Monday, November 26, 2012

Christmas Cottage Coundown flip album by Cheri Piles Part 1

Hi everyone! Cheri here, There is nothing about Christmas and the holidays that I don't love. When I saw this new collection last summer - Yes that's when many of us on the team were able to play with the collection! I fell in LOVE, Everything about this was perfect for me, I love all of the colors!

I used a flip type of stand purchased from a craft store. 

I will be sharing with you each evening this week 5 pages of this countdown book! If you have any questions please leave me a comment and I will try to answer all of your questions as best I can. I am not giving step by step, measured instructions for each page, however as we go through the pages I will give you some helpful tips and many TECHNIQUES to help you in creating one of your very own.

I want you to know I cut all of my base papers first {6 x 9 unless mentioned otherwise.} Then I used the scrap pieces as I created my layers on my papers. You would not believe this but this entire album is very simplistic in embelishments but rich with what you can create with a little imagination using your scraps!



Stamp on the darker paper using white ink. On the cover, start the tree on the bottom, adhere the bottom parts of the tree using pop dots and the top parts regular adhesive of choice - this will give it a layered look all the way up the tree. For the bow try tying really loopy double bows then add a bling brad to the center. 

Run scraps of paper through your cuttlebug or other type of embossing machine to create more label die cuts. You can see I used one under the no.1 and I cut another one in half on the top left. Another fun thing I do is make photo corners from my scrap papers, I love doing that because I like my photo corners to match. Use the decorative tape to adhere page strips like I did with the red snowflake base and the brown strip. You will see that technique used alot!

I love this page because it's the same base paper but it appears to be two different papers for the base - by stamping in a contrasting color like I did with the red it created a new look on the right side - How I stepped it up and really made it stand out, was by adding a border strip which really helped make it look like a whole different piece of paper.

Create color blocks from your scraps. When you layer them, round the outer corners to give it a cohesive look. Because their background colors are both dark is what makes this work. This whole page is monochromatic in essence. Don't be afraid to cut up your border strips as I did here, I cut the tail end off of the red glitter strip and added it to the right side of my page and added a red rhinestone to the center.

Ahhhhh the tree of dots. This page base measures 5 1/2 x 9. This page I remember required chocolate because I had to use my ruller... But it was worth it. Just little circles punched from scraps and measured evenly - start at the bottom and work your way to the top. Add a couple of pieces of bling to a couple of the circles to give it a merrier look! The red Faceted button on the top was the perfect touch  and the camera did not pick it up very well but it's awesome, trust me!

Tomorrow night 5 more pages!! Let me know by leaving me a comment if you have any questions or what you find usefull, I love hearing from you and if you like my tips let me know so I'll keep 'em coming for you!


29 comments:

  1. What a GORGEOUS album! Thanks for sharing - can't wait to see more pages :)

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    1. Thank you so much Leisa! I can't wait for you to see more, I hope you are inspired to create one too!

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  2. This is amazing...you're so talented...the cover alone...swoon!!!!!

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    1. awww, Jodi - thanks!! Yes, the cover was fun wasn't it? remember create swooping tree layers by using pop dots only on the bottom part :)

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  3. I Love this Project and I must say the Tree with the rose buds in the back is mighty nice as well!

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    1. TC!! You are so cute!! Watch the blog Wed morning for more info on that tree ;)

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  4. Gorgeous as always, Cheri! LOVE IT!

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    1. Sesil, I love it best when I can wow even you!! Thanks girl, you made my night!

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  6. Cheri, you are just too creative!! Great book, can't wait for the coming days.

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    1. Hi Karey!! Thank you so much!! I'm very excited about the next few days! I hope you are inspired by the tips and techniques! Thank you for leaving me a comment, I love it!!

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  7. Thanks for sharing your crafting tips. I spied this item when Teresa posted photos from CHA when the line debuted and loved it! What did you use to cut the three pieces for the tree on the cover, was it free handed, die cut or Silhoutte? Liked the effect of stamping to create the illusion of a different paper. Looking forward to the next installment!

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    1. Thank you so much!! I'm so excited you got to see it in person, that's so cool!! Yes, I free hand cut the three pieces for the tree, I drew a big tree on scratch paper then made it into three pieces before tracing onto the green papers and cutting them out.

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  8. Oooooh so gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. Simply amazing. Maybe one year...

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    1. Your so welcome, and just so you know even I said that for MANY years before I just jumped in and commited to doing one. I think it helps to start early and enjoy the process. Start collecting the papers and embellishments that speak to you and inspire you, you will find that it will come together for you.

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  9. Amazing! Amazing!!! Love this!

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  10. Cheri, what a beautiful project! Which craft store did you find your flip stand? Thank you for your sharing your talent with us.

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    1. Hi David, thank you so very much!! I purchased the stand at Michaels Crafts - it comes in two sizes, this is the smaller one.

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    2. Dear Cheri, thank you so much for your quick response. I will go check it out. I love your project.

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  11. I LOVE this!! I need to come back when my brain's not quite so foggy & try to absorb the details...at least enough that I might be able to make a similar one! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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    1. You are so very welcome ScrappyMama! thank you!!

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  12. OOPS!! I did want to ask one quick question, & hopefully I didn't just miss the info above, but, did you just freehand cut the tree pieces or is there a pattern you followed?? Thanks!!

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    1. It's all good, I free hand cut the three pieces for the tree - I drew a big tree on scratch paper then cut it into three pieces "templates" before tracing onto the green papers and cutting them out.

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  13. Hi Cheri....Did I miss Part 2????

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    1. Hi Glenda I'm not sure... but here's the link http://teresacollinsdesignteam.blogspot.com/2012/11/christmas-cottage-coundown-flip-album_27.html

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    2. wow that was a weird reply, I didn't space my words out that way, lol!

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