Monday, 26 October 2009

Thoughts Of Summer

I hope you've all had a lovely weekend and enjoyed your extra hour in bed.

It's been a wet and windy weekend here and although we did venture out it wasn't for long. Freya needed some winter boots so we had a drive over to Ilkley, at least we knew we could get a lovely cup of coffee at the same time, a must when we go shopping anywhere. She now has a very nice pair of boots and the cats have a big box to sleep in!!!

Both afternoons were spent crafting, a real luxury and I managed to finish a mini book I've been working on for a few days now. I've always been taken with word books, but not the cost of a template to make them, well I am from Yorkshire!!!! so I printed off some large letters from the computer, worked out the measurements for the pages and hey presto, with a bit of time and effort I've made a book of a holiday in Lake Garda we had quite a few years ago now, it was before I started Scrapbooking so there wasn't the wealth of photos to choose from, but I had plenty to complete my project.

The letters were painted with H20's and the swirls stamped with Walnut Stain distress ink which was also sponged around the edges so that they looked a little bit 3D. The first page had a cuttlebugged cover which had been sprayed with glimmer mists.

The main bp was Rouge de Garance, Jardin Secret. They are much brighter papers than I would usually choose but they matched the colours of Italy well. Each page was edged with a swirl and the embellishments were all chipboard, painted with H20's and Cosmic Shimmer watercolours which can be painted on really thickly to get a lovely shimmer.

Although the initial printing of the letters and working out the page sizes was time consuming I think it's been far more satisfying to complete something from start to finish and also I haven't spent even 1p, everything I've used was already in my stash or handmade!!!

Thank you for visiting and all the lovely comments you leave me. I appreciate them so much.


Linda said...

You've certainly been very resourceful of late - first embossing without electricity and now making your word books without the templates - very impressed. Love the mini book and it's a great reminder of your lovely sounding holiday.

Sarah xx said...

Lisa this book is simply gorgeous, what a lovely use of the glimmer mists - great colours. What a fab momento of your trip. xxx

Jill said...

What a brilliant mini book. You are always so inventive Lisa! Glad you found a box for the cats - that is as important as anything!

Beryl said...

What patience and inginuity to work it out from scratch. You deserve a big prize for that. It's a brilliant word book and you must be so chuffed to know there's not going to be another like it. (Unless you do another one of course.)
Beryl xx

Lynda said...

What a fabulous project Lisa - those letters are brilliant and beautifully stamped. It's a fantastic keepsake. Your cat looks so content in the box too!

Love Lynda xxx

Polly said...

Those letters must have been a real labour of love - it's the sort of thing I'd have messed up right as the last minute.

I love hoilday mini-books, it's so nice to keep all the memories together,

Kathy said...

It looks wonderful - you've done a brilliant job with this book - and now you've worked out how to do the letter/pages it'll be easier next time...won't it? lol

Sally H said...

Really Beautiful and what a great way of showing your beautiful photos. You are so clever x

Anne said...

What a gorgeous book. If you turf the cats out of the box it makes a great place to use your Glimmer Mists. If you leave them in there you could have colourful cats LOL!

Sandra said...

Stunning!!! Lisa! What can I say. fantastic wordbook and not even costing 1p??? You are such a star. You did make me giggle with your '...well I am from Yorkshire' line :oD
So glad you like my Joanna Sheen cards, as you say they are a little bit different to my usual style, but I'm pleased how they turned out.
Sandra x

Kim Piggott said...

Oh I love your beautiful book Lisa!
Amazing colour and wonderful detail!
kim x

Sandra said...

Oh Lisa... Just read your comment on my blog and I feel terrible about there being two 'Craft Gardens' and worse still that you read it on my post. Wish I had a magic Blogland wand to make everything better.
Sandra x

Sandra said...

Hi again Lisa.... what about 'The Craft Secret Garden' now I bet everyone wants one of those :o)
Sandra x

craftimamma said...

What a fabulous memory book Lisa. The colours are wonderful and what a lot of patience you have taking time to work it all out. You do know that it's totally unique though.

Lesley Xx