Happy Friday! Please join us in winding down this work week with another wonderful Brand Ambassador feature. Today, the fabulous Marina Blaukitchen is here to introduce herself and her creative binding album that features Olde Curiosity Shoppe – DCE. Marina's passion for detail and creative projects has been a real asset, and we are so excited to share her story here today along with her beautiful work for another year. Before we jump in, it is time to announce this week's blog prize winner!
…and the winner is…Arianna Barbara! Congratulations Arianna. She said, "Thanks for the useful tips!!! Great idea!!!"
Please email [email protected] to claim your prize.
This week's prize package: Vintage Hollywood 12×12 Paper Pad, 12×12 Patterns & Solids Paper Pad, 2 Chipboard, Tags & Pockets Die-Cuts, 8×8 paper pad, Ephemera & Journaling Cards, Black ATC Tags, Square Tags & Pockets Mini Albu, Square Deep Matchbook Box, Metal Drawer Pulls, Metal Lion's Head Knockers, and Vintage Hollywood Stamps, total value $135+.
"Hi everyone! It is Marina, and first of all, I want to say how proud I am to be part of the Graphic 45 design team for a second term as Brand Ambassador. Graphic 45 has always been my favorite brand so I cannot feel happier than I am right now.
I live in Valencia, a city on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. I’ve been married to Juan for 33 years, and we have two daughters, Marina (30 years old) and Paty (27 years old) that is getting married today! We also have two dogs, Paul & Yaky, and two cats, Cookie & Nena to complete the family!
I like reading, cruising, gardening, baking, and most of all scrapbooking and crafting!
My favorite scrapbooking tool are scissors. I can’t live without them. I always carry them with me and take every opportunity to fussy cut.
I love to make scrapbooks and projects in my craft room with my TV on. I always listen to every film or TV program but never watch them because I am so focused on what I’m doing that I don’t look up! Also, I like to listen to music while I’m working.
The first Graphic 45 collection I worked with was French Country. I fell in love immediately and started to look for other G45 Collections in my country until I found some more and brought them all with me as great found treasures.
Lately, I am very interested in binding, decoration for spines and also off the page projects that I love so much.
Today I show you how to make a binding using cardboard, self-adhesive canvas and Olde Curiosity Shoppe DCE, one of my favorite collections.
It is very easy and fun to make your own bindings, there are a lot of techniques and I go on investigating about.
1.- You can use any fabric or self-adhesive ones. You have to be very careful if you are dealing with very thin fabrics. It is preferable to test the glue on the fabric to check that it does not stain or deteriorate.
In the case of staining, you will have to choose to use double-sided tape to adhere it to the cardboard and glue to stick the internal parts that will not be seen when the binding is finished.
2.- The albums can be any size. It is very important to take the measurements of each piece well so that they fit well when we proceed to the assembly of the album. Test the pieces to check that they are of the necessary measurement before gluing.
3.- The spines of the album can be sewn and we can add beads, findings, chipboards or any other embellishments so that it is richly adorned. When they are on our shelves they will look beautiful.
I love this collection so much that I also made a perpetual calendar.
Graphic 45 Supplies:
- Some fabric or self-adhesive canvas.
- Some cord
- Some eyelets
I look forward to start working on the new projects coming up. I hope that you like them and they inspire you. Thank you very much for visiting Graphic 45 blog every day, where the whole team shows all their projects made with so much affection and dedication." ~Marina Blaukitchen
Well, we cannot say it better than Marina. We are so grateful for all you readers out there who come to this blog to share in craft inspiration with us each day. We are of course so grateful for Marina and the whole team as well for providing a look at their work and technique. It is so lovely that we can all come together around our shared passion for the art of crafting. We'd love to hear about some of your favorite Marina projects in the comments below. Have a great weekend, G45ers.