Friday, September 26, 2008

Butterflies and Books

What do Butterflies and Books have in common? If you are not sure, then let me introduce you to Tinkering Ink's Butterfly Peek-A-Boo album.

When I see a butterfly it reminds me that life is ever changing and I am continually growing from one stage to the next. There is really nothing that a caterpillar can do to prevent it from changing into a beautiful butterfly and likewise – there is nothing that I can do to prevent the cycle of life. The Tinkering Ink Peek-A-Boo Butterfly Album is truly a unique album. This book is approximately 5 x 3-inches in size, has 2 chipboard covers (the front cover has cut-outs to create the peek-a-boo effect), and 5 acrylic pages – all in the shape of a beautiful butterfly.

If by chance you are unfamiliar with the Tinkering Ink Peek-A-Boo albums, each album contains a mixture of chipboard and acrylic pages. The chipboard has cut-out windows allow you to “peek through” to the inside of the book which not only gives character to the album but also an element of surprise. Each clear page is made from a thick acrylic and is packaged with a blue film that is easily removed.

Another great product that Tinkering Ink has introduced is the Peek-A-Boo Pieces. Each package contains a mixture of solid chipboard or acrylic shapes. Created with the same care as the Peek-A-Boo albums, the Peek-A-Boo Pieces are a “must have” embellishment to add to your scrapbook supply.

Before I received the Tinkering Ink Butterfly Peek-A-Boo album I already had the general design and photographs planned.

One of my new hobbies is metal embossing and I was sure that this book would look great with an embossed cover so I began by tracing the shape of the album covers onto my metal and began the embossing process. Once I was completed with the embossing I found it rather difficult to cut out the openings so I decided to leave the cover solid even though I loved the idea of having the cover “peek through” to the inside of the book.

Covers

I wanted to achieve a crisp look to the album so I decided to paint one side of each of the acrylic pages with white gesso. On the opposite side of the acrylic pages I adhered my quotes and rub-on’s. By applying the gesso to the reverse side the quotes and rub-on’s almost appear to “float” on the pages just like a butterfly floats on the wind.

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Page-9-10Page-11-12

The first picture in this book was printed on a transparency and by doing this, the butterfly appears to be floating and not quite a 2-dimensional as a standard photograph. The rest of the album is alternated between quotes and photographs that have been adhered to the side that was previously painted with white gesso. The inside covers and the arrow from the Peek-A-Boo pieces were covered with cardstock and embellished. Instead of the included binder ring, I chose to bind my book with a piece of ribbon.

Album       
Title: Beauty

Butterfly Album (Tinkering Ink)
Chipboard Arrow (Tinkering Ink Pieces)
Metal (Hobby Lobby)
Alcohol Ink (Ranger)
Distress Ink (Ranger)
White Gesso (Golden)
Patterned Paper (Tinkering Ink and Prima)
Cardstock (Prism)
Diamond Glaze (Judikins)
Xyron Adhesive
Rub-ons (Basic Grey & Dove of the East)



Once my album was complete I realized that this was not something that I could keep for myself. I have a friend is who going through one of those “changing times” in life and so this Butterfly album will be given to her to remind her that “If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.”

Thank you Tinkering Ink for giving me this wonderful opportunity to share my art using your beautiful Butterfly Peek-A-Boo album.

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