Hey there friends!!! Are you enjoying the fall? Even though I am sad to see summer go I sure do love the this time of year! All of the brilliant colour, the crunch of leaves under my feet and the smells of autumn. Love it all.
Today I want to share the rest of the "A Fall Journey" minibook I made for my Media Team Project on Tim's blog HERE on September 17th.
There were lots of fun steps in making the cover of the book and I wanted the focus to be just on that. So today I am going to share all the steps I took to create the interior pages of the album. Let's start with the "inky" bits!
I altered three #8 Manilla tags using the items above along with a Non-Stick Craft Mat and my Heat -it Tool. I like to choose my palette and then select a mix of inks, paints and and stains. And of course a stencil and stamp.
Add Weathered Wood Distress Paint to a Non Stick Craft Mat and mist with a little water. You will get a better effect when the paint isn't too watery. Definitely play with the consistancy and see how the ink reacts with all of them.
Lightly press a tag into the wet paint.
Create an interesting pattern with lots of open space. Less is more when creating a layered background!
Heat set the wet paint.
Repeat these steps and the following steps on the front and back of the three tags.
Apply Weathered Wood Distress Ink and Scattered Straw Distress Ink to some of the open space on the tag. This will make the painted areas pop!
The Distress Paint resists the Distress Ink! Love it! Also note the variations in pattern where the paint consistency changes.
Using the Bubbles Layering Stencil add some Mowed Lawn Distress Ink.
Buff the ink off of the painted areas on the tag.
I wanted a subtle look on these tags so I stamped using Watering Can Archival Ink. I love the look of this grey ink!!! Note: You need to use Archival Ink to stamp on the Distress Paint.
The tag needed a little something to tie the colors together so I rubbed some Pumice Stone Distress Stain around the edges. This also really made the painted areas stand out.
"Water marking" is one of the easiest techniques with Distress and it creates one of the coolest effects!
Finish the edges with a little of the Watering Can Archival Ink.
I love all of the layers and the colours here. The three tags will make perfect pages in this minibook!
Now that the "inky" part is done, lets work on prep and assembly!
Some of these pieces I used and some I omitted as I assembled the book.
The French Industrail Paper Stash is PERFECT for this project!! I wanted something interesting but I didn't want it to compete with the photos I will be adding.
Trim a 7.5" x 4.75" strip, a 4.5" x 4.75" piece and a 12" x 4.75" piece.
Score a line 4.5" from the right side of the 12" x 4.75" strip to create a side flap.
The flap opens to the right.
Trim three 7.5" x 4.75" pieces from the Wildflower Vellum Paper Stash.
Take all of the "pages", including the three tags and use the Ruler Binding as a guild to punch the holes on the left side of each piece.
Let's take a look at the book assembled. I used Chitchat stickers, Idea-ology Expedition Ephemera pack and Idea-ology "Words" Remnant Rubs" to embellish the pages. I also used my Tiny Atttacher (one of my favourite tools!!!)
I added a "flag" page made from a sheet of Kraft Glassine paper.
I added a mat using Tim Holtz Adirondack paper from Core'dinations and a Gem Clip at the top on the left page. The tags add a perfect pop of colour.
A Wildflower Vellum page.
The 4.5" x 4.75" page.
Wildflower Vellum again.
The fold out flap.
Here it is open. A perfect place for a few photos.
The last Vellum page.
The 7.5" x 4.75" paper.
The last page and the back cover of the book.
That's it! Now I just need to add the photos! We are planning a family hike soon and I will definitely be taking a ton of pictures. I will share the book with the photos in it when it is done.
Here is a closer look at the cover. You can find all of the steps to complete the cover HERE on Tim Holtz blog.
Making minibooks is one of my favourite things to do. I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial! Thanks for stopping by!