Saturday, 25 February 2012

Hannah's German Vintage Altered Quote Book



25th February 2012
I was very blessed to be given this gorgeous vintage German book by
the lovely Gladie (Norway) a for Christmas in 2010.
It was published in 1911 and is about drama scene in Europe
Isn't it a treasure!  I've decided to leave the cover just as it is - in its own perfection.
 
The way it is set out with the beautiful fonts used in the book - ah.. its just special!
It will be a quote book for Hannah for when she is away from home to give
herself a little boast just when she needs it.

The first page:
Used for Let's Get Shabby Challenge #32 HERE
Painted with gesso, though, keeping a lot of the gorgeous font visable, and added little strawberries and hearts.   I just love the quote - perfect for this little book!




I'm really looking foward to filling this little book up!

 
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25th March 2012
Using Pan Pastels

Using a large sponge, lightly spread 'Turquoise' over the page

adding 'Bright Yellow Green' in patches

Then a light rub of white to tone it down and blend together a bit more



I have the large one too and LOVE the font!


Made a mistake!!  In my haste, when I did the butterfly page, I forgot to spray the fixative over the pastel before stamping!!!!  So the stamp image (stazon ink) bled a little - rest assured it didnt happen when I did my alpha page... did the fixative first - then stamped!  (rolling eyes - cant believe I did that!)

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14th January 2014
Hannah is  is off to study away next week - so excited for her, all she has ever wanted to be is a Librarian and she has a place! So now we are getting ready for her to move.  I know there will be times when she will be homesick or that the amount of work will be overwhelming, so I've worked on this little German vintage book and put in quotes that will help her take a breath....
 
 
 
Just need a mask, spatulas and texture paste....



 
PanPastel Colours:
Red Iron Oxide, Permanent Green, Raw Umber
The pigment grabs onto the texture paint fabulously...
(Do need to spray a fixative over the pages)
Add a little washi tape and leaves
 
And alpha for the quote...
 
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17th May 2014
Hannah is away studying Library Services...
so thought to put a page together relative to that.



Sketched a makeshift template of a girl onto a piece of paper and cut it out,...put it on the page (same for the alpha) and painted blue over it..... pulled off the template and some of the alpha (plus wiped lightly over the remaining alpha to bring back the colour) to reveal the book print underneath....


 
Outlined in pen and used colourful washi tape as collars, belt, shoes and hair.
 
 
 
 
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Love this colour combo, and thought while I was at it, to do another page in Hannah's book..
 This time, I thought I'd go for a 'family' quote and this gorgeous quote by the children's movie
 'Lilo and Stitch'  was a great fit ....
 What appeals is the word 'Ohana' - it does sound a bit like 'Oh Hannah' - how cute!  
 Plus it means 'family'.  
 
 
 
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9th June
 
 
For Hannah setting out on her new life, these are positive reinforcements.....
There's a pocket card for the background with a touch of white paint around the edges, covered by one of Heidi Swapp's frames - it really was a great idea and quick easy way to get another page done for this book!

 
Definitely the opposite page needed some attention.
 I had some of those huge diecut  '&'s which never knew what to do with - so worked out all round to give them a home shadowing each other.  Managed to paint the background to match the background of the pocket card on the other side. YAY!  It all came together - and it was relatively easy!
 
 
 
 
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12th June 2014
Loved the idea of creating some sort of sea theme... with drippy mixed media
I've kind of kept it monotone with blue/greens./turquoise and its hard to stitch a little book with frail pages, so stamping wavy stitch lines works for me!


I'm really hoping this quote will resonate with Hannah that when things get tough, its about how we learn the skills and strength to handle difficult situations no matter what they are that matter

Love these products... Izink...I think I have just about every colour! 
the embossed heavy vellum was K&Co  (remember them?)
It was the first sort of 'real' embossed vellum out in the 'old days'... I'm sure I've had this longer than a decade!!!!    Diving into the ole scrap box towards the bottom...there it was!  AND I LOVE it!
Sometimes I'm REALLY glad I'm not a 'purger'!!  (weeeell, one of the rare times! LOL)

 
 
 
 
 
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 24th July 2014
I've picked this wonderful story of 'The Velveteen Rabbit', 
 a stuffed rabbit and his quest to become real through the love of his owner.
(the reason why is at the end of this post :)
 
Soooooo. with this  in mind, added this wise little quote from 'The Velveteen Rabbit' story.
I hope this page will also be a little 'pick-me-up' when Hannah is missing home.... when study gets intense and things get overwhelming....and she questions if she can make it to her goals that she's been aiming for...
 
 



 
 *Epilogue*
Hannah was given 'The Velveteen Rabbit' book by her Aunt who had it 'personalised'  by having her name (and her sisters along with our address) included in the book...
 
She had a stuffed rabbit from birth and it has lived quite a life with her. Many times that rabbit (called 'Bun') had its body, legs, arms, eyes, ears, bit by bit replaced by Grandma as it wore away from so much love and in Hannah's eye's, as a little girl...'Bun' was real, no matter how tattered it got.....
 
This is a LO I did many many years ago.....
 
That bunny is still with her at 19yrs.... and while she's away studying,
'Bun' went with her - a reminder of home.
 
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20th August 2014
Nothing fussy, just plain and simple....and fits a treat!
 
 
 
And because I loved using the blue tissue so much before, I saw the orange and went with that too!
So, with some gesso, orange tissue paper, a couple of square brads, green washi and a mix of alpa's... this happened....
 
 
 
 
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12th September
and got another page done for Hannah's little quote book...
 
 
 
 
 
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26th September  2014
This time I sketched a little shelf nook ....
 
It was great there was a space between paragraphs already there,
that became my space for a shelf..., so the sketching begins....


and it begins to grow, who knows where it will end???


Got rid of the pencil and grabbed a brown fine-liner

 
and add in a few embellishments and lettering...



 
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1st March 2015
Perfect quote!
 
 
 
 
 
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2nd May 2015
The image and white on black print has been printed out on a gessoed 'dryer sheet'
 
 
 
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22nd May 2015
I printed the little owl out on vellum and found an owl appropriate quote for
my little night owl- Hannah.  It was always hard to get her to sleep, even as a small child.
Daylight saving was the bane of our lives!
There were never any tv's/computers etc in my childrens rooms.... only books... 
and my little night owl hasnt changed .... now 20 - she still reads well into the night.
 
 
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7th June 2015
I decided to go with a pine tree- doubled with black cardstock on top and stripes underneath
I tried to put the stripes by themselves (trying to be bold and brave), but it got the better of me - too much!!! too much!!
So an extra black cardstock tree laid over the top only to reveal a little of the stripe underneath worked much better and I'm really happy with the result!
Then the little birds.... 'this I can do!!'  Pattern paper worked well!
All with a little stitching...
(have to apologise for the darkness of photos - ugly winter weather here!)
 
Hannah's book...
 
 
The quote was printed out from my computer using ACME Label Maker which we used in our previous month's challenge at 'Let's Get Arty'  (you can find the instructions there)
 
 
Over the grey tinted gesso, I've outlined with mustard and black watercolour pencil

 
and some green watercolour to add shadowing to the diecuts

  
 
 
 
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24th June 16



 
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3rd July 2015

Another little quote and sketch for Hannah....
 


 
 
 
Out with the twinkling H2O's (so in love with these!!!)
 
 
 
Feeling the same about my aquabrush too!
 
 
I really wanted to try capture the 'shimmer' of the Twinks... and here it is in green,
It's hard to photograph it and show its true value - watercolour with shimmer!
 
 
 
 


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 STILL  BEING CONTINUED!
(watch this space!)
 
 I've also started a Vintage Quote Book for Paige too!
 

17 comments:

sandi said...

Fabulous creations! That book looks awesome! Love what you did with the flowers.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Awesome projects Mandy!! I loveeeee how you did the flowers on the second one!! And great vacay pics!

ann said...

Wonderful creations and I love the book you are altering and yes I love that quote so true xx

Lizzy Hill said...

The best breaks are snap ones, I reckon...least Tassy's small enough to go somewhere that's not too distant, too...LOVE the flower power LO...& how you're using gesso ATM... great photo of the girls from behind. Make a good page:):):) Hope next week is not so busy for you:):)
...looking forward to more 'drama' book pages, too..must say, strawberries seem hard for me. Must put on the thinking cap!!

Jenny said...

Lurve the beach pics Mandy... Stanley looks so gorgeous... I might have to add visiting there to my wish list:))
and I LOVE your vintage book... the cover is so beautiful... I wouldn't want to cover it either... at most, perhaps one vintage image... so wonderful how you altered it inside... and per usual, your layouts are divine...

Happy Sunday...
Jenny x

Jasmine S said...

Ohh that book is just stunning and you have used it perfectly, not covering too much of it.
And love the tutorial for the flowers. I have some flowers that are unusual colors and this idea would be perfect to finally use them up.
You are always full of fabulous ideas.

Adriana B said...

wow awesome projects, you have been very very busy...
love the book journal,,,,fantastic
love the layouts with the flowers, great design...super technique....love them all :)

alexandra s.m. said...

Love your projects Mandy!
So inspiring...

Thank You!!

Lizzy Hill said...

...& I had on pink PJ's which probably were giving the sky its pink hue, come to think of it:):)heeheehee...yeah, I was pretty impressed. Worth getting out of bed for:)

Gladie said...

Wow, your work is stunning as always! Love, love, love what you've done with the book - you make it shine! :))) I'm busy with schoolwork this year, haven't been scrapping for ages. Spring is on it's way here in Norway, still some snow and more to come, but it's getting lighter every day. :) Love your wonderful photos. :))) Hugs, Irene

glorygirl said...

Loooooooove the altered book. Beautiful!

Dani Cristina said...

Eu adorei as páginas e os tutoriais
obrigada por compartilhar.
Muito lindo sempre.:)

Angela Weimer said...

Some fabulous projects! Especially love the In the woods layout. What a great technique with the flowers. love it. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day.

home & hobbies said...

I love the 'woods' layout and that you have pics of how you did it, awesome. And I may have a go at the hearts & strawberies challenge. That vintage book is so lovely too.,

коротич дарья said...

i love In the woods and the book-surprise, actually when I've seen the book I've had a kind of little girl filling, I dont know how to describe it but its cool)))

Irini said...

What can I say I love your layouts and techniques I have been wanting to do the same thing with the same stash of flowers I have hidden away somewhere!!...thanks you again for such gorgeous inspiration!...
hugz
irini

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

That book is going to be SO PRETTY when it is done!!!
Lots of gorgeous layout too!