Wednesday, 25 February 2015


Recently I posted an update on a handmade book I was making. I have now finished making it.

It started out as this

....and this is it now.

It's covered with my painted papers. I have had the letter stickers for ages so I thought why not use them.

The title of my book is 'Play Time' as I want it to be somewhere to try things out and not to worry about what the pages turn out like. Something that I find it hard to do. I have completed two pages so far and I have already broke my own rule on the second page by struggling with the background. I seem to have had a mental block with backgrounds lately.

Here are some more images of the book so far.

I used a piece of scrapbook paper for the inside cover and this is the first page. It is done in acrylics with a piece of dyed scrim.

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  1. Wow, this is gorgeous - I love the finished book and I also love the pages you've done so far. The black one with the little pink flowers is beautiful - it reminds me of snow and winter gardens (which I'm a bit obsessed with at the moment!). The girl is delightful and I love the soft, gentle shading on her face - beautiful.

  2. Gorgeous book. Looks a handy size too.

    I tell you what really helps with backgrounds (at least for me?) Use the pages of your book to clean off brushes, stencils, stamps, gelli plate etc and the you get a build up of some really interesting layers. I like incorporating those into my pages. The paper at the back of my desk today is one of those pages - I love the colours on it from when I cleaned my gelli plate... trouble is NOW I don't want to ruin the background ;)

    Carmen x #46

  3. Your book is amazing - such beautiful art! Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #48

  4. What a fabulous book Carol, congratulations! The cover is so cheery and the letters lots of fun. Your first page is fantastic; the concept being so simple yet beautifully effective, and of course your little girl is the bees knees! ((hugs)) x

  5. Very interesting indeed! As I'm not a paper crafter, I have no idea how to construct a page like that...thank you for explaining how you do it! Love the girl too :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 26 xx

  6. Lovely book and pages. Such fun!
    Hugs, Neet 24 xx

  7. Wow, a fantastic book! and that just from a piece of cardboard. I love it. The letters are really fun. And your dolly/girlie is sweet as ever.
    Have a great week,

  8. What an amazing from-scratch-project... and you have given me so much inspiration! Please do pop on over to visit me some time (smile) Lynne #70

  9. Hi fuzzie ... home made book are so enjoyable to work in .... anyone can buy a journal ... but not everyone can make one ..... and yours looks amazing (sorry am I gushing lol)..... no really you will have amazing fun working in 'your' book
    janet #2

  10. Love your journal and the artwork is gorgeous as usual.
    Have a great woyww, Angela x 60

  11. I love it and I adore your first page.

  12. I understand how you feel! I struggle with 'playig' in a journal. I'm always worried about the outcome too. As if it matters! LOL Love your first page!

  13. It's wonderful Carol and all from nothing.
    You should be very proud of your first pages, I would love them to be mine.
    Lynn 24

  14. Gorgeous. Well done. A great idea, and successfully turning out, too!
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #11

  15. What a lovely book, and the sweet girl's face is gorgeous. Enjoy trying things out in it. Hugs, Chris # 21

  16. Oh, gorgeous, Fuzzie! I love hand-made books, and this one is definitely a work of art.

    Thanks for your lovely comment and all your good wishes for my operation tomorrow. I've just updated my Cancer Diary page re what happened today.

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi #42

  17. Lovely journal! And the title is perfect! Creative Blessings! Kelly #66

  18. So adorable I am loving your book!! I think you will surprise yourself when it's completed!!

    Hugs Giggles

  19. Fantastic idea for the book! I love upcycling - think I will try and do something similar :) Thanks for sharing. Amelia