Today I have a journal to share that I created for Tim Holtz's Idea-ology booth at CHA. I am still doing posts from the hotel in LA so they are a little lighter on the info than normal. I hope that all of the photos will help make up for the light details.
For this book, I used the Idea-ology tabbed Grungebook. I used the front and back covers and three of the tabbed inside dividers. The base layer on the front cover is a layer of patterned paper from the Crowded Attic Paper Stash on top of a piece of Sticky Back Canvas that has been colored with Distress Ink.
I added a band of Ruler Ribbon and Idea-ology Trimmings that I colored with Distress Ink. I used the ribbon to tie on a Swivel Clasp that holds several Idea-ology goodies (Baubles, Word Key, Chain Tassel, and Philosophy Tag).
I die cut flowers from Kraft Glassine using the Tattered Florals Alterations die and layered them with Foliage flowers and leaves. I used a pair of pliers to bend and shape a Washer and used it as a flower center under the flower on the left. I added a Crowded Attic Salvage Sticker butterfly next to the flowers. I used Copic makers to add color to the butterfly. Once the marker was dry, I rubbed Vintage Photo Distress Ink over it to mute the colors.
I slipped a piece of patterned paper and a Kraft Glassine envelope under the band. Both were embellished with Crowded Attic Salvage Stickers.
I used an ink applicator tool to apply color to each of the pages. I also sprayed each inked page with a Perfect Pearls Mist. I used the mist color that was most like the ink color of each page. I cut smooth white cardstock to create blank pages to fill each section.
I sewed a piece of patterned paper from the new Crowded Attic Paper Stash to the first divider. I added Reinforcers around each of the binding ring holes.
I typed a quote on a piece of patterned paper and clipped it to a Crowded Attic Salvage Sticker with a Hanger Clip. I used the clips so that the top of the hanger was to the back so that it looked like a triangular clip rather than a hanger. I added foliage leaves and flowers as well as a Kraft Glassine die cut flower.
I used the small type alphabet stickers from the Crowded Attic Salvage Sticker set to add words to my tabs. The stickers were larger than I wanted so I trimmed each one down on each side. I added a sewn line along the bottom of the stickers.
I used the same formula for the other two tabbed dividers, covering each with paper and adding stitching.
Again, I used another quote typed on a piece of patterned paper. I really love this one. i am thinking about putting it on a note card and posting it on my treadmill.
I absolutely love the way the Kraft Glassine looks die cut and layered with Foliage pieces. It is really an amazing paper. It can be crinkled, inked, painted, etc. I didn't ink these pieces at all because I really love the way the paper looks right out of the package.
Here is a closer peek at the Reinforcers. I love how they have patterns on them from so many of my favorite patterned Idea-ology items. They ink nicely too with Distress Ink.
As I did before, I trimmed down alpha stickers to fit my tab and added a stitching line for an accent.
When I do mini books, I often like to make a formula and use it through out the whole book. It takes out some of the guess work and gives the project a cohesive flow.
I didn't notice until this book was packed and shipped and I was editing photos that I had a typo. I guess that is the downside of using a manual typewriter without spell check! I was so tired one night when I was typing these pieces that I kept making mistakes. I must have typed these quote pieces a half dozen times each. I was so excited when I thought I got each one with no goofs. sigh. Oh well, I love how the type looks, next time I will just try to type a little less tired.
The back cover duplicates part of the front cover design with paper layered over inked Sticky Back Canvas and sewn.
It is hard to tell, but I added a thin layer of batting under the the paper and Sticky Back Canvas to give the look of a padded book cover. I love the way that it softened the look of the book.