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Alchemy: Mini tag book by LOUISE CROSBIE

Alchemy: Mini tag book by LOUISE CROSBIE

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:
Stamperia 12x12 Scrapbook paper pad: Alchemy.
Bazzill Basic: smooth black card
Various embelishments including a selection from the Finnabair Mechanicals range.
Ranger (TIm Holtz): Vintage photo distress ink. Broken china distress ink. Faded jeans distress oxide.
DecoArt: Glamour dust glitter.
FInnabair: Icing paste vintage gold.
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Anonymous - November 2, 2020

Thank you 🙏🏽

Anonymous - November 2, 2020

This is incredible Louise, I love how you’ve embellished some features of the papers to stand out..I’ve never tried some of the mixed media processes you describe, so may just have to take the plunge and try these techniques in my next album x

Anonymous - November 1, 2020

Wow Louise….. your talents are endless!
Luv all your work!

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