Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Alphabet Book

It's that time again over at Alpha Stamps...time for another Season themed ATC swap. We are now working on our Autumn themed ATC's.

When I think Autumn I think of cool days, turning leaves, football, going back to school, warm apple pie....the list goes on and on.

Leslie has some wonderful "Back to School" themed collage sheets and I dived right into working with them. After finishing the Inspirational Women books that I bound I have been itching to make some more books so that is the format I used for these ATC's. Each page is ATC size and when I finished them I bound them all.

For the cover I went with a crackled old look. Painting the base silver and then going over it with black. Silver embossed the stamp "The Alphabet", cut out the boy image then added the makeshift quills and the alphabet twill ribbon.

To bind the book together I used a black leather strap that I affixed on the front and back using brads.

On the opposite side of the front cover I went with a "This book Belongs to" theme...I vaguely remember having these in my school books as a child.

The ABC page is grey cardstock dabbed with sparkling H2O in a light pink. Then stamped the Penmanship stamp and built on top of that first adding tattered rose crackle paint. The letters have diamond glaze on them.

This page, DEF, was actually the page that gave birth to the whole book idea. I loved the images and this was the first page I did, a bit out of order but I figured if this one didn't work then I wouldn't want to do the others.

I used the same grey paper as on ABC but I stamped an Alphabet image and then stenciled some dots on that I drew around to give a doodled effect. After that I attached all the images adding crackle glaze to the large letters and 3Ding the lowercase letters. As finishing touch I affixed the seeing glass and aged the edges.

After the DEF page I realized that not every ATC was going to have a representation of each letter so I decided to focus on one letter as the main image theme but include the others. So on GHI I focused on the letter H.

It is very hard to see (may be impossible) but I stamped a bee on the background of this image and highlighted it with gold perfect pearls powder. Then I stamped the image direct to paper and on another paper. Coloring various bits of the other paper then cut them out and 3Ded them onto the page. As a finishing touch I affixed a flower.

JKL maybe one of my favorite pages. It is very simple. Stamped the letters on the decorative paper, cut out the collage image and layered ribbon, flowers and distressed Scrabble pieces.

MNO is the only other page beside DEF that has all the letters represented. This happened mainly because of the collage images available.
The background paper I used is actually fuzzy like a goose would be! And amazingly it almost perfectly matches Mother Goose's dress...that was purely a coincidence.

When you open N and O, N has an image of a nobleman and O has an image of a woman cooking.

PQR was hard I tried to make sure each letter was represented a little. For P I have the pie which has glass glitter on it. Q and R I kinda mixed together, Q being Queen and R being royalty.

STU is another one of my favorites. I mixed a could of different collage images on this page. The Giraffe is one image and the words came from a different image. Once again I added diamond glaze to the capital letter S.

VWX is my husbands favorite and I have to admit I really like it too but that is because I fuzzy heart Halloween. I decided not to use Halloween paper in the background because that would really just highlight the W more. The pumpkin ribbon is a really bright orange so I dirtied it a bit. And I finally got to use glitter. The witches hats are coated in black glitter.

This is my least favorite page. I tried to make the image spread across two pages but I think it is just to small and then I didn't like what I added to fill up the space.

The Y and Z letters are mounted on decorative paper that I covered with the crackle glaze.

Well...that's my second book. It has some issues closing because I used a ton of 3D elements but I think that makes it fun.

All stamps and collage images used are from Alpha Stamps and most of the paper and charms are also from Alpha Stamps.

There is still time to sign up for the Autumn themed ATC swap so come over and check it out! There are also 2 fabulous Halloween swaps taking sign ups right now.


peggy gatto said...

I love the last pages!!!

Moira said...

Loving this Book, it is so busy and exciting to look at.

Sandi Mueller said...

I love this book Caroline! I still am trying to fit in this challenge and now that my youngest is back in college, I just might be able to do it! This book is fabulous....I love the idea! Hugs Sandi