Tuesday, 2 September 2014

GD: Lelainia Lloyd Project #2 Journey Tag Book

"Hello everyone, Lelainia here with my next project as Guest Designer. I’ve learned that if I don’t write things down, I won’t remember them! What better way to help keep organised than by creating a small tag book to jot down all those important thoughts, ideas and dates"?

 These giant #10 size Manila Tags (8 ½ x 4 1/8) lend themselves perfectly to this!

I started by laying a thin coat of Turquoise paint down on a piece of ephemera. I just squirted the paint right onto the paper and used my brayer to spread it out.

I let it dry completely and then applied a layer of the London Bus paint the same way.

This is where I worked quickly because once the paint was spread out, I used a very soft bristled brush and flicked large drops of water all over the paper. I wasn’t very careful about it-I just kept dipping the brush in water and flicking it over the paper. Now came the hard part: just letting it sit for 5-10 minutes. The water will pull up the top layer of paint as it sits, revealing the layer below in a very splotchy, painterly way.

Once it had a chance to sit, I used a sheet of paper towel to dab at the watermarks. You want to be sure to dab, rather than wipe, to have the effect work properly. 

This technique works best using two paints that are high contrast to one another so you can really see the reveal. I gave the paper a quick blast with the heat gun to make sure it was dry.

Next I took the tag and using a stylus and my ruler, scored the folds to turn it into a book. I lay the tag so that the side with the hole was on the left. I measure from that edge, inwards ¾ of an inch and scored. Measuring ½ inch further in from that score line, I scored another line.

From the right side, I measured inwards, 3 ¼ inches and scored a line. From that line, I measured another ½ inch inwards and scored it. Using my bone folder, I folded and creased all the lines.

Next I covered the tag using the painted paper I’d made. I generously applied UHU glue stick and lay the tag on the wrong side of the painted paper. I just let the pattern fall where it may-I like things wabi sabi. I smoothed the paper with my bone folder to make sure everything was adhered properly and then trimmed the excess paper away. I did the same thing to cover the inside of the tag as well.

I used EEV06 and ESN10 with Black StazOn Ink and Martha Stewart Snowflake Ink to add some extra yummy layers {Of course you could use Snowflake Fresco Paint to create the same effect} .

I took the "Journey" metal tag from the Prima Mechanicals Plate and Label Set and using my finger applied a bit of Turquoise paint. I used a paper towel to wipe most of it away and then applied some Snowflake and Hey Pesto paint and wiped it away too. The idea was to make the metal plate look antiqued.

Next I cut some 6 ½ x 4 inch pages for inside the book and folded them in half, making a good crease with my bone folder. I did 3 signatures of 8 pages each. I used a simple 3 hole stitch to sew them in. There are some instructions for that here which you can print off and follow.

I finished the cover by gluing the Journey plate to the front, being careful to make sure it didn’t end up under the little fold over on the cover. 

I looped a 12 inch piece of pretty fibre through the hole to hold the book closed. I like books that have a flap and a fibre loop because as I fill them up, the can get quite stuffed. The flap and the fibre loop helps to keep it all together. Another option would be to use a thin piece of elastic cording.

These little tag books are so easy to make, you could create a few extra and stash them away for little gifts to give any time. I think they’d be really fun done up in all kinds of colour combinations.

Try pairing these combination of Fresco Paints for around the year seasons/themes.
-London Bus and Snowflake (Valentine’s)
-Spanish Mulberry and Yellow Submarine (Easter)
-Beach Hut and Limelight (Summer)
-Tango and Little Black Dress (Hallowe’en)
-Orchid and Little Black Dress (Paris)

What other colour combinations can you envision? I would love to hear what you all come up with.


A huge thanks from all at PaperArtsy HQ. This book is the perfect size for jotting down important info/life stuff, I don't think you are alone with this Lelainia hehe. Again you have chosen a striking colour combo to work with and the added layers of the bold background stamping makes everything else "pop". Liking your train of thought on the colour combinations i.e Spanish Mulberry and Yellow Submarine.

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massofhair said...

Fantastic Lelainia, brilliant tutorial and a great present for Xmas :-) xxx

Helen said...

Cracking good idea Lelainia, love the colours!

Deborah Wainwright said...

Great idea xx

sam21ski said...

Fabulous xx

Unknown said...

Love it! :)

Lin said...

oh yes loving that Lelainia!!

Craftyfield said...

Love the splatter technique, will be thinking of colour combos...

ellen vargo designs said...

Another great project! Loving it!

Hazel Agnew said...

Love the idea of the tag book and the way that you antiqued the plate is great. Must try this, thanks for the ideas! X

Clare Lloyd said...

Fab idea!

craftytrog said...

I love that paint technique, & you used one of my favourite colour combos! Another great project Lelainia!
Alison xxx

Art By Wanda said...

That is so cool to make a book cover with the tag!!!!! Yours is wonderful!!!!

Anonymous said...

A great idea & the cover looks terrific.

Lelainia N. Lloyd said...

Thanks everyone! I am pleased you enjoyed this project!

Julie Lee said...

Sorry, I'm a bit late! Just wanted to say this is such a great idea. I love making tags into little purses for gifts, vouchers etc; but this is a new use. which I'll most definitely give a try. Julie Ann xxx

Lelainia N. Lloyd said...

Julie Ann you're not late-I live on the west coast of Canada, so it's only mid-afternoon here. You're right on time! :)

craftimamma said...

I'm even later, lol! This is a neat idea and love the splatter.

Lesley Xx

Rupa Swaminathan said...

Wow! This is really neat...thanks for the detailed tute. Will give it a try for sure, these notes really come in handy.

SCarol said...

Gorgeous project. Can't wait to try the paint effect. It would make a lovely gift too.

Lelainia N. Lloyd said...

You're welcome Rupa! Enjoy!

Sandy said...

Wonderful tag book! Thanks for the tutorial.
Sandy xx

Seth said...

Great book Lelainia. The grunginess of the cover speaks to me!

Kezzy said...

Wow wow absolutely gorgeous, and I really love the technique, I can't wait to have a go. Happy Creating ☺ Kezzy xxx

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