I am a huge fan of Wilna Furstenbur, I adore her arty style so much but I am always a bit hesitant to give it a go, I’m not sure why but I thought it was time to try out some of her techniques. I was really inspired by her video this week at Two Peas where she made a wonderful mini album and decided to try to make a mini using some of the techniques she showed.
I got this wooden album in a Pink Paislee warehouse box last year and at the time I thought that it was something I would never use but (luckily) I hoarded it anyway. So I found an old book (don’t worry, it wasn’t a very good book so it was sacrificed for the sake of art) and added that pages to the front and back cover using modge-podge. Next I covered the covers in gesso and then added some Heidi Swapp colour mist and distress ink around the edges. It came a bit out bright so I added a thin coat of white acrylic paint. I loved how it came out and will be doing this again for sure.
One of my favourite lines last year was Maggie Holmes’ Flea Market. When I first saw it revealed at CHA I wasn’t sure, I thought it might be a bit girly for me but I absolutely love it in person and I thought it would work perfectly with the shabby chic feel of the album cover. I used some of the 6×6 paper pad and layered the ephemera and chipboard elements on to. To finish off I added some seam binding I had coloured using Color Shine to the binding
I am not sure what I am going to use it for yet, I am thinking about some heritage family photos my mum has.
Speaking of shabby chic and heritage, I am currently obsessed with these pictures of an apartment in Paris that was abandoned during the WWII. I suspect the story may have been a bit embellished but it is a wonderful romantic tale. You can read the story here.
Finally I am very excited about the new CHA releases coming out, there are so many great lines this year so I better start saving my pennies! It’s a bit early to pick an absolute favourite but I am liking the look of Hello Sunshine by Pink Paislee and the bold colours of Basic Grey’s Highline. Do you have a favourite yet?