Monday, June 27, 2011

Become...

Hello,
Welcome on this sunny day, the summer has come out to play. Monday morning means time for the new theme over at Simon Says Stamp & Show. We say show us a word...and mine is 'Become' - a journey towards the real me. After a few intense inky weeks I really felt the need to return to paper and scissors so I created a Personal Inspiration Journal from envelopes and design papers full of pockets, tags and journalling cards stamped with heartfelt sentiments. 
'I used Wendy Vecchi's Art Parts dress form and leaves and stamps from A Form of Art and Celestial Art .  I cut chipboard covers, all sanded and edged with Rusty Hinge and the whole journal is covered and lined with a myriad of papers from Glitz and K&Company. Dive into those papers and dare to snip, I say.

Here is a side view without the tags to show you the book construction and all the pages and flaps formed by folding the envelopes. Colour, patterns and distressing galore.
I over-stamped the dress form with just the word Become from the full sentiment which fits just perfectly! The Art Parts have been inked up with Distress Inks, stamped and then sealed with Matt Medium. It's funny how a headless form can still portray many thoughts...and those gentle curves give her that subtle feminine je ne sais pas... I also added a ribbon and a small scallop piece painted and distressed with Claudine Hellmuth paints for that pop of blue.

There is something very satisfying and cathartic about making a book from scratch. I like seeing it evolve and love the feel of it getting heavier and stronger in your hands. Here you can see a pocket underneath the flap, a mini pocket and the tag pocket on the left. I went for six envelopes which soon bulks out providing plenty of journalling and photo surfaces.
The journalling cards slide into the right-hand pockets and are stamped with fabulous sentiments and stars from various Wendy Vecchi sets.

Here are the tags which echo the papers used to line the book, some of which are stamped too. Vintage dots and florals liking each others company! Everything is edged with Rusty Hinge which gives it all a welcome lift.

So there you have it. A journal ready to be filled with my thoughts and musings in life! Become was my word...what's yours? Hop over to the blog to see the other great creations by the Design Team. We're looking for three new top designs and there's also a $50 prize spree!
Thanks for visiting me - it's great to hear from you. If you have any thoughts or questions do let me know. For now, I'm signing off...over and out...
Sarah

11 comments:

Candy C said...

Good morning Sarah! I really do love your little book. It's darling. Love the colors and all the stamps you chose to use on this. You are so right...there is something cathartic about making a book from scratch. Yours turned out great! <3 Candy

art-from-the-heart said...

Oh Sarah, I love this construction!

Marjie Kemper said...

Love this, Sarah! The tags and blank pages are all wonderful but to me the best part is the word "Become" on the dress form. Stunning!

Lori said...

Awesome Sarah! Love the dress form with the vine on the front, that looks wonderful! And the inside is just as special! Very cool!

Vic said...

Great book!

Gillian .... said...

Fabby dabby DT piece Sarah, as a lover of all things WV this is right up my street. "Become" on the dress form is so perfectly placed, love all the tags for inside.

Sam said...

I am loving this little book. It is gorgeous.
Are you including it in your Mojo Monthly by any chance? Not long now!!!

Dolly Daydreams said...

Hi Sarah . Love this and love the fact i never know what I will see when I visit your blog !! Am never disappointed. Another fabulous project. Each tag is simply gorgeous as is your mini. Beautiful stamping and colours , love it.

Marie

Nancy said...

Very, very cool, Sarah! I, too, love making books like this - can't wait to be home again, with my inks & papers - just may have to make one!

Juls said...

so many fabulous elements to this creation! Love the dress form detail!!! Hugs Juls

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Gorgeous tags, Sarah! I love the variety of colors and patterns :)

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!