Thursday, January 5, 2012

Big Book Project


I have been holding off on sharing this commissioned book project till after the holidays. A good friend from my previous home in Stillwater, OK, asked me to create a Journal/Book for her cousin for Christmas. I am a friend of the cousin as our tow boys were in Scouts and school together. I was given a list of things that I might consider including and set on my task. The book was delivered and it drew raves!! I was so excited to get such a response. I have yet to hear how the gift was received but I trust that all is well- No News is Good News, after all!
I am going to post a bunch of pictures with very little chatter. The covers will be first and if anyone has any questions be sure to leave me a comment or shoot me an e-mail and I will be glad to share!!!

I used two covers from a discarded book for the supports and covered them with a first layer of denim form an old pair of jeans. Then I collaged the denim with various fabrics most of which I designed myself. (sun prints, clean up rags,) Any of the other fabrics used were reclaimed from my fabric scraps or repurposed thrift store finds.
I stitched int he fabric covered signatures with linen thread and secured them to the spine with my hand made beads.
Inside front cover.

random pocket page on the right


pocket made with security envelope (on the right)








I am gathering more materials daily and I plan to make several more of these journals in the near future! The biggest issue that I had with creating this piece was knowing when to stop adding special touches!! Oh yes, and then when it came time to send it out into the world, I really wanted to keep this one but convinced myself that I had plenty of supplies to make many more!!!

I hope that everyone is able to squeeze in a tiny bit of time to be creative every day in 2012~~~
Happy New Year!!

12 comments:

Createology said...

Your book is amazing. What a wonderful commission to be able to make such a unique gift for someone you know. A labor of love is always the best gift possible. Blissful and Creative 2012...

Judy said...

Oh Elizabeth, that is just grand! I love it!! How on earth did you think of adding all of those things? What a treasure!

xo

Corina said...

Happy New Year! Great bookcover!

bois-fleurie said...

I love your journal,especially the amount of different fabrics you combine together.Its so bright and sort of a happy book.
jill

Vicki W said...

It's beautiful! I bet your customer is THRILLED!

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Love it Elizabeth, I especially like your beads on the spine, what a nice touch! xox Corrine

Karen Williams said...

Beautiful! I can see why you had such a hard time letting it go! It has so much of yourself in it.

Happy New Year!

Marilyn Rock said...

Absolutely gorgeous Elizabeth! Happy and healthy new year to you and yours! xxoo

underatopazsky said...

The book is wonderful. Every picture is a delight!

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

Luscious, juicy, yummy journal!

suziqu's thread works said...

Hi Elizabeth
What a beautiful journal - so bright and cheery! full of pockets and your own fabric with bits of lace! I made a commissioned bird journal last year and loved it.
Congratulations also on your wonderful new position at the that gallery with your own workspace. You will be so inspired when working there amongst other artists.
Love and hugs,
Suzy

Susan Elliott said...

That is one big Book of BEAUTIFUL! I WISH I had been the recipient. You did a fabulous job...all the machine stitching, the hand stitching the stampling the specially-made Beth fabrics. It's really awesome. Make more!!!!

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