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Friday, 11 February 2011

My Inspiration Book - a few pages to tease!!




Here, above, is the front cover of my newly finished Inspiration Book... Some of the flowers are handmade by me, for example the large rose on the ribbon... The two smaller roses are mine too, but the others are Prima... that ribbon is the closure mechanism with velcro to keep it shut. The ribbon is also special, as it is from the ones we had for our handfasting - not the actual one, but from the reel... There is a chain through the spine with several charms and beads etc... That spine is made from Claudine Hellmuth sticky back canvas again, coloured with colour wash and glitz spritz, sprayed through that fab large mask from Sir Tim. The paper backing is overprinted japan journey from Dove of the East. The die-cut keys are also from Sir Tim.


 This is the first full page spread. The pages are made fro C5 recycled envelopes, covered with papers, mostly from a stack by Sir Tim... they are just so vibrant and colourful. The photos have come out rather pale, in fact. Each envelope is attached to the others by a shape, die cut from Spellbinders on this occasion. Most of the papers for these hinges are from the postcard size Once Upon a Time from DCWV...You only stick down a little way so you can fit tags behind the edges. So there are two main tags on each page, then others are tucked away in other places, for example below...


This double spread has it's two main tags, under their central holder, but on the right hand side you will see an extra pocket. Inside there is yet another tag, and often there is another hiding behind the flap, when it's opened. Every envelope has a cut out semi-circle, with a flower on it. When you pull the flower, there is yet another larger tag, decorated on each side. You can see, then, there is a great deal of space upon which to put my inspirational sayings. Many of them are stamped, but some were written on the computer, then decorated. I used meltdust paper for those, but was disapponted that I could not stamp and decorate it as I would have liked.  Below, I have shown you the details of these two pages.


 Here above, you can see the backs of the first two main tags. It was such fun finding sayings to match stamps, if they were not related, so to speak...


This large sheet is the first side of the first envelope centre tag... a wonderful stamp from PaperArtsy, with a word stamp from Sir Tim...  When turned over, you can read the tag below...


This one is from the fabulous plate from Elusive Images about artistic affirmative sayings. Here you can see how the large tag slips into the centre of the envelope centre pocket. Below, you will find details of the second full page spread with that extra pocket...


The pocket has been turned back to reveal another tag stamped with a PaperArtsy stamp, and held in place with more ribbon from our handfasting set... this time a yellow one.


These are the backs of the two tags with doors on them... the one on the left has three adage tickets from Sir Tim, and the one on the right is printed from a Darkroom Door set called doors... the birds are from elsewhere, but I can't remember where just now!!


The last tag to share with you just now is to be found inside the loose pocket, and is stamped with another inspirational saying, with one of my heart ticket stamps, which is a great set of eight, and there are others scattered throughout the book. 

Well that's  all for just now... I took 50 photos, and you would get bored (if you are not already!!!!!??) if I did anymore just now... The whole book creaks and jingles in a satisfying and somehow calming way. It has been a labour of love to make it and I am already enjoying thumbing through it... Hope you have enjoyed what you have seen so far...
Thanks for looking
Love and Light
Frankie
xx



7 comments:

The Altered Paper said...

Wow! Your Inspirational Book Is Beautiful!

The Sparkly Fairy said...

this is absolutely amazing. I love it x

Hels Sheridan said...

ooooohhh, ahhhhhhh, this is TRULY stunning!! What an amazing amount of detail you have there... tis GORGEOUS!!!

Rainbow Lady said...

Perfectly gorgeous darlin..... check out my blog and see the flowers I have made.... no where near as nice as yours but getting there.
love and hugz xx

Netty said...

Totally fabulous it must have taken you ages. Annette x

ElizabethR said...

Don't know what to say but COR!!!!!!!!! It's gorgeous Frankie, a labour of love indeed, but so worth it!!!! Love Elizabeth xxx

Trish x said...

Stunning Frankie xx
Trish xx