Friday, January 14, 2011

Book Making Again - Bird mini album

I've mostly been writing lately, but did have some time to make a mini photo album with a bird, butterfly, magnolia theme for my friend Mark for Christmas. Her house is called Magnolia Cottage so that's why this particular southern flower is predominant.  I'm still working on taking photos - the first set came out blurry because I had to shoot inside during the snow storm, but I'll add more later.  I used a lot of new techniques on this one, including the Perfect Pearls from Ranger inks and beeswax collage.  It was a lot of fun!  She and I both love birds, both in the wild and in art so it was a fun theme to try. 

Like my other books, I made my pages from cereal boxes etc and the front and back cover from the hard cardboard found on the backs of paper packs.  I used a lot of Botanicabella papers from Graphic 45, one of my absolute favorite paper companies. K & Company, Tim Holtz, 7 Gypsies are also featured throughout as their styles fit right in with the kind of vintage look I want in my books.  This book is a bit more whimsical than most of my books but birds are like that, aren't they.  I've filtered in some of my own sketches as well as photos of my garden to give it a more natural feel and I've already started putting photos in of Mark and her husband Mike, who is a Harley rider, so there's even a page with a Harley theme in here!  Quirky I know but Mark and Mike are a very unique couple. There are also some ocean themed pages because Mark and I spent time together on Folly Island, off the coast of Charleston, SC.


  1. I LOVE these books you're making, but I wanted to suggest your seeing if you can find "Davey Board" locally. It usually doesn't cost much more than a couple of dollars for a huge sheet (something like 3'x4'...?). It comes in various thicknesses and it's just like the cardboard you're using, except it's ACID FREE and therefore ARCHIVAL and will not deteriorate over the years.

    I've joined you here under my Manna Oils blog.

    Grey :)

  2. Thank you for the suggestion. I remember you mentioning Davey Boards years ago and forgot. And it's probably in the book you gave me too. I'll look around. For a city that tries to be a big city, we don't have all the resources we should here. Sadly, all the locally owned art stores which carried specialty items have closed. All we have now are the chains.


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