Saturday, November 8, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #15 - Cabinet Card Pocket


Hello all. Thanks for popping in to check out the next Compendium of Curiosities Challenge. We're already at number 15 in the series and there's plenty more to come. The current challenge is the Cabinet Card Pocket and can be found in the Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III on page 38.

If you don't know about the challenges, here's a quick run-down: Tim Holtz is a super-talented crafter guy who has produced three books in the Compendium of Curiosities line which showcase his fabulous product line and oodles of mixed media techniques. Myself along with The Curiosity Crew are here to present you with a new challenge from the Volume III book every other week. The Crew is somewhat of a design team, so to speak, and for each challenge we create something to share with you in hopes of inspiring and motivating you to join in the fun. It all starts on the lovely Linda Ledbetter's blog right here. The bonus is, by challenging yourself along with us, you not only grow as an artist/crafter by learning tons of new techniques, you're eligible to win either a shopping voucher from one of our two awesome online sponsors or you could win a big juicy prize package straight from Tim and Mario! All the details to get you going are at the bottom of my post, so be sure to read all the way through.


Now, on to the challenge! You've probably seen the Cabinet Card Pockets in the craft store and, like me, wondered what to do with them.

It wasn't until I attended CHA this past January and did the make-n-take that I understood the potential uses for this product. This was my version of that make-n-take at the Idea-ology booth. I was officially in love!



Today I've created a 12 x 12 layout honoring this little girl nicknamed Nettie. Isn't she cute? (wink-wink)



I pulled papers from French Industrial as my layout's base, then used the Wallflower Vellum (for the first time!) across the middle. I love how you can see through to the paper behind it. I stitched a border and a couple zig-zag stitches on my sewing machine.



I tore away the lower right and upper left corners to expose the red stripe peeking underneath. It needed some serious ink-distressing, which is what I did next.



And there she is again, tucked away inside this cabinet card pocket. (Okay, no big mystery: it's me.)  I was five years old in this photo and we lived in Michigan where I was born. That's why I picked this particular card from the pack, because it's says Coldwater, Michigan in the lower right corner. I sanded the outer edges then inked with Vintage Photo. Since there's not a lot of real estate on this pocket card, I opted for some simple word rub-ons and affixed a circle from the Expedition Ephemera Pack which I added music note rub-ons to, then a number 5 brad for my age in the upper left corner.



I attached some natural trimmings and a bingo card from the same ephemera pack and some lace behind the cabinet card. 



I cut another strip from the vellum (ABCDEF...) and adhered it across the top, then added some metal foliage and an ornate plate with an adage ticket (Giggle). The Who, What, and Where cards are also from the ephemera pack. They reminded me of my early school days. I attached a metal arrow pointing to Who, after layering another ribbon trim vertically.



My nickname Nettie is spelled out with the alpha tiles, then more ephemera pieces in the upper right corner, which got a heavy dose of wrinkling and ink-distressing.



As a final step, I die-cut some greenery from Wallflower Vellum and layered them above and below the photo. (Be sure to click on the photo to get a closer look.)








As I chose the rub-on words for my card, it became sort of a message from the current me to the five-year-old me. Seek beauty, live simply, create, discover, etc. I admit I do like this picture of me. It's one of my favorites from my childhood. This will not go into a scrapbook but rather into a black frame along with other family photos and memories on our wall.


Okay, now it's YOUR turn to enjoy the creative journey. 


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Do you have the fabulous Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III book by Tim Holtz? (the master of all things vintage and distressed.) If not, you can find one at your local craft store, scrapbook store, or you can get a signed copy by Tim himself by going here. 

You can find all the CC3 Challenge details and FAQs here.  The lovely Linda Ledbetter is our hostess of this fun series of challenges, and all you have to do to participate is create your project, and upload to her site. Be sure, though, to read through all the FAQs so you're eligible to win...

We're working our way through this fantastic book of techniques and tips, and challenging you to join in the fun. This round's challenge is sponsored by the great folks at Inspiration Emporium who have a fabulous gift voucher to give away to one lucky random winner. Also, the Curiosity Crew's Choice scores a giant prize pack of goodies straight from Tim and Mario!



And don't forget, you can find these great products I've used today at Inspiration Emporium's online store



42 comments:

  1. Dang, you WERE a cutie-pie! Love all of the little extras that you did on this.

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  2. Truth be told she reminded me of me at that age...what a great layout. I'm not a scrapbooker, so I appreciated the step by step. I am a paper lover though and am in a serious relationship currently with the vellum paper. I think you used it to it's best advantage here....lovely make.

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  3. What a cutie patootie, little Nettie! Love how you've actually created quite an interesting piece with not so much real estate on the cabinet card.

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  4. Fabulous way to showcase your cute 5-year-old self!

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  5. Fabulous layout Annette! How cute were you, what a sweet photo. Beautifully done! Karen.x

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  6. LOVE...oh my gosh..how cute you are...then and now! I can totally see you in that picture! love your layout! So fun...hugs.

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  7. What a fun layout! Such a cutie. Love the rubs on on the cabinet card.

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  8. I love how you have incorporated the cabinet card into a scrapbook type layout, and love it even more that it will be framed. Way too pretty to hide away in a scrapbook! Great composition and use of all those wonderful elements!

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  9. As a non-scrapbooker I am always in awe of those who can create a large layout with a small photo and yet draw the eye in to where the focal point should be! Your layout is wonderful.. Anne x

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  10. Very cute layout Nettie, I love the colors and the clever way to use the cute cards/frames. I might do something like that...

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  11. What a fabulous layout, Annette. You were such a cutie pie and this is a fantastic photo. So many great embellishments to your page... no wonder you will hang it. Love it!!

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  12. Ilove how you built up the page, how cute were you? I rarely use remnant rubs but they really add to your photo and create a vintage feel. The vellum greenery also just completes the picture. Beautiful x

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  13. Annette....your layout honoring "Nettie" is absolutely darling! Hmmm...I see a resemblance...haha. I love what you've done with the cabinet card. And the accompanying layout...well, they compliment each other perfectly. <3 Candy

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  14. So cute then and now! Oh I love that school photo of you and that adorable smile! Love your cabinet card and the soft subtle feel. Enjoy the week.

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  15. Annette I love your story behind this current make for cabinet cards. I love the stitching all the way down to the tiny details of your chosen words for your pic. Extra special because it is you. Lovely tribute to your childhood.

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  16. Oh how cute is this layout; the French Industrial background is awesome with all the fine detail stitching. torn corner, and layered vellum leaves. Love the embellishments (floral) too! So many fun details for such a cute photo!

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  17. Too Cute, Annette!! Or is it Nettie?! :) I've had a package of these Cabinet Cards for a while now, and I just look at them, not knowing what to do! Now, with all of the inspiration from the Curiosity Crew--I'm even more stumped ;) :) LOL! Fabulous layout, Annette!! Thank you for sharing!! XOXO-Shari T.

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  18. Annette... this layout is fabulous! You were a cutie! LOVE all the layers and the embellies! What a fab design!

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  19. Great layout! Such a cutie.

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  20. This is a fabulous layout, I love the use of the vellum and how you've used the cabinet card is so fab! I just noticed your new photo, I love the haircut!

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  21. Really love your layout and your make and take cabinet card is really gorgeous too. What a cutie pie picture. Thanks for sharing it with us. :)

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  22. Great Lay Out!! I love all the layers. The Wallflower Velum is beautiful (still haven't cut into my pack! LOL!) I love the torn edge, fits so perfectly. My torn pieces always look contrived...weird!

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  23. So cute! Love the embellishments and the ribbon that gives the large page some structure.

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  24. Love your idea for using this on a scrapbook page. Now, that gives me more ideas, thanks!

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  25. What a great layout Annette, or should I say Nettie! TFS!

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  26. What a fun page featuring your younger self!

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  27. Such a cute photo of you and a terrific way to feature it on your layout!

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  28. What a cute tribute to little Nettie! I had a dress with the big collar when I was 5 too! Very cute! Beautiful layout with the velum and sewing. Makes me giggle! I'm glad you are hanging it up!

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  29. Wonderful fun card. I especially like the way you started with that great background. Loved all the layering and attention to detail. Great job!

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  30. Great job with your pocket card, so cute to see you at age 5. Love all the goodies you added to the pocket and page.

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  31. What a sweetie! I love this piece, very soft and the colours seem to reflect the time.

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  32. Fabulous page Annette - love the colour pallet xx

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  33. Wonderful layout Annette, it's going to look great in a frame on the wall! I love the papers and embellishments you chose they complement your picture perfectly!

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  34. I love the page.. The picture is too cute I'm going to have to use more of the vellum goodies I need to learn to stitch on paper,probably the only thing I could "sew". Awesome project !!!

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  35. what a cute photo of you! =) great page and details

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  36. Cute photo,amazing project!!!! barbarayaya

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  37. Best. Picture. Ever! So stinking cute :) And the project is just as cute.
    Jess

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  38. You are adorable! What a sweet photo to have and your LO is wonderful Annette. LOVE it!

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  39. Well there's no mistaking that smile !
    what a brilliant layout. Annette you look like butter wouldn't melt ...! Toni x

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  40. Just fabulous! Love the vintage feel and all the metal trinkets you added! :)

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