Sunday, 1 November 2020

Anything But A Card For Country View Crafts

Good morning and a very happy Sunday. I hope you all had a great and spooky Halloween. Well although it sometimes feels that this year has lasted a decade so far, it also seems to be going really quickly and we are now into November! Of course, a new month means a new challenge at Country View Crafts, and this month it's Anything But A Card. Right at the start of lockdown (about 20 years ago), I started doing Clare Charvill's facebook classes to make memory books, and this is one that I've finally finished! 

I've used the beautiful Stamperia Imagine papers throughout. It was so hard to cut them up but I'm really happy how they look and at least I'll get to see them. There are a lot more photos
 now so grab a coffee and here we go!

It's quite a large album at 9 inches by 7, and the ribbon holds it all together.

I just love this image so she had to go on the front cover. I also bought lots of paper flowers but I'm not going to add them. They look lovely but add too much dimension and I think they would just get crushed so I added Glossy Accents in places instead.

I've chosen another of my favourite sheets for my back cover. The ribbon slides through the holder to make it easier to tie up.

This is the first page. I've taken all the tags etc out so that you can see the beautiful papers. I've not put any photo's in yet but there's room for lots.
There are flaps for more additions.

This is the back page showing the pocket for a booklet.
There are booklets to hold photos to fit in the front and back inside pockets.

and lots of tags, envelopes, and photo matts.
I made a video of the book with the booklets and tags in place, but new Blogger won't let me add it, so here's a few more photos instead.

So I re-made my video, it's very short, and sideways??? but hopefully it will work so fingers crossed.

It's going to be really hard choosing photographs to go inside but I'm determined to use it.
So please join in with us with  'Anything but a card' this month.
Take care and thanks so much for looking x


  1. Your book is a dream, it must have taken you a lifetime, well done. I'm gobsmacked. Wow! I really love all the pieces and care you put into it. Take care, stay safe, hugs, Valerie

  2. Wow, Sue, this memory book is gorgeous!!! You are right, these Stamperia papers are beautiful and I can imagine it was hard to cut them apart! Have a happy November!!! Big hugs xx

  3. Absolutely brilliant Sue - absolutely love it xx

  4. OMGoodness Sue, your album is so gorgeous, I just love everything about it! I hate cutting up beautiful papers too but it is such a wonderful way to display them, so really worth it. The lady on the front is so beautiful. And well done on making a video - so impressed!! Keep safe and well in the (very likely) new lockdown.... Hugs, Anne xxx

  5. As expected, it is a feast for the eyes Sue! Love all the flaps and pockets. Gives me another reason to finally tackle that album ... x

  6. Oh Sue this is absolutely stunning, you brave brave girl for using up those papers a beautiful way of showing them off (mine are still in the pack!) Clever you for getting a working video on blogger although you mentioned the size it's not till my eyes actually saw it that my brain registered just how big it was. Fab fab & FAb again.. I adore it, if you never put any photo's in it Sue it's still a stand alone work of art. Sigh!!
    Thanks so much for sharing.
    Take care Hugs Tracey xx

  7. Wooow!!! These Stamperia papers are absolutely gorgeous, especially featured in the way you chose!!!!
    Fabulous album, with many pockets, tags and pages... Absolutely BEAUTIFUL Sue, grat job and sample for your challenge!
    Hugs, staying happy and creative despite our reconfinement here in France ;-(

  8. Fabulous project Sue ! Have a great new month !
    Corrie x

  9. What a beautiful album you’ve done those papers proud.
    Amanda x

  10. Oh my! this is gorgeous, so love a hand made album. The papers are a real treat. Have a lovely creative week. Hugs, Angela xXx

  11. Oh my absolutely stunning. Love the vintage feel

  12. Oh my gosh! This is amazing! Gorgeous album and it is a perfect way to use this beautiful paper. So much work, but it is absolutely worth it!
    Happy November!
    Evelyn xx

  13. It's beautiful Sue, you must be so pleased.
    Loved all of your photographs and the video :)

    All the best Jan

  14. Wow Sue this is awesome and you can see why it took so long to complete. A real labour of love. Such a gorgeous keepsake. Happy November. Hugs xx


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