Sunday, August 21, 2011


Hard to believe that I'm posting two days in a row, huh? Well, I just couldn't wait to show you what I've made over the past few weeks. First, I must give credit to the most talented and imaginative Dana Gustafson of Paper Daydream for designing this beautiful album that I copied! I couldn't help it - it was just too beautiful not to make one! Of course, I tweaked it here and there - it's not an exact copy; and, I've fallen in love with bling! So, without further ado, here it is ~

There are two sheets of each design in this 8x8 block by Graphics 45 called Once Upon A Springtime. I cut a fairy out of one sheet and taped it on top of the one on the upper left with some sticky dimensional foam pieces. (I didn't realize until after I posted this photo that the cover page is angled down a bit so that in the peek-a-boo pic the girl can't be seen.)

I knew that I wanted to glitter the middle of the flowers here, but the few bottles of yellow I have are more dull than bright. My solution? I dug into the kid craft box that I keep around, and pulled out the tubes of Crayola glitter glue! I can't believe that they performed better than my "adult" glitter glue - and, it's dimensional! Then I decided to use some red on the front cover, on the flourishes on the right side.

I had a 12x12 scrapbook paper with vertical designs that I used on a lot of the edges in this project. (Of course, I forgot to see who makes it before it got glued on!) I loved how this side has pink with green dots to match the green dotty paper

Butterflies are from K & Co.

The strip on the left here has some Scribbles 3D paint on it, called Golden Brown. A few gossamer-winged butterflies on the right and a wee little fairy that I glued on the watering can to help guide it! Can and flowers are K & Co.

Blue Crayola glitter glue here. The chipboard pieces on the right were painted a color called Fog with some glitter glue brushed over them. The bling jewels on the right are from the kid box, too!

You can't see it too well, but the right side of the paper here is cut with a Martha Stewart punch and it resembles eyelet.

This back cover paper is another "no-name" that I had. I put the logos of Graphics 45 (paper) and Want 2 Scrap (Dana's design, chipboard album and bling) on stickers here to remember where I got them.

I had so much fun making this. Of course, the fairies are what sold me in the first place. I doubt that I'll put any photos in it but will just keep it as a pretty-to-look-at book! Dana, thanks so much for the inspiration!


Sandy said...

This is just beautiful...the one paper that is so intricate looks like Graphic 45......This should be out on your coffee table! What a conversation piece! :):) Sandy

My Vintage Mending said...

The colors and design are gorgeous. What a wonderful piece....Renee

Mary said...

That is just gorgeous...great job!

Dana Gustafson said...

WORD! This is the ULTIMATE in compliments! You have no idea how much you have made my day by sharing your beautiful album. I love love love how you "Sue-ized" it. Makes me want to upgrade mine with your ideas once it comes home from being on tour with Michele and Want2Scrap! I am so glad to have provided a little inspiration but the creativity is ALL YOU my dear! Keep 'em did an amazing job! And thanks again, you brought tears of joy to me today. :)

PS: I KNOW I had clicked follow on your blog a long time ago but apparently I must have messed up so I am your newest "follower".

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

Very nice and I love that fairy paper! I have some myself and haven't made anything with it!
Deb :)

scrappermimi said...

What a lovely did a beautiful job and I agree Dana is so INSPIRING!

Terre said...

What a great album, you make the Want2Scrap Design Team proud using all of our amazing products. This album is stunning, thank you for sharing your talents with us.

Terre Fry
Want2Scrap DT Member

thebeadedcottage said...

What a beautiful album and an amazing piece of art. Thank you for sharing with all of us. Ellen. :)

Elise said...

THIS is positively LOVELY! YOU are SUCH a clever girl: love the sparkly details - *CLUNK!* THAT watering can {*gasp!} over THE top! SUCH a beautiful interpretation of Dana's glorious creation! So delighted to see your happy post and darling blog! Your use of Want2Scrap products has me twirling in my chair and super excited to get my "you know what" back into my craft room! xoxo!

Dandelion and Daisy said...

What a beautiful book and I love all of you extra touches. I going to have to get some Crayola glitter. You've created a beautiful are so talented.

MicheleC said...

Oh this is beautiful! Dana is very inspiring and we are so happy that you were able to recreate her design. You did a fabulous job! It is just beautiful. :)

Michele Ciola
Want2Scrap Marketing Director

Marianne said...

Wow! Your album is amazing!

Heidi Blankenship said...

Sue, your album is absolutely Gorgeous!! Dana is such an inspiration! I love all of the details and how you put your own spin on it. Creativity at it's best--that's what it's all about!! Fantastic Job!!!

Heidi Blankenship
Want2Scrap™ Design Team Coordinator

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Little Birdie Blessings said...

What a sweet blog. Thanks for visiting mine and following. I absolutely love this album, just filled with beauty. ~ Abby