When I saw these papers, I knew they would be perfect for a mini-book
about our vacation to England last year. We spent a lot of time in
quaint seaside villages and exploring the moors and countryside in Devon
and Cornwall. Believe it or not, there are palm trees in the south
west of England, so I loved that some of the papers had subtle palm
trees in the background.
I love making coil bound books, but I like to also create a “cover” for the book so I can protect the coil book and create pockets for additional ephemera. The cover is created by wrapping paper around pieces of mat board, a thicker kind of chipboard. The pages of the coil book are chipboard covered with patterned paper. My chipboard is from packaging that I’ve collected over the years. Once you start making books like this, you'll never throw away cardboard again! The cover has a pocket on the right for the coil book (so it can be slid in and out) and a pocket on the left for tags and ephemera. I decorated my tags with the mini pictures from the index prints and wrote more journaling on them.
On the cover of the coil book, I used an image transfer technique to create the main background. I spread gesso over the entire cover, placed the patterned paper on top (Streetmap panorama), and let dry. After drying, wet the paper, and rub off the back of the paper to reveal the original pattern. The resulting paper is faded and aged. Inked images will also blur a bit when stamped on transferred paper - I really like this look. I also fell in love with the word patterns on the Exploration Words paper. I used the clear acrylic stamps, and two of my own to recreate a mini version of the word collage on the cover.
Inside the book, I like to let the pictures tell the story, and try not to use a lot of embellishments. The rub-ons were perfect for this. The words helped to carry the theme I started on the cover through the book.
Some things I learned while doing this project:
· For the longer rub-ons, a little painter’s tape helped to hold the rub-on in place while I was transferring it.
·This paper is gorgeous, with several having foiling and embossing. A picture really doesn’t capture all of those details.
·I used one round piece of scalloped paper to create an edge on several pages (including the cover) of the book. This was a great way to stretch the use of this beautiful shaped paper.
·Distress inks coordinate really well with these papers. I used Weathered Wood, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, and Fired Brick.
Thanks Deb for sharing this travel album with us. :)