I made this for my partner in the "Anything Goes Tiny House Swap". I started with watercolor paper, 140 lb., that was recommended by various bookmaking folks on YouTube, cut to size of the front and back covers. I used "art board" for the covers, (compare it to dense cardboard) it's sold as art board. It's white and used as a painting surface, I think. I watercolor-painted all of the pages before collaging.
The front cover:
I think the measurements are about 3" by 3.5". The front cover/collage materials are fiber paper added on with gel medium, stitched, and typewritten message/captions.
Inside front cover:
Prepare your workspace - I used the paper that is leftover from my students' work plus some spray watercolor.
Page 1 - Preheat your radio to your favorite station page
Music page plus digital images
Page 2 - Use what's on hand
I used some scraps - lace and paper and felt buttons.
Page 3 - Look to nature for inspiration page
Collage of fiber paper and skeletonized leaf
Page 4 - Measure twice, cut several times page
Page from an old math book plus Tim Holtz tape measure ribbon
Page 5 - Add texture page
Textured paper that was watercolored and then I layered lace and paper lace on top.
Page 6 - Mix in color page
Originally, I stained the paper with coffee grounds and tea bags from the staff lounge at school, but then I watercolored over the stains.
Page 7 - Put a bird on it page
This was a wink and a nod to the swap I was organizing at the same time as this swap. In the tv show "Portlandia" - everything is cuter with a bird on it!
Page 8 - Add in some vintage flair
I added a book page from a book about the history of Idaho and a photo from the same book, plus some dyed trim.
Page 9 - Feel free to add leftovers
A scrap paper page and I included part of a San Diego map for my partner.
Page 10 - Add black and white sparingly page
Made with fabric, trim and a polymer clay cameo that I received in a swap.
Page 11 - Blend in exotic spices page
Paper collage with stamps I received from swaps the month I was making this book.
Page 12 - Send from home with love
Paper collage made from envelopes and junk mail
Back inside cover - Swap description and author/maker info
More of the preschool leftover paper and other bits collage
As with the front cover, I glued various handmade papers together, and I waited for the glue to dry thoroughly, and then I stitched the paper collages on my sewing machine. I then glued (with gel medium) to the covers, which are cut from art board.
I know my partner appreciated this craft and it was fun to assemble!