As I recently posted, in late July I attended an art retreat with a group of fellow online artists. I finally have pictures of my finished "Spirit of the West" book to share.
To some, this may look like an odd looking hodge podge of paper and embellishments. But... to me it is many days of creating, having fun, and making memories with good friends.
During our long weekend, we each made a spiral bound western themed book. The pages were made from mat board and the book was to be bound with the Bind-It-All. We had a sample to follow and/or use for inspiration. I chose to bind only 3-4 of my pages, and lace together several of my pages side by side, creating a long accordian pull out page.
This is the simple cover I ended up making. The mat board was covered with Cosmo Cricket papers. I added pressed tin tileaged I aged with StazOn ink. The hand sewn, fabric transfer piece was a gift from one of our members. She made each of us one, and I thought it was so lovely that I had to showcase it on my cover.
The first page was a page dedicated to my cowgirls Faith, Hope and Charity.
After the first page are two pocket pages. The first having a stitched tag inside of it, a hand covered bandana button and various images.
The second pocket page is a folded paper bag page that is all about "kid" cowboys and cowgirls. The front has three tags tucked away. They include stamped images and even a denim pocket with a bandana hanging out of it.
The backside of the paper bag page has the cutest image of youngsters, and a cute wanted poster. I even include a packing tape transferred star image.
The next page is my "yellow rose of Texas" page. The flower is dimensional. It is several layers of cardstock with the edges rolled up, with the top layer being a photo of a yellow rose. Some tea dyed lace is around the flower.
-- to keep this post from getting too long, I will post the continuation of my westerm book within the next day or so.