Wednesday, 1 August 2018

* Gecko Galz: Beach Blanket Bingo


It's August already - can you believe it? 
A new month brings a brand new challenge at the Gecko Galz blog and the theme this month is 
Beach Blanket Bingo.

Here is a card I made:

 I did lots of fussy cutting from the collage sheets to compose this collage card. Some elements were resized prior to printing (palm tree and seagulls). Each element was inked around the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and adhered directly onto the card or placed on foam pads to give some dimension.

Here is what I used:
Bingo Card: Gecko Galz Jan 2018 free collage sheet (sign up for newsletter on the blog to get one free sheet each month)
Own stash: Blank card, reft card, Vintage Photo ink, glue, foam pads, pearl gems, cheesecloth.

And here is a mini journal I made:

The mini journal is made from one sheet of 12 x 12 inch designer paper, patterned on both sides. It is decorated with elements from Gecko Galz collage sheets and kits. 

Here is a quick step by step guide:

1. Score the 12 x 12 inch paper at 3 and 9 inches. Do not fold yet, but turn the paper 90 degrees and score at 4 and 8 inches. Do not fold yet.
2. Cut the four corners (see pic) and keep the cut outs for later.

3. Now fold along the score lines. Round the corners if you want. Ink the edges of the paper.
4. Add extra fold-outs if you like, using the spare paper and making hinges from a folded strip of paper.
5. Make small pockets, again from the spare paper. I used a die to cut a fancy top edge. Ink around the edges. and glue carefully into place along the bottom and side edges.
6. Add image decorations using cut out collage images - ink the edges. If you wish to tuck journal cards under the images, make sure not to apply glue all over.
7. Make mini journal cards from ATCs, patterned paper, quotes, toppers.
8. Add a ribbon or string fastening.

Here is a list of Gecko Galz collage sheets used:
Images: Beachy Jewels, Cuties by the Shore, By the ShoreSeaside Spleandour Kit
Words: Charming Words, In Other Words Stamp set, Journal Toppers
Bingo Cards: Gecko Galz free collage sheets from Jan, Feb March and July 2018 ( sign up for the GG Newsletter on the blog to get one free sheet each month)
Starfish ATC: Gecko Galz August 2017 free collage sheet.
Own stash: 12 x 12 inch patterned paper, sequin waste trim, string, die, Vintage Photo ink and blender, corner punch, die for pocket top, glue scissors, score board.

First flap opens up to reveal:

Bottom flap opens to reveal:

Side flaps open:

Each side flap has an extra fold out made by creating a hinge from the patterned paper scraps. This is the left hand side:

And this is the right hand side:

Tiny journal cards are tucked behind the images:

Different sizes of journalling cards are tucked into the pockets - starfish ATC card, Bingo Cards, images and quotes:

The Bingo cards are tucked into the image pockets ready for adding some journalling or photos:

This is the back. I threaded the string through two pieces of foam tape attached to the back of the image for the fastening mechanism:

That's all from me for now!

I hope you'll join our Beach Blanket Bingo challenge where the Winner will get 
$25 shopping spree 
at the Gecko Galz shop.

The only rule is that you must use at least one Gecko Galz product ...
(this can be one of the freebies or, of course, you can buy at the Etsy store!) 
Also if you sign up for the Gecko Galz newsletter, you'll be able to claim a free collage sheet each month and get first claim on the $1 Wednesday deals!

Please pop over to the Gecko Galz blog to see the fabulous designs by the very talented DT.

We also have a Private Facebook Group where there are 4 monthly challenges, each with a collage sheet prize. Come and join us!

I'll be back on the 12th with more Gecko Galz projects.

Here's all the info you need:

Thanks for stopping by today.

I'd like to play along in the following challenges: 

Use Your Stuff #323 Colour Challenge 04/08
Crafting from the Heart #217 AG 05/08 (2)
Cards in Envy On the Beach 05/08
Crafters Cafe #201 Travel/Relaxing 13/08
A Snowflake's Promise #53 AG 14/08
Retarte #125 AG 20/08
Creates and Makes #23 AG 27/08
Creative Inspirations Holidays 04/09
GG DT Challenge Winner

Mini Journal
Jo's Scrapshack #244 AG 03/08
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #86 AG 04/08
Always Fun Challenges #69 Anything but a Card 05/08
Pammie's Inky Pinkies #1830 AG 05/08
Artistic Inspirations #205 AG 05/08 (2)
Pile It On #144 Vintage/Retro 05/08 (3)
Paperminutes #548 Scenes by the sea 06/08
Love to Craft #25 AG 31/08
Ike's World #111 All at Sea 01/09

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