Zodiac sign: Libra
Lives: Port Macquarie NSW Australia
Known for: My Faith, Love of family, Collector of many things, History Buff, silly sense of humour!
Loves to: Pack a picnic and hop in the car with my family and just drive till we find somewhere nice to stop, no phone, no emails, no time restraints ~ it's Just us together!
Loves to create: on a daily basis, I have this driving passion inside me that has to be released!
It doesn't matter really if it's a Stamping project, a piece of jewellery, sitting with my daughter making something with her or even cooking a delicious casserole.As long as I can enjoy the process of creating in one of it's many forms, I feel very satisfied :)
Favourite Darkroom Door product: Rubber Stamps
Have you ever been in a darkroom? Yes, I used to work in an Art and Craft Supply shop in my Home town of Inverell NSW. Which had a Darkroom because my Boss was a Photographer.
I used to take Passport Photo's for our customers, we used a fabulous 4 lens Polaroid Camera, which took 4 photo's at once, and we'd duck into the darkroom and wait for the photo's to develop and trim them, it was kind of 'mysterious' to the customers, as we'd take their photo with this rather odd looking camera, then disappear into the darkroom and come back out in a few minutes with their 4 little photo's, this was in days before Digital Camera's.
Let’s say you’ve been invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you? Chocolate :)
Are you afraid of the dark? Only if I don't have my husband with me :)
Moleskin Journal ~ Remember to Take Time to Laugh
Darkroom Door Materials:
12x12 Paper ~ San Marco, Legato, Allegro, Music Gazette, Ti Amo
Rubber Stamps ~ DDRS011 Melody, DDRS019 Ornate Elements
Wordstrips ~ Venetian
moleskin journal, collections elements chipboard house, black ribbon, rusty pickle alphabet brads, vintage optical lens, brass crown, walnut ink, versafine onyx black ink pad, Glue stick, PVA glue, E6000 glue, sinamay ribbon, sewing machine and black thread
Method of construction ~ house
- Using a glue stick, cover the house with glue
- Tear printed paper making sure it doesn't have a white edge and adhere to the house.
- I used Music Gazette for the main part of the house, a small strip of San Marco near the roof, Ti Amo & Legato on the roof.
- I also put a little piece of sinamay ribbon amongst the paper near the roof (just to add a bit fo dimension)
- Once you are happy with your Collaged Background, use a brayer or rolling pin on your piece, this helps adhese the paper together.
- Cut a piece of the sinamay a little wider than the house, and cut off one of the sewn edges to avoid bulk later on. Position it at the bottom of the house with the sewn edge that is remaining on the bottom edge of the house. fold the edges over to the back of the house and tape down with double sided tape.
- Tear another piece of San Marco about 3cm wide (with NO white edges), apply glue using the glue stick to the back of this piece and adhere over the 'cut edge' of the sinamay and the Music Gazette paper.
- Stitch down the edges of the San Marco paper if you would like in random fashion (this is optional.) You can also stitch the edges of the other layers if you like.
- Tie a piece of black ribbon around the house on top of the San Marco paper making the knot at the front for embellishment.
- Stitch around the inside edge of the house, and ink the edges with black ink.
- Take your 'Frame' Stamp from the DDRS019 set, and stamp with black ink onto a clear part on Allegro Printed Paper. Stamp the 'Take time to Laugh' stamp from the DDRS011 set into the centre of the frame.
- Trim around the outside edge of the frame you have just stamped and using your glue stick, adhere it to a piece of chipboard or heavy cardstock. Trim around the edge and ink the edges.
- Usinge PVA glue, glue the frame over the top of the ribbon on the house.
- Antique the word 'Remember' using Walnut Ink. Adhere it to the house and attach the alphabet brads.
- Trim around the Photobooth image so that it sits under the optical lens (you could use a small scrapbooking embellishment frame) glue the image onto the house using PVA glue and then the Lens using E6000 glue or another strong adhesive like liquid nails. Attach the crown.
- Ink around the outside edge of the house.
- Set it aside for the moment.
Covering the Journal
- Take Your Moleskin Journal or something similar.
- We are just going to be adhering the paper to the top, Using your glue stick, cover the entire top of the journal with glue, and also the spine.
- Put the journal glueside down onto the back of the printed paper (make sure you have the paper the right way up!) Rub it with your hand, to make sure you have no lumps or creases.
- Rub the back side of the journal now with the glue stick, remember to check that the spine has glue too.... and carefully flip the journal over so that both sides are now covered with paper. roughly trim the excess paper off.
- Using your brayer, give the journal a rub over, so that the glue works well on the cover.
- Not too close to the spine however, because we don't want to crease it.
- AVOID opening the cover too much while the glue is drying.
- when dry, lay the house onto the journal and position some ribbon where the ribbon is on your house. we want to make a tie to fasten the journal, and it looks great if it lines up with the ribbon already on your house.
- Put the house aside once more.
- using double sided tape attach the ribbon on the front and back, leaving enough length to tie a bow to close the journal when it is finish.
- Stitch around the inside edge of the top, side and bottom of the journal on the front and back (this is optional, but it will hold your ribbon in place and it will also keep the paper from lifting at the corners....it also adds a nice 'finishing touch'. Ink around the outside edge of the journal with black ink.
- Using PVA Glue, Attach your house to the Journal, Lining up the ribbon on the house to the Tying Ribbon. Weigh down while the glue dries with a couple of heavy books.
- and you are done :)
Fantastic project Gillian!!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us. For all the blog readers out there, Gillian has been busy and we have about 4 days worth of arty goodness to share, so please remember to keep coming back to check out what she's been up to!! Pure art I tell you! Yum yum!
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