Monday, 25 June 2018

Home Collection...

Hello friends...

Welcome to a brand new week here on my blog and a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, where this week we challenge you with the theme of FOOD AND DRINK! So, however you choose to interpret this tempting theme, we are ready and waiting for you to join us and play along!

For my project, I chose to create a recipe binder inspired by my Grandma. I have a very old recipe book that my Nan used to keep all her handwritten recipes in ~ it's packed full of wonderful old fashioned recipes but it had seen better days. So with this in mind, I thought it would be time to create a new one, (keeping the old one wrapped up in tissue and in a safe place for prosperity) and make a journal that I could transfer all those beautifully written pages into and that's exactly what I did and hope you'll join me in how I created this book.

So, let's get started because it's time for the new challenge!
To begin with I used Eileen Hull's Journal Die to create my cover which I cut from mount board. After assembling the sections that I cut, (Eileen provides full instructions with the die) I then painted the cover with a blend of Walnut Stain, Black Soot and Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint and allowed this to dry before threading my elastic through the holes of the spine which will eventually hold my pages in place. Once dry, I added small hints of gold foil along the edges of the cover by running a Collage Glue Stick down the edge and then place the transfer sheet over the top of the tacky glue, rub with a fingernail and pull off to reveal the gold foil.
For this I started by creating my 'tea stained' paper and used Dina Wakley's Cotton Paper as a base. I cut to panels, which measure slightly smaller in size than the front and back covers so that I have a border around the outside once it's attached. I then applied Antique Linen, Walnut Stain, Iced Spruce and Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide Inks to my Glass Media Mat, lightly misted the inks and paper with water and then smooshed the paper through the inks, picking up the colour. Heat dry the paper and if you need more ink, do a little more smooshing until you're happy. To create the layers on the paper, I then adhered some torn Symphony Tissue Tape using Collage Medium and attached this to the central area before scraping small amounts of gesso over the top. Allow the paint to dry and then I added some deeper colour tones by using Pumice Stone and Ground Espresso Distress Crayon.

After adding a few splashes of Black Soot Distress Paint, I then machine stitched a border around the edge of each panel before adhering my paper to the painted front and back covers.
Moving onto the cover, I used Tim's Tea Time die to die cut my teacups, which is another thing that I fondly remember from my Nan's house ~ her extensive china collection which was stored away in the cabinet in the dining room and only came out for special occasions.

I started by covering mount board with Worn Wallpaper and then die cutting each of my cups and a saucer from different patterns. I then inked the edges of the teacups and built them up by placing them inside one another. To add a little more detail, I used some more of the gold foil transfer sheets around the edges and then attached the teacups onto the central section of my cover, placing them over a bed of sisal fibres.
To complete the cover, I added the Quote Chips ~ Home...
...and Collection. Both chips are sanded around the edges and then inked with a little Frayed Burlap DI before being placed over the top of some randomly torn pieces of design tape.
Finally, I placed a Hex Fastener in each corner of the cover and pinned an Industrial Adornment and a Story Tag to the spine, attaching them where the elastic cord is pulled through.
Now for the inside...
...and to decorate this, I used some more of the Worn Wallpaper, just a different pattern to those I used on the teacups. I sandpapered around the edges to create a more worn feel and then adhered to both sides of the inside cover.

I wanted to add some pockets that would hold notes and created these using Linen adhesive sheets from Tim Holtz's Textile Surfaces pack, which I had attached to thick card stock. I then placed the covered card into the new Botanical Flourish 3D Texture Fade and embossed the surface. Once embossed, I inked the surface with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and cut it to form two pockets which I placed onto the inside covers. To give a nice finished edge to the pocket, I added some lace adn I also added a Clippings Sticker, "M. Tibbitts" just in the top right of the cover.

To complete the inside covers, I added some Silverware adornments, knife and fork on the left and the spoon placed over a milk cap, on the right ~ all altered with a little Mushroom and Rust Alcohol Inks.

Now to finish the book and for this, no book is complete without pages and for these, I cut from cotton paper and inked around the edges to create a more vintage feel. I then stamped some images from the Tiny Things 2 stamp set onto the pages and added some Remnant Rubs.
So, that completes my recipe journal and I hope you've loved how I created it and enjoyed the inspiration and story behind this piece.

Don't forget, you can find more inspiration from my talented teamies over on the challenge blog and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I'll see you very soon!
Love Emma xxx

Heat Gun
Sisal Fibres, Mountboard, Chipboard and Linen Textile Surface from my own stash


  1. Such a wonderful project for the challenge, Emma. Your recipe journal has a lovely vintage charm and as always you have dotted all the 'i's and crossed all the 't's ( no pun intended- the tea cups ;) ). Those 'Emma' touches are always a joy to see. All those treasured Grandma recipes have an especially charming new home .
    Thanks for always inspiring .
    Big hugs x

  2. Beautiful book Emma, a perfect place to keep all of your Grandma's favorite recipes <3 The vintage papers and all of the details are absolutely gorgeous!! LOVE it :-)

    Lols x x x

  3. this is wonderful Emma!! What a treasure it will be full of recipes. =)

  4. Wow, wow, wow! I loe this so much - just beautiful Emma! I love how you used the Worn Wallpaper for the tea cups!

  5. Ha--Paula's comment is exactly what I was thinking! I LOVE this very much!

  6. WOW this is amazing!! Love it, Hazelx

  7. Not only a beautiful piece of art but also a lovely way to cherish precious memories! Perfection at it's best in pure Emma-style!!! Love it! ❤❤❤

  8. Emma, I just love how you used Eileen's die, your journal is beautiful, you have added so many wonderful elements - I just love the rusty cutlery! Anne xx

  9. Emma, this is such a perfect place to store those precious treasured recipes. I love the teacups on the cover, they look lovely in the floral patterns from the worn wallpapers! This is just beautiful in every way, the adornments and details are so perfectly fitting. Wonderful project!

  10. Oh my! This is beautiful! I love the colors as always! And the worn wallpaper is just stunning and the effect it gives is amazing. I got hungry with this cover :-) Hugs, Marzena

  11. What a terrific shabby chic cover for your recipe book and the inside is fab, too!

  12. Oh my! This is super lovely, Emma! I love how you made your teacups, and making it into a recipe book is a wonderful idea. Great little touches like the silverware! hugs, Maura

  13. Such a a special project Emma! I love the idea behind it and the cover is wonderful with all the special details. The floral cups are so pretty!

  14. so beautiful Emma, reminds me of fun afternoon teas with friends, drinking out of china cups and what a great idea to use it as a recipe book, hugs kath xxx

  15. Such a classy and elegant project!

  16. What a stunning project, Emma! Love the tea cups and love the inside too! Hugs, Sandra

  17. Very inspirational! Really beautiful little book!
    ~ Heather

  18. I love this so much, this is just awesome and a great home for recipies

  19. Gorgeous project--love the beautiful cups!


Thank you for all your comments and messages, they are all appreciated and I hope you'll come back and visit again soon...
Emma ~xx

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