Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Tag Tuesday & a Matchbox Mini-book

Hi you all, it's time for another Tag Tuesday. Our theme this week is *Tales of the Riverbank*. I sat here, storming my poor brain, and wondering what to do, and then I remembered that I live round the corner from the Rhine, and there is a stream directly next to the house here - duh! Problem solved! I made a collage of photos taken along the riverbanks - the ruins of the castle, the shore, the houses, boats and the ferry. The background is a photo of the stream next door, complete with the ducks swimming round. I mounted the photo onto a piece of hand-painted paper in watery green-blue, and added a ribbon made from some matching gauzy material strips, and a little shell, from the shore of the Rhine. 

I have included the original collage, too, as the colours in the tag seem to be a bit changed .  The photo underneath shows the colours better.

And I decided to make some more mini-books.this time accordion books in matchbox cases. The matchbox has been covered with scraps of designer paper, inked and varnished to give an aged look. The little book has been made from a strip of waste paper, distressed with DIs in Antique linen and forest moss, and stamped with various small motives and quotes.

It was fun to make, and I have another three nearly finished, which I will show sooner or later. I am linking again to Out of a hat creations.

Have a good day, take care, and thanks for looking!


  1. The match-box book is just gorgeous, I am wondering how you get it to look so antique? Nice tag, too! Hugs, Sarah

  2. Love both of these Valerie -the pictures are wonderful.

    The matchbox book is something I have never tried and yours is so beautiful and inspiring.

    Thank you for sharing it with us at Out of a Hat Creations it was terrific that you found time to make something for the chalenge

    Love Chrissie xx

  3. What great inspiration for your tag Valerie :) and love your little book
    Von x♥x

  4. Love the river collage...I'm still thinking about my tag!!
    And the match box mini is wonderful.
    Hugs xx

  5. Love the way you've done your collage with the photo as a back drop. Your mini book is very sweet. x

  6. Fabulous projects valerie, just love your matchbox mini books - love mini books!!


  7. I love your collage and your mini matchbox book is gorgeous.
    xxx Hazel.

  8. oh my gosh they are beautiful!!!

  9. Hi Valerie. Wonderful photos and collage. So much to look at. Love your mini book. Fabulous idea to put it in a match box. This would make a lovely stocking filling. Thank you so much for sharing it with the Hatters.
    Take care,
    Regards Florence xxx

  10. The match-box book is amazing - I wonder, is this a little addiction you have going on LOL.
    Beautiful work.

  11. Beautiful, Valerie! I missed you too :)

  12. This is "FANTASTIC", Valerie!!
    You have me inspired to create an "artsy" book of my own. :]
    Will be looking for items in my studio ASAP!(LOL)
    I simply love the fact, you used "scrap" paper to create the pages, clever and resourceful too.
    Can not wait to see more... you are very creative, always.
    Take care.

  13. Fabulous match box book Valerie
    Thanks for joining us at Out of a Hat.
    Janet x

  14. I love the idea of a book in a matchbox Valerie, it gives it that 'secret' feeling. Super photos too, we often take for granted where we live. Hope the weather's nice enough now for you to take a little stroll! xx

  15. I love seeing what you've been up too!

    I love your photo montage it's really stunning.

    Your little matchbook books fascinate me....


  16. Lovely photo collage, and that matchbox book, that is wonderful--I'm going to have to make one, Valerie!!


  17. Lovely tage and another gorgeous mini-book, Valerie. You have been busy!


  18. Wow Valerie, these are all gorgeous! Your view is so inspiring, the photos and the collage are all gorgeous! I love the mini book and matchbook case too, love the antique effect you achieve!

  19. Beautiful photos on your collage. The mini books are fantastic, like the idea to use the matchbox.
    Yvonne x

  20. Brilliant, love the collage of photographs but my favourite today is the tiny matchbox! I love the folded and aged paper and the beautiful rose on the front, gorgeous work, love it, Gay xxx

  21. 2 adorable projects Val, love the river scenes and the mini book is so inspirational. xx

  22. What a fabulous collection of photos! They look so amazing on the painted background! Not only is the matchbook stunning, but how clever to make a little accordion book to fit inside! Love these!

  23. Hi Val, the collage on the tag is beautiful but...that tiny book in the matchbox is screaming at me. I love how you have antiqued it and such detail. Can't wait to see the other 3.
    Have a good day.

  24. Hi Valerie, Beautiful collage,you do live in a very pretty area of the world. Just adore those teeny tiny matchbooks, so much work, stunning. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Out of A Hat. Hugs Sandra XXX

  25. These are awesome, Valerie! I've never tried making a mini book and this is so inspiring!

  26. I'm captivated by the minis... too cool!!!

  27. More tiny and sensational match boxes I love and admire how you can create something so perfect on something this small


  28. A lovely foto collage of the river scenes and what a fabulous matchbox...adorable indeed!


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