July 16, 2008

Memory Book

This is the front cover of a small Memory Book I've been working on this week. I took some pictures along the way showing how I made the outside.

This is the blank chipboard album I started with.

The first thing I did was to cover both the front and then the back with purple distress crackle paint from Ranger. This is really fun stuff. I love that the brush is attached to the cap of the bottle so you never have to worry about where to place it or have to clean it!
It took about an hour to an hour and a half to dry and to really start to see the crackling effect.

When it was dry I swiped my Staz-On Opaque ink across the surfaces I had applied the paint to on both the top and bottom of my album.

I next used a darker shade of purple to ink up the edges of the chipboard and lightly applied a little across the top of the cover.
My first stamp was this stamp from Paperbag Studios. I stamped it with brown Staz-On. Because of the crackle paint it didn't come out very dark, but I liked the muted effect.

I then stamped this harlequin design from Paperbag Studios with orange Staz-on. I was not really happy with how that looked, seemed a bit too bright. So I stamped over it with Staz-on opaque white. I liked that look much better.

My third stamp was this border stamp from Paperbag Studios which I stamped along the edge of my album giving it a faux bound look.

I missed a few pictures at this point but basically I stamped the bleeding heart flower stamp (Studio G) up at the top with the orange Staz-On.
I added my Memories (Studio G) across the center of the cover with black Staz-On.
I then stamped the Postmark stamp (Paperbag Studios) twice near the bottom again using black Staz-On.
I also took my brown Copic marker and colored in her dress a bit.

The final step was adding this metal and leather tag (just a scrap I had lying around). I also added a metal heart on my tag.
And that was it!

Here's a little peek into the inside.


Julie said...

Fabulous Louise and I'd love for you to share on the Tutorial blog if its ok with you x

Sarah said...

Louise, this is a beautiful little memory book and a real treasure! Your play-by-play description of your progress was a pleasure to follow. Beautiful work!!!

ScrappyPam said...

This is just lovely! I love the muted effects you got! Thanks for sharing how you did it.

Jacqueline said...

OH! It looks beautiful - I LOVE the inside as it's a lovely pink colour! Thanks for sharing. Tremendous work, with taste!

The Paris Salon said...

A beautiful book here! Thank you for sharing your process as well.

Keely Yowler said...

This is SO gorgeous! Thanks for the step-by-step tutorial.

Dawn said...

Louise, this is fantastic.! WOW, WOW, WOW. I love all the elements. On the front the leather buckle is perfect!!!!

Heather Robinson said...

Wow, Louise. This memory book is beautiful. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading about the process.

Pat said...

This is stunning! Thank-you for sharing.

rattytatty@fsmail.net said...

Wow this is truly amazing peice of work. Really really love it.
Would you consider being a guest designer one week for This Thursday.
If you would please e mail

rbnwood said...

WOW! This is fantastic Louise! You have done such a wonderful job with the step by step instructions! I love all the colors and stamps you used and that faux bound stamp rocks!

Sandy said...

What an incredible piece----thank you for the tutorial!!

Chriss Rollins said...

Ilove this thanx for sharing
chriss x

Sue McGettigan said...

LOVE this Louise - the whole thing is wonderful but WOW the texture you created with the crackle paint and the leather/metal/ribbon strap - so cool!

Dawn said...

Wow thanks for sharing this Louise - it make everything so much clearer.

Lisa Renéa said...

WOW! Louise, this is brilliant! A beautiful overall design. Thank you for the play by play. Your design and instructions are excellent!!!