Sunday, July 20, 2014

Its All About Olley - Imagine If DT project

Welcome to the Imagine If Blog hop. Once again I am blown away by the talent of the ladies on the Design Team.  There are some amazing projects this week so make sure you check out all of the blogs starting with Jo's blog at Imagine If and then following her links to the other blogs or you could jump to Katrina's blog and follow on from there.

The giveaway this week is two new chipboard clock cutouts and a set of keys. All you have to do is enter using the Rafflecopter form shown at the bottom of this post and comment on the blog or facebook.  The more blogs you leave a comment on the more chances you have to win.  Good luck.

My project this week is an altered book I made to showcase photos my new grandson Olley and his family. 

I started with a large hardcover book. I took out the pages and used only the cover.

I cover the front back and spine with white gesso and tissue paper.

I then sprayed the covers using several colours.  When I was happy with the colour I used the Imagine If Twinkle Little Star stencil and randomly added stars using texture paste.

The then layered a picture of Olley on to black card that I tore across the top and then layered Imagine If chipboard around the photos.  I used cogs, arrows, a gorgeous little banner and some of the lovely words that Jo produces.  I just adored the "You stole my heart" words.

I painted all of the chipboard white before adding it to the cover.  I covered the photo with paper towels and began spraying until I was happy with the colour.

I added a few resin bubbles and can tabs but the majority of the layout is made from chipboard.

After I had made the cover Jo said she would like to take it to SENZ so it was a mad rush to get the inside finished in time, but I got there.  The right hand side page is a multi frame cut from chipboard.  I worked out which photo's I wanted to include and then began decorating the frame.  Again I used chipboard from Imagine If and I also filled in some gaps using Cheery Lynn dies and some mesh tape.

Once I had it looking the way I wanted I painted everything with white gesso and then when that had dried I sprayed everything black.

Once the black had dried I sprayed it with coloured paints and then when that had dried I dry brushed it all with gold to highlight the texture.

Once everything was dry I added the photos behind the frame and then glued it all to the inside cover of the book.

For the other side of the cover I used paper to colour block the page and then I repeated the process already described. I used an Imagine If frame on the bottom middle photo to highlight the photo and again the rest is a combination of Imagine If chipboard and Cheery Lynn diecuts.

Here is the finished project. I love that because of the book cover this is free standing and does not need a frame. 

I hope you enjoyed this project and encourage you all to give it a try.  It is really very simple and produces a wonderful keepsake.  Please feel free to ask any questions you may have and I will endeavour to answer them for you.  Have a great day and I will see you next week with another project.

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  1. You give great instructions, love your book cover album. Just think they can pull this out when he is 21 ;)

  2. Wow - your book cover is just amazing!

  3. brilliant idea, I can now see how you manage to use up all your pieces so quickly. Can't wait to get my hands on some of these stencils

  4. What a treasure. Love the use of the old book and all the chipboard embellishments. You've done another great job. I look forward to Mondays so I can bloghop.

  5. this is so cool, love the colours and all the hipboard embellishments

  6. I love your idea of the journal cover!!! The colours with the chipboards are amazing.... Such a stunning Idea.... Thanks heaps for teaching me a new idea!

  7. gorjuss use of the chipboard bits n bobs! Loves :)

  8. love love love the layouts and colours really special and unique thanks for sharing.