Make a Wish album, page one
Friday, August 12, 2011
I’m overwhelmed with the responses I have received after sharing the video of my Make a Wish album. I have read every single comment here on my blog, on my youtube channel, on facebook and twitter. My heartfelt thanks to all who commented, I’ve been walking around with a smile on my face all week.
Over the next couple of days, I’m going to share some close-ups and info about the making of my storybook. I’ll take it one set of pages a day. There are 5 page layouts (double pages) so over the next five days I’ll be posting daily.
For the first page of the story, I tackled the “no photos” challenge. There were several “rules” in the contest to challenge us, one being that one of the layouts could not use photos.
I created the girl’s face, hand and dandelion by drawing it first, then creating the pieces using cardstock, B&T paper, inks and chalks. The dandelion has a paper pieced stem and the seeds are drawn with an embossing pen. I used white embossing powder over the pen. Final touches include glitter for the seeds and flowers in the girl’s hair.
This particular layout took forever to complete, probably longer than any of the others in the book. There are almost no straight lines in this spread, so all of the cutting had to be done with an X-acto knife. My hand was pretty sore after a few days. (How we suffer for our art).
The interactive turning element was adapted from a Victorian wheel card technique. You can watch a video of it here. I made several prototypes from white cardstock to make sure that everything would move properly.
The size of this element is much larger than a card, so it wasn’t as stable as I had planned. In shipping the album to CTMH, the element was dislodged and no one knew that the wheel could turn and make the dandelion seeds move. I’m so glad I filmed it before shipping, I still need to fix the page to get it to work properly, but there are a lot of layers involved and I haven’t been able to bring myself to face the job yet.
One of my favorite stamp sets, A Tweet, provided the adorable bird. I gave it a little crown to wear. Cute, right?
In keeping with the hand-drawn look of this page, I even went so far as to hand create the lettering on this part. Here’s a tip: don’t drink lots of coffee when hand lettering, and take your time.
Tomorrow, the pop-up castle page!