Monday, June 28, 2010

Second set of signatures make my friend's book complete

I am going to try to let most of the photos speak for themselves, something my friend Patty subscribes to. If I have used a background that isn't shaving cream, hand dyed, rusted, or scrapbook paper, I will add a comment. Most of the elements are the same as in the previous set of signatures. I used security envelopes, magazine images, words cut from magazines or books, National Geographic pages altered by turpentine, postcards, stickers, and such. New elements, those not used before, will be noted. Click to enlarge for added detail.



My favorite page in the entire set is the one on the left. The old school book page and the phrase from an engineering magazine (Numbers crunching isn't what it used to be) were paired for a bit of humor. Postcard on right side flips up

to reveal more writing spaces.

Blue background (rusted) is local fish market menu.

Decorative packing tape used to hold calendar page to background.

Wallpaper sample makes a good pocket on right.















My pounded flowers became a great background page.







Die cut flower and lines created using corrugated cardboard and Staz-on on left.





Hope I didn't bore you too much. To recap, this is the second set of signatures for a friend who just graduated from high school. I still need to make the cover.

Today's blog is one I have no idea how I stumbled onto it. But I'm so glad I did, because Carmen Torbus has a very warm and inviting blog. She writes with gusto and passion. Her blog posts make sense. She has a way with words. And she's currently visiting her parents in Kansas. What could be better than seeing my State through the eyes of a visitor, especially one so eloquent. You're going to want to stay awhile!

18 thoughtful remarks:

ooglebloops said...

I wouldn't want to write in the little book - it's perfect as is!!
Also, love the pottery in your museum trip post.

Julia Dunnit said...

I had to go back and look again at the other signatures; truly I couldn't choose a fave, the whole is as splendid as its parts. Will be visitng Carmen too, but already know it will be when I have an hour or two of reading time!

Halle said...

I saw these on ABC and thought they were great! Can't wait to see the finished project with cover!

Tess said...

Such a wonderful gift. Your graduate friend will have so much fun playing in it and exploring all of the creative details.
Much love,
Tess

MosaicMagpie said...

Such a thoughtful gift, so much time invested in it. A gift that will be loved, used and kept. Great Job. I especially love the tag with the light teal ribbon.
Debbie

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Oh Elizabeth your lovely pictures speak volumes ... such great details and I enjoyed clicking for the closeups too! Wonderful and inspiring!
Thank you for the kind mention ... the word thing is something I try and work on and like that quote about a picture tells a thousand words or something close to that ... now look how wordy my comment is heehee :)
oxo

Marilyn Rock said...

What a beautiful gift! Page after page - meaningful and really awesome!

FlipSyde said...

Gosh. Again. Inspiring. Honestly.
Your friend will be so touched to receive a gift so thoughtful.
Amy

Dianne said...

Love them all... but especially the 10th and the 14th photos. Lovely!

Carol Anne's Boutique said...

Oh Elizabeth, how absolutely beautiful!! I am just in awe of each and every page, they are so wonderful! I had to go and find your post about the 1st set of signatures and both sets are truly amazing!! There is nothing like a hand made book, your friend will certainly treasure such a heartfelt gift!
Thanks so very much for visiting and leaving your lovely comment.
Enjoy your evening sweet friend~
Hugs, Carol Anne

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

This is so beautiful- thank you for sharing so many pictures- I feel I could look at them all day! I've had some ideas for an altered garden journal percolating for a while, and you've given me SO much inspiration! Thanks!

Margaret said...

Elizabeth, your signatures are amazing, truly stunning and what a wonderful unigue gift you give! fab! Margaret

Gaby Bee said...

A really fabulous gift, Elizabeth! I just love all the textures and details. Beautifully done!
Have a wonderful week!
Gaby xo

Lynn said...

Not at all. What a fun book. You did a beautiful job and I hope it will be appreciated and enjoyed.

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Wonderful pages Elizabeth and great colours :-) I've yet to try flower pounding.
Anne xx

Brian K said...

Elizabeth! These are soo beautiful! What a lovely wonderful gift for your lucky friend! Each page is more beautiful than the next! I can't wait for me!

Brian K said...

er fruedian slip? I meant more... LOL!

Seth said...

What a great book and thoughtful gift. G r e a t pages!