Hi there folks.
With all the days stuck at home this year, I have found that getting out a set of beautiful scrapbook papers and just making a simple little tag mini book helps me enormously to while away some of the long hours.
Of course, as it's me we are talking about, any project I go near gets the distressed and aged treatment. It's just my thing. I like things to look well used and tatty.
I’m working with the Stamperia “Alchemy” 12x12 pad.
I started by using black card to cut out a few simple tags. You can use a die cutting machine and a tag die, but I did mine a little free style and used my first tag as a template for the rest.
Then I scored a line, 15mm in, along the flat top of each tag to make it easy to fold (or open once they are glued together to make a book). When I decorated each tag (back and front) I made sure to keep that top part clear.
When I select my papers and cut pieces out, I distress all the edges and stain them with vintage photo distress ink. I do that with every single piece big or small.
To pick out the blue theme in the papers I also used distress oxides (along with the distress inks) in ‘faded jeans”. The oxides have a lovely chalky look to their finish.
After distressing and inking all the pieces, I glued them into place leaving pocket style openings in some places. Next stage was to touch up the edges with more distressing and then gold gilding wax. I used some of the Stamperia range waxes but any gilding wax or metallic polish would be fine.
I added a touch of glamour dust glitter to the moon images. (There are quite a few moons in this book) as it gave them a nice subtle moonlight sparkle.
Next I added my metal embellishments and glued the book together along the blank section next to my scored folds. I think I glued 5 tags together.
For the spine, I could not decide if I liked the section of ruler, or the metal pillar. (I welcome your thoughts).
So that’s it so far. I hope to do more some day but, I have to admit that, I have many mini books in a drawer that I start then don’t finish. (Shame on me lol).
Here is how it looks with the pillar on the spine: