Thursday, 4 October 2018

Memory Book 1 - Seaside Album (part 2) - Louise Sims

Last week on my TONIC THROWBACK TUESDAY post I shared the first part of my memory album made using the memory Book 1 dies - see post HERE. Today I am sharing the remainder of the book with you.

The album:

Right let's begin where we left off ... page 4 & 5

Page 6 & 7

Page 8 & 9:

Page 10 & back cover:

As I said in my previous post, Jodie has compiled a video of my album and that is another way to view all the interactive pages. Check out Jodie's 'Making Memories with Jodie' on FaceBook, going to the video section and you will see my album plus loads more inspiration. Details below:

Did you manage to get these very popular dies? Leave a comment with a link with your project as would love to see how you have used them. Right off I go to prep Thursday's throwback post so will catch up with you all later,

x x x

See Lou's original blog post here.

Nature Sketchbook Album In A Box - Edna Taylor

Hello and welcome to the blog today.

I've just finished my latest album using Graphic 45's 'Nature's Sketchbook' tucked into it's very own custom box. I've been itching to do a boxed album for a while so I'm really pleased to have completed it.

Graphic 45 Nature's Sketchbook
8 x 8" paper pad
Ephemera pack
6 x 6" plains and solids
Die cut flowers and Chipboard embellishments

I have a walk through on You Tube where you can see the pages in depth, so much easier than trying to photograph them. Well, it is in principle! That's if they will upload for you in the first place. LOL

I bought the box and album chipboard kit from Clare Charvill of 'My Creative Spirit' so I had the pleasure of making them up and decorating my album.

I used Tonic Studios spine creator die and Memory Book 2 Base Creator dies for flips and flaps and tags in the album.

Here are some pics of the pages

The album measures 5 x 7" and the spine is 2 1/2" deep.
Because the album has to fit into the box, any fussy embellishments were out so the front and spine are relatively flat.
I was running on vapours with the papers. I had used some of the 8 x 8" pad on other projects so it was a bit of a juggling act to cover both the box and finish the album. I used the same design to cover the front, back and spine which meant I could utilise the back of the paper pad and I also used one of the images from the front of the paper pad to add interest to the front of the album. There's no waste with G45!

I hope you enjoy it today.

 Have a great evening. 

Edna x

See Edna's original blog post here.

Monday, 24 September 2018

Guest Post - Tonic Studio Mixed Media - Jak Heath

Did you see it?
Tonic Studios media die launch.
I was curious to how well these would work but to be honest I should have known that they would be just as fabulous as their other dies.
At the same time they launched the Media Dies they also launched the Expanding Mousse.
As soon as they arrived I got to play.

I started my journey cutting out the Traditional Timepiece and the Steam Cogs and Widgets from the Tonic Grey board and as soon as I had them cut out in front of me I knew I was going to build a 3D vintage clock.
Using black foam board a began cutting out several pieces to create the clock face gluing one on top of another until I had the depth that I wanted, then using black gesso I painted the inside to hide the foam.

I then started to add the Expanding Mousse in Tuscan Gold all over the outside of the clock face, I used a heat gun over the mousse and watched it expand and bubble until it looked distressed and vintage.

Now to decide what to do with the cogs, I wanted them to shine unlike the clock face housing.
Tonic gilding flakes are wonderful, you get quite big flakes in a large pot and the Nuvo glue pens work beautifully with it.
Just look how gorgeous they are.

Next to use another colour of the Expanding Mousse for the clock face this time I used Old Linen.

Adding the cogs inside the clock face housing building them up in layers. Adding the pointer hands onto the clock face.

For the base I had an MDF plaque that my husband kindly made for me and paired with the black gesso then I cut out some of the Media Frame dies and joined them together before rubbing in the Tuscan Gold Expanding Mousse

Now putting it all together.
I used a couple of different sized dowels to sit the clock housing onto the plaque.

I’m thrilled at how this turned out.

Tick tock. tick tock.

As you can see it has a very rustic look to it.

It just needed a place to sit....

See Joak's original blog post here.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Memory Book 1 - Seaside Album (part 1) - Lou Sims

Yep, still going through all my projects that I've yet to share and found all these photos. I made the album for the launch of the Tonic Studios Memory Book 1 die collection. I've split the posts otherwise it would be too photo heavy and way toooooooo long 😉

Below is the albums front cover and I have gone for a sea theme - I am very partial to anything nautical whether blinked to the beach or underwater. I've created the album body using the biggest die and all the pages have been attached using a spine, (my preferred way).

The photo below shows all the pages plus the spine (top view)

Front cover close ups:

Back cover plus closure:

Inside cover plus first page. Also showing the notebook that sits in the band plus a mini book that sits in top opening of the first page.

Second page with flap closed and then opened:

Third page with flap closed and then flap opened:

On my next Tonic Throwback Tuesday post, I'll share the rest of the book with you. If you would like to see a video of the book which Jodie Johnson shared on her 'Making Memories with Jodie' Facebook page, here is the link -

This was a fabulous project to make and I can totally understand why the dies 'flew out' the door on their launch. Will try and link all the products used at the bottom of this post.

Until next Tuesday,

x x x

See Lou's original blog post here.

Gift Card/Money Holder Wallet Legacy Keeper Wallet Dies - Shilpa Saleh

Hello Friends!
I am really excited to share with you all this quick & easy tutorial on how to create the perfect gift card/money holder wallet for your friends & family, using the amazing Tonic Studios Legacy Keeper Wallet die set.

Shilpa x

Legacy Keeper Dies - Lou Sims

Well it's definitely been a busy 10 days for Tonic Studios as the company celebrates their 17th birthday. Jodie and Paula have been demoing like crazy on Hochanda and must now be completely 'explained out' 😌😍😁. The Legacy Keeper die set was this weekends, Weekend WOW and the last new launch of the birthday celebration. Below is one of my projects using this very versatile die collection ...

Taking away the decorative closure made using one of the larger layers, tags and
mixed media dies -  keys & locks ...

The main die is HUGE & completley, utterly, with doubt fills your A4 cutting plate! I've cut the base die from decorative card - from Crafter's Companion - but used the folds in a slightly different way. As you open up the book, the following is revealed ...

I have created a side pocket with the first folds and made 2 tags, with tabs, to fit inside. This doesn't have to be tags but any notes, keepsakes etc you want. On the smaller tab, I have used the wording that comes with the die set, as a decorative feature.

The middle panel has been decorated with the word die and layered with white card to add your photos. I also cut another panel in gold, insetting the gold letters ...

Finally the last panel. I have used the small circle die to create holes to thread twine through, which in turn ties up at the front.

If you open the front, it reveals a note book and photo mat area. The note book was made by taking one of hte edge dies and placing it slightly over a pieces of folded papers. Cut the number of notebook pages you want and then tie to the Legacy Keepsake book with whatever you wish; in my case Nuvo twine.

A fun way to use the dies and create a new purpose for them. Adored all the DTs samples and it was fabulous seeing all the different ways everybody interpretted the dies and their use.

Sunday means domestic goddess day and not my favourite say of the week ...,

x x x

See Lou's original blog post here.

Mini Album Remember - Edna Taylor

Hi and welcome to the blog today.

I have another mini album to share, one that I made a wee while ago and more as a reference to myself than for any good reason. 😄

I made it using the Tonic Studios Memory Book 2 layering die set and the Spine set that accompanies it.

The papers are from a Mix and Match pad from the Works called Sweet Garden Roses and I have to say that the value is exceptional. I used just about half of one 12 x 12" pad for this album.

The plain card stock is from the DoCrafts Capsule collection - Eau de Nil that just matched the papers perfectly.

The metal embellishments are from China bought on Amazon and are fabulous for decoration and as I found great for the ends of the ribbon ties to keep them from fraying.

I've used various Tonic dies to enhance the pages.

The spine using one of the layering dies from the Memory Book 1 collection

Inside are all manner of pockets, flips and flaps revealing journalling spots and places to tuck your photos etc.

I have included pull outs on most of the pages, great for larger pics as well. 

The little tucked in booklets also provide more space for photos or little secret messages. 

I've used an EK Success punch for the edges and the Tonic photo die on these pages

Of course an album needs a waterfall and I've made this one using the dies from the MB 1 collection again.

The pull out on the facing page provides lots more room for those all important pics.

Lots of flips and flaps and photo mats on these two pages

A removable booklet and more pull outs for these pages

Photo spots and a pocket for more mini booklets completes the pages

The back of the album

I hope you enjoy this one. It's the Mummy to the baby legacy keeper I posted before.

Thank you for calling in.

Have a super week! 

See Edna's original blog post here.