Hi everyone, today I’m sharing this really fun and a little time consuming project with you all. I never created such a booklet before and I altered the design from the template slightly, so this took me over 12 hours to complete (of which about 2 hours where for colouring the rose image).
My base is a template by Dutch Doobadoo (470.713.776 Mini Album with pocket) and instead of the one centimetre wide back I made it flat. I traced the templates onto craft coloured card stock and cut them out with my scissors and scored them.
Next I started picking the design papers that I wanted to use on my project and these are from the New Awakening paperpad JMA-NA-PP01 and Time to Relax paperpad PPJMA11. I used the same template to trace and cut out these parts from this design paper.
Now I’m first going to focus on my cover design: for this I picked the rose stamp from the STAMPJMA13 stamp set. I stamped the image onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth Surface paper using black ink and I heat embossed directly afterwards using clear embossing powder, this makes the lines black and crisp, no matter how much water I add.
For colouring the image I’m using my Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers in combination with a water brush: around the image I use a little of the Wildflower marker. For the rose petals itself I’m using Fern, Ocean Green and Terracotta and for the leaves I’m using Tan, Chocolate, Terracotta and a little of the Ocean Green. I fussy cut the image and added back in some highlights using a white gel pen.
For the gold border I used one of the new dies in the Jenine’s Mindful Art Essentials “Decorative Borders” die set (JMA-ES-CD94). Since these are no end borders I can create a strip design from gold card stock using the die twice.
I edged all of the craft paper bases that I created previously using Spectrum Noir Alcohol-Proof ink in “Pebble” (just because I like this particular colour) in combination with a foam applicator tool.
I also wanted to add some room in my booklet to be able to write some notes, so for this I used the template to create some lined paper in the right size. If you tear the paper instead of cutting it you get nice frayed edges. I edged the papers using Spectrum Noir Harmony Water-Reactive ink in “Ocean Blue” in combination with a foam applicator tool. I also stamped on the first and the last paper using the same brown ink as mentioned before, and using a combination of the text stamp in the rose stamp set and one of the leaves from the New Awakening stamp set JMA-NA-STAMP21.
Next I bound the craft bases and the lined paper together using strong thin black string and a needle.
To be able to close the booklet I adhered some matching coloured ribbon using Scor-Tape underneath and over the ribbon. This will later on be covered with design paper.
Now I can start decorating each page of the booklet using the picked design papers: each design paper that I add is distressed, using a paper distresser tool, torn in some places and the edges are coloured using the same blue and brown inks as mentioned before.
You can also use a stencil and (coloured) modeing paste to add more fun details to your project: I felt this particular purple paper needed a little some extra so for this I used the JMA-ES-MASK41 in combination with some TCW “Grecian Gold” Modeling Paste and a palette knife and set that aside to dry.
For the label to fit the pocket I used another Dutch Doobadoo template (470.713.030), made a hole in it, added the same matching ribbon and some brown twine, stamped with the butterfly stamp from the JMA-NA-STAMP19 and added a sticker from the STICKERJMA05 stickerbook. Later on I will trace the sticker with a white gel pen for some added interest. Since the label is white on the back you can you add your notes of inspiration there.
For my last page I wanted to create a hidden pocket to add your dreams to paper: for this I used a die set by Studio Light (STENCILSL277). For the closure I used a brad (splitpen in Dutch) being able to wrap the brown twine around it to make the hidden pocket stay closed.
And this is what my finished booklet looks like!
And that is it for today’s fun booklet project! I wish you a creative day!