Friday, August 6, 2010

Hopping Right along.....

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




50 comments:

Marie (aka Mazz) said...

wow! that (altered) book is so GORGEOUs...beautiful photos too, very creative and clever...you make it look and sound all so easy hahaha - TFS Mel, perhaps its something to be made into a challenge for my motivation LOL

Tiff Sawyer said...

OMG Mel, you are sooooooooooo generous with your giveaway!!! And I adore the book idea, it's something that everyone will be able to enjoy hunting around to find. Your designs are always a pleasure, your girls are divine, thanks for sharing with us and see, it was nothing to worry about as long as everyone worked out how to scroll down LOL, now you can relax, you need it after the day you've had :):):)

headwitch said...

oh well that is just toooo clever. love it the idea is fantastic and i love the leather vine strap hadn't seen those before woohoo.

Nessa said...

Oh Mel I love the colour scheme orange and blue. Gorgeous. Having fun blog hopping might even have time fir some scrapping myself inbetween blog hopping via my iPhone!! Lol

headwitch said...

LOL it took me a few checks back to the blog before i realised to scroll down ooops

Rachel said...

That is such a fantastic idea Mel - I love it! Think I'll have to make one of these myself... hmmm... maybe Christmas presents... oooh, the mind is off & running now LOL! Thanks for sharing!

DebiJ said...

Oh wow....how is this altered book.....I just love it Mel!!! This is certainly something to try....really have to try!! Not a facebook person, so wont join up there...but still it is great to see your work.

sandra said...

Oh Mel.
This is just so inspiring!!
Adore your work...
There is so much detail here but you made it sound so easy!!!
Will be trying this out....
Look out Op Shop!! I'm heading your way!!! (again ;-)

Susanne Perry said...

What a fabulous idea Mel & a very gorgeous creation

RenaeW said...

OMG that is awesome Mel!! That is such an awesome idea and you have created an amazing piece of art. A very generous giveaway too!

Chloe :-) said...

Gorgeous work and what fun!!! Your creations are just stunning :-)

Jo said...

Oh Mel! Your work is always so amazing - love this idea :)

Louise Williams said...

you've seriously got me going to the op shop tomorrow for an old book! loveeeee :)

Jo Kinder said...

Awesome idea Mel! expertly executed too! (and no computer malfunctions LOL) You've done well!!
Oh dear, I think I'll have to squeeze Mr & Mrs TBZ for a couple of those leather vine straps (OMG!!!)
When you get back from the dance run feel free to have a glass of chardy (or two lol) you can relax now :-)

Wirg's Creative World said...

This is a brilliant creation and I'd love to try it one day myself. I'm trying to add your blog to follow it but am getting an error message, I'll try it again later.

Donna said...

Gorgeous Mel...I would love to have a go at making one of these myself one day!

Sonia said...

i love it mel, love it even more i have seen it IRL :)

Lorena said...

Wow, loveing your book! What a neat idea! I guess I'm either old fashioned or just plain borring to do scrapbook pages LOL. Great tutoirals too!

Check out my blog for my projects and tutorials at www.scrapingcorner.blogspot.com

Lorena

Danielle said...

Stunning Mel!! You are one clever & extremely talented woman!! I love it! Jess is gorgeous & looks like she had a fabulous time in the photo shoot too. :)

Chookie said...

That altered book is just gorgeous Mel - I just love the projects you come up with using the Twiddleybitz products.

Angela said...

Fabulous idea and.perfectly executed! Well done mel. Love it x

yuki said...

Hi, Mel ! Your altered book is soooo gorgeous.Love it!

Beckie Dreyer said...

What a great idea! It is beautiful!

:) Tiff said...

oooooooooo. that's given me an idea for father's day, which isnt that far away.... rippa. thanks Mel.

Anonymous said...

What an awesome original idea. And so bright and colouful Love it!

Gina B said...

What a lovely way to remember this special time in a girls life. Love It!!!

Scossie Jane said...

What a fantastic project, using the old book..... You have made it so colourful and happy..... Totally loving it..... Hugs xx

Kim Nath said...

Oh I love this idea and it is so beautifully done, incredible work!

Ruth said...

I can't believe you actually inserted a frame into the book!!! That must have taken some cutting and measuring!!
Your DD looks like she had a fab birthday and I love how her eyeshadow matches the colours you chose....very cool!!
ps: I have an Australian address ( my sister lives in melbourne......I keep on telling Prima I have a US address with a MIL over there but it falls on deaf ears..lol!!

Loobylou said...

I'm really not an OTP person- but you make it look and sound so do-able!. I love the idea of an altered book all about my son and his friends...Adding it to my challenge list.
So much Twiddley-licious stuff to see. Thanks for sharing. I'm off to explore your blog.
Sarah in WA

Jules said...

OMG your book is AMAZING love the rubons and the colours and of course the TBZ Chippie ....TFS it isw truely inspirational...

Haystack Creations said...

I love making altered books they are great fun. I love they way you have done the font cover, especially the spine it just jumps out and says look at me!

inkspiring you 2 stamp said...

I love the altered book and the use of chipboard! very fun. Thanks for sharing

Peg said...

Brilliant idea with the book, love it!

maree said...

What a great Idea.. I so love what you have done.. I thing i might try this as I have 4 girls and they are always taking mini fashion shoots, what a great way to store a photo story and economical as well.. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent

Lisa K said...

Stunning - what a gorgeous idea for a beautiful girl!!

KarenB said...

Your altered book is amazing, love how the colours just jump off the white. I've got all sorts of ideas running through my head now about what I can do with old books!

Lynda said...

Mel I love your beautiful journal!!!I love the funky colours!!

Ngaire said...

I just love the colours! It is so striking!

gypsylcm said...

Your altered book looks great!

maryanne said...

this is really stunning mel!you are so very clever!
I adore the colors youve used, love the orange and teal together.
beeeautiful!

Teresa said...

you always come up with the most amazing projects - and this one certainly didn't disappoint. Love it Mel!

Kerry-Sue Thomson said...

very cool book :) RAK looks great too but I am in NZ :(

~Lisa J~ said...

As usual Mel, this is STUNNING!!! What a fabulous keepsake for Jess when she grows up!

Magda said...

Beautiful project!
Magda

Tusia said...

Beautiful !

Huma said...

It's fantastic! I love it:)

Rebecca Beattie said...

Mel, what a beautiful girl you have there. As always an original and beautiful project you have created. LOVE your work girl!

amie said...

WOW!!! Mel your work is truly amazing! better in real life too.
I bet your daughter loves this book.
Cant wait to see more amazing work
Xx

KarenC said...

The paint really pops on the pages. Simply gorgeous! Some great inspiration.

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