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« on: April 03, 2011 07:59:24 AM »

Just finished a new Spellbook by request for a personal swap.  The pages are removable like a scrapbook tied in with ribbon.

The cover is made mostly out of cereal box cardboard covered in painted tissue paper and stained.  I made a previous one that was covered in brown paper.  I drew b/w images that I printed and transferred to the cover using nail polish remover.  Then I painted them with acrylic paints and shaded in places with colored pencil.

The pages are laser prints aged with watercolor paint and hand colored with markers and colored pencils.  There were a total of 32 pages, I think.  Each contained family/holiday recipes and various illustrations, poems, and songs of which many are my own work. 

Since my swap partner mentioned that her b-day just happens to be on Nov. 2nd, or Day of the Dead, I created some custom pages just for the occasion.  I included recipes for making sugar skulls, dead bead and pozole as well as a calavera, or humorous epitaph for myself.

You can see more of the new book on my blog here, along with the rest of the items I sent in the swap here.

This book was requested after I did a personal craft swap with MissingWillow, who expressed an interest in our family "spellbook" that I mentioned offhand.  My sister helped me start compiling the original book for our daughters back in about 2006.  We wanted them to have record of all the recipes they were served and songs they sang as children and a little history about where the recipes and songs came from.  I've also started including some home remedies and unusual information to add interest.  It's called the "Witches' Enchanted Book of S.P.I.D.E.R.S. (Spells, Potions, Incantations, Divination, Enchantments, Rituals, and Superstitions)".  I decided to to make my partner her own book that she could add to and share with her some our our favorite pages.

You can see more pics and info of the book I made for MissingWillow on my blog here.

Thanks for looking!  Hope I inspire someone to make their own "spellbook" for family recipes. 

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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2011 08:20:37 AM »

a.maze.ing.  I LOVE the idea and your book just looks wonderful. Youre very talented.

« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2011 10:43:43 AM »

This is so freaking amazing- your children are unbelievably lucky!

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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2011 10:56:43 AM »

These are the best handmake books I ever saw on Craftster!

« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2011 12:03:27 PM »

Amazing and wonderful!  You did a spectacular job on this - this ROCKS!! Grin

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Did he just go crazy and fall asleep?

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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2011 12:40:08 PM »

It's hard to believe that is made from a cereal box!!! I am beyond amazed and want one!! Outstanding job!
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2011 12:46:17 PM »

Thanks for the generous comments!  I'm a little ashamed that our own original books do not look as good as these.  I'd be embarrassed to show them  Smiley  I've been meaning to redo our covers for ages, but keep putting it off to do other things.  I'll probably get around to my sis's cover just before Halloween this year.  Must cross my fingers that I get it done.

...your children are unbelievably lucky!

I just hope they think so when they're older.  Wink

It's hard to believe that is made from a cereal box!!! ...

Yes, I sandwiched a piece of cotton fabric between two sheets of cardboard and added a third layer to the top with the cutout frame.  The little leaves are also cut from the same board.  Makes a nice firm cover.  The spine is a scrap piece of canvas also covered in tissue.

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« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2011 04:39:55 PM »

This is so neat!! What a wonderful family treasure.

« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2011 08:21:20 AM »

Absolutely stunning! I love how you aged the pages!

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