Monday, May 20, 2013

Monday Crafts :)

Been busy with one main project this week, creating a mood book of ideas for our vow renewal next year. It's ended up more mixed media, but I love it and can't wait to add to it!

Firstly I bought the notebook from Tesco's. I loved the cover, thought I wouldn't need to do much with it.
I took the spine off and inked the edges front and back of every page, didn't take a photo of the carnage! -  and yes, it did take ages, and ages, and ages! I used 8 different ink pads of various shades of brown to give the book at bit more depth. Then I used my old wooden stamps to stamp fonts around the edges! Talk about a martyr for the cause.
Once I had put the book back together I decided I wanted to tab the pages A - Z (so not only is it perfect for the planning of the celebrations, but I can use it for my theme next year for the A-Z Challenge - clever, right?). I have various tabs, but I was worried whether they would stay on with the constant manhandling. So instead I used washi tapes. That way I could use a much longer strip and make them firmer. Found some old alphabet stickers that had the right look and attached them to the washi tabs.
Now the book was ready for breaking down into headings. I have stamped and/or used alphabet stickers to write words associated with each letter of the alphabet. Used the brown inks, but also included some pinks and lilacs. And, oh my, I am positively embarrassed at the quantity of alphabet stamps I have! I only picked the ones that I felt had a vintage feel - I won't tell you how many sets were left in the pile not used!
So far I have pieces of material, post-it notes, clippings from papers, and copies of the save the date cards. On the back page I'm keeping a running total of how much we're spending!
Ashton suggested I have it on display during the weekend, which I think is a lovely idea :) And the cost? Well, the notebook was four pounds and absolutely everything else I used was already in my stash - result :)

10 comments:

  1. I love how it came out! I have done a couple of altered books and what I run into, even using the rings instead of the spine, is that the book ends up so bulky it doesn't close at all. I'm also really bad at rubber stamping. Either I use too much or too little ink.

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    1. Thanks JoJo :) I think by the time I've been adding to it for the next year it's definitely going to be bulky! And inking - I love inking, I have to stop myself adding ink to everything I make! x

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  2. How clever it looks great.

    Yvonne.

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  3. I love crafting and I think this mood book for your vow renewal is not only a great idea, but it turned out great! I love to see what it looks like next year, overflowing with ideas and emotions most likely. (:

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    1. Thanks Elise, it's definitely going to be full of emotions :) x

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  4. I'm not sure I know what a mood book is, I've never heard of it. I sorta get how if you're writing words in your book that will help you next year for a-z...you'll have a list to work from, but I don't get how the mood book helps you plan the renewal of wedding vows? Congrats though on doing that, how many years? Taking apart the book and putting it back together sounds tedious. Would you not have been able to stamp pages without taking it apart?

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    1. Hi Sandy, thanks for visiting :) We will have been together 25 and married for 20 in April. The book is one place to keep all my ideas, whether it's words for the vows, material for dresses, or bouquets I like. It's just easy to have it all together, and by the date will have all the ideas we've planned over the year and be a lovely memento :) x

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  5. I think this is a great idea, very pretty, detailed work but worth the effort. I am doing the A-Z road trip and looking forward to taking a stroll through your posts. blessings, Amanda

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    1. Hi Amanda, thanks for stopping by, I'm still working through the reflections post and will then start on the road trip! I'm glad you like the book, I must admit I'm so pleased with it I keep going back and looking at it! x

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