Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Configurations Book

Hi It's Karen Knight here with you today to share with you my very first project as your Guest Designer here at eclectic Paperie for the month of September.
I want to say a huge thank you to Kim and Bonnie for inviting me to hare some projects with you this month. I appreciate this opportunity and hope that I can leave you feeling a little inspired.  For those of you who don't know me, I love all things vintage, grungy and Tim Holtz.. So lets jump on in..
My first project that I have is a Tim Holtz Mini Configurations Book..
 I adore these, and have used this one to create a little keepsake using some things that are important to me.. A feather from my son's feather collection, and some of the dried flowers that I've kept that he picks for me as we take a walk sometimes.

 I started off by painting all the parts of the mini configurations book with Frayed Burlap Distress paint, and letting it dry. 

I then sanded the edges of the book and each compartment and inked the edges using Walnut Stain Distress ink.

Next came the fun part...cutting various pieces of Tim Holtz Wallflower Paper to size to fit each of the included compartments, and the spine, front and back covers.

I then inked all the cut to size pieces and machine stitched around a few of the pieces as well.

Then I used double sided tape to adhere all my pieces, and started to fill each compartment with some of my chosen trinkets and treasures.. (this is the part where I do lots of changing of my mind..) and I was done..

 This is my finished keepsake..

And you really can't go past a few close ups.. 

Remnent Rubs are perfect to mix and match using various sets to add your chosen phrase or sentiment!

Inside the Wishes jar ( my empty Tim Holtz Wishbones  jar ) I have  a little bit of spanish moss, some Tim Holtz Baubles, and two little tiny feathers from my son's feather collection.

On the cover I have used one of my dried flowers. I  sealed these after drying with some Ranger Multi Medium to give them a little bit of extra strength.

Sigh.. I adore the Tim Holtz Ruler Bindings teamed with a photo, another dried flower,  some hitch fasteners and Tim Holtz Ephemera...

 I love how this has turned out, and the fact that's it's made just that little bit more special and personal with the little added extras from adding in found things that are special to me.

 I hope I've inspired you.. Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderfully creative week.. and see you all next Wednesday!
Karen xx

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Mosaic Canvas

Hi everyone! It's Bonnie here today to share a little 5x7 inch board canvas I altered. A while ago, through Pinterest, I saw these fabulous mosaic canvases created by Linda Iverson and found the idea really inspired me. It's a wonderful way to use of scraps of papers and chipboard and I love the results so I decided to have a go.

I started by applying black gesso to the canvas board and allowing it to dry. Next I cut up some chipboard scraps and laid out a pattern that pleased me. I wanted a few of the "tiles" to be thicker so I cut an extra layer for two and three layers for the center rectangle. These I glued together and then used my Black Big Brush Pen to blacken the edges of all tiles.

The next step was to choose stamps and stencils as well as papers to feature on some of the tiles. The gold embossed quote as well as the black embossed squares stamp come from the TH Classics 16 set. The paper under the squares stamp is a piece of Authentique Anchored Sailing paper. There is a very faint map printed on it which fits the journey theme and a small resin hand was added to point to the quote.. Directly above the square tiles stamped tile is an Idea-ology Word Band which says Live in the Moment. Gold nailhead stickers were attached to the band with Glossy Accents to resemble brads.

The black starry tile at the top and bottom right were stencilled with TCW's Mini Random Stars and Studio 490 Gold Embossing Paste onto black cardstock. This was then adhered to the chipboard and cut to size. The B is a Scrabble tile adhered to a scrap of gold striped paper using Beacon 3-in-1 glue which was also used to adhere all of the tiles to the canvas. This same striped paper formed the background on a narrow tile which housed the Idea-ology pen nib.

Two scraps of music paper from Michelle Hill's Vintage Ephemera Bundles were used to cover two more tiles. I was able to center the lyric "What a life" onto the one tile which continues with the message of the canvas. These papers as well as the Authentique one were edged in Black Soot Distress ink to better connect them to the rest of the project.

Scraps of black cardstock embossed with TH Riveted Metal Texture Fades embossing folder were rubbed with various colours of Inka Gold to highlight or accentuate the embossed design. These were then adhered to two tiles and trimmed to fit.

I love how this turned out and am already planning more canvases in different sizes. I think a big one would be super fun to do and have several more of the same size started in my head. I'd love to see what you do with Linda's fabulous idea. Thanks for the inspiration, Linda.