Friday 3 June 2016

2016 #11 Our Home Journey {by Jennie Atkinson}

2016 Topic 11: Our House

Hi everyone Jennie here with you tonight sharing a small mini book with the theme of Our Home Journey using the timeless Urban Snapshots stamps.

I recently bought a Sissix die for making small books and plan to make a few the same size but with different themes. So this first one is Our Home Journey and will record where my husband and I lived as children and then over the 40 years we have been married. I have used my Gelli Plate for the first time (well after a little practice!) to make the covers and the start of the inside of the book.

Step One: I started by making the papers for my covers using the Gelli Plate. I have only recently purchased this and have only really done a few 4x4 experiments so it was a bit daunting doing a piece of A4! I brayered Sage and Snowflake Fresco Acrylic Paints onto the plate and used the flourish from the Urban Snapshots Young Love Plate 1 as a random pattern. Once I had taken off my print I then overstamped with the quote from the Wrought Iron 2 Plate.

US Young Love Plate 1
Wrought Iron 2 Plate.

Step Two: My book covers were cut from coaster board and the insides got a coat of Snowflake  Paint and again I used the two stamps as before to create a bit of interest on the inside covers.

Step Three: I used my papers to cover the outside of the book and for the spine I brayered Sage and Snowflake Paints onto some Smoothy White Cardstock (mainly because I didn't have enough of the patterned paper!). Before I stuck the spine down I passed some seam binding ribbon through the holes to enable me to gather my signatures.

Step Four: For the front cover I used the Young Love Plate as my central focus and used Pumpkin Soup and Autumn Fire Translucent Frescos to colour the flowers. There's a little bit of Sage in there too.

Step Five: For the first page inside the book I used some leftover scraps from my papers to cover the page and I stamped the Wrought Iron Gates to create a doorway.

Not easy to photograph!  
Step 6: I finished off the spine by cutting a small label from some left over paper and using the Doorway quote so I have a reference for the book when it is sitting on a shelf.

And so my little book is ready to fill with photographs and details as I find them whilst trawling through the photograph albums. I really enjoyed making this project and am particularly pleased with the effects created by using the Gelli Plate and the Fresco Finish Paints. I am sure it will be out again soon! I also hope my little project encourages you to use these wonderful Urban Snapshot stamp sets.

Thank you for joining me tonight.
Jennie x

Oh Jennie what a beautiful little book. I adore the muted colours, so perfect as a backdrop for photographs. It is so very important to document our family and home and this is the perfect way. It is always lovely to see Urban Snapshots being used, the Iron Gate is especially fitting. ~Darcy

We would love to see how you interpret this House topic by linking what you make to our 2016 Challenge #11: Our House, on this page HERE.
All of our bloggers love to see your twist on their ideas,  particularly if you were inspired directly by their post. 
All links go in the draw to win a £50 voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Our House link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, June 12th 2016. The winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.


Helen said...

love the soft, subtle colour! the book is so cute, I love it!

Miriam said...

Gorgeous work Jennifer...I love the colours...and the use of the Gelli plate

Miriam said...

Gorgeous work Jennifer...I love the colours...and the use of the Gelli plate

Julie Lee said...

What a delightful little book. I love your colour palette and the Urban Snapshots stamps are the perfect choice - wonderful combination of elements. This would be such a gorgeous object to hold in your hand and to store memories of family and home. xxx

pearshapedcrafting said...

What a lovely idea for a book and what a lovely book it is! The gelli plate printed cover is beautiful!Chrisx

Ruth said...

Such a gorgeous delightful treasure of a book, love the images used and muted colours. Perfect! Ruth x

Words and Pictures said...

How lovely, Jennie - so delicate in hue and such a beautiful way to use the stamps.
Alison x

Lauren Hatwell said...

Everything you do has such elegance, and this is no exception. What a beautiful keepsake! Lx

Craftyfield said...

Looks lovely and what a fantastic keepsake for you and your hubby !

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Marci said...

A great idea, and such a lovely book!

Deborah Wainwright said...

Love this Jennny it looks amazing xx

craftytrog said...

This is so lovely Jennie, beautiful soft colours and a great design!
Alison xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

Absolutely exquisite and wonderfully exe├žuted Jennie,

Lucy x

craftimamma said...

Looks like we all adore the colours Jennie as I do too. They are actually my favourites even though I rarely seem to work with them. Beautifully crafted little book!

Lesley Xx

Etsuko said...

Stunning little book! Beautiful cover and colours scheme. I love this. xx