This friendship book is something that I have needed for a long time but didn’t know it. It will be a place that will keep the many treasured tags, ATCs, notes, index cards, words of encouragement collected from, you guessed it, friends. Like an autograph book for the internet age.
This project has come together by accident. Can’t deny it. So I’ll let you in on how it came to be.
It started with this idea that I would make some Moravian Stars from stenciled paper for my post in December. ( I used the Decorative 6-petal screen stencil.) Sounded good to me, but I hit some technical difficulties – The paper I stenciled upon was not the right weight and consistency for paper folding…in fact, it ripped quite often. Meanwhile another idea was brewing. The idea was released.
Still, I had all of these lovely strips of paper covered with stenciling. A good housekeeper would have thrown them out. Perhaps I should have. Just to keep those hoarding tendencies at bay. But I didn’t.
I played with them. They sat on my desk for a few weeks. I curled some with the blade of a pair of scissors. That was fun (and I did eventually discard those pieces). I wove them. Well, that was mega fun. Trying to decide which strips should go next to each other was just the sort of thing I love.
But that wasn’t enough. There was this translucent paper stenciled with the Ornamental Petals Screen Stencil. After tucking the ends under and feeding them through loops in the back, the translucent paper went over the top.
This Dresden Trim Medallion from Gwen’s Small Medallions matched the pattern so well. It was cut into elements that were affixed to the middle and the four corners.
Glass beads were sewn around the edge to secure all the papers and then along the edge of the stenciled area to enhance the design.
I loved the piece. It stayed on the bulletin board waiting for an opportunity.
Meanwhile, the Artist Tribe sisters were all talking about embossing powder. I had never used it. By chance, I inherited a selection of said items from my sister for Christmas. An old gelli plate print from several years ago was the substrate for my first foray in embossing. Wow! That stuff is amazing. (I used Gwen’s Decorative Folk Flower Stencil 4 X 4). So that hung on the bulletin board next to the woven piece.
Christmas also brought cheer in the form of a gift of a handmade book made by Gwen. It is absolutely beautiful. The cover was plain brown board, which it must be said looked amazing as is. However, it was also an invitation for embellishment. And embellishment it got.
For the front cover:
1. A piece of sari fabric scrap from the Irresistible India – Embellished Sari Scraps was perfect for the cover. Cut a little larger than the cover, it adhered with gel medium, the edges flipped over and smoothed on the inside.
2. The Mirrored Gold Embellished Trim adhered to the left side. The woven paper piece was attached to the middle.
3. Flipping it to the inside, the fabric edges were cleaned up and covered with two types of Dresden Trim.
1. The remaining scrap was not large enough to simply paste and go. It was cut into strips and adhered to the edges.
2. The gelli print embossed with Decorative Folk Flower Stencil 4 X 4 paper was added.
3. The Mirrored Gold Embellished Trim adhered to the right side with gel medium.
4. A piece of Dresden Small Medallions was chosen for the way it reflected the stencil design.
5. Gold Liquid Pearls (Ranger) were used to embellish both the Dresden and around the paper.
6. Silver glitter letters were added to read “Friendship Book.”
7. A piece of washi tape was added to the left side for interest.
8. Inside the cover, the washi tape and two types of Dresden trim to finish the edges.
A piece of Sari Yarn (Twisted Sister variety) was added to the spine. The color was chosen to complement the colors in the weaving.
The jury is out on whether there will be more dangling elements hanging from the spine.
Now that I have made the Friendship Book, the fun begins! Here’s to filling up those pages.