Thursday, August 14, 2014

Memory Book


An option for themes this month is a "vacation summer memory book". My idea was to create a small book using various leftover handmade papers that I processed and went unused.


This small booklet could be used for snapshots of special summer moments or to layer in hand written notes for remembrance.

Each of the pages are different as the photos show:
(NOTE: The front cover is made from a sheet similar to page 1 and it's look changes entirely with the wax added.)
Page 1-Embedded paper  resin shards
Page 2-Texturized sheet
Page 3-Recycled scraps
Page 4-Colored pulp painted edge
Page 5-More recycled scrap papers
Page 6-Recycled from scraps
Back Cover-Extra thick sheet made from scraps

A sheet of handmade paper, with resin covered dictionary pages that are embedded into the sheet, was used for the front cover.  Wanting to make the cover take on a different look, I coated the paper with melted beeswax.  The coating of wax gives the paper an interesting look and texture.  Once it is coated, the paper was heated with a heat tool.  Work on a safe surface covered with a heat resistant craft sheet. A rubber stamp was prepared with ink and set aside.  After heating the waxed cover and while the wax is still slightly soft, quickly press the prepared stamp into the cover, using good pressure.  Black Distress Paint was applied over the image, then wiped with paper towel to remove paint from the raised area.  (NOTE: if needed repeat the paint application and wiping.) If desired add some bronze Rub N Buff and finish by brushing some Perfect Pearls in any choice of color.

Two holes are punched into the left binding edge of each of the pages and two covers.  Lace ribbons through the holes and form a bow.. For a little extra embellishment glue a strip of any lace and finish off with a bit of bling.

A 20% discount on a purchase from the Arnold Grummer website for an order is available - use this code on the order AUG20.

6 comments:

  1. I'm a new follower and am excited to see so many creative ideas in this post. We all have left-overs!

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    1. So glad that you became a follower. I save every scrap of leftover handmade paper. Recycle, recycle, recycle.

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  2. Madeline - how fun to mix and match colors, inclusions and textures into a little vacation book. The mood and feeling of each sheet will bring out ideas for entries of a long weekend retreat or total getaway. Love it! Kim

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    1. Thanks Kim - I wanted to show that project don't have to perfectly match, especially for a project like this.

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  3. Love the little book! And using papers left over from other projects.....I think of these papers as "planned overs".....smile.
    Love and light,
    Michele

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