Monday, 30 May 2016

Little Book part 1 - shopping my stash

Hello everyone and welcome. I have been a terrible blogger lately and I do apologize, but life is crazy busy for me right now, and sometimes visiting blogs has to take a back seat, sorry about that.
I am still on a mission to use up some of my stash, ink up some rarely used stamps and for this project even used some paints from my watercolour palette that were left over from other projects.

I made a mini book out of 1 piece of 12 by 12 card, and today I am just showing you the inside pages:



Each little page was pretty much done in the same way. I used some leftover bits of scrapbook paper, cut them to the correct size (3 3/4 by 5 3/4"), and then gave them a coat of clear gesso. This stops the paints from soaking straight into the paper, I then added further colour with the help of some watercolours and Distress Inks here and there, added stamped detail, some crackle glaze and Antiquing Creams and finally some Prima adhesive rub on bits by Christine Adolph, and foiled them with gold.
Below some close ups from the individual pages:






Below finally is the back cover. The front cover I will share in a few days time as I made it for a design team piece. 
There are pockets between the pages, and I will make tags to go inside. The size of the pockets is perfect for a standard size 8 tag. If you are interested to know how to put a book like this together, I did a tutorial a while back, - you can find detailed instructions HERE

Well, that's it for now, thank you for dropping by like always and have a good week!
xxx

36 comments:

  1. Wauw these are so Beautifull
    Gr miranda

    ReplyDelete
  2. I must re-visit the post as I would love to make one of these Astrid, this is so elegant, I love the vintage tones and the wonderful designs. Stunning work, as ever! Hugs, Anne xx

    ReplyDelete
  3. Pretty little book Astrid.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

    ReplyDelete
  4. This is gorgeous , so much detail and lovely colours xx

    ReplyDelete
  5. absolutely beautiful pages Astrid - you have really made some beauties here. Gorgeous! I look forward to seeing the front page too! Hugs rachel x

    ReplyDelete
  6. I love this mini book, Astrid, and the fact that in can hold tags. You've made a wonderful book. The details are perfect. Love that bit of gold foiling.

    ReplyDelete
  7. It's a truly beautiful thing Astrid, lovely details and embellishing. I must remember that tip about clear gesso - I have some 'not my taste' papers and I keep meaning to recycle them but I feel guilty about binning them, now I can recycle to make them more me Karen x

    ReplyDelete
  8. Love your beautiful idea with a gorgeous vintage nature feeling!!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Fantastic,booklet dear Astrid, great images , great colours, great words, I really love this and it gives me inspiration, I really need to make a booklet myself someday!!!

    Have fun!!
    Maria

    ReplyDelete
  10. Hallo liebe Astrid,
    ich bin wieder total begeistert von der wunderschönen Gestaltung. Deine Seiten sind alle traumhaft schön gestaltet. Es gibt so viele Details zu entdecken. Ich bewundere deine kreativen Ideen und Arbeiten sehr. Ganz liebe Grüße Silvi

    ReplyDelete
  11. Your pages are gorgeous Astrid with lots of wonderful texture and details, I love you hat each one is an ode to nature. You sound very very busy at the moment, take care xxx

    ReplyDelete
  12. WAUW this is sooo gorgeous Astrid, you always makes such awsome creations and this is just fabulous. I absolutely love it, and I can´t wait to see the cover too now.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Life does have a habit of doing that to all of us from time to time Astrid and you just have to go with the flow.

    Some beautiful pages in your mini book, lots of beautiful Butterflies and some nice inspirational quotes as well.

    B x

    ReplyDelete
  14. Another wonderful mini book Astrid. Always love to see these and have used your tutorial a few times. Thank you for sharing your talent

    Love Chrissie xx

    ReplyDelete
  15. An absolutely stunning book Astrid x each page has the most amazing details and blends of colour.
    Hope you can find some time to relax

    Huge hugs
    Annie x

    ReplyDelete
  16. Gorgeous! I love your pages, the colors, composition and layering is fabulous!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Wow Astrid, so many gorgeous pages in your book already!! The back page is so gorgeous with the soft background and the lovely bird, can't wait to see more of that one! Hope you are enjoying your spring so far. hugs :)

    ReplyDelete
  18. These pages are absolutely fabulous! Every one is a treat for the eyes. Beautiful stash you have there and great way to put to use. Love this mini! <3

    ReplyDelete
  19. C'est superbe! Thanks for the inspiration!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Astrid...your mini book from one sheet of 12x12 paper is absolutely gorgeous. It's amazing what beautiful art can be made from "stash", isn't it? Your pages are each so lovely with their natural themes. I love all of your color choices, your stamping and the simplicity of each page's message. Truly a work of art!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Astrid,
    Each page is so very beautiful, as is each design. And, the back cover is lovely as well - and I can't wait to see the front cover. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  22. You make it all sound so easy Astrid! These are all really gorgeous. Hope life settles down a little soon. Nicola x

    ReplyDelete
  23. Wow Astrid I couldn't possibly pick a favourite page. They are all so beautiful in their own right. Must check out clear gesso.......never new there was such a product.
    Julie x

    ReplyDelete
  24. I just became a follower of your amazing site. I love your painting. I would never be able to do that Thanks

    ReplyDelete
  25. Gorgeous Astrid, wonderful colours and details, I can't get enough of your wonderful books and can't wait to see the cover! Deb xo

    ReplyDelete
  26. Beautiful Astrid. Each page is a work of art in its own right and the words are so inspirational. I do love these little mini books that you make Astrid, I have promised myself to have a go one day. Mo x

    ReplyDelete
  27. All these pages are SO beautiful .. would love to see it in real life!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Gorgeous, love each page with all their detail.
    Avril x

    ReplyDelete
  29. Gorgeous, love each page with all their detail.
    Avril x

    ReplyDelete
  30. Deep sigh of pure pleasure! Simply delicious! Can't wait to see the front cover...
    Alison x

    ReplyDelete
  31. Gorgeous pages, each and everyone of them. I love your book pages and really must visit your tutorial and have a go - though I'm under no illusion I could create something as gorgeous as this.
    hugs x

    ReplyDelete
  32. You've such incredible talent with the book format, Astrid - absolutely amazing! And your design sense, of elements and color, is awesome, and so inspiring! As is your ability to do these things in the midst of RL! You are a brilliant star in my pantheon of creative artist-mentors! xxx Lynn

    ReplyDelete
  33. What a fabulous little book! Love all the fabulous details! Hugs, Chrisx

    ReplyDelete

Thank you so much for taking the time to comment, it is much appreciated and it makes my day!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

One World One Heart

Photo

FEEDJIT Live Traffic Feed

Birthday Card

Birthday Card
Just got a whole lot of new stamps from a brilliant place called the Stamp Smith. This is the image that I first saw on Docraft and really liked. I asked the friend who has used it in an ATC, where she got it. Well she borrowed it from a friend who got it from ebay as a one off. But.... it had a title. I googled the title, and hey presto found the site. They have great stamps and offer a really friendly fast service. I highly recommend them!

Gothic Arch Trifold inside

Gothic Arch Trifold inside

Back of Gothic Arch Trifold

Back of Gothic Arch Trifold

Gothic Arch Within the Heart

Gothic Arch Within the Heart

Gothic Arch, the Key

Gothic Arch, the Key