Thursday, September 26, 2013

Up, Up and AWAY…

I had LOTS of fun with this project. It started out as a 2013 appointment calendar/planner that I found in the clearance section at Aaron Bros. (90% off, woo hoo!!) I thought the cover was very fun and I just knew that I could do something cool with it. It sat on my shelf for a month or so and then inspiration struck! I also knew exactly who to make this for - our friend who is a huge fan of movies, comic books and superheroes. Ah ha! Perfect:

So first I had to hollow out the book. This wasn't as tedious as I thought it was going to be and didn't take too long. Why did I need to hollow it out? Well…

I wanted to have a little surprise when you opened the "book". There is a scene and it is chock full of movie quotes. (Fred is a veritable fountain of movie quotes.) The first thing I did was to mist, use layering stencils (Stars and Dot Fade) and stamps to create an interesting base layer. Then I glued down the quotes (I had printed those out and cut them into strips). Over everything I brushed on a layer of glossy Glue 'n Seal. I didn't want the Distress ink parts to react any more to moisture and I also wanted a slick layer to apply a layer of glaze paint over. Before adding any paint however, I used the Rays stencil and Heavy Gel Medium to create the transparent ray pattern over the background and the quotes. When that was dry I painted over everything with the Silks Acrylic glazes, working it into the textured areas and wiping parts of it away to reveal more background. Inside the niche I layered stamped elements and popped them up to different levels to create depth.

On the outside I added an Idea-ology Faucet Knob (painted with Distress Paint) for a handle along with a stamped tag and other bits. The paper string acts as a closure strap. You just unwind it from around the knob and you can open the book.

I hope you enjoy this project! See if you can identify the movies the various quotes come from. ;-) Don't forget that Inspiration Journal is having a "Falling for Faux" challenge this month and there is still time to enter! You can have a chance to win $50 to spend at Inspiration Emporium (and your chances are good, there are only 9 entries so far!) Go forth and create!!

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