It's a tiny book of uplifting and thought-provoking words and phrases, so that you can turn to it for a little bit of inspiration when in need. And of course you can add more phrases, or other memorabilia, pictures and ephemera as time goes on... plenty of room in those pockets.
I started with six of the Inkssentials natural canvas ATCs. One of the great things about these is that they are sticky-backed, so you get all the great canvas texture and you can apply it really easily to cardstock or chipboard to create a really sturdy, dimensional ATC.
I adhered my six ATCs to some kraft cardstock, and then started juggling with my papers. These are from the Basic Grey Serenade set. I worked out I had enough to do a couple of ATC-sized pages and a couple of "pockets" out of each of my selected papers.
I wanted to leave plenty of the canvas on display, and also to keep things pretty minimalist, so I kept my pockets nice and simple: a plain rectangle, alternating (mostly) between vertical and horizontal positioning.
And I gave the canvas a good going over with the Vintage Photo Distress Ink to really highlight all that lovely texture.
I thought about doing some stamping on the canvas, which I always love the look of, but I was quite enjoying the clean lines of the whole thing (couldn't bear to leave out the distressing though!)... it's probably the nearest I'll ever get to a CAS project!
All the sentiments - from the fabulous Donna Downey sets, Empowered Words and Art and Possibility - are also stamped onto paper scraps, so they look pretty cute either way up, and they've also had a touch of the Vintage Photo DI of course.
On each facing page, the design paper side, I've added one of the larger sentiments, stamped on plain white cardstock and inked to tone in with the rest of the look.
I particularly love this Picasso quote... and I've tried to match the quotes in the pockets with my "main" quotes each time - I've tried to create satisfying groupings that "speak" to each other.
Another sentiment stamp serves as the title on the front cover (in the picture at the top of the post), and I've stamped some of the Hero Arts Serenade Music Background to surround the title, and all over the back cover. This stamp is designed to coordinate with the Serenade music paper that I've used on the inside, so it fits in with the overall look beautifully. (Sorry, I think it may now be sold out at eP!)
Finally I added the little corner pieces cut with the ATC and Corners die by Tim Holtz onto the front and back covers. I love the "finished" look it gives.
The binding is incredibly simple too (seriously, you can knock up a whole little album in well under an hour) - just some crinkle ribbon dyed with Vintage Photo Distress Stain, and tied through the punched holes to give a pretty bow at the front.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. I do hope my ATC inspiration album has given you a little bit of inspiration to go off and create something yourself. See you again soon...
Words and Pictures
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