I've been lurking on the papercrafts board admiring everyone's beautiful work, and this challenge inspired me to give it a whirl. I love paper. A lot. But for various reasons I usually keep my paper crafting to smallish things, like quilling. But I am hooked on this whole bookmaking thing now. It is very satisfying.
For my book I used from Column A: a newspaper/junk mailer. The Atlanta paper sends a small ad paper filled with store flyers every week, so it is a newspaper that comes in the mail.
From Column B: I used the Stumps Prom and Party Catalog--a surprisingly good source, and I recalled some vintage sheet music in my basement and managed to locate it and scan it so I could reduce the size.
If you are interested in the binding technique, I used the tutorial http://users.stargate.net/~dearsam/bookarts/
. It was a bit easier than I expected it to be, and I absolutely love the way the spine looks. You will probably be seeing more of these books from me
I've been thinking alot about hope vs despair and inspiration and creativity, so this is sort of an idea book about those things. The first part is a reminder to hope, the second part is just sort of inspirational to me. I purposefully made it very simple, since it is my tendency to overdo and I didn't want to overwhelm myself but to just start learning about collaging and book making.
This is the very first book I have ever made. I hope you like it.
I got the board from a thrift store folder that I ripped apart and the paper is from a scrapbooking paper stack I bought for another project.
The little lace piece was tatted by me. Because I love thread almost as much as I love paper. And I did not break the mirror. It was a toy that accidentally made it into the washer and dryer. I left it on the top of the dryer just in case I ever needed it.
My four children--they inspire me to be a better person.
There are a couple more pages in my member gallery if you want to see the whole book. These are my favorite pages. Thank you so much for looking.