It is December first and the start of a lot of great things. The Countdown to Christmas starts, for song shopping begins, for others the arrival of an awaited birthday to look forward to. But for me, a challenge for myself. I am challenging myself to a 25 Days of Christmas challenge. From now until Christmas I am going to make and blog about 25 craft projects. Since I don't normally blog everyday this is going to be a serious challenge, but one I think I can handle. So here is my first project. Altered Composition Books that are actually for a swap that I participated in at Scraps of Color:
Book one is a beautiful brown embossed paisley that I paired with white ribbon, a white silk gardenia, purple roses, little blue flowers, and a white dogwood bloom. To embellish further I added brown flat-back pearls, white feathers that I inked with brown ink and a little sparkle swirl. A white satin ribbon is what I used to cover the spine.
Composition Book #2
Book Two is an ivory embossed floral design that I added brown satin ribbon to frame the ivory antique trim. I added more white flowers that I inked brown, some more brown flat-back pearls, white daisies, little cream flowers and the white dogwood blooms. I added a cream, sheer, shimmery ribbon for a little sparkle. A brown satin ribbon cover the spine.
Composition Book #3
Book three is a matted brown and pink rose pattern that I added the white feathers inked in pink, & pink and champagne flat-back pearls. I hand drew a sparkle flourish along the spine. Then I took silk flower petals, inked the edges and hot glued them together to create a base that the flower cluster sits upon. I also inked the pink and ivory roses to help them stand out and give them a wilting look. If you look close you can see the little white daisies. The ribbon edge is a piece of antique lace that I placed a brown ribbon on and then a white scalloped edge, sheer ribbon on top of the brown.
The objective was to make 3 books all the same or as close to the same as possible. I had a hard time finding a paper pack, that I especially liked, that had three of the same designer paper within. And I soo, fell in love with K&Company's "Julianne" 12x12 paper collection. So to try and keep within the guidelines I made each book with the same design. Each book is stamped and signed on the back.
I had a ball making these books!!! I know that I will make some more for myself since these were for swapping. They really would make some fantastic Christmas gifts. Hmmmm..... So let me know what you think. I love reading your comments. Thanks for spending some time here with me. I can't wait to see what tomorrow's creation is.
What I used:
-K&Company "Julianne" Specialty Paper
-Offray Ribbon and Antique Lace from an estate sale
-Feathers from Joann's
-Studio G pigment ink pads
-Studio G stamps
-Recollections Champagne pearl cluster
Until next time, Keep creating!!!