Hello! I'm pre-scheduling this post, so I'm thinking this will be mid week by the time you see this. I told you I've been busy crafting right? Yup, when the creative juices are flowing, you have to seize the day and make as much as you can. I stayed up till 2am over the weekend working on lots of projects, so now I have lots of stuff to post!
OK so as I was watching Prima Live with Leeza Gibbons, and Frank's previous Prima Live show featuring Leeza's new waterfall album, I was inspired to make my own version. Yes, there are no stores here in Hilo that carry that album, so I thought I'd try to make something similar. Here's what I came up with.. yes, not nearly as nice as the Prima version, but enough to satisfy me...
I started with some cereal boxes for my covers. Used my new Sunrise/Sunset papers by Prima. LOVE THEM! I chose the lace printed ones for the covers. After I covered both, I punched the holes using my cinch and attached the binding.
Then I started decorating the cover... started with some chicken wire I bought from our local Ace store and sprayed it with white paint to help rustproof it. After cutting down the wire to the size I wanted, I adhered it using my hot glue gun.
Then I added some burlap leaves I cut using a Sizzix die and burlap fabric. The fabric was a light sage color, so I used my distress stains again to make the color how I wanted it to look. Then I added some gesso to make it look distressed. After going through my stash, I picked out some flowers by Wild Orchid Crafts, some shabby flower trim, pearls and metal flowers from the sunrise/sunset collection. I also pulled some wood mushrooms and leaves from Prima. And do you see the keyhole above the mushrooms? I cut that from a Tim Holtz die and painted it white.
After I was done with the cover, I got the key that was also cut from the same Tim Holtz die and painted it with gesso and added a white heart pearl by Doodlebug. Used some twine to attach it to the binding. On the other end of the twine, I added another metal flower, bauble and pearl
And now for a look on the inside... I picked out different patterns from the sunrise/sunset line and cut them down to 6" x 9 1/2", and about 1 1/2" shorter for each layering piece. There are 4 pages on each side, so a total of 8 pages. I thought I could use the bulkier embellishments like flowers on the part that extends past the page above it. Before adhering it down to the covers, I punched holes and attached them using seam binding.
Now I wish I had distressed the edges of the pages, but I thought it was just my prototype! Oh well, maybe next time I'll remember to do so.