Every year when it is time to share the projects I have made for CHA, I debate which is my favorite and the one to share first. This year there was no question, it is this fabric accordion junk book. This book has been in my brain for a while. It is one of those projects that I would lay in bed and think about. I love making books from scratch and this was one that I needed to get out of my head and into fabric and paper. I knew what I wanted it to do, but I couldn’t decide how I wanted to construct it. Finally one day I just started and let it work itself out. I am so glad I did because I love it, madly.
Sometimes when I make these things I make them way harder than I need to. This is one of those cases. The good news is that usually in the making it the hard way I realize the easier way. Since I plan to offer this book as an online class in the near future, it is good to discover the easier way. In this case, I actually laid out the fabric and sewed the elements onto each page before constructing the book. It was hard! No complaints though because I loved every minute of the long process!
The front cover is embellished with piece of new Tim Holtz Textured Surfaces Corrugate that was lightly painted and inked. The corrugate was wrapped with dyed Crinkle Ribbon. I pinned a Flash Card to bow with a Wire Pin. I added a Pocket Watch without the back over the Flash Card so that it served as a frame. I added two feathers die cut from manila cardstock using the new Feather Duos die and embossing folder set. I inked, misted, and embossed the feathers (more on that another day…). The book is held closed with an elastic band and vintage button.
The book opens to two pages. Each page has elements on it created from the new Tim Holtz Pocket Cards. Each are embellished with ephemera from the new Emporium Ephemera pack and assorted metal Idea-ology embellishments.
The page on the left has tabbed waterfall pages which add room for photos and journaling.
All of the pages and paper elements are sewn into the book. Since I knew they would be handled a lot, I reinforced most of the pages seams with Tissue Tape.
On the right side the page features a large pocket created from a Pocket Card. The card features space for journaling. I think I will be adding favorite quotes to the book on the journaling spaces. The pocket has a scrap of dyed Crinkle Ribbon, a Word Band, Vial Labels with Remnant Rubs, and a Timepiece that has been deliciously aged (tutorial on that coming soon too).
When the left and right pages are opened, it revels four more pages and some inserts.
The first pages features a pocket that is die cut from manila cardstock with the new Mixed Media die. It doesn’t show in the photo, but the manila has been painted and glittered. I used the wet paint to adhere the glitter so it is a light glitter application with just a subtle shine.
A #10 manila tag folded in half create a mini book sewed into the seam. The tag was painted to give it a softer weathered look. I added a painted Adornments piece and Remnant Rubs.
Inside the mini book there is more ephemera and another mini.
The mini inside the mini opens with another piece of ephemera and more journaling or photo space.
The back side of the tag book has a scrap of pattern paper on it for a splash of color. This is a great way to use up scraps of paper.
On the next page, there is a piece of cork from the Textured Surfaces set. This cork is so cool! It has an adhesive back and is tight enough that you can sew through it without crumbling! You can even add Remnant Rubs to it!
The next page features a pocket made of Pocket Cards. I added color to the image of the pocket front with Distress Markers and a waterbrush.
Inside the pocket there is a heart die cut from manila cardstock with silver Deco Sheet applied to it and cut with the new Heartfelt die. I used Tissue Tape and a new Star Fastener to create a pull tab on a Pocket Card.
The second insert is another tag book sewn into the seam of the book. The cover is embellished with a scrap of pattern paper and ephemera. To give the tickets more zing, I matted them on a gold Deco Sheet. I love the idea of it being “the golden ticket”.
The mini book has vellum pages inside that are embellished with Pocket Cards and Ephemera.
The end of the elastic closure is in this spine of the book and tucked away inside this mini.
The back of the tag book is also covered. It uses more scraps and helps to keep it from looking so much like a tag and a duplicate of the other mini book insert.
The last page features another slash pocket die cut from manila using the Mixed Media die set. This design is more fragile so I added strength to it by painting it and adding a layer of embossing powder. There is more ephemera clipped to the pocket. A scrap of pattern paper is slipped inside the pocket. I finished it off with a sentiment from the Small Talk sticker set.
I love that this sentiment fit right in with my “Just Be…” motto! This just may end up being a recurring theme in my projects this year!
I am so happy that this project finally got out of my head and onto my work table! I could not love it more! It is definitely one of my most favorite projects ever! You will definitely be seeing this one in the near future as an online class and also a little something else… but more on that later. 😉