26 July, 2014

Vintage Girls File Folder Mini

Hello everyone, Patti here from the USA, this is my first blog post for Meg's Garden and I must say how happy I am to be a part of this team.  For my first project I had anticipated making a set of note cards until I received my package.  Once items were in hand I changed it to a File Folder mini album.  I love making mini's and have seen so many tutorials floating around YouTube the last few weeks I thought I'd make one to share with you.  


I fell in love with the Vintage French Girls and wanted to incorporate them within the pages of the mini.  As I said the construction was done with 1 1/2 manila file folders cut, folded and glued to form pockets and pages.  You can see from the photo above I had a fabulous time using all sorts of bits from Meg's package.  I used the pearl sprays and my favorite flowers, the Carabella Rose Posy in Fairy pink, oh how I love these flowers.  I dyed the seam binding and the lace to match the papers and embellishments and to finish off the front.


Throughout the book I used The Gentlemen's Collection and The Correspondence Collection designed by the talented Kerry-Jean Watson for all pages, mats and tags.  The girls became a focal point on each page.  Using the scraps from the file folders I made tags and supports for the backs of my pockets.  You can see I've matted and fussy cut the girls to form pockets for the photo mats.  I also created a top pocket which has a post card.  All papers are highly distressed using Tim Holtz Distress inks in Gathered Twig and Tattered Rose.


I must confess when I first started the mini I intended on just using The Correspondence Collection but as I got started I saw how easy it was to interchange the papers and elements, like the clock above (which is part of the Ephemera Cut & Create paper), with The Gentlemen's Collection as well.


I loved how these pages turned out.  By using the little tiny girls (which are included on the included bonus strip) I created tiny postage stamps which I grouped together and double mounted to form the pocket for the tickets.  Creating an angle pocket draws the interest to the opposite page where the pocket holds a tiny booklet for three 3"x5" photos.


This is probably my most favorite page, I'm sure because I love this sleeping little cherub.  I backed her for support and then cut around her body to form the pocket for another tri-fold photo booklet.  There are several pages I haven't shown which will be included in the walk through on my video below, along with many more photos to give you ideas and inspiration to create your own mini.

Links to supplies from Meg's Garden Shop


Thanks everyone for sharing your time with me -- Patti






24 July, 2014

Mixed Media Canvas




Hello everyone! Today I am sharing my first project as a new Design Team Member with Meg's Garden. I have decided to create a canvas. After seeing the papers, I felt inspired to create a vintage styled dress. The papers I am using are from the Correspondence Collection which are designed by Kerry-Jean Watson.



To create the background, I cut random strips of Tucson 1909 and French Account and glued them down with Mod Podge to the canvas. I then applied some stencils using modelling paste to add texture and also where the two papers joined. Once dry, I used different pink and brown mists and sprays to decorate.

To create the dress, I used French Account and Mademoiselle Louise. I made a paper mock up first to see if I could actually make it! I used a basic dress template to glue/attach each section onto as I constructed each section. The base section is 30cm x10cm and is just fan folded and attached using Scor tape.I also inked the edges to add definition to each section using a distress ink.


To create the ruffle/gathers, I cut 3 scallops and pinched them into shape. I then added bows and roses.



I used a distress ink to colour the centre of two of the flowers, just to add some colour.

Meg's Garden Supplies
Bridal Veil Flowers
TCW Specimens



These papers are just so versatile and I hope you have a chance to create with them.


Thanks for stopping by
and have a great day!
Cathy










22 July, 2014

Two 'Correspondence' Projects with Marg Mifsud

Hi everyone!!!  Welcome to the Meg's Garden blog!!  So nice to have you here.
Today I'd like to share two items made with the lovely 'Correspondence' Papers designed by Kerry-Jean Watson for Meg's Garden.  These papers are absolutely gorgeous and so suited to all kinds of projects from dreamy feminine to vintage  and even masculine styles.  These two projects definitely fall into the 'feminine' category.
First up is a Step Card.

No cutting and trimming here!!  I just ripped the papers to size and then curled the edges a bit.  Added a little machine stitching for some interest and also did a little background work with a stencil and some Distress Ink but then I covered it up again.  I think you can still see a little peek every now and then though.

The sweet little butterfly is from Meg's Garden's More Butterflies Transparency Sheet .  The Dodo Vine Wire and  the small white rose and rosebud are also from Meg's Shop.  I'll leave a list of Meg's Products at the bottom of this page.

This card actually came about because I wanted to use that beautiful grey/blue Primula .. don't you just love the colour??  I know I do ... it is absolutely stunning in real life!   Love the gorgeous Heirloom flower too, these two blooms go so well together.   Added the circle behind the cluster ( after doing some stamping with Distress Ink) for some added interest and tore some tissue like paper into strips and curled them to fill the space.

The inside was also decorated with the papers.  I used the Mini Paper Pack for this card, they are a perfect size for cards and smaller projects.

And here is my card standing up!!!

The second item is an AT Block.

I make my Blocks from scratch and I absolutely love making them!  They can be used for so many different things.  This one I felt could make a lovely Wedding or Party favor.  You could fill it with almonds or a small piece of jewelry or whatever your preference may be.
After cutting the papers to size, I stenciled the side pieces with gesso before I glued it down and added some small pearls to the center of the flowers.  I edged all the papers with  gesso as well.  Once all the pieces were glued on I added the gorgeous Mini Rose Braid around the bottom.

The Dodo Vine Wire  on the top of the Block was  randomly covered with clear glitter although the photos don't show that very well.  The Ivory Primula  is another flower I absolutely adore and I just added a small die cut to complete the cluster.  The heart was cut out with Fiskars shape cutter and I simply glued on some of the paper, glittered the edge and wrote the thank you by hand.

I also lined the inside of the box with paper and daubed the edges with gesso.

 Here is the box filled with some lollies.  It only measures 2.75" x 2.75" but you would be surprised at how much you can actually fit in there.

As you can see, I have created two very different items with different sheets from the same Paper Pack.
I do hope you like both my projects and that I have inspired you today!!

Meg's Garden Products used
'Correspondence' Mini Paper Pack.
Dodo Vine Wire
Silk and Organza Primula
White Heirloom Fabric Flower
Ivory Primula
Mini Rose Braid
Small white roses
Mini Rosebuds

Thank you so much for visiting today and, while you're here why not check out the Meg's Garden Shop.  There are so many beautiful products to choose from.
Take care and God Bless.
oxox Marg

20 July, 2014

Conquer!



Hello Everyone!

Here rolls in the DT post for Meg's Garden

For me life is continuously being hungry. 

The meaning of life is not simply to exist, 

to survive, 

but to move ahead, 

to go up, 

to achieve, 
to conquer.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger



          

Products used from Megs Garden
Correspondence Collection
 Open Rose  - white and brown
Metal embellishment 
Transparencies 
The amazing new products at Meg Garden 
click HERE .
13arts - Gesso
13arts - Modelling Paste
13arts - Matte Sand - Ayeeda Paint
13arts - Ayeeda ink - Brown 
13arts - Ayeeda Mist - Chalk yellow

Thanks for stopping by..
....Nupur....



18 July, 2014

Gentleman's Pandora Box by Adriana Bolzon


Hi there everyone, welcome bloggers....

Adriana here today, with a project I created using the wonderful papers from 
"Meg's Garden of Papercraft delight" paper, 
The Gentlemen's Collectiondesigned by Kerry-Jean Watson.

These papers are great for all your Vintage Projects.
So, as many of you who follow my blog and my
projects, will know that I love vintage and altering things.

I have a collection of old boxes, which are screaming to be
altered to some way, and are too good to throw out.

So, I have created, a "Gentleman's Pandora Box"
a place for a gentleman to collect little things and tokens along his travels. 

There is a little draw at the bottom of this box, so I also
created a very small notebook, which one
can hold photos, a collection of notes and memories.

So, sit back and relax, let me take you all back in time to around 1915, 
a time of simple things, where ladies wore long dresses with petticoats and 
men wore suits with tails and top hats. 

I decorated the outside as well as the inside of the box 
Here is the side view of the box.
All the metal elements are available from Meg's garden 

I lightly painted a little gesso on the metal elements to
make them look older.

Now I chose not to decorate the outside too much,
because these papers are so wonderful as they.
They have textured finishes, which is great.
I just inked around the edges to hide any white bits.



the front view of the box deocrated with
metal elements from Meg's Garden embellishments.






For inside of the box,
I decorated the lid and compartments.
Here I decorated it with washi tape,
Metal and chipboard cogs.
All available from Megs Garden Website





Now I want to show you what the box looked like before
I altered it. It was very blue and has a lid that lifts off, 
I think it was a jewel box.
It has little compartments inside and a little secret draw on the bottom.






Inside the lid. I altered all the metal cogs with
distress paints and ink.
Making them look very old and rusty.






The little draw pulls out to reveal a mini notebook inside
which I also created with The Gentlemen's Collection






Some little treasures a Gentleman collects on his travels. Mini Glass bottles
a little compass, some coins and metal keys...





The mini Notebook with some of
the inside pages.








List of Materials used from Meg's Garden website
here are the links to all the products
Please check out all the wonderful products 
and see all the design team members inspirational work at

Thanks for looking, till next time :)
Cheers Adriana XX

17 July, 2014

Correspondence Heritage Layout


I have all these old photos of my maternal grandfather who was born in 1905. There aren't a lot of photos of him as a young boy but a lot of him as a young man. I just love this photo of him relaxing in a garden chair in a suit.


I used the Correspondence Collection as a base for the background and paper stack. I added some coloured texture paste and sprayed some watered down gesso over the background. There is some of the wondrous Dodo Vine Wire in the background which is awesome to use. I love using Finnabair Vintage Trinkets- Gears too I couldn't not passed including them. 


I added some Postmark Washi Tape  with some other washi tape I had on hand, along with some wood veneer clocks which were inked with some of Ranger's crackle accent. 

This layout will most certainly be added to my family album.


Some more work from Belinda Spencer

Hello Bloggers

From "Australian Scrapbook Ideas" magazine, Belinda Spencer used the Top Hat & Automobiles Collection papers on these 2 layouts: