Make a Wish album, page one

Friday, August 12, 2011

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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.
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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.
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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.
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One of my favorite stamp sets, A Tweet, provided the adorable bird. I gave it a little crown to wear. Cute, right?
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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!

16 comments:

Trisha Morton said...

WOW! What an amazing job you did! Thanks for explaining each page out, I knew it was amazing before, but I had no idea there was so much MORE. Can't wait to see the rest!

Ann said...

this is so beautiful!!! cant wait for the rest of the pages

Roberta Dermody said...

Absolutely beyond beautiful! You are one talented lady...thanks for sharing.You should look into submitting this to a publisher so we can all buy a copy.

Romaine said...

I finally watched your simply amazing album! Somehow, the story brings tears to my eyes...such a lovely way of talking about dreams and how they are fulfilled in different ways. I. Love. It. ! I have posted a link to it and your blog on my blog...

Lucyi:) said...

I am so amazed by the detail that you have put into this "work of art". This album will be precious to your children and I love the way your words and art work flow so seemingly effortlessly together. You have so much talent and I thank you for inspiring us too. You give us a new standard to work towards and help us to create better pages with your ideas. Thank you so much for sharing. I love it and can't wait to see the rest!!

Melissa Shea said...

Pure magic! I loved the rotating wheel, it set the perfect tone for the rest ofthe album. I'm looking forward to the rest of the pages!

lilscrappers said...

oh, so glad you share your talent :) This is stunning....now I am going to tackle the idea this winter but adapt it for my boys. Thank you for showing the construction page by page!

Dot said...

You are so amazing to me,Tresa and truly my papercrafting Idol! I can't wait to see the details from the other pages!

Mel said...
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Mel said...

I am so stunned by this album. You truly have a wonderful, creative brain!!

Bravo, sister crafter, Bravo!!

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see the rest. It really amazes me how talented and creative you are. This book is so stunning.

Connie H.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing the closeups and details on how you made this awesome album! I especially love that first page layout. And thanks for that link to the tutorial on how to do the wheel.
Carol West

Sherrie said...

This truly is an amazing album! It is so beautiful and so creative and I'm sure it will be a treasure for your children! Thank you for sharing it.

Linda Pekrul said...

An album like this is absolutely priceless. Thank you so much for sharing your creative process. I love reading about all the little intricate details and the coffee tip gave me a giggle!

Anonymous said...

WOW!! Absolutely in love with your layouts!! You've taken the creative process and literally redefined it!! Can't wait for future posts!

Donna

Jeannie said...

This is BEAUTIFUL! I can't wait to see the rest of the pages.

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