Wednesday, February 22, 2012

My Swap for Sherry.

These are the 4 items that Sherry sent to me. Design paper, lace, beads and green net flowers. I forgot to take a picture of them before I started and have borowed this piccy from Sherry.
I spent ages thinking what to do with them and had two things in mind but eventually kept coming back to the idea of making a journal from an old book. I had found the idea in my 'Craft Stamper' magazine and had it ear marked to have a go one day. When I went to start cutting the paper I turned it over to mark the lines and found the name of the design. It is called Life's Journey Old Rose. Well that cinched it, a book to record a journey through life it became. The book came from my local charity shop. (I had to break my UIU pledge to buy it but as I needed it in order to use up both Sherry's and my stashes I felt it was justified.)
Gluing the pages together became totally a battle of wills between me and the book! I mean how difficult can it be to stick book pages together. Started off with PVA glue 80%glue/20% water. Ha! All I ended up with was a soggy book. So into the airing cupboard it went for 5 days and came out with the pages peeling apart as I opened it. Der. Ok. Next try glue in a stick push up tube. That worked better and I really thought I had sussed it. Next day nice and dry but still peeling apart. Okey Dokey out came the glossy accents and a good amount was applied around each section of pages (fifteen to one new page. ) Next came my heat gun which promptly cut out cos I was using it too near the page. Resort to the hair dryer. result? Buckled pages!! When your back is up against the wall and as a last resort get the iron out and iron like the clappers for all your worth whilst singing "I will survive"!!!!!!!!!!! Finally with Inka Gold rubbed over the edges they were stuck, after all how diffuicult can it be to stick book pages together!!!
After that it was plain sailing and I really enjoyed myself.
I personalised the front cover with hardboard initials which I painted and then covered with crackle paint. Home made flowers and some of the beads used for the centres.
Inside cover using some of the green net flower and more of the beads + the 1st page.
I painted over the pages with a thin wash of acrylic matt artist paint in off white and used distressed inks around the edges.
Had to slip the shrink plastic' wally heart' button in somewhere! + some of the lace.
Added lace from my own stash and used loads of different stamps on the pages.
'Fluffy' gave me some Luminarte paint pots that she wasn't using and they have quickly beocme the new shrink plastic for me. The effect on the roses/flowers on the pages is really lovely.
A deep lace pocket with ribbon was used on this page and a tag insert made with the green net flowers.
More stamping and flowers.
Another pocket made from a page that I embosed with butterflies and a tag insert.
More of the lace.
And the last pages.
And a close up of the tags.
I had one tiny scrap of the paper left over and one bead which I used to make a card for Sherry that I enclosed in the parcel. See the post under this one to find what Sherry made for me.
I am entering this into the following challenges:
Anything Goes: Altered Projects. (Old Book)
All Sorts: Anything Goes.
Crafty Catz: Favourite Things . ( I used the the 4 swap items from Sherry)
Totally Gorjuss: Lace. (Throughout the book)
Creatalicious: All about Lace. (Anything with lace on)

21 comments:

  1. All I can say is WOW. :-)
    This is stunning and well worth all the struggle at the start.
    Hugs,
    A x

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  2. This is just gorgeous,very inspirational.I love it.xxx

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  3. Yikes Mrs A - this is flipping fabulous!! Amazing result after all the trials and tribulations - love, love it to bits :)

    Did you use any snippets at all - maybe for the flowers or summick, even the piece of lace? We don't have totally rigid rules and your snippets playmates would absolutely love to see this beauty I'm sure! You'd get double goes on the pogo stick!!

    Di xx

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  4. Thanks for your kind comment - I am thinking of you too. Love the book.

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  5. It truly is a fabulous work of art and I am over the moon happy that it is all mine! Thank you again xx

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  6. Good grief. I got quite exhausted reading about your sticky problems but what a result. A fabulous gift for anyone.

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  7. Anne, this is stunning and you made it look so good after struggling well done!!:) Sandra H

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  8. After all the trials and tribulations you really hit it out of the park with this fabulous creation! It's Beautiful!
    Blessings Bernie

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  9. Hi Mrs A
    I don't even know if you left a cheeky comment - I spotted this just now and raced back through the playground fence to give you a hug and say how delighted we are that you came to play : It's super and spiffing and gorgeous, as I already said....three rounds of the playground on the new pogo stick ::) Di xx

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  10. Snort, snort - you've been RUMBLED!!

    Spotted a comment and the lovely Sandra H let it slip that you're Anne huh, huh, huh?!?!?!?! Lovely name, and at least Mrs H ain't quite so scarey now :)

    Di x

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  11. Beautiful creation and thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz with our favouites challenge. Hope to see you back next week. xx

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  12. This journal is fab-u-lous Darling! All that work is stunning! Enjoyed the peep!

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  13. You have been a busy bee! Great journal, Glad you could join us at Totally Gorjuss this week for our Lace Challenge, see you soon! hugs Samantha :0)

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  14. Lessons Learned! Lol. But The End Result is Simply Gorgeous! The Gold Pulled it Together & Gives it That Something Special Look.
    Love it! Hugs,Tee

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  15. Your altered book is amazing and so lovely. You really had me laughing about gluing the pages together. Been there. LOL Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting. Blissful weekend...

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  16. This is gorgeous, I especially love all the different elements that you have used. Its really lovely, Luv Karen xx

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  17. What a brilliant piece of work! You have been very creative xx

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  18. This is absolutely stunning!! How clever you are. What did you finally use to glue the pages together? How many pages are glued together? Thank you for sharing.

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  19. I thought i commented on this fabbo project, but perhaps we just spoke about it.. Anyway, it's gorgeous, so many details to look at. xxx

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