©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015
Today’s project is using another of the AG “books a’ la Carte!” kits. We will be going to a neighborhood party with a summer sea theme in a few days. The recipients are recently back home after an ocean cruise, so this new book will be the perfect hostess gift for the photos and memorabilia from their trip.
- Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
- A sunny window
- Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
- Westcott™ paper trimmer &scissors
- Scraps of ivory or off white and rusty orange paper (think junk mail, etc.)
- A tiny amount of dried crushed leaves or old spices
- AG #2720 “Books a la carte” kit
- Thin rust colored leather cord for binding (I wanted a different thread than came with the kit)
- Ivory colored beads with large holes
- ColorBox Chalk™ charcoal black ink pad
- Sea themed rubber stamp
- Alcohol markers: light brown, light blue and yellow
- Iron (if you want the paper to be smooth)
- Follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create 2 sheets of off white handmade paper. (I added a tiny bit of spices to the slurry to create speckles in the paper.)
- Create 3 sheets of rusty orange paper.
- When the papers are dry, iron them to make them smooth.
- Adhere the rusty orange paper to the front and back covers with Scor-tape.
- Trim off the excess paper.
- Assemble the book following the direction in the kit.
- Attach the beads by threading them onto the leather cord. (Refer to the photo for layering and placement.)
- Cut a sheet of the off white paper to fit the cover, leaving a border, and attach the paper with Scor-tape.
- Cut a piece of rusty orange paper a tiny bit smaller than the off with paper and layer it on top of the off white paper.
- Cut a second piece of off white paper leaving a tiny border. Tear this sheet to form 3 pieces (see photo) and layer next.
- Stamp the sea scene onto the off white paper with the ColorBox Chalk™ ink.
- Use the alcohol markers to color in the beach house and sea,.
- Bind the book with the drift wood stick.
Remember to always save the scrapes of handmade paper!