I started making my dad a a scrapbook story of him and my mum as a keepsake of their wedding. I will add to it when they started their little family…. aka myself, Paul my brother and Bridgette my sister. My mum loved greens and peacock blue shades so i decided to do the theme around that dropping in a few different snippets of colour. I have made the book out of my own ‘whimsical story book’ from mdf. I am trying really hard this year to stop using baby/wet wipes. They are by far the easiest, but not the best for adding plastic pollution to the sea and the species who live there, and until deemed safe, and plastic free I have been using gauze, cutting it up into strips,and also have also used muslin squares cut it into smaller squares, and just wash and dry them.
I have used DecoArt media fluid in turquoise, white and a little yellow green light. I didn’t prime the mdf as i wanted a more weathered look. I wet the cloth and started with turquoise, let it dry, added a bit of green, then white until i got the colour i wanted. I made a little frame and stamped their names onto a piece of handmade paper and added a couple of small brads to create a picture effect. I used the whimsical stencil and ‘Cosmic shimmer’ sparkle texture paste in ‘Frosty dawn’ to add dimension I cut out some little rectangles using a die and letters for ‘The story of ‘ and drew little strings with a white pen. I went round the edges in frayed burlap distress oxide and attached the letters onto the card, then on to the front of the book. I also used the distress oxide pad round the edges of the cover. I covered a heart in the matching paper to the birds and ran round the edge with a nail file.
As i have a hole in the middle of the front cover I decided to use patterned paper. I bought a 12 x 12 paper pad called ‘Rustic nature’ with birds (my mums favourite) feathers and flowers in some lovely colours from ‘The Works’ It was a bargain at £3.00. It has 24 sheets, double sided, 230gsm and acid free. I cut the card 7.5″ square as the book is 8″ square I used a sheet with flowers and birds, cut out the extra flowers and attached them on top. I cut out some extra birds and did the same with one peeking under the front flower. I covered a heart in the matching paper to the birds and ran round the edge with a nail file. And added a piece of string as if the little birdie is off making a nest.
I will add page two in the next blog…….