Hello all, Alison (butterfly
) here with an autumn mini-journal for you. There's time for a last breath of autumn before we kick into gear for Christmas, isn't there?!
I had great fun altering this little papier mâché book (8 x 11cm, and there's an even tinier one still to come), and creating a mini-album to go inside.
I started by covering it with some Tim Holtz tissue wrap, leaving the "edges of the pages" just with a coat of gesso (thick enough and on a hard bristled brush, so you get some "pages" showing - I'll see if I can find a picture showing that later).
Next step was to stamp the new Leaves Background
onto the front and back covers. I used lots of Archival inks on the stamp: Sepia, Sienna, Coffee and Plum, all blended on there.
Distress Inks next: Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, and probably some Rusty Hinge if I remember correctly.
I ended up giving it a coat of medium to seal it, which meant some of the Distress Inks faded a bit with the brush strokes, but I'm fine with that, as it brought the leaves to the fore again.
Time to create what's going inside. I cut some pages to size (pretty much ATC-size) and did some wrinkle-free distress technique with lots of warm golden brown inks and stains. I also added a couple of spritzes of Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold to the craft mat before smooshing through with the pages, so you get a lovely golden shimmer in places.
I used the gorgeous new Journalling Words #5
, one per page - it's the US version of "journaling" with one "l", but I guess I can work with that! Just love all those fonts.
On the reverse sides I used some of the new Katy Fox stamps - the Leaves
... and the Dates
, again stamped in Archival inks, mainly Coffee and Sepia. Apologies, this was all done after dark - how early is it getting dark already?! - so these are flash photos.
So, enough of the process, let's see some photos of the finished thing by daylight, shall we?
I love that the spine looks like a real old leather volume, burnished with age.
I added some Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs to the cover.
And look how the mini-album nestles just inside the book.
Here's a close-up of that cover, also using the leaves background and some Rock Candy crackle paint.
More crackle paint inside the cover of the box, with layers of autumnal paint shades.
And here are some of the internal pages. I interleaved them with some hand-made paper pages, and added some stamping using my all-time favourite Calligraphy Mat, number 19
Oh, almost forgot... here's the promised shot of the "pages" - click for a close-up if you need to!
So that's probably my farewell to autumnal crafting for this year - it's always a sheer pleasure to play with these colours and images, but with the temperature dropping rapidly and Advent Sunday almost upon us, it's probably time to let go soon!
Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you enjoyed taking a leaf out of my book (sorry, appalling pun, but it tickled me!). If you've already moved on to sparklier times, you could come and play along in our Christmas challenge this month at The Artistic Stamper
- you've still got about a week to go. Hope to see you there!