Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Father's Day Mini

Trish put together yet another fantastic project kit. This time it was to celebrate father's and honor them with a gift of photos and words. This kit is full of wonderful Basic Grey and Jenni Bowlin papers. Tags are perfectly stamped with images that are vintage and first rate. The book board is of the best quality and, held together with 7gypsies gaffer tape, makes for a great quality book and gift. That is just a few of the treats.
So, here's my take. (oh...and there are 2 left for purchase...{wink})

the cover. Basic Gray Life of the Party was used as the book cover. That wood grain is the best out there in my opinion. I need a case of it. I liked the idea of a 'door' being open to the past. (You will see what I mean in a minute). The gaffer tape was a little too white and bright for my liking, so I used a blending tool and Walnut Ink to age it up a bit. It worked perfect. Lovin' the blending tool these days. The Mono Letters were trimmed up so that they were not too uniform as a title.

inside. When you open the 'door', you are greeted by the little wooden owl who is holding up an envelope in which is hiding a little manila card that will hold some words of love for my Daddy. The envelope is also utilized to cover up the screw to the 7gypsies knob on the other side.

pages. I just had to share this photo as I adore all the banners and tags and tickets and journal spots peeking out from behind all the pages. It's my favorite part.

more pages. All the little mini-layouts cascade on top of the other. The pages each alternate with a different border punch to add texture and interest at the bottom. Notice the next page is the black scalloped one and it is slightly larger than the kraft with the lace border.

See how that works? This is truly a book that peeks into the past as it is made from photos my Dad just recently converted to digital from his stash of slides he took years, and years, and years, and years ago. {wink}. As soon as I saw Trish post this book for sale I knew what I wanted to do with this retro look into way back when.

Did you notice how I attached the binder mechanism? It is at the top of the back piece of the book board, and not in the binding of the book. Just wanted to change it up. I think it helped the pages (I have 15 total) lay better than if they were attached in the center.

Notice at this point in the book, I repeat the theme from the very first layout. The books mini-layouts are made up of only four sketches. As much a I was able with the supplies that I had, I repeated the theme every fourth page.

I tried really hard to stick with what was in the kit alone. There are a few additions. Of course there is plenty of paper punches from my stash. I supplemented the pattern paper with kraft and black cardstock that I had on hand. A few tickets and mini tags were thrown into the mix. Oh..and of course a doily or two.

last page. I used alot more of the Shabby Chic vintage labels in the back pages. Here is a scalloped label made into a flower. And a teenage version of me with feathered hair for your viewing pleasure.

Hoping you gained a little inspiration here today.

wip siggy


Ryzmomplus2 said...

You did it again, you blew me away with your talents and this one proves why I'm such a fan of your work! While it makes me miss my father even more, it inspires me to put a book together dedicated to his memory! Bravo Jamie!

Trish said...

This is just jaw-dropping, and I LOVE IT. Never thought to put the binder rings on like that!! So beautiful--and a tribute to him in the most special of ways!!

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Aubree said...

Love your door..and the album itself is stunning!!! Fantastic work as always!

Debbi Tehrani said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! Jamie, this is just gorgeous! What a precious book. Love the "Once Upon a Time" title. So sweet! Each page displays so much love. Thank you for sharing this!

alexandra s.m. said...

This is FANTASTIC jamie!
Your work is such an inspiration for its beauty and its depth!!

Thank you~