Sunday, 15 September 2013

Autumn

Hi everybody!
Thanks for the good wishes for my hand, it is healing slowly. Apart from that, my life is very complicated just now, and not in a positive sense, but I hope that it will sooner or later get back to normal.

I have made another little book, (15x13cm) with an autumn theme, using, as always recycled cardboard to make the covers.
After partly peeling the cardboard, I painted the covers inside and out using a mix of terracotta and gold acrylics.


The leaves were die cut from painted paper which was glazed and crackled.
(The dirty thumb is mine)

The back cover, which has been stamped, and has an added, symbolic 'last leaf'

The inside back-cover, stamped with leaves and embossed with copper EP


The front cover, to which I added lace, jute ribbon, more of my die-cut leaves, some beads for berries and some string tied with home made paper beads.

Inside the fron cover, once again stamped and embossed with copper EP.

Details of the front cover:

  
I punched holes and bound the book together using ribbon and string, which gives a soft binding, which allows the book to be opened flat.

Inside there are 24 pages of white drawing-paper, an envelope front and back to take bits and pieces, 8 sheets of kraft paper and eight sheets of transparent paper




This was another fun make, which I am linking to the following challenges:
ABAC - Hit the books
Country view Crafts - Layers
Rogue Redhead - colours of autumn

Have a great day, take care, and thanks a lot for coming by!

35 comments:

  1. Sorry to read that life is not in a good place at the moment.
    This notebook encapsulates Autumn - the rich tones are jewel like - gorgeous.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  2. beautiful textures you have created, you have outdone yourself again, sending good wishes for a speeding return to normal Valerie. Life can be tough.

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  3. Valerie, this little mini notebook is stunning and screams Autumn! Love how you use corrugated cardboard! Hope all gets back to normal for you soon. Hugs!

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  4. Your attention to detail is always amazing and this little book is just exceptional! I hope life takes a turn for the better soon! Hugs!

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  5. Really fantastic, you o to so much trouble to make it perfect! Hugs, Barb

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  6. A truly gorgeous little book Valerie. Sorry to hear things are a bit bumpy at the moment, sending you BIG hugs. Xx

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  7. What an amazing little book. Love the crackle effect on those leaves.

    Hugs~

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  8. ThanX Valerie, for your lovely comment and the heads up about the ABAC challenge =).
    Love the book you made with the fall leafs. Those fall colors are so wonderful. Beautiful embossing and the owl is so cute!.
    xx Monique

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  9. what a gorgeous little album. All the variety of paper - something for everything you may want to do. Love those leaves yet again. Take good care of your hand. hugs, Donna

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  10. Hi Valerie such a gorgeous little book I love the colours you have made and beautiful paper beads. Hope things soon improve for you. Hugs Sandra X

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  11. Sorry to hear you have complications going on right now and hope they resolve themselves quickly Valerie. Loving your very touchable book, Annette x

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  12. Gorgeous creation. So autumnal but warm and cosy looking too. Your leaves are stunning. Hope your complications ease soon.

    Aileen x

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  13. ein ganz und gar wunderschönes kleines Herbstbüchlein Valerie..ich bin begeistert!

    sei lieb gegrüßt und hab eine schöne neue Woche!
    ich hoffe es geht Dir gut..ich bin irgendwie immer noch voll im Stress...

    au weia--kommende Woche kommt mein behinderter Bruder zu uns auf Besuch für eine Woche ..freu ich mich schon!

    xxx
    Susi

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  14. Fantastic covers to your book, the colours are gorgeous and so are the textures.
    Yvonne x

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  15. Das Bild auf der Wellpappe ist absolut schön und die Blätter sehen aus wie echte!!! Und das Büchlein mit der trendigen Eule ist auch toll - du hast wieder super schöne Sachen gearbeitet!
    Liebe Grüße, Dagmar

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  16. Wonderful book, love all the textures, and the rich autumn colours! Hugs, Sarah

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  17. This is wonderful, I love your leaves and Autumnal colours. I'm glad your hand is healing, and I hope everything else gets back to normal quickly xx

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  18. More beauty with the simplest of materials. I love the autumn colours and the use of the leaves. It looks a delightful little book. I'm so glad your hand is healing - I keep you in my thoughts.

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  19. Those leaves are amazing!!!! and look so real. Gorgeous fall creations
    Hugs Lynn

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  20. It's so sumptuous Valerie ! :)
    Von ♥

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  21. Valerie, so sorry to read that you cut your hand. Why do these things happen to us? We recover from one mishap to be hit with another. In no time your hand will heal and you'll be ready for the next round. In the meantime your art is ongoing and you were able to use some of your beautiful leaves and beads that you made on this little book. I always love what you do to cardboard; it is another "Valerie specialty."

    Hugs,
    Carolyn

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    1. Thanks Carolyn, your good wishes are much appreciated!

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  22. This is just LOVELY - the colours are so rich and seasonal it's completely gorgeous. I love rustic styles and designs. Epic stuff! Look after your poor hand - I hope it heals quickly. Hugs from Shroo:)x

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  23. Huge wow for this, Valerie. I especially like the "last leaf", very good, the owl and the fact that the open book can lie flat.

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  24. "BEAUTIFUL!" Valerie... lovely work :]

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  25. Gorgeous autumn colours, and the crackle on the leaves looks amazing. Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Artistic Stamper. Hope that your hand heals fully and quickly... Also just wanted to check whether you have seen this yet? Congratulations!
    Alison x

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    1. No, I must have missed it - thanks Alison, that's cheered me up!

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  26. Wonderful journal Valerie - I do love the colors of Autumn.
    sandy

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  27. Fabulous journal with lots of great details. Thanks for playing along with the RRD Rebel Challenge.

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  28. Fantastically Fall! Love the way you built it up! Thanks for joining us at RRD!

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  29. Such a great project and well put together too!
    xoxo Sioux

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  30. Fabulous project - I love all the colours you have used along with the layers and textures. Thanks for sharing it with us at Country View Crafts this month.

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  31. Your book is absolutely beautiful! I love the rustic style and the leaves are wonderful!! Thanks so much for joining us at Anything But a Card!

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