Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Frilly and Funkie - Birds & Nests

Welcome to another Frilly and Funkie challenge!  This week the theme is Birds and Nests!  I have always been fascinated by birds and have had a number of varieties as pets in past years.  I was even blessed with nestlings from a pair of lovebirds and a pair of Lady Gouldian finches.  That was exciting, and messy, but moreso exciting!  Nowadays I prefer to observe birds in nature instead of in cages.  My current fascination is a pair of Carolina Wrens that frequent my front patio!  They are the cutest!

So for my project I decided to make a bird journal.  I started with a chipboard album that I covered with an assortment of papers from my stash (Pink Paislee, Glitz and Bo Bunny).  On the cover I used Tim's Sizzix Bird Branch die, cut from grungeboard and colored with distress ink, as well as a small bird's nest embellishment.  Underneath the die cut is a distressed image from the Artistic Outpost's Birds of a Feather stamp set.  The journal label was die cut with Tim's Movers and Shapers mini labels die.

On the inside journal pages I added glassine envelopes that hold ATC sized cards.  On the backs of the cards I stamped lines for journaling about bird sightings!  Some of the envelopes also hold die cut flowers, birds and other ephemera.  The pages were also randomly stamped with various bird-related images.  On each page space has been left for photographs, or drawings, of birds.

Journals of this type are a work-in-progress for a long time with me.  I'll sit it aside and at some point when I'm working on another project I'll get an idea to add something .  Hopefully, I'll be able to share the finished journal with you in the near future!
I hope you like my project and that you're inspired to join in our challenge over at Frilly and Funkie! You might win a $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique!  And don't forget to check out all of the other fabulous projects created by my fellow design team members!

The following items that I used on my project can be found at The Funkie Junkie Boutique! The boutique offers merchandise at up to a 20% discount from the typical retail price! That's a great deal and you should check it out!!


  1. WOW Donna! Love the ideas you've used here - those glassine pockets for the ATC cards are really clever and the bird theme has me enchanted. So glad I'm not the only one who takes an age to get albums done too! Thanks for this theme - so inspiring. Hugs, Jenny x

  2. What a beautiful journal, Donna! Somebody is gonna love getting that as a gift, I'm sure.

  3. This is just so cool, Donna! What a great approach to the challenge theme. Your little album is just so sweet. I love the wonderful vintage feel that you have captured here! This was such a unique and fun theme - I really had fun with it!


  4. What a lovely little journal .... wish I was as creative as you. I actually have bought a stash of things to "attempt" to start these little gems but .... I end up not doing any because my creativity is just not there. But, you have inspired me! Well done! :-D

  5. Fantastic idea Donna - your journal looks beautiful and I love the way you are using Linda's glassine envelopes - I have some of those so thank-you for inspiration. Gorgeous stamps and ephermera add up to really great make. Nicola x

  6. What an enchanting little album - the delicate vintage colours are just beautiful, and the little envelope pockets work so well for all those great images.
    Alison x

  7. Fabulous journal Donna, the little envelopes to hold a vintage bird image are gorgeous. Sue C x

  8. Gorgeous journal! I love the cover and the nest is fantastic! Each page is wonderful! Love the bright colors!