Monday, January 7, 2008

I'm Gettin' There!

I've had a very productive day! I feel much better today and hopefully am over whatever bug that was. The kids returned to school today too. I didn't think it was such a big difference having them home with me... until they got home from school! Wow.

Anyway, I hope you don't mind looking at more pictures of my friends' vacation in Spain. I overcame my fear of what to do with the outside of the books today. It's been on my mind since the first day. Two of these books fit inside a tin that's pictured here. They can't be decorated with 3D stuff on the outside and we know I like texture! So that was out.
Do any of you have a favorite background stamp like I do? My favorite background stamp is Stampin' Up!s Old World Map. I know it's retired and has been gone several years now, it's just one of those perfect masculine stamps. A must have.
To finish the covers of these little books I used my Old World Map background stamp inked with Basic Brown. The book is a little bigger than the stamp so I masked off the area I'd already stamped and stamped again to cover the entire length. To cover my seam I used a couple of different compass stamps inked with Not Quite Navy and some words from an Impression Obsession clear Travel set. I then inked my Stampin' Up! Weathered background stamp with Sahara Sand and stamped over that, next I sponged the edges in Basic Brown ink and then Not Quite Navy ink.

Everything in Spain is OLD, so I wanted these little books to look old too. I like the vintage look.

Above is a picture of one of the books open so you can see that I had fun stamping on the insides too. I just realized I had a hard time getting into this project until I started stamping. I didn't feel like there were enough embellishments. There are now!
And my last and I hope for you final picture of this project.

I did a post about this project a few days ago and have a lot of really nice comments about it and me. Thanks! I thought I should mention that even though I am making this scrapbook for a friend of mine, it is a job I was hired to do.

8 comments:

Aunt T said...

WOW - what a beautiful project. You did a super job.

Teresa

~KRISTY~ said...

WELL IT IS MONEY WELL SPENT ON YOUR FRIENDS BEHALF! YOU HAVE DONE AN AMAZING JOB, THAT HUGE STAMP IS JUST FABULOUS! NOW THE INSIDE & OUTSIDE COMPLIMENT ALL THOSE GORGEOUS PHOTO'S & SHE WILL BE SHOWING OFF HER VACATION TO ALL WHO WILL SIT AND LOOK AT THOSE STUNNING ALBUMS.

Deb said...

I absolutely love these books, they look amazing. I love the stamps you used for the covers, so appropriate!

Tracey said...

WOW these albums look amazing you did a fantastic job :)

Rose Ann said...

You've done such a great job with this!

I'm happy to hear your were paid to do it, 'cause it looks like a big job. ;)

Stampedbyanangel@aol.com said...

I love using crackled backgrounds. This is a fabulous job on these. Everything looks so great.

Sbs4

Yanitza Ramos said...

Wow, these are absolutely gorgeous! Great job.

Suzanne said...

You did a fabulous job with these! They are gorgeous.