Thursday, 5 July 2007

Finally I can show the photos!



Kym has now received this so I can stop teasing and show the finished book! This is my contribution to UK Stampers Velvet-ize swap. It's a bit hard to work out how this book works, until you follow the instructions and make it. It is a 6" square book when closed, but it has two front covers which sit one on top of the other, so that when they are open the book is 18" wide. The inside pages also fold on top of each other, and have fold out flaps, whew, it does sound complicated! Luckily the instructions from Craft TV Weekly are excellent, so it was pretty easy to put together.
The details of how I made the background paper are on a previous post here, and the instructions for the book are here at Craft TV Weekly (you will need to join to download the PDF, but it's free). To embellish, I firstly used a sponge and Distress Ink in Dusty Concord to add colour around the edges of the covers, inside and outside. I made tags and a pocket for them inside the covers, and printed off the quotation on vellum, which is inside the chipboard frame. The flowers are also sponged with Dusty Concord Distress Ink. The paper on the back of the inside pages is from K and Co, sponged again. There are several slide mounts, coloured and stamped to match, then the rest of the embellishments are from Dovecraft (chipboard), Prima (flowers) and Making memories (all of the metal items). All of the ribbon is from my stash.The spaces are for Kym to add photos or vintage images, whatever she likes really!
I loved making this book, although it was a little nerve-wracking to make for someone else, especially someone whose work I really like! I am now planning to make one for my Husband as a delayed birthday present, and fill it with photos of him with the baby. I will show it when it's done!

6 comments:

Nancy Maxwell James said...

Hazel
I am speechless. your book is just fantastic. what a piece of art and so much of your heart has been poured into it. beautiful piece!

Cora said...

Wow, this is gorgeous Hazel. I made one of these awhile back. They are fun. Your work is truly outstanding.

Sandy said...

This is so absolutely beautiful---WOW! You did an amazing job on it!

Sam said...

Crikey that's a beautiful book, well done!

Jacqueline's Craft Nest said...

It turned out just fabulous!! Such a beautiful project!!

Helbel said...

Oooh that's amazing, I'd be too scared to write in it. Good work! x hel x