Saturday, February 12, 2011

Bunnies and Chicks everywhere!

I recently finished creating pages for my second chunky book swap.  The theme for this one is Vintage bunnies and chicks.  I am looking forward to seeing how our book turns out once assembled.  Here is a shot of all my pages.

For some reason, I just love interactive features.  So in order to appease this interest of mine, I decided to use library pockets and tuck a little tag inside.  I do love how they peek out a bit.  Hopefully they will also add interest to the finished book.  On the back of the tag I affixed my swap card too, which has all of my contact information.

The background paper for this page is from Graphic 45's Once Upon a Springtime collection.  This paper was really my starting point and inspiration for my page.  The bunny/chick images are from Tim Holtz's Seasonal paper stash.  I liked that using these gives each page it's own little image for the pocket as well as the tag. 

I also used some die cut embellishments to add some different shapes and break up all the linear lines.  I am not usually one to use this type of store bought "ephemera" but I think it works well on this project.  I did distress all along the way. Coloring edges with inks, distressing edges and adding wear and tear are all ways to add a weathered feel to projects. 

Another great technique I tried, was to seal my pages with Tim Holtz's tissue tape.  This was another way to add texture and keep my pages together.  So interesting that just this very morning Tim posted on his blog a mini book that uses this same idea on the edges of the pages!  I guess great minds think alike.  I am in love with tissue tape!!!

The back of my page is very simple, very unusual for me!  I typically add layer upon layer of stuff in my work, as you have probably noticed.  I know I need to learn to edit a bit, so perhaps this is my first step.  However, of course, my creative voice is telling me that this side still needs something else...

I had planned on doing a packing tape image transfer with these little bunnies on the back.  Perhaps I did not do it right, because the first one I peeled, yielded no image.  I embraced the issue and just left the packing tape on my images and fussy cut them out.  I think that this technique still adds a bit to the page.

Come back later to see the finished project!!!


  1. Hi..I am Cynthia..I am in the swap with you! Your pages are so amazing!!! I cant wait to get our books back!! I am also a follower now :) Great blog too!

  2. I'm not usually a fan of bunnies, but I believe I could be. Wow...loves your designs.
    Lisa S. (ATT)

  3. I have a few chunky books and they turned out so beautiful. THIS page of yours is amazing. People will be excited to receive it! Very creative. I love how you explain the process. I am really curious about tissue tape. I'm going to go google it. :)

  4. LOVE these!!! The vintages butterflies!! THis makes me want to start making these tags!

    leecytx from swap-bot

  5. LOve em... this swap is going to be fabulous. So glad you decided to play.

  6. Love the bunnie images on the pages. You used some of my fave techniques of distressing and tearing, I call them "well-loved touches". Never heard of tissue tape but I will now have to check into it ;) Thanks for sharing :)

    Stefenfetchit via Swap-Bot FMB#2

  7. OHHHHH lovely can not wait to receive the swap!


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