firstfloorflat is taking a short break.

Hi everyone

I'm taking a short break to sort out my shop. I've had an absolute disaster - lost my hard drive with 4 years' worth of archives, tutorials, artwork etc - so I'm going to have to redo everything!

So please bear with ... I'll be back very soon, promise!

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firstfloorflat's Shop Announcement

Welcome to 1st Floor Flat!

Based in the UK, I'm a mixed-media artist who also loves to make blank journals and books, and dabbles in digital design and blog makeovers.

I'm an avid collector of vintage paper and ephemera, which I make into unique art pieces. I also offer packs of vintage papers etc for sale. I love to make journals, sketchbooks and scrapbooks - and work with beautiful papers: Bockingford, Fabriano etc - papers that will take any amount of paint and collage. My special Keepsake and Wedding albums use smooth, flexible papers that are perfect for mounting your photographs and ephemera. I also like to make vintage journals, using original book covers and a mix of vintage and new paper. Each of these is totally unique: I make eveything by hand, right from cutting the boards, to sewing and decorating.

I love messing around in Photoshop, but when it comes to blog makeovers I'm self taught. I learnt everything the hard way - if at first something doesn't work, I keep trying until it does -and now write little bits of coding myself! I adore to design blog backgrounds, headers, buttons, blinkies, email links... fun toys to customise blogs and make them unique and beautiful. Most of my designs tend to have a vintage, Shabby Chic feel. I always try to aim for elegant and unusual.

I teach mixed media, journalling and bookbinding, so you know the tutorials I offer here have been tried and tested (many, many times). These are in .pdf format so that you can print out or view onscreen in the comfort of your own home. With fully illustrated notes & my own photographs, hand-drawn diagrams and step-by-step instructions, I also include a little gallery of finished books to help inspire you. Whether a beginner or more advanced, you will easily be able to make albums, journals scrapbooks... and if you get stuck, just convo me.

I also undertake special commissions.

Thanks so much for looking!