Hello October!

     October is always a reminder that another year is fast approaching its end. Instead of going into panic mode (as I tend to do every year), I’ve decided to enjoy every bit of it. October, after all, is a great birthday month. Lots of friends and family have October birthdays. My dad and my mother-in-law, both partying to their hearts’ content in the Great Beyond, were October-born. It’s a month of color and costumes, apples, apple cider doughnuts, and oh yes, my wedding anniversary! It’s also the month when we moved here to the United States–lots of things to celebrate!

     Last year, I was preparing some items for another couple’s wedding. I helped create a menu that doubled as a postcard where guests could write their well-wishes for the couple. The postcards took the place of the guestbook. I also made a mailbox where the guests could put the postcards after writing on them. It was a fun project–who doesn’t love weddings?

     This year, as a first anniversary present, I’m putting together all those postcards into an album. I was going to scan the pictures and postcards for uploading to a site like Shutterfly where they can be turned into a hard cover book, but I thought there’s really nothing like the real thing, is there?

     So I scrapped the whole scanning idea and scrounged around my craft stash. For a while there, it looked like I would have to make a book from scratch but I remembered I had an unused scrapbook salvaged from my cousin. There must have been good intentions associated with owning such an item but the shade of pink it had told me those intentions were now past their prime.

     First step was to take the scrapbook apart. I’d been taking things apart from childhood so this was nothing new. Besides, I knew that if I couldn’t do it, my husband probably could–he took things apart as well. Perhaps more complicated ones, even.

     This was simple enough. I had the front and back covers, the spine cover, and the pages. I had to do something about all that pink. The wedding colors were fuschia and orange. I decided to paint the covers so next step was to cover them with gesso.

     It felt like putting icing on a cake, but I wasn’t after getting the gesso smooth. I like texture. (An aside: See the mug? If you got my September newsletter, you’d have that image to use on your own mug!)

     I did both front and back covers, including the edges. When the gesso was really dry, I painted over it with primer. I could have probably skipped that part but having primer on gives me more flexibility with whatever I decide to do later on. Unless I’m doing art for work, most of what I do is intuitive. This works only for art like this. When I work on the inner pages, I’ll be doing quite a bit of planning because the idea is to make them sort of interactive.

         More drying time during which I set about sorting out the postcards and planning the layout for each of the spread. I may end up using the same handmade paper that was used for the mailbox on the front cover of the album, but I won’t know until I’m sitting in front of it.

     
     Next blog post will have the rest of the album. I’ll share some of the pages and some techniques as well. Meanwhile, if you haven’t seen my October newsletter for The Pink Net, here’s the link to it and be sure to sign up for more fun stuff!







     

      

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