Tuesday 24 November 2015

DIY Tag Book

I like this type of card as it can be easily themed to the occasion; if you need more pages, they are easy to add - I only put three in my book. 

The outer cover of the book is a 27.5cm x 10.3cm piece of black card folded in half and scored again at 3cm from the spine.  The individual pages measure 10cm x 13cm (two from kraft card and one from black card).  To create the tag look, the two front corners of the cover were trimmed diagonally; the first off-cut being used to ensure that the second is of equal size.  One end of each page was also trimmed to match.  Each of the pages were also scored at 3cm.  The fun was in decorating the book; as you have seen from previous blog posts, I love butterflies and birds and have lots of stamps on those themes.  I also like grunge/steampunk and decided to use orange as an accent colour to go with the kraft card / black palette.  The front cover is decorated with the keyhole stamp from the Papermania Urban Bird Print stamp set; stamped onto kraft card using black Archival ink; blended over with Ripe Persimmon distress ink; cut out and added with foam pads.  The key die by Marianne Creatables was cut and embossed from bright orange card and added across the stamped image.  To decorate the spine, I cut a piece of kraft card 2.5cm x 9.8cm and over stamped it with the manuscript stamp from the same set.  This time I decided not to add any distress ink, as I wanted the contrast with the black/cream and orange/cream bakers twine that I was intending to use to bind the book together.  A large orange grommet by WeRMemory Keepers finished the front cover.
 The pages alternate between kraft card and black card.  The first page was decorated by stamping an image from the Bird Print stamp set onto kraft card; blending over with the Ripe Persimmon; trimming down; matting onto black card leaving a narrow border; drawing a double overlapping border with a Sakura black micron pen; wrapping with bakers twine and adding to the page.  Looking back, this was the first time that I had done any zentangling - even in a primitive form such as this border.
Before the second page was decorated, I gave it a quick mist with a bronze mica spray.  The shape of the background was dictated by the stamped image with the scallop edge, which is from the Botanical Urban Print set, also by Papermania.  I used the 3" Punch by Woodware to cut a scalloped circle from kraft card; stamped the butterfly image onto a second piece; trimmed it round and added Ripe Persimmon to the butterflies to tie in with the other pages.  I added the border with the micron pen after I had matted the two layers together, as I felt that the border was too wide to be left plain.
 The final page uses the same technique as the first.  This time, however, I chose not to wrap bakers twine around the image, as I didn't want to obscure the words.  Instead I stamped, coloured and cut out one of the individual butterflies from the Botanical Print stamp set and added it at the corner.



To finish the inside back cover, I stamped a quote from an Anna Griffin stamp set onto another 3" scalloped circle punched from kraft card. 

Once all the pages were added to the card, two holes were punched in the spine, using the Crop-A-Dile II by WeRMemory Keepers; a length each of black/cream and orange/cream bakers twine were threaded through twice and knotted at the front.

So there you have it - change the colour scheme; add pages; change the theme and you have a tag book card for any occasion.  Add photos and you can make a mini brag book.   As this is an autumnal card and it celebrates life I am entering it in the SimonSaysStamp Monday challenge - Thanks/Thanksgiving as well as the Craft your Passion Callenge - Always Anything Goes.

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