Hello again! Two posts in a month might be a record for me but next month is my mother’s 84th birthday and I wanted to do something special for her this year. A memory book seemed the perfect idea so I created the Rust and Memories Journal. I used Eileen Hull’s journal die (my favorite) and cut the covers from medium weight black chipboard. I made two cutouts using Tim Holtz’s tickets movers and shapers. After assembling I had a great time rusting it up. I must have used every rust product on the market including Prima and Viva rust pastes, DecoArt paints and modeling paste, and last but not least, the new Baked Powders from Emerald Creek and Seth Apter. I added some embellishments to the front and rusted those too. After that I collaged some antique book paper onto watercolor paper and added a picture of my mom (yes, that’s really her on the front). I tucked that behind the cutouts on the inside cover and added her initials (Tim Holtz Alpha Parts newsprint), then covered that with nice paper on the inside (TH Wallflower). I used the same paper throughout.
I used Picmonkey to create all the photo collages that make up the signatures. I highly recommend Picmonkey if you do this kind of thing very often. Even though it isn’t free any more it is a minimal cost for a whole year and makes this process pretty painless (I was not paid to say that either). I strung the journal with brown elastic cord and tucked everything inside. I used the closure piece from the journal die along with strong magnets for the clasp. It works surprisingly well and makes a sturdy, tight close. Here are a few more pics:
Thanks once again for visiting!
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