I’m very excited to share this project with you today as it’s my first art journal smash book! This is going to be a long post…..so grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and settle in for a while.
I should mention first that I have not yet tried a smash book for the reason that my poor little brain is very challenged to make things that are “random.” As any of my Peeps that work in the shop with me will attest that I usually choose all the elements to my projects then spend wayyyy too much time arranging and rearranging them to get them just right. Smash books by nature are much more freestyle. I am pretty happy with how it turned out in the end…even if it took me to work outside my comfort zone.
I started this book with a pre-made chipboard cover since I wanted it to be very sturdy. Next are layers of the awesome paper I just ordered in from Crate. I have to admit….I haven’t stocked this paper out yet…feeling the need to keep it for myself : ) Two very special vintage images from Graphics Fairy work to anchor the cover then I added the sentiment with white chipboard lettering. The final few embellishments are some cut out butterflies, a small metal clock face and a tiny stamped tag.
This fun page is exactly what it looks like….cardboard box with the outside peeled back! I just dry brushed it with a bit of white acrylic paint for a little added detail. Another Bingo card from Pink Paislee…this time cut out and glued to a post card image. I used patterned tape as embellishment here….it doesn’t actually hold the paper on but it is very cool.
Back of the book. I just love how the edges and tags stick out.
So that’s the first of many smash books. I had so much fun finding little treasures to add. What a great way to use ephemera packs too! This was a long post but if you can hang on just a tiny bit more…..you can see the out takes from this project.
I mentioned in a previous post that my D.H. Kenny has gifted me a set of studio lights to make my life easier by getting pictures of my projects at home where I can easily import them to Picasa and edit them or retake them if necessary. What a kind and generous and thoughtful gift. In the real world practical application of these wonderful lights….I am experiencing an unexpected handicap.
It would seem that Scooter didn’t want to miss out on the action. I just love me some Scooter. My big fat fluffy marshmallow boy : ) This is truly the most snuggly cat ever. Weighing in at 20 pounds now….it’s like curling up with a big warm teddy bear : )
I’ll mention in closing that no smash books or hairy beasts were harmed in the making of this post! : ) Now get up and stretch your legs!!!!!