Sunday, 1 May 2016

Hit the Books

Hi everyone!

 It is our wonderful Jennie's turn this time to host the challenge over at Our Creative Corner and she has picked a wonderful challenge!

Hit the Books 

For your projects this month Jennie would like to see you searching through your stash for old book paper or books and create a project with what you find. 

You might want to use papers within your project or you might want to breath new life into an old book by altering it in some way.
This is definitely a challenge theme with huge scope for projects small or large.

Whatever you make let us see you give those old book papers or books center stage!


I was thrilled with this challenge because I had found a gorgeous old book that I wanted to work on and hadn't got round to doing it yet. This was the perfect challenge for it!

I tore the book up first of all - being very careful with the very fragile antique spine. I wanted that as part of the decoration - already so beautiful detailed and needing no further decoration!

I cut the front of the book in half and decided to use it as a frame. I cut an aperture out of it.

I stamped the frame with a script stamp using Burnt Umber Decoart paint and then dabbed around all the edges using my finger to give a tatty distressed look.

I then covered that with some Treasure Gold

I made some flowers using a die cut...making roses using flowers edged in Antique Linen DS and coloured some flowers blue with a mix of Shaded Lilac and Broken Glass DI to compliment the blue in the photograph. I stamped some leaves with the same script stamp I used to decorate the frame.

 The center of these flowers were filled with Decoart Liquid glass topped with Distress Glitter.

The smaller flowers coloured with Antique Linen DI were filled with Copper Liquid Pearls

I used Gothic German print text paper for the center of the frame and some chit chat stickers

I chose a passport style photograph

Some twisted rusty wire was added to finish it all off

And there is my book frame

I hope you like it and I hope you are inspired to join in with the Hit the Books challenge this month!

 Our Sponsor for this month is....

Crafty Individuals has given us a massive collection of stamps and other goodies 
for one lucky winner this month! 

All you have to do to win this gorgeous bundle of goodies is enter Jennie's challenge - and you could be the lucky winner selected by - Get in and have a chance to win!

Happy Crafting!


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  1. Such an inspiration - this is fantastic!

  2. Love how you altered that gorgeous book Laura - fabulous! So glad you enjoyed the challenge too. Jennie x

  3. That is so beautiful Laura! The book spine is lovely and brilliant idea to use the cover as a frame. The flowers and photo compliment this wonderful vintage volume perfectly, thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

  4. I admire your strength to bring yourself to tear up such a beautiful book to begin with - but I LOVED what you did with it afterwards even more! Lovely muted tones and the arrangement of the blooms and leaves against the text mat for the sweet pic of the girl really is eyecatching. -Hugs- Candice

  5. Laura, this is just such a clever use of an old (beautiful) book cover, and I just KNEW I was saving mine for something just like this! Thank you for your incredible inspiration! Great to use the Gothic German book print paper, too. And your flowers are luscious! Hugs!

  6. Never in a million years would I have thought of such an INCREDIBLY FABULOUS project Laura. This is OVER THE MOON Wonderful. I so love that you preserved the book so perfectly. LOVE LOVE LOVE that spine left just as it was. You aced the theme of "Hit the Books". BEAUTIFULLY UNIQUE and more than inspiring. Xj.


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