Monday Morning Greetings,
I read a quote this week..."Weekends are like rainbows. They look good from a distance but disappear when you get close up." True musings indeed! Speaking of musings, Monday means sharing a new DT piece for Simon Says Stamp & Show where we're into "Things with Wings!" I had told myself strictly no mannequins or butterflies which was a real struggle for me... I love them to bits and do them quite often, but I just wanted to see if I could try another path. Normally I know exactly what I want to create but this week I was really stuck until the last moment!
Sometimes you just have to wait for that little spark of inspiration and take it from there...
Birds represent so many lovely things such as freedom, song and dreams and I can't resist the soothing charms of creating a book, so I decided to create an Inspirational Bird Journal.It's a big photo show, so into the gallery we go!
I used a 7 Gypsies book cover, cut in half for the back and front covers and the rest is made from Grungeboard and card stock. The front is covered with Graphic 45 paper, a tag and a stamped envelope. I played with so many versions of this little envelope but felt these two images worked well. I used Tim's Artful Flight and Mini Ornate Stamp sets.
I picked up on all the 'S' words and made Grungepaper tabs for the main pages. The pages are made from Grungeboard which is great stuff as it is sturdy, sew-able and ink-able! Makes really great journal pages...as you can see.
Here is my first main page made from a vintage dictionary page, washed with Picket Fence Distress Stain. I've added a strip retainer made by embossing and inking some Grunge paper. I love this quote and typed it out on my old machine. A handy gadget indeed, as you can say anything you fancy!
l covered the back of each Grungeboard page with Bazzill, adding a stitched pocket and journalling panel. Then I added a single stamp to keep the bird theme running through the book.
Another page and another saying, all typed and stapled to a shipping tag with vintage lace and string....
I also kept the palette to shades of just brown and blue which always look great together! This is the third page which has a dictionary page background sewed to the Grungeboard. See, who needs to sew straight?
To add more pages, colour and protection, I made inserts cut from Bazzill card and added a little punched detail.
They're very quick and easy and the colour gives everything a lift. All edges have been distressed and inked with Stormy Sky or Brushed Corduroy inks.
The fourth page is a poem by Emily Dickinson. I'm a lover of words (had you noticed?) and thought this was just really beautiful and something to ponder. The blue paper is as before and I've also used stitched Kraft Glassine paper under the tag.
As said, I like putting books together and always want to have a peek from the side to admire the pages! Here you can see all four tabs which I stamped with my trusty peg stamps. I love them and have four or five sets - just great for being able to add a word or two....
Thanks so much for visiting my blog, I'm always happy to hear from you and share my ideas...Have a good week all round. See you all soon...