It is a day of many differences. Technically it is Thursday, but I have done a lot of Friday things. Shopping for one as I am actually doing my paid job tomorrow. I have also been a bit creative which is usually a Friday or weekend thing.
I have often looked a a book that I made several years ago and wondered if I should make others like it. I wanted to keep the original, well, original, but the style and method of creation is so enjoyable that I couldn't resist any longer.
With the process in mind I decided to make 2 at the same time. The production line method suits me and it also means that all the sticky-icky bits get done and out of the way.
I took some card off cuts, these are 3 inch squares, and started by covering them in pages from an old book. My youngest son was horrified that I was ripping up an 'Oscar Wilde book'. I quickly informed him that it was a) not a first edition and b) only a book about the works of Oscar Wilde. Maybe I should have thought more about how he knows about Oscar Wilde? Oh well. Education is a fine thing.
|Front Cover - The Road I Took|
I then tinted the edges, and used a set of house stamps to decorate each page. I masked out the houses to give the look of a street by stamping in layers. I then coloured the houses using Pro-Markers in subtle shades of grey - only 2 for those that think there has to be 50 shades of grey.
I printed out the words from another stamp (Paper Artsy I think) and cut them up into bite-sized pieces and mounted them onto black paper. I Haven't put a title on the front of this one yet as I am still enjoying the moon silhouette. These are becoming a bit of thing with me at the moment. I really must put the circle punch out of reach.
Once the holes had been punched into each page with the Cinch (I have a Bind-it-all too but thought the round holes would look better on this) I threaded some hemp string to bind and added some wooden beads in similar colours to decorate.
|Dreams - by Langston Hughes|
I also made another book featuring the lovely Lavinia Stamps and the moon silhouette AGAIN. This one is very similar to the original. I used slightly larger card for this one coming in at about 3 x 4 inches. This time I used the words of a poem by Langston Hughes. Short poems work well mainly because there is a limit to the number of words you can get on a page when the books are so small.
Dreams - by Langston Hughes
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
Well that is all for today my lovelies. I need to remember it is Thursday and make sure I get up for work in the morning. Fingers crossed there isn't a frost, brrrrrrrrrrr.
Have a lovely Easter weekend.