Saturday, 19 March 2011

Childhood Memories

Simon Says Stamp and Show some STARS this week and The Sunday Stamper challenge is BROWN. It is my Nephew's 21st birthday this year so I thought I would make him a special accordion card, something a little different for me as it is more of a scrapbooking theme.
Throughout the accordion I have used Tim's Retro Grunge Paper Stack for the stars in the background. My accordion has a letter on each page which creates DANIEL. I cannot believe how long this took me to make especially with adding hand stitching to a few of the pages.
I used Tim's Film Stip die to encase some of my images along with buttons and vintage ribbons.
I added a crown to this page from the Heart Wings die and stamped a sentiment from Catslife Press that I have had for quite a few years but use it over and over again.
The Heart Wings die has been used for this page along with a row of small brads, which I have to say took me an absolute age to separate at the back LOL, but well worth the effort, I love the metal aspect against such cute adorable images. Rusty metal stars have been added throughout the book along with sentiments from K & Co.
This is the front cover.  I have used the Rosette die and the small pieces of card on the bottom left are the waste from the Film Strip die.  I used my Dymo machine to add LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE and DREAM to each piece.
This is the back of the accordion.

The back cover. The letters are from Tim's Idea-Ology Alpha Parts, I am loving these.
 
Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend, Tracy x x 

22 comments:

Helen said...

Stunning, Tracy, he will love it I am sure.

Paper Paradise said...

Just love this, what a special way you celebrate and an everlasting keepsake full of memories.....love it. The detail is amazing. It does take so long but well worth it I think. Sue x

mustavcoffee said...

Hello there Tracy, this is gorgeous, I'm sure it will be treasured for years. I hope you're well:0) xxx

Hels Sheridan said...

Gorgeous keepsake, what a lovely pressie... thanks for joining in with the SUnday sTamper x

Wendy said...

What a lovely idea Tracy, I never have the time to do big things in the scrapbook line but a book like this is a brilliant idea...........

mustavcoffee said...

Thank you for asking, I'm very well:0) xxx

Lisa Somerville said...

Beautiful accordian book, I'm sure Daniel will treasure all the love you put into creating your gift to him!

Dan said...

What a great keepsake! That star paper really sets it off nicely! The Design Team are really pleased that you joined us for the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge this week - Thank you!

Kaz said...

Beautiful!! What a gorgeous pressie.....they will cherish it Im sure,thanks so much too, for popping by my blog
kazx

craftytrog said...

This is such a wonderful keepsake, your nephew will love it Tracy! x

flutterbycrafter said...

What a wonderful keepsake for him, he'll love it, it's so beautiful, full of such fantastic memories. xx

Joanna K (aka Asia K) said...

Beautiful and extraordinary, Tracy! What a wonderful gift, I love the sentiments, stars and the piccies in the film strip ;) Your Nephew will treasure it forever! Hugs, Joanna xx

Cheryl said...

oh hun,this is just stunning gosh what an amazing keepsake,he will just love it,brilliant papers,hun,hugs cheryl xxxx

Netty said...

Wow Tracy its a stunner and such a great memory album, must have taken you ages but oh so worth it. Totally terrific my friend. Enjoy your weekend, Annette x

Nancy said...

Love this, Tracy!! What a wonderful gift for your nephew!
Thank you for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!

Suzanne C said...

WOW! This is wonderful and he is going to treasure it! What a great gift for him. Love all the details and effort on this. I think scrapbooking takes so much more creativity and effort for me too!

Laura said...

What a treasure!

Candy C said...

Hi Tracy! What a wonderful keepsake you have created for your newphew's 21st birthday. A very special card for a special occasion! I hope he appreciates all the thought and work that went into this lovely card! You did a terrific job! Thank you for sharing it with us at Simon Says Stamp and Challenge! <3 Candy

Ruby said...

Hi Tracy, your nephew will love it!

Thank you for your lovely comments on my CMC Design Team news. Sorry it's taken me so long to pop by. If you are thinking about going the Copic route I can highly recommend her course, the videos are just so useful where you can watch them over and over again. Be prepared for lots of practice though, she certainly makes it look a lot easier than it is!!

Susan Allan said...

How lovely. It is such a thoughtful thing to do and a memorable keepsake.
Sue xx

Lori said...

Well, I can see you're as good at scrapbooking as you are at making mixed media pieces! This is wonderful, and will be treasured!

Lynne Phelps said...

Tracy, your accordians are always fantastic and this one is a treasure! You may not get scrappy very often but you sure do have skills in it! What a great way to celebrate his 21st birthday - your sentiments distill what's important down to the basics and the photos take you back to the beginning. I love the way you used the filmstrip cutouts as postivie images! I can't bear to throw things away (really it's a curse, LOL) because I am always sure there is a use for every scrap and then I see a project like yours and I am vindicated! Hah! :-)