Okay, I feel terrible about not blogging to you all in over a week. I missed it so much. I have been working day and night to get ready for the Wedding Extravaganza at Common Folk Co. April 18th, more information about that to come. For now, if you know of anyone getting married you may want to tell them to "Save the Date" there will be lots of great, one of a kind items for brides, bridesmaids and their big day in general. Also we will have a very special guest that day you won't want to miss. I have had some spare time to craft (other than cake toppers) and I was inspired by a notebook I saw in a store not so long ago. It had a beautiful image of an angel on the cover and the Eiffel tower on the back. It made me think of my dream vacation. I love all things French from the food to the furniture but sadly I have never been to France. We wanted to go a couple of years ago but we were out voted by our kids, and their friends, and we ended up in Japan. Now, Tim and I are looking at being "empty-nesters" this fall and finally France may go from being my dream vacation to my spring destination in 2010. Later that evening, I was running through images and found one of actress Miss Billie Burke taken in London. The image is very French. I then found an old postcard of the Eiffel Tower. I decided to put together my own Dream Journal, one that I would fill with all my wonderful mementos and souvenirs of France. Tim helped me enhance the images in Lightroom and then enlarge them so that they were exactly the right size to cover the front and back of an old journal I had. I used an existing one but you can also buy blank journals at Ben Franklin for roughly around $3.00. I wanted the image to look like a painting so I used canvas paper also from Ben Franklin, it is a bit pricey, $2.99 for (1) 8 1/2X11" sheet. The canvas paper really soaks up the ink and gives your image a rich look. My journal was small, so I was able to only use one sheet printing both images on it. Now you have to have a decent printer to achieve the quality I have, we have a Canon MX 850, it's middle of the road and it worked great. I set the printer to high quality, plain paper and I printed my two images. I then cut them out and glued them to my journal using a thin layer of bookbinders glue that I applied with a paintbrush. You have to work quickly at this point because the glue will dry. You don't want to use too much glue or the result will be a soggy image. After it dried I wanted to give it some sparkle so I got out my "Stickles" clear glitter tube and highlighted the images wherever I wanted. I let that dry and then added the French ribbon and bling to the front. I then realized I wanted to keep going so I decided to pull out some old scraps I had sitting around and I scrap booked my two first pages. Just random images of France, or my idea of it. I love the way this ended up and I can't wait to tuck it into my nap sack and take it with me on my travels. Somehow whenever I think of myself in France I'm always riding a black bicycle with a wire basket on the front: flowers, cheese, baguette and wine tucked neatly inside. I am wearing black slim pants and a red and white striped t-shirt. I look suspiciously like Audrey Hepburn. Seriously, the neat thing about this is that you can use any kind of image from a drawing to a photograph so the possibilities are endless. A Final Note: Make sure you practice on printer paper before you print out the final image on the canvas, it may save you some money.
This is he front, the image is a bit washed out in the photo but trust me it is very vibrant in person.
The first two pages. I used a ton of scraps and as a result my pages ended up a bit thick but thats alright, I like it!