Saturday, February 1, 2014

Botanical Tea Easel Album

With all the excitement of my publication, I am late to post this project for Graphic 45 with their new Botanical Tea collection.  This is my personal favorite of the newest releases.  The imagery is perfect as always and I love the colors they chose.

I just love this vibrant blue bird image.  I also love all the lush botanical images.

As always, it was hard to use some of my precious the metal staples doorknob, but I managed and the project is much better for it.

The bottom of the easel book is actually the side that now opens.  I cut the album along the seam and used the new washi tape to seal up the edges.  A fun latch gives the book more character.

Inside I made several two page layouts.  I simply let the papers speak to me as I went.

Lots of paper flowers by Petaloo were added along the way, as you can see they are a perfect compliment.

Some of the images were simply matted and some were fussy cut to add interesting but simple additions to each page.

Since I did not have any of the coordinating embellishments I created some of my own, like the tiny pink corners used to frame the fern.

I just cannot get over the beautiful muted tones of this palate.

More sweet floral patterns along side classic botanical prints.

A tip for the inside of the book:  before adding my papers I stained the inside of the coil with picket fence distress stain.  Adding this muted white really helped with the shabby chic look I was going for.

I got a bit carried away with matting images.  It is such a simple way to add detail.

Here you can see one of the shabby chic metal keyholes.  I really love the new finish.

Thanks for sticking with me to the end!  I hope you were inspired just a bit.  I know looking at these nice spring images was fun, especially in the midst of all this snow!




  1. Absolutely gorgeous. Feels like spring know king at my door..

  2. Beautiful papers and a beautiful creation!

  3. The Angels are singing a glorious song!!! When I first saw this I actually had to catch my breath!!! It is absolutely divine! I LOVELOVELOVE the layering and all of the great detail work! Your work is always so amazing and I look forward to seeing your projects! Thank you for sharing a piece of your heart with me!

  4. This is gorgeous! Can't wait to see these papers in person.

  5. Rhea -- this album is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!! It certainly does inspire. You are a true artist.

  6. Such a sweet album and I just love that closure! I must agree with you, it's a very beautiful collection. ~Debbie


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