Thursday, April 19, 2012

April 2012 Girlie Grunge Challenge

Good morning! The monthly challenge over at Donna Salazar's Girlie Grunge Ning is to create either a layout or off the page project about YOU! This was definitely a challenging project, as I stink at layouts and don't like pictures of myself. I started out making a layout featuring a picture of my sister and I but couldn't stand it, so I started over and decided to alter a paper mache book instead!

I love flowers ... and I've been meaning to make something to store all the flowers I collect, so this challenge ended up working out perfectly! I added the title "Flower Child" to the cover, since the other challenge requirement was to include a title or journaling that best described you. :) The other term I would've used to describe myself is "Chronic Sweet Tooth" ... if in the unlikely event I have enough time I might make a second attempt at this challenge! Back to the project. 

To create the paper mache book, I painted the entire book with one coat of white acrylic paint. Then, I inked the edges with brown distress stain. I applied Donna's Mix'd Media Inx in "Peaches" over some of the brown ink to add a slight bit of color to the rest of the book. 

I love how the book looks when it's lying down. It's so chunky!

For the cover, I used Donna's pretty "Spring in Bloom" paper, one of her new coordinating stamps, and her adorable Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms die. When I first saw this die, I just melted - see what I mean? I love flowers!! 

And I did add a photo ... on the inside. It's a picture of my sister and I right before we saw Snow Patrol perform at the Roseland Theater many moons ago. You can't see it, but I wrote the old adage "April showers brings May flowers" under our photo, as both our birthdays are in May! 

Thanks for looking!


Sandra said...

Wow, love your altered book! It's gorgeous. Love the vintage white look and all the flowers on it. And you're ThumbLinky account is now activated :).


Terry said...

You know, I actually have that book and have wanted to do something with it for a long time! What a pretty alteration! Love this!