Monday, March 28, 2011

Judging a book by it's cover by Janelle Burba

I must say that this project has been one of my favorites...ever! Although I am a huge fan of Graphic 45 paper, I have to admit when they first came out with "Once Upon a Springtime" paper collection, I wasn't sure how I would use it or for what purpose but as the days and weeks have gone on...I can't own enough of it! Just goes to show you that sometimes you have to be open for creativity to grow.

Recently, while shopping at Michaels I picked up a paper mache book looking box. I had no clue what I would do with it (can you see a trend developing? lol) but it looked interesting. Having it in my cart, my friend Debbie said, "don't buy that, I will give you one I have had for ages." YAY! Score! I began thinking about the many uses for such a book...hiding important items, decorating a room, conversation many choices. Being the scrapbooker I am, I usually return to keeping photos out for display and that is how my "Fairy Album" came to be.

First things first, I covered the book with Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime paper and then added Tim Holtz's Ideology Binder Ring attachment. It was an amazing fit! I did do some painting in the "hard to reach" places of the book, such as the spine. My least favorite part was the fussy cutting of different elements but it had to happen in order to make the cover "POP".
I then added some Prima flowers, some blue pearls, real feathers for the fairy wings, and last but not least some actual book pages to give it dimension. A trip to Cottonwood a few weeks ago proved to be very productive as I matched Art Glitter to the fabulous paper. If you have never been to the Art Glitter Institite, you should make a trip. I had no idea there would be so many choices of colors. I added the matching glitter to the fairy, water, and the cut-out flowers. I love the way it looks, don't you?

The inside scrapbook pages were simply assembled with chipboard and covered with interesting lay-outs. After checking out the paper a bit more, I discovered a scene with bunnies. I promptly cut a bunny hole in my pages and made room for a bunny of my own. He doesn't move and holds the pages in place.

The project wasn't complete until I added an antique store find: a lovely fairy with wings to sit beautifully on top of my creation. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive and Ultrafine Metal Tip
Art Glitter 713 Fair Microfine Transparent
Art Glitter 600 Indian Summer, Fine Vintage Glass Glitter
Art Glitter 606 Misty Green, Fine Vintage Glass Glitter
Art Glitter 292 Mint Julep, Ultrafine Transparent
Art Glitter 41 Green Goddess, Ultrafine Opaque
Graphic 45 once Upon a Springtime Collection
Paper Mache Book
Tim Holtz Ideology Binder Ring attachment
Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint dried marigold
Tim Holtz Distress inks, many colors
Colorbox chalk cateye ink, rose coral
Assorted Prima flowers and metal
3 in1 Adhesive


  1. I'm so happy to see the use of Microfine Transparent glitter color #713 Fair, it is the perfect skin tone! Absolutely beautiful!

  2. Gorgeous! How long did this take you? Looks like quite an undertaking, but the result is simply stunning :) Thanks for sharing, this gives me something to aspire to!!

  3. I have to say...this is one of the most wonderfully beautiful projects I have ever seen! I love it and it has inspired me. thank you so much for sharing. :)

  4. Thanks all for the nice comments on my project. Holly ~ it honestly took about 8 hours. There is a wonderful weekend getaway that the local scrapbook store puts on here in Payson. I decided I wanted to work on something totally different this time so the Fairy Book came to pass. I really love the glitter on this project. It emphasizes all my design elements perfectly. Thanks again all. J