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:

miranda said...

Wauw these are so Beautifull
Gr miranda

Redanne said...

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

Shirley Chillman said...

Pretty little book Astrid.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
ShirlsCards.

Inkypinkycraft said...

This is gorgeous , so much detail and lovely colours xx

rachel said...

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

Patty O'Malley said...

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.

Karen P said...

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

Sue Marrazzo said...

WOW! these are Fab!

Silkku said...

Beautifull!

Kerstin F. said...

Love your beautiful idea with a gorgeous vintage nature feeling!!

maria's knutselplezier said...

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

Silvis Kreativstube said...

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

Brenda Brown said...

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

Maryann Laursen said...

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.

brenda said...

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

chrissie said...

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

Annie said...

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

Suzanne C said...

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

Pamellia Johnson said...

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 :)

Team Clark said...

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

Lys Scrap said...

C'est superbe! Thanks for the inspiration!

Candy C said...

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!

Kathy Bradley said...

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.

Paper Profusion said...

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

Juliz Design Post said...

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

Laura said...

Wow how beautiful!

ajax said...

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

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

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

Almo said...

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

Ellie Knol said...

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

Mrs.B said...

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

Mrs.B said...

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

butterfly said...

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

A Pink said...

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

Lynn Price said...

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

pearshapedcrafting said...

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

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