Monday 30 September 2013

A scrapbook for Jane

Well, actually its an artbook.

At her daycare, as parents, they ask us to bring in a sketchbook.  It's those large sketchbooks. They all look the same.  So, I thought I'd "be-dazzle" Jane's yet still keep it "fun" and not-so-perfect.

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  The first thing I did was to apply gesso to the cover.  This just hid some of the writing (but you can see it if you want) and also gave some protection to the cover.

Secondly I used the scallop circle framelist to create the center circle.  I then free hand cut the rays of the sun.
To add extra dimension, I sponged the rays and sun with Daffodil Delight ink.  I also stitched around the rays to give it some subtle detail. 
  Finally, I stamped her name on some scrap patterned paper I had in archival ink and cut out squares to place in the center of the sun.

A final step I did was to apply some matte medium over the centre and the rays.  This ensured that it would be protected and could stand the test of time. I used Claudine Hellmuth but Mod Podge works just as well. I caution you to be careful with using matte medium because since Stampin' Up!'s ink is water based as soon as  you apply it you will get a reaction. In other words you'll see smudging.  To avoid this you should use archival ink like StazOn.   For this project, it was ok to smudge the yellow distress ink and it wasn't really an issue.



  1. Ok this project got my heart, love, love!!!!! - Rexene

  2. This is beautiful! What a great idea

  3. I wanted to be totally playful. So, I picked out this sketch book from Greenville Scrapbooking and Embellishments on Facebook (and she closed her shop today) and asked them to stamp (tin-tally!) the cover with their butterfly stamp:Jane was so thrilled! She loves it already! We both love that she's got a "special" day at home while Sophia is cooped up at daycare:)