Saturday, March 7, 2009

A Look Inside The Book

This is the chipboard book that I posted the cover of several days ago. The book kit which includes several decorative diecuts is available from Debbie's Die Cuts. I've worked on the pages and would like to share. All chipboard pages are covered with scrapbook papers in black, white, red or cream. It was no problem at all to use my sewing machine to put a zigzag border around the chipboard edges. I also added inks and paint around the edges to give it a more aged look. The book comes without any binding holes so you may choose the method of binding that you like. I used my Bind-it-All with a red coil and love the results.

The front features a chipboard 'A' from my stash and it was sanded, painted and the edges were emphasized with Rub-ons. A small foil crown was added. The rub-ons and crown are from Rock Candy Studios. My plan was to use the book for ancestors or Adams family photos and I ended up using my husband and his family's pictures.

This is a shot of the back of the front cover. This is my husband at around nine months of age. Paint was dabbed around the photo area because the patterned paper competed a bit too much with the photo. Photo corners were added.

A strip of school pictures is featured on the tag shape page. All stamps are by Oxford Impressions. I used a white Galaxy pen to write his name but had to go over it several times for it to show up well enough. Handmade paper beads hang through torn fabric and a brad from my stash is used in the hole. All photos throughout the book were stippled using Tim Holtz' distress inks.

This is a high school photo. The swirl is part of the kit and is the perfect shape for wrapping a handwritten note around. The caption is "Let the Journey Begin! First Stop: Nashville". It seems that after graduation my husband decided it would be fun to hitchhike to Nashville (from Ohio). He'd always wanted to go to the Grand Ole Opry. So he slipped away early one morning without telling his family. That was quite a few years ago when it wasn't as dangerous as it is today to hitchhike but you can imagine the upset he caused his poor parents! It's funny that he's ended up living much of his adult life in Tennessee and only about forty-five minutes away from his destination of so many years ago. And yes, he did make it to Tennessee to see the Opry.

This photo is my husband and his mom around the Christmas holidays of 1963. The bracket comes with the book kit. Photo edges were added to the photo and Christmas seals were layered under the picture. This page is in the shape of a file the shape. The metal piece is from my stash.

This is a another family shot from 1952. More photo corners, distress ink, die cut piece from the kit and the numbers are from my stash.

This chipboard page was covered with red paper and put through the CB using the swirl folder. I used acrylic paints, Rub-ons and distress ink to color the page. A photo, torn ribbon, rub-on numbers and another die cut was added. A piece of black french trim (love this stuff) was used on the outer edge and is available from Rock Candy Studios.

These photos are my husband's brothers and sisters. He was the oldest and was actually already away at school when his youngest brother was born. This is the back side of the CB page and features the same torn fabric, photo corners and french trim from Rock Candy.

This is the inside of the back cover. My husband was born while his father was at sea during the war. I copied and reduced the letter that my father-in-law sent inquiring about the 'blessed event'. Things were so different then and he had no way of knowing that his first child had been born. Again, I continued the feel of the book with more distress ink, metal numbers from my stash and photo corners. The hearts are from my stash.

I enjoyed putting this book together and I think using family photos make it more special. I wish I had more photos from my family as well as my husband's. It's a good reminder to be snapping those shots for our future generations. They may treasure them as much as we do someday! Later...


Subriagirl said...

Dianne, how lovelingly vintage your book looks. The pictures you selected & the embellishments work soooooo well together. Thanks so much for sharing!! Again, lovely work. huggs, Ronnie

Michelle Murphy said...

Thanks for showing the the colors and vintage looking photos..great do such great work

Brenda Seaholm-Wampler said...

Your books looks amazing!