Flap Happy!

Week 8 Challenge: Add a Flap to Your Flap

Any time I have a chance to add more bulk to my planner, I’m ALL IN!  Since each week we already have a “flap” or “tip-in,” I loved the idea of adding yet another folding element to my page!  I started with three manilla tags that I cut down to fit the width of my planner pages.  I stained them with Ranger Distress Stain in Barn Door, then edged them in Vintage Photo.  Once dry, I brushed on some white gesso  with a plastic card and let dry again.  I ripped up some old book pages and adhered to the tags with matte gel medium and let dry again.  I wanted some more definition, so I pulled out my big, fat, fun Stabilo Woody water soluble crayons, outlined the tags, then ran a wet paint brush around the edges to smudge.  I love the effect.

Next I stained the base of my ‘tip-in’ with Ranger Distress Stain in Tumbled Glass and again used my Stabilo Woody Crayons to color and smudge the edges.  For a pop of color and texture, I stitched a strip of crinkled vintage seam binding across the top of each tag and embellished with scraps and bits I had in my stash.  I stamped the numbers onto a piece of ledger paper using a very cool set of vintage wooden stamps I found at a Trade Days event in Fredericksburg, Texas (an entire alphabet, numbers and symbols for only $7)!  I used a variety of clear stamps to print my message “3 things I love” onto my blue page, then used washi tape to adhere my flaps to my main page, overlapping each one.  To finish up, I journaled on each tag and taped the entire project into my planner.

I’m thrilled with out my flaps turned out!  I can’t wait to see what you can create with your flap challenge and as always, don’t forget to stop by the Art to the 5th Blog and visit the other four artist pages!

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  1. Rae Missigman

    ooooh SEE it IS lovely! I am loving that pop of blue! VINTAGE AND NUMBERS – I fainted for a moment! xo

  2. Kristin

    love, love, love this Lorraine! and your vintage stamps- what a score!! i probably would have hurt myself trying to get my money out of my pocket fast enough 🙂 the seam binding is a very nice touch- love the stitching!

  3. Kathy K

    Love the stamps from Fredericksburg. How didn’t I see them? Love the tag flaps, too.

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