Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Cars Album for Frilly and Funkie!

Hello to you on this beautiful day! I know this photo doesn't look like it belongs on my blog, but if you read on you'll find there's a good reason for that.   

It's the start of a brand new two week challenge at The Frilly and Funkie Blog! Kathy is our hostess, with the Challenge Theme of Opposites Attract.  For this challenge Kathy asks us to create any type of project you choose, as long as it is not done in your usual style and color palette.

At the end of the challenge the team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at the Frilly and Funkie Blog. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique! For entry specifics and  inspiration from my amazing teammates just click on the blog link above.

My signature style is soft, flowery, and feminine with a vintage touch. And there's always a bow! I had to dig really deep to find my way out of it. I threw a few projects in the trash bin before deciding on this Tim Holtz grunge board/grunge paper album in bright, primary colors.

My grandboy is a 'Cars' fan. Maybe more than your average fan. He has the entire film memorized! We're planning a family Disney trip, so I crafted him a Cars themed album to use as an autograph book.

The album is created using Tim Holtz Grunge Board for the exterior. The pieces of the cover are joined with Tyvek envelope scraps. Tyvek envelopes NEVER tear, no matter how hard you try. You literally must cut them with a sharp scissors to get them open, so they work perfectly for my project. The three ring binder is also a Tim Holtz item that is attached to the spine with brads. Once assembled the entire album is coated in a base of black gesso. The spine has an additional, more flexible overlay of Grunge Paper. It's embossed then painted in Fire Brick Red Distress Ink. 

The outer and inner boards are covered in hand stitched, embellished pages. The inside of the front cover features a handstitched pocket containing a collection of Route 66 vintage postcards.  

A few embellishments are purchased, but most are handcrafted from found items and images. The miniature postcards are printed from actual vintage postcards that I collected and scanned. 

The inner pages are left blank for signatures from Mickey and the entire Disney gang, and of course, a page for a photo of my grand munchkin with the one and only Lightening McQueen!    

Mater is fussy cut from a found image. He is several layers deep. Each layer is popped up with foam tape for a dimensional appearance. All of the images and embellishments are covered in Multi Medium Matte or Gloss to lend protection and durability.  

The back cover features the entire population of Radiator Springs! You may have noticed there is no bow anywhere on this album! It was difficult, but I did it!    

Thanks so much for visiting with me! Now it's your turn to look inside yourself and create something completely out of your usual style. I can't wait to see what you come up with! 



  1. Wow !
    Your Grandboy will be so pleased with his Album .
    Take Care
    Elaine H X

  2. Nancy, this is spectacular! The construction, the color palette, the idea, all the wonderful details....just amazing! Your attention to detail always inspires me, and this fun album, although not your usual style, is just as much a work of art as anything else you do. Your grandson is going to flip...and what a wonderful keepsake with all his Disney autographs and photos. It's genius! And those vintage Route 66 postcards are such a nice touch! Way to rock a challenge, girl!

  3. Wow this is truly the opposite of your normal style Nancy! I love your interpretation of the theme, and I love your Disney piece! What a fabulous theme for an album, so much fun! hugs :)

  4. This just made me smile with the fun Cars theme! Brilliant take on the Funkie side of things and this is going to be loved by your grandson! Fabulous mini album!

  5. Wow! You really have gone to the 'other' side! That said, I loVe this! I remember the Cars days with both my grandsons and can imagine the response you will get when you hand this over! This such fun - and a truly brilliant idea!! Hugs, Chrisx

  6. Love that you stepped so far out of your comfort zone with this Nancy! It's a fabulous album, beautifully made and just perfect for your grandson xx

  7. Fantastic project and absolutely the opposite of your normal style but I know of one little boy that will think you are the best Grandmother in the world. Job well done!!!!