Saturday, January 1, 2011

First challenge of this year!

Hope you had a fantastic New Years Eve and are ready for a new challenge at Penny Black at Allsorts. This month we want you to create something on the theme "All you need is love", I did chose the love for my sons.

When our oldest one became a teenager I created a coffee filter album for photos showcasing him when he was little, it became a neutral ground to gather around after an emotional day. I guess all of you know what kind of days I'm talking about, they come to us all, the good days too!

My youngest son is also a teenager now so I've made a coffee filter album for him too. The covers are made of a thin fabric and the inner pages of a sturdy white card stock. The sides are sewn together with a sewing machine and the filter openings are left open for tags and more photos, even for keeping a hidden journal if you want to. You'll need some adhesives to attach the fabric and card stock, leave a gap for sewing otherwise the needle will be covered with adhesives. Mine is!

For this page I used ordinary cooking salt, a mini mister with water and Distress Inks, it gives a wonderful grainy effect on the paper.

I used the Illuminations stamp set and some text stamps from Hugs! and Christmas Treasures, Distress Inks, Colorbox white ink and Perfect Pearls.

The size of the album is perfect for all the smaller scrap pieces, just give them a few layers of inks to coordinate the chosen colours. It's a perfect project after Christmas, use what you have. I'm saving for an eyelet setter and eyelets, they will help to keep the punched holes nice.

We have wonderful challenge prizes from Penny Black....and our new sponsor PB Stamps are offering a lucky winner a lifetime 15% discount for products purchased from their store! We will also select a further winner from those who link up as a follower on our challenge blog this month.

We'll have a blog hop with even more prizes the 15th of January and you're welcome to grab our great blog hop logo and put it on your side bar if you want to help to spread the word.



  1. Happy New Year Maarit and a great start with another fab DT creation which have such a loving purpose.

    B x

  2. Hi Maarit,
    This is a great idea and really gorgeous too.
    Happy New Year
    Tracy x

  3. Well this post is full of wonderful suprises. First I would never have guessed these were coffee filters and to use salt water as a spray pure genius. Storing both those ideas away in my memory set as we speak!! I managed to pick up Pink Crop-o-dile from ebay a lot cheaper and am very pleased with the holes and eyelets that it makes. Happy New Year to you.

  4. Hi Maarit,

    what a fabulous idea!! Love the way it's embellished, and super colors too! So beautiful!!

    Have a happy and healthy New Year!!

  5. Hi Maarit

    What a wonderful make. So very special, with special memories attached.

    I hadn't realised exactly what your lovely project involved and how very clever it is. Perfect for keeping special memories.

    I hope that you have a happy new year Maarit.

    Love Jules xx

  6. Oh this is fabulous Maarit.

  7. Hi Maarit I so love your book and the idea of this, these sort of things are to be cherished and are very special.
    Hugs Louise xx

  8. Upeaa uutta vuotta Maarit!
    Love this great project, nice hint too to mix the salt and distresses.

  9. Lovely work, so unique!!!!

    Happy 2011!

    Saskia :)

  10. What a darling album, Maarit!!! it is so beautiful!!! Thanks for coming by to visit me and hope you will retunr often...sending hugs to you...Jacque


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