Sunday, September 27, 2009

Pineapple Mini-book by Esther

When I think of Hawaii, I think pineapples. While vacationing there, we visited the Helemano Pineapple Plantation. My desire to use those photos led to the design of the pineapple book. The Oh LaLa papers were great for the subject. I started with a shape cut from chipboard using the trial & error method. Half of the 12' square looked like a good start in order to accomodate the 4"x6" photos & journaling with embellishments. The shapes were traced on the back side of the Bazzil gold cardstock. Next, I painstakingly cut each of the shapes (so they lined up) & inked the edges of the chipboard with a green marker. I glued the cardstock shapes to the chipboard and punched holes for the rings.

After the pages were ready for photos, I concentrated on decorating the cover. The cross-hatched diagonal lines were sketched with a brown marker on gold paper.
They were shaded with brown stamping ink. Orange Staz-on ink was used to give contrast.
The leaves were cut of green paper & shaded with markers & ink pads.
Overlapping them in layers gave a more realistic effect.

Of course, I had to add bling to the intersections of the pineapple diamonds. The rhinestones already had glue on back.
Because I put inks on the cardstock cover, some stones had to be glued on a second time. An attempt was made to color the silver rings using alcohol inks. The color is faint though.
The photos, embellishments & were added. Hand formed letters were used with markers & a calligraphy marker in green. Ribbons added that festive touch to the rings (see them on the display board).
This was a fun project that kept the creative juices flowing for a couple of weeks. Try shaping a book from the chipboard pieces you can get at Scrapbooks Plus.

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