05 July, 2015

A Pocket Letter by Sarah

Hello Again Meg's Garden fans! Sarah here today to share a new project using a combination of the gorgeous Butterfly Garden and Forgotten Meadows collections, as well as some embellishments from the Meg's Garden Store and from my stash. Have you heard of pocket letters? I just recently learned about them and, since I love making Artist Trading Cards, I thought it would be fun to create a pocket letter page, which is (essentially) a collection of coordinated ATCs in a trading card page! The Meg's Garden Mini-Papers and Cut & Create Ephemera papers are absolutely perfect for creating pocket letters - you can also use bits and pieces leftover from your larger papers! I wanted this page to look as though it were a collection of vintage memorabilia from a trip to Paris, so I have distressed and added Vintage Photo distress ink to the edges of the papers.
 Here are some close-ups of each of the rows  (out of the plastic trading card page to avoid glare)!

I hope you like my pocket letter page - it was so fun to make! If you create one with Meg's Garden products, leave me a link in the comments below so I can pop by for a look!

Happy Scrapping!

Meg's Garden Products Used:
Forgotten Meadows Paper Collection - Cut & Create Ephemera and Mini Paper Pack
Butterfly Garden Paper Collection - Cut and Create Ephemera and 12 x 12 A Flower Garden for Butterflies
Meg's Bundle of Goodies - Temptations in Cream and Sage and Temptations in Blue

03 July, 2015

Gift Box, Note paper with a Special Card

Hello everyone, Patti here.  Today I'm sharing a boxed gift set that I altered with not only scraps from the Forgotten Meadows collections but bits and pieces from other collections Meg has in her store.  I save everything, even tiny pieces if they have a flower or a pretty piece on it that could be used as an embellishment or part of a larger project or card.

This originally was a gift box with an address and note paper book and a pad of paper.  I only kept the pad of paper in this set and will use the other another time as a gift.  I took the front of the box apart, painted it with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in the Seedless Preserves and Chipped Sapphire, mixed together to create the luscious color of purple to go with Meg's flowers from the store.

Meg's Garden has acetate sheets of butterflies, they are probably one of my favorite products.  I love to fussy cut them out leaving a tab of acetate on the bottom.  Gluing just this tab and tucking it behind the flowers gives the illusion the butterfly is flying in the wind!  Aren't these flowers just beautiful!  

The Fancy Scalloped iridescent border worked as the perfect accent not only around the window in the front but framing the pocket on the back.  The tag was actually cut off a pair of jeans I'd just purchased but it was the perfect purple and had the ribbon attached I simply took a piece of paper from the collection for the middle and added the sticker that says follow your feelings.

Inside the box houses this stack of note paper that I wrapped with a band of the doily strips which had been glued atop a piece of lavender paper.  The flower was actually a white gardenia which I dipped in a watered down solution of the paint I'd painted the box with.  I did add a touch of Vintage Photo here and there to deepen the aged look.  Again I have one of the acetate butterflies tucked in.

Every gift deserves a beautiful card to introduce it and here's mine.  This was really a collection of scraps put together to form one piece.  I tucked odds and ends of green papers into each of the four corners under the circle doily.  All the edges were roughed up using the Tim Holtz distresser.  The other elements have all been cut from different paper collections.  Check your leftover pieces to see what you can piece together to create a one of a kind card for a special friend.  To make the pleated border simply lay a strip of double sided tape and begin pleating your ribbon to it, knot the ends and glue in place.

Please join me on the video below as I share the note box, banded notes and card in more depth.  Thank you so much for stopping by and be sure and check out Meg's Garden for lots of yummy goodness to make your crafting experience a true delight.

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01 July, 2015

Forgotten Meadows Kraft Journal

Hello everyone it's Patti here sharing an altered Kraft Journal.  I picked up this book at our local Michaels craft store in the US and it's been sitting in my crafty drawers just waiting for me to dress it up.  When I saw the Forgotten Meadows collection by Kerry-Jean Watson I knew this would be perfect for my alterations.

The book measures 6"x8" with a side flap that closes with a large magnet.  I decided to color the original Kraft outer cover with a combination of Distress paints in Chipped Sapphire and Seedless Preserves.  By mixing these two colors I came real close to the purples in the flowers. (You'll see the original in the video below, how I mixed the paint and changed it up.)

The latch to lift up the front right flap was a combination of two Vintage Trinkets from Meg's store.  This is the bottom piece glued directly to the book
and this is the piece I bent and lifted the middle up and glued atop the other to create a unique handle

The back has fussy cut butterflies that I heavily covered in Glossy Accents, a hanging  tag and some stenciled texture paste tinted the same color as the book.

This shows you the back, front, and front flap.  You can see how well the Distress paint ended up matching the purples in the paper collection.  Since the papers already had an inked distress look to the edges I just continued on that with my distress inks on any of the edges that I'd cut. 

Here's a good view of the inside cover.  I had the rub-on of the sofa for eons in my crafty space but this time it found the perfect home inside my book.  I matted the inside and then matted again with a an angle slit to form a pocket for my mats.  I took a ribbon strip from the paper collection but ended up using my distress paints to make it a little darker purple to go better with the paint color.

I did slip in one mat from The French Garden Collection and that's the one above on the inside back cover.  I love this mat, it reminds me of my Grandma since she loved violets so.  I again added another ribbon border on the last page of Kraft paper.

Thanks for joining me on my tour of my altered Kraft Journal using the beautiful Forgotten Meadows papers. I hope you'll join me on the video as I show the book more in depth, with peeks at what the original book looked like and it's transformation into this lovely gift.

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29 June, 2015

'Nature' - a Journal by Margaret Mifsud

Hello everyone and welcome to Meg's Garden.  So pleased you dropped by for a visit.

Today I would like to share with you a small Journal I have created with the stunning Forgotten Meadows Book Kit designed by Kerry-Jean Watson.

These papers have some gorgeous floral graphics and I chose the lovely Wisteria for my cover.  Added a hint of colour  under the cluster with a spray and also added a little texture.

The chippies are from 2Crafty Chipboard and they were simply coloured with acrylic paint and then coated with Crackle Accents.

These lovely blooms are also from Megs Garden.   The 'Puffy Paper Flower' and the 'Mini Rose' were coloured with watered down acrylic paints.

Instead of cutting the papers to size I decided to tear all the edges and then ink them with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Found some lovely 'Nature' quotes on the net and incorporated them into my Journal.  Added some washi tape and ribbon and also some seed beads.

The first two pages ..

The pages in this booklet simply fold out.  Opening the left hand page reveals these two pages.

 Another 2Crafty Chipboard piece ...

 ... and the lovely vintage image came from the cut and create pages.

Opening the right hand side reveals these pages.

Added a little stamping on this page and sewed it around the edge.  I did quite a bit of sewing in this book, it's a great way to attach paper strips, ribbons and labels etc.

Love the brilliant colours on this butterfly.

The 'butterfly' page opens again to reveal these two pages.

I fussy cut one of the floral graphics and mounted it with some foam dots.

All the metal pieces are available at Megs Garden and I swiped them all with Ranger Metal Patina in Rust.

Here is the book fully opened.

 The back cover showing another beautiful floral graphic.  

 ... and the back of the booklet fully opened.

  I love the details on these papers.  Apart from the floral graphics there's lots of yummy crackle effects and textures .. simply stunning to work with.
To take a close look at this collection HERE is the Link.  It is available in 12 x 12 papers, a mini pack specially for card makers and also the fabulous Book Kit I've used here.  You can buy them already printed or as a digital download.

Well, I hope you have enjoyed this post and gained some inspiration.  Why not take a stroll around the Garden and take a look at all the fabulous projects created by the rest of the Team.
To see all of the wonderful products Megs Garden has in store HERE is the link to the Website. 

Megs Garden products used
Forgotten Meadows Book Kit
White Heirloom Flower
Small White Roses
Puffy Paper Flower
Primrose Posy - Cream
Dodo Vine Wire
Tim Holtz Mini Gears
Vintage Trinkets - Leaves #1
Filigree long Oval
Lace - Off White 1.2cm
Lace - Cream 2.2cm
Black & White Washi Tape
More Butterflies Transparency

Thank you so much for visiting and do enjoy the rest of your day.
Take care and God Bless.
Marg oxox

25 June, 2015

Mother..... Album/Book by Brenda Caldow

Hello everyone and welcome to Meg's Garden. I would like to show you a mini album/book I have created for my mum. This album is very special to me and I have been so lucky to be able to use two different paper ranges and some very beautiful embellishments form Meg's Garden store.

One of the papers I chose to use are from The French Garden Collection. My mum has always had a love of the colour green and I knew that she would love these papers and that Choosing to use the bird bath for the cover she would love. 
The fabric flowers are Wild Moss and are a perfect match for the green in the patterned papers.

I just love this paper love heart doily, so elegant. The fabric flowers on this page are Bridal Veil and work so well with the doily. The verse and cute angle picture are cute from the Fairy Land Collage papers
On the page below I once again used one of the paper doily's - Mini square. I inked it with Distress Ink to bring in mums favorite colour again since the baby photo is of mum. Again using the Wild Moss Fabric Flowers. The clock I have fussy cut from the 12x12 Collage papers - Old World Time.

Again I have fussy cut another of the clocks and this timer I have used a Paper Lace Strip. The picture of the beautiful lady is From the collage paper - Vintage Beauties and there a quite a few different picture to pic from and fussy cut out.  The flowers are Paper Azaleas and Viola Posy - pale pink.
 On the opposite page I fussy cut a shoe from Put On Your Dancing Shoes. Behind it I place a photo of mum and made it so I can journal on the back. I also cut another tag and place one of the transparencies over to the top.

Now for my next page. 

I just love this photo of mum and I. Again I have used the Paper Lace Strip and inked it with Distress ink. This time I added a little of the green ink to the paper Azaleas and then coloured the stamen centers green to match in. The butterfly has been fussy cut from The Forgotten Meadows - Cut and Create sheet
On the adjoining page I used a butterfly oval laser cut frame. The flowers I coloured with Copics and the outside of the frame I used Viva Croco Crackling. The Cotton Lace is just beautiful and I placed one of the clock that I fussy cut out just coming out from behind the photo.

I just love the lace I have used behind this photo of mum, it is stunning. On the opposite page I have used one of the Bond Square doilies and folded it to make an envelope which I placed tags in. This butterfly has also been fussy cut.

Each of the tags have been cut from the ATC papers -  Vintage French Floral Postcards,  Vintage Ornate Tags and once again the Put On Your Shoes page.

This photo of mum, dad and my two sons Riley and Harley was taken at Christmas time. It is deferentially one of my favorites. On the opposite page I have fussy cut the flowers and clock from  the Mad Tea Party papers and razed it up with dimensions squares. The chippie butterfly is by Scraptopia and I coloured it with Copics.

My next page is of mum and my youngest son Harley.

To create the bow I used Jute Ribbon. I have fussy cut the flowers, butterflies, tags and the word treasure from the patterned papers. The doily is from a die in my die stash. On the opposite page I created a pocket and die cut some tags and I will be using them to journal on the back off.

These are my final two pages before I show the back cover. I love these two pages. The flowers, lace and the fussy cut lady - Vintage Bathing Bellie No 6  have all worked well together I think.

Well I hope you have all liked my Mini Album/Book for my mum (Helen). Please check out the store there are so many goodies. Dont forget to keep coming back to the blog and having a look at what everyone on the design team has been up to. 
For now though my back cover (Which I chose to leave plain) and Happy Crafting. 
Brenda xxx

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