I've been holding this project back for over 3 months but I decided it was time to share it and get your feedback.
I've made mini books before- my December Daily project from 2011 is an all time favorite of mine.
But this mini about our family road trip from New York to Salt Lake City was a challenge.
Here's a look:
|I found you CAN spray Hambly transparencies! |
Just let them dry out over night.
Materials: Hambly Screen print cover, Maya Road Tangerine mist, washi tape from Target,
American Crafts layered embellishments and Ormolu journaling spots.
1. A transparent Hambly Screenprints cover with a machine stitched spine
2. Border sewn and gessoed interior pages for an art journal look.
|I used brittle vintage travel magazine pages for the inside of my book so |
I covered most of them with gesso to guard against breaking.
The resulting pages are a joy to turn!
As I quickly found out, hand sewing a couple of stitches to keep the pages together BEFORE you run the whole thing through your machine is a very good idea- especially when working with slippery transparency material.
|The mini quickly became an art journal project. Here I'm using a chipboard stencil from Retro Cafe Art.|
I also tried to make a confetti page with a glassine envelope but the resulting look was down right ugly so I ripped half the envelope off and just left one side.
Washi tape now covers the holes.
Unlike fabric, paper does not recover from a missed seam.
I no longer worried they would crumble apart and HUGE bonus- it feels great to touch and turn the pages.
I used my Martha Stewart Score Board to make the spine but the material is so thick it resists permanent bending and doesn't close properly.
I used a piece of washi tape to hold the book shut this time but next time I plan to make a little fabric button hook for the closure.
|Jenni Bowlin Studio kraft tags and Studio Calico car veneers-some of my favorite CHA summer 2012 items. The quote snippets from from a Glitz print from 2011- I wish I had gotten an extra sheet because the quotes are amazing.|
Since it doesn't lie flat I had to hold it while shooting.
Next time, I will use a knife to score a line on the transparency which should get it to lie flat for photos (and reading!)
Here is the back cover- I loved the texture from the stenciled gesso so much I left it mostly blank.
|The mini has very few actual embellishments. I used a pack of October Afternoon die cuts, Hambly camera rub-ons and an arrow from A Flair for Buttons. The compass stencil on the right-hand page is from Prima. Stamps are from Studio Calico, Studio AE and Viva Last Vegas Stamps (which is awesome- check out their website)|
|Lots of tape used in this mini. Most of it came from Target and the Recollection's |
brand sold in Michael's but I also used American Crafts Amy Tangerine tape and
Tim Holtz NYC subway tape (FAVE!!!!)
I'm very glad I pushed my technical limits with this project.
I loved working with gesso even if I had to wait 48 hours for it to dry evenly.
And the final take away? Never be afraid to make mistakes while making what is essentially a "memory" project.
You can always go back and fix those mistakes.
Or you can decide- like I did- that the mistakes are part of your process.
The next book will be better but only because I took so many "risks" with this one.
|Halloween cards made with Paper Source die cuts and stamps. |
(Someone's been having fun at work!)