28 October 2013
26 October 2013
24 October 2013
Part two of my short bookmaking series...and it's all about the cover!
Remember last week when I showed you a book with just a few pages? This week we're moving on to a book with many more pages: how we close it, and how to incorporate a cover. Here is my finished book...
I started off in the same manner as my last book. I created a masterboard, chopped it up and added detail to each page before sewing to a black background....
The next step is slightly different to last time. As we will be adding covers, the first panel we stick down will be the INSIDE left hand page. Like this....
Now, covers. A little bit mathematical, I'm afraid! Close the book tightly, and measure how 'deep' your spine is, or to put it another way, how thick is your book?! Mine was just about 2cm thick, but this will vary depending on how many pages etc you have. The front and back are the size of one page panel, in this case 9cm by 9cm. So, the total length of card needed to cover everything is 9cm (front) plus 2cm (spine) plus 9cm (back). Are you with me?
I cut a strip of card 20cm by 9cm, then scored it to give the 2cm wide spine shape. You can see what I mean by looking at the next pic....
Once you've done one side, flip over and stick the other cover too...
All that remains now is to add on a decorated panel to the front...
here for all the details....
Hope that tutorial made sense, you know where I am if you have any questions!!
Next week, another fun way to make a book.....piano hinges!
22 October 2013
21 October 2013
What a weather! Normally I don't mind the rain but this morning I wore my favourite trainers and what?! I had soaked socks! There is a huge hole in the sole...A cup of hot tea with honey and lemon and I should be ok ;)
Today I have for you a project with my favourite little man. I love using Hamlet stamp especially when I use some quotes in my projects. Maybe Hamlet is not very handsome creature but he is a man of wisdom ;)
- Stampotique Originals stamps
- Dylusions Ink Sprays
- Prima stencil
- Jenni Bowlin Modern Mercantile
- chipboard sheet
- Liquitex gesso
- tissue paper
- Ranger Archival Ink
19 October 2013
18 October 2013
I thought I would take a little break from all the painty panels (and tags, ATCs and journal pages!) for a few weeks, and show you something that I really should do more of...book making! Loads of simple and easy ways to create books, and I thought I'd share a few...
Here is part one.... (also to be titled "It's really hard to take a decent pic of a finished book"")
OK... how to do it. Pages first. I've started with a masterboard, this one is a 12" by 12" sheet of card....
Decide which page is to be your cover, then stick the first bit of card in your hinge to it...
Books that have lots of pages need a little extra finishing, as the card hinge will be much thicker and needs to be hidden! The book will also have issues staying closed too... I'll show you next week how to deal with this!
For now, here are a few closeups of my pages...
I've added glossy accents to the stars for the shiny look...
17 October 2013
The background was created using Distress Ink by Ranger and a few water splatters. The gorgeous pumpkins and lil man are both designed by Daniel Torrente for Stampotique Originals.
I coloured the stamped images using Distress Inks and added some fine details using both a black and white Sakura Pigma Micron Pen.
15 October 2013
12 October 2013
11 October 2013
We’re proud sponsors of Craft Stampers Make It, Take It Challenge Five which has just gone live.
If you enter, and it’s a great challenge, you get the chance to win a £10.00 voucher from us to spend on whatever you like, but the winner also gets to see their work in print! How cool is that?! Well, I think it’s quite cool.
Anyway, pop on over and check it out. You have until the midnight Friday 6th December to enter.
10 October 2013
I’m super excited to introduce news of our new monthly colour challenge, and it comes with a prize!
HOW WILL IT WORK?
Each month, on the 15th, we’ll introduce a new colour challenge which will run until the 12th of the following month. A new tab will be appearing across the top so the challenge doesn't get lost!
The colour palettes are taken from an image, and each palette will have five colour choices. You only need to use three of the colours to enter the challenge. So if there is one that makes you go “urgh…” or you simply don’t have any supplies that match it, you can ignore it. How nice is that?
Have a look at the colours and see what they inspire you to make!
The Design Team will be joining in too, creating some fabulous pieces of work for each challenge to help get you going.
WHAT SHOULD MY SUBMISSION BE?
Entries can be -
- scrapbook pages
- mini books
- mixed media
- art journal pages
- altered objects
UPLOADING YOUR PROJECT
Use the Linky tool at the bottom of each Challenge Post to upload your projects. Make sure you have copied the address of the blogpost where your project is located. Do not link to your main blog site. Links that do not follow this simple rule will be removed and you can try again.
If you have word verification on your blog, please consider removing it. It makes our eyes hurt and our brains sad, when we would love to leave comments.
Here's how to upload:
-CLICK on the blue InLinkz Tool button located at the end of the challenge post, just above the comments section.
You will be asked three things
- Your name
- Your email (this is not visible to others)
- Your blog post link.
That's it. EASY AND DONE!
You can enter as many times as you want to. Remember the challenge is open for a month.
AFTER YOU UPLOAD...
Spread the love! Please don't just drop and go. Visit and leave comments on the blogs of the many other projects you see in the InLinkz list. Everybody loves some love on their blogs, it's just a nice thing to do. You will soon see the love coming right back to you!
After each challenge has closed, the design team will select a winner who will receive....
...to spend on whatever you like, and it will be valid for 6 months!
The winner will be announced on the blog on the 18th of the month so keep your eyes peeled for the post!
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me by using the Contact Us form on the left sidebar.
Looking forward to playing along?! We hope so!