As promised, I am back today with some images of the inside of my book. If you click on each photo, a larger pop up version will open in case you want a better view. Since there were so many to share, I skipped adding several close ups.
I got several emails asking if I would be sharing how to make the book its self, and the answer is yes, of course! I am hoping to have a tutorial and pattern available in the early part of May.
As I mentioned yesterday, the text is the lyrics to a song called Alive by the group Superchick. It is on my workout play list and always gets me moving.
Each page started out at plain white cardstock. Each piece was spritzed with Walnut Gold Glimmer Mist and then inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The center fold of each page was reinforced with Tim Holtz Tissue Tape. The cardstock was a thin inexpensive cardstock that warped a lot with all of the product applied to it. I kind of like the effect because to me it makes it look super worn.
Every page has a combination of different stamps by Tim Holtz along with the awesome Hero Arts letter stamps.
I added spritzes of color to each page with assorted colors of Glimmer Mist.
I added watercolor like accents to some of the stamped images by using a wet paint brush dipped in Distress Stain.
I added several layers of stamped image layered over each other. I also stamped using Distress Inks so that the images would be a little less crisp. On some images, I took a dry cloth and wiped off some of the ink from the stamp before stamping so that the image would be faded and irregular.
I made a total goof on this page, by stamping an alphabet block on the lower right corner of the right page upside down. I chose a really intricate design to stamp over it, which thankfully covers it pretty well.
The Slight Alterations stamp set is quickly becoming one of my favorites. It is great for covering up and downplaying goofs. I have always been scared of stamping directly on a project for fear of goof ups. This stamp is totally my saving grace for goofs.
I think Daisy Yellow and Blue Skies have joined my list of "must have" Glimmer Mist colors along with Vanilla Breeze.
The branch on the bird on the branch stamp from the Urban Tapestry set is such a good branch! I inked just the branch part and used it here and on another page. It really compliments the branch stencil I used on the cover.
I have a serious love for the Eiffel Tower. Visiting it and going to the top are on my bucket list. It seemed like a perfect fit to use this stamp of it in this book.
I took the horizontal trio of butterfly images from the Papillon set and cut them apart to create three single images. I used one of them here.
On the final text page I added one of the new Pen Nibs over a stamped image of pen nibs.
I am saving the last page for journaling. I am debating adding a few photos in the book as well on the pages that are open.
I am planning to share the technique I use for coloring the Foliage on the cover and also a tutorial for making the book. Look for both of those in early May.
- book: my own pattern cut from creme muslin and spritzed with Walnut Gold Glimmer Mist
- stamps: Tim Holtz Papillon,Slight Alterations, Floral Tattoo, School Desk, Artful Artifacts, Mini Classics, and Curiosities ; Hero Arts Playful Letters, Printer's Type LC, and Printer's Type UC
- stains: Tim Holtz Distress Stains Peeled Paint, Antique Linen, and Wild Honey
- ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo and Black Soot
- mists: Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Blue Skies, Walnut Gold, Yellow Daisy, Timeless Lilac, SWAK, and Olive Vine
- embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Pen Nib and Tissue Tape Paperie