Good evening everyone a Huge welcome to Twiddleybitz's first blog hop!!! Now I am not sure about you but I only discovered blog hops a few weeks ago when I somehow ended up on one that took me all around the world with loads of inspirational idea's and techniques and goodies and was so pleased when we were told TBZ was having one!!!!! A bit nervous too as I know I will stuff it up (fingers crossed - I am being prepared here!!) as computers and me are not the best mix. Dad however came and rescued my dying computer yesterday and with my super dooper fast whiz bang updated version I am set and raring to go... Thankyou Carol for starting us off :)
As you all know I love OTP items so why not show you all something you could do with a book, some paint and of course some Twiddleybitz goodness Using photo's from Jess's 9th birthday do where the girls got glammed up for a photo shoot I have simply altered an old book I bought from the second hand bookstore for $1.00. I started out by tracing around the Twiddleybitz shadowbox inside the book (ensuring I had enough depth to fit it in the book!) and then using a craft knife cut out the guts of the book big enough to slide in the shadowbox. Paint your pages white with gesso so you can just see a hint of the words coming through - add a bit of tape and paint and then I glued the shadowbox together using instructions in the kit painting it with acrylic paints. I also embossed the cover of the shadowbox and painted it blue before swiped white gesso paint over the top just to give a bit of texture as I do!! Simply add a few TBZ, rubons, a flower or two, buttons and a photo and glue it into place (which also holds the book together!) and that little bit is done....
Then it was time to do the outside... Here I simply painted it all white including the page edges, measured some patterned paper to fit both the front and back covers and a coordinating one for the spine. Then I painted up some Twiddleybitz Style Leaf Twirl Flourish, the ornate name plate and some square alpha's in matching colours. I also used Kingfisherliscious Creative colour sprays to alter my white flowers to blue to match and painted up my leather vine strap. Then it was simply a matter of scrapping it all together to create a cover and name plate on the side.
Then simply finished off the inside with a little bit more paint and some journalling.
Hope you like it For more inspiration the stunningly talented and witty Anne Marie Cox is next up at 9pm AEST so jump over to her blog for a squizzy before she wows you with her inspiring work. Leave a comment for me after you have added yourself as a follower on network blogs thingy on the bottom left hand side of my blog and at the end of the blog hop (8pm Monday 9th August AEST - will give you all an extra day!) I will get Jess to draw three peoples names to win a little parcel of Twiddley goodness that I will post your way (Australian address's only please!) The first name out will win the TBZ pieces to be able to recreate my project :) See below for photo's. Enjoy the hopping everyone - I can't wait to see what else the DT come up with
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