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Friday, August 10, 2012

"Surprise The Pride" Blog Hop

Hello, and Welcome to the August "Surprise The Pride" Blog Hop!  I am glad that you are able to pounce around our Dens and see what all of my Pride Sisters and Brother have in store for you! You should have reached me after seeing what RJ came up with, but incase you are out of order,  you should have started the whole hop with Kimi, and have come to me from Sherence's site, here.  

The theme of this month was "Surprise The Pride".  We all made whatever we wanted, no rules!
This is what I came up with for you, and for my PRIDE!

This was a fun project.  I had been thinking of another way to do a file folder album, with the Memory File idea in mind...and came up with this.  When I saw this paper (The French Country Stack)  by DCWV, I knew it was perfect for the project.
 I used a straight cut tab file folder for this project.  The flowers are mostly by Recollections.  The green ones I got in a grab bag, so I don't know where they came from.  The bling and tickets are also recollections.  The metal post is by Momenta.  I was trying to come up with a "signpost" type of look, did I do it?
 I also used three 6 1 /2" x 9 1/2" envelopes, and multiple greeting card envelopes (and the cards for the some of the tags).
 When you open the file, you get this page.  There is a huge tag in the large envelope on the left side.
 I created an accordion book for this side, closed with a ribbon.
 Inside each of these envelopes I put one of the cards, with punched paper edges.  A 4x6" photo will fit under the edges of this paper punched edge.
 These are two of the giant tags to fit in the larger envelopes.
 This is two of the larger envelopes attached to each other, then attached to the spine of the folder with a paper fastener.  Remember those?  I added paper pockets and more flowers.  The spray is by Recollections, but the added pink roses are by Shabby Chic.
 I busted out the Coluzzle and made mini file folders to put inside those pockets.
 This is the last page.  I created cascading pages with the envelopes, again using the cards for the tags.  I used paper hinges attached to the envelopes, then inserted through slits in the back page paper to attach this to the file folder...
 ...that way the paper looks whole, no interruptions in the papers design.
 I alternated the openings just because I thought it would be fun.
 Underneath the last envelope was more space, so I embellished a little there as well.
I sure hope you liked this project.  I think it turned out cute, and I used up some of my flower stash that I have been hoarding for quite some time!  Now pounce on over to Violet's site and see what she created for us!!!

Here is the line up for the blog hop, in case you need to start at the beginning or missed something!

Stay Crafty, My Friends!


Proudmommy702 said...

Absolutely beautiful File Folder album. You used one of my all time favorite paper stacks. Love all the places to hold pics and journal. Fabulous work sister. Roar with Pride.

Kimibee said...

Michelle I love this....please show me how to make one? Those papers are so pretty! Thanks ever so much for prowling along with us....{hugs} Kimi xxooxx

Sue Hornsby said...

I love this! it is so cute! Packs so much space and is so well made! Great job!

Yvonne "Bon" Ledford said...


This is just a beautiful album! I can see all the detail that went into making this. Wonderful creation! I would love to know how to make this!! Thank you so very much for sharing! I am so pleased to be in your company. :)

Crafter Dude said...

OMG. I think I better step up my game.. You ladies are awesome..

48scrappin said...

Beautiful album Michelle!! And how blessed are you to have that paper stack... I unfortunately could never find it :( Your project is beautiful!! hugs, Violet

Margaret said...

Wow! I've never done an accordian album before. You've provide the inspiration that I need to try one. This is simply gorgeous!!!

Diddy Jones said...

Girl you know I love your file folder ideas and this is no exception. Brilliant construction and beautiful to look at too!! I still want to try it. xoxoxox Heather K.

Pocono Pam said...

WOW!!! One more time! WOW!!! Awesome detail! Love the paper that you used! TFS!

Audrey Frelx said...

I must say you've outdone yourself again with this one!!! It's just way too awesome. I really love the expanded pockets page!!!

Just gorgeous! TFS!!!

Just a Few Designs said...

ohhh sister! I didnt expect anything else but perfection!! Your mini is just adorable!! omg the colors are perfect! you rocked this project!!! I LOVE IT!!! Absolutely Gorgeous!!
...thanks for the positive thoughts and prayers!!!
love ya!!

Helen said...

This is really lovely, there seems to be a surprise on every page. Helen (Sydney)

Linda said...

WOW Michelle! I totally LOVE this projects! Tutorial please?!? AND I have that Coluzzle template too! I was cleaning the other weekend and found my Coluzzle binder - it even had my Perfect Layers rules in there! Hahaha! Thanks for sharing your talent with the Pride! Big hugs girly!

Janet said...

Oh - this is SO cute!! I can't wait to see the instructions on how to make this!!