with Stationer’s Desk

ShereenAftab

ShereenAftab

I’m Shereen, married to Aftab and mother of two grown up children. I’ve been a doctor, a business woman, a stay at home Mom and finally doing what I love best which is ‘making pretty things’.
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Hello everyone. I’m happy that I’ve something to share with you today. Prima’s new collection ‘Stationer’s Desk‘ arrived a few days ago. It is absolutely gorgeous and I couldn’t resist getting my hands on it.

I’m sharing with you the scrapbook album that I’ve done using this collection; papers, flowers, crystals and tickets. I also put some of the new dies to test and the results were great. The front says ‘Love Story’; I did the cover last which happens with most of the albums that I do.

The ‘Trellis’ on the left was made using Spellbinders Fancy Lattice die. I cut the diecut down the middle and put the two parts end to end for the length of the album. The roses are from I am roses, the butterflies were stamped and cut, the grey white petals were made from the stationer’s desk flowers. The title was spelled with glitter foam thickers.

The swirly borders were diecut with one of Sizzix Thinlits Borders dies

All the Flowers and crystals here are from the collection.

A lot is happening on this page. Did a lattice design with texture paste and a stencil. Also built a lattice with diecut from a sizzlit strip die to complement the stenciled design. Added some stamped butterflies and tickets from the stationers desk collection. A small velum pocket holds a tag for journaling or a small picture

On this page I did a ‘flip book’ . This adds a lot of space for picture and journaling. The Border diecut is from Sizzix thinlits border die set.

This is my favorite page. A border diecut, stamped journaling card, flowers, a ticket and a photo mat complete the composition.

The last spread. The page on the left has texture paste applied through one of Tim Holtz’s Layered Stencils, a large circle photo mat some flowers and diecut border. The last page has a pocket which holds two tags kept in place with a typewriter key clip. I hope you enjoyed the post.

 

Project Cinch

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ShereenAftab

I’m Shereen, married to Aftab and mother of two grown up children. I’ve been a doctor, a business woman, a stay at home Mom and finally doing what I love best which is ‘making pretty things’.
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Hello everyone. Sharing with you today a little Book/ Journal which I bound using the WRMK Cinch. I’ve had this binding machine for more than a year, at least but never got round to using it. I’ve been meaning to do a little book with tags and pages and pockets of different sizes and binding it with Cinch but the idea always seemed intimidating. Eventually I got round to doing it and it wasn’t as problematic than I’d thought it would be.

I did this book/ journal for my niece who is also an artsy nut, has done a degree in spatial design and right now is in Karachi working with a ‘site preservation’ firm. I wanted to give her something that she could keep and add to it little ideas of her own.

I used stuff from different sources in this book. Paper is mostly from Pink Paislee ‘Cottage Farms’ collection. I used a number of journaling notecards from Webster’s Pages. Also used some tags and little bits from the ‘Cottage Farms’ collection. All the Tag holes were re-enforced with Tim Holtz’s idealogy enforcers. Then there are bits from a lovely collage kit by ‘Claudine Hellmuth’. I  got round to using a number of hitherto unused stamps too in this project. And I finally summoned up the courage to actually ‘write/ journal’ in this book.

The long bird stamp was stamped on white tissue paper which I then collaged onto the page with mod podge. Why couldn’t I just stamp it straight on the page. Well I couldn’t summon the courage to risk ruining the page. This is a very ‘ink intensive stamp’ and frequently one ends up not stamping it properly

I love this stamp ‘Things to Collect’. I think many of us craft junkies can relate to the list of ‘things to collect’. I added ‘dreams’, and ‘memories’ to it.

I added ‘Wake up every morning with the thought that something wonderful is about to happen’ to the  notecard on the left. This is a stamp and I cut the stamped image into pieces; It allowed me to fit this quote in the available space and I think it also makes the composition interesting.

A little velum pocket.

I added pockets and an envelope where she can put some memorabilia or photos.

The little booklet on the left was attached to the page by velcro so she can take it off and write and then put it back again. This I think is from 7 Gypsies.

I love this quote by Victor Hugo, so simple, yet so profound.

The little green envelope holds a little folded notecard.

And this is the back and I really love the way it turned out. The sentiment is stamped with a Tim Holtz stamp. The bike was diecut using a memorybox die from white cardstock. I colored it with Black Soot distress ink. The tag was made with some Prima Paper.

 

 

Prima’s Stationer’s Desk; Beautiful Beyond Words

ShereenAftab

ShereenAftab

I’m Shereen, married to Aftab and mother of two grown up children. I’ve been a doctor, a business woman, a stay at home Mom and finally doing what I love best which is ‘making pretty things’.
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I love Prima. Season after season they come up with gorgeous collections. The new collections are no exception. My favorite is ‘Stationer’s Desk’ and it is on its way. This time round I have ordered open stock sheets as well; totally irresistible. So while I wait for these and other stuff that is on order, let me share some pictures. The projects are from Prima’s Blog.