Wednesday, May 11, 2011

What's in the Name Wayne?

Here's my latest mini-book. Have you noticed that I love making them? I made this one as a gift for a friend who is retiring from teaching.

It's a little theory she has that more people with the middle name Wayne commit crimes than any other name. I googled it and found some articles to support her theory( and thought it would be fun to make a book where she could keep track of those Wayne's that show up in the news.

I bought a cheap baby name book at Half Price Books that I could rip up and use for embelishment.

Here's the title page.

The pages are actually 6 x 9 envelopes covered with scrapbook paper.

The cool thing is that because they're envelopes, she can store articles that she finds.

Here's the papers cut down to cover the envelopes.

I just covered peices of cardboard with scrapbook paper and painted the back side with acrylic paint. I used adhesive canvas (painted black) to reinforce the pages.

I punched three holes in each page and the cover and used binder rings from 7 Gypsies to put it all together.

I had taken this class at Anthologies before it closed that used this method.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

March Sketch for Project 12

For some reason, Blogger isn't letting me center the above picture. Grrrf.... Anyways, that is the sketch for March.

And here's my interpretation. I did 2, 2 page layouts again.

I just have to go back and work on the journaling.

At first, I wasn't liking the sketch thing. But, after I started seeing other people's interpretations, I realize you don't have to do it exactly or even close to it. It's just a jumping off point, for inspiration.

Monday, May 2, 2011

February Sketch for Project 12

So here was the sketch for February from Project 12.
And here was my interpretation. I ended up doing 2, 2 page layouts. Also, I had this ordered paper on-line as a set. However, I failed to realize that it only had 1 of each paper. So I had to be a little more creative since I couldn't use the exact same paper on the 2nd page.

With this February layout, I was a little more comfortable working with a sketch.
Just FYI, when I found out about this Project 12 stuff, I decided to start with January and catch up to March. Then I would go back and get caught up July 2010-Dec. 2010.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

January Sketch for Project 12

It seems like forever since I've posted on my creative blog but I promise, I have been creating. I just haven't been posting what I've made. I've been busy scrapbooking. I've been trying to get caught up using a new idea/method on scrapping. Instead of having pages and pages devoted to one month, I've decided to try to create 2, 2 page layouts. Sometimes I have 3 but I try to stick to 2 that basically summarize our month. I take way too many pics to condense it to just one  2 page layout. Way too hard. So here's where I got the idea from Project 12. My friend Kristy is the one who inspired me to go in this direction.

"Project 12 started out as a compromise to the yearly challenge of taking 365 photos. I know I am not organized enough to remember to do something like that on a daily basis, so the idea of that challenge was very overwhelming. I thought it would be much easier to summarize my life on a monthly basis, and that is the concept of Project 12".

"The Project 12 challenge is simple. The idea is to create a layout on a monthly basis which recaps what you’ve been doing. Whether you took 31 photos, no photos, or 100 photos, simply choose your favorites that best described what you were doing that month, and create a layout".

So they have these sketches on their website to help give you ideas. Here's their Jan. sketch.

Here's my interpretation.

 I made it look like a spiral notebook page by punch holes on a plain white paper. Then I inked it to kind of distress it.

I've really been trying to make each page a true work of art and not to speed through it just to try to get it done. I've been taking the time to ink edges and to use cutting tools that create unique edges like the scalloped edge above.
I've also been inspired by Kristy to only use papers and embellishments that I love.