30 June 2012

Steampunk Idea Book

Every day this week, the Stampendous team has been collaborating with the team over at Clear Scraps to create some amazing projects; I shared my Baroque Bouquet card on Thursday.  Today we've all joined together for a fun blog hop (complete with a great prize!) to show off more goodies from each company.  I created an "idea book" for a very special someone.  Ready to see it?


This is the outside of my book. It's actually Mixables Sassy 8x8 album; some pages are acrylic and some are chipboard.  Before getting started, I painted the chipboard pieces with acrylic paint and set them aside to dry.  I once again turned to my favorite inks, from the good folks over at Tsukineko.  To create the cover, I used Stazon Jet Black and Forest Green directly on the acrylic (I stamped on both sides, for visual interest).  Then I sprayed some of their Goosebumps texture spray (have you tried this stuff? It is super cool!) and poured on Black Glass Glitter and Chiffon Color Fragments (links to all Stampendous products are at the end of this post). Fun fact: see the pages with the type coming out of the typewriter?  I actually masked each one, and stamped portions of the Dream Text background in the appropriate direction!


Inside the book I attempted to fill it with all sorts of small envelopes and notepads, to create an actual book that someone could use.  I stamped the gears around the edges of the chipboard in Tsukineko's Versamark ink (I'd be lost without this stuff!) and used small pieces of cotton to apply different colors of chalk to them.


Throughout the book I used several other inks, from what is hands-down my favorite line of Tsukineko inks...Memento.  There's Tuxedo Black, London Fog, Gray Flannel, Espresso Truffle, and Peanut Brittle in here! Through a bit of trial and error, I discovered that the Stazon inks work best on the acrylic pages; I used Memento or Versamark everywhere else.  But that's the beauty of the Fran•táge technique - it helps cover mistakes!


On the pages above I included two types of notepads. The small blank ones are post-it notes, for doodles and such.  The spiral notebook was fun to create.  I disassembled it, painted the backside with acrylic paint (I glued the front piece to the chipboard, rather than try to paint over the royal blue), and stamped on it. Once I put it back together I adhered it to my chipboard!


The next to last page in my book just has two larger envelopes on it, for stashing paint swatches or receipts or whatever strikes her fancy :) I am really hoping she enjoys using this book as much as I enjoyed making it for her!  Isn't it fun to do something special for someone?

Now...for even more inspiration, be sure to hop along to all the other stops today, to see what else is being shared!  Everyone's projects are so different, and SO gorgeous!  And the prize pack is amazing, so be sure to check it out over on the Stampendous blog!

Stampendous Impressions (here is where you will find all the details on prizes to be won)
Clear Scraps (they'll be sharing some prize info too!)
Taylor Usry (you are here)

Complete Supplies: 
Stamps: Clockworks, Steampunk Gears,  Altered Type Alphabet, Elegant Borders,  Vintage Typewriter, Guys and Gears, Gears Kiddo, Patent Man, Hollyhock, Romantic Border, Crumpled Edge Border,  DaVinci Horse, Dream text background, Steampunk Balloon (all Stampendous)
Card Stock: Cream (Mohawk); Red (Bazzill); Various envelopes/bags (Creative Impressions)
Patterned Paper: American Crafts
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, London Fog, Espresso Truffle, Peanut Brittle, Gray Flannel; Stazon Jet Black, Forest Green; Versamark (all Tsukineko)
Accessories: Black Glass Glitter, Chiffon Color Fragments, Shabby Green Embossing Enamel, Aged Taupe Embossing Enamel, Tea Stained Mica Fragments (all Stampendous); Goosebumps Texture Spray (Tsukineko); Ribbon (May Arts); Washi Tape (Love My Tapes)
Tools:heat tool

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33 comments:

Stampendous said...

Taylor, I am speechless! This book is beyond amazing! It would take me 3 weeks to make this. You have made such beautiful projects. Thanks so much for playing with us and always helping in so many ways!

Dee said...

What a lovely mini-album! I'm a big fan of the steampunk style and currentlt planning to make a mini myself. I might just use this one as an inspiration-piece! Thank you for sharing!

wendyp said...

Amazing! Taylor, this is absolutely stunning!

Janelle said...

I'm drooling over all the fun ideas in this idea book. It just makes me smile. I'm thinking of the first day of school with all new supplies, all neat and organized. Fabulous!

Terri Burnette said...

learned a new technique.....using the glitter with goosebumps. Thanks!

Liz said...

What a great use of Clear Stamps and the Stampendous stamps combined!! Keep up the good work.

Scrappychick said...

Look at that product list! Wow! I love the cover with all the molten goodness! Great job hon!

Kristine Reynolds said...

What a great project!

Ava Gavloski said...

Taylor, you have my attention. Thanks for sharing the detail to get the cover of your project. I will be back for note taking, cuz i think i would like to make one. Artistically well done and great showcasing for the hop!!!

Linda said...

Thanks for the great ideas with the note pads and envelopes. Love the colors and all the stamping.

jp said...

Love how you did the text on the typewriter pages!

Trena in Naperville said...

This idea book is absolutely wonderful Taylor. I have been staring at all the detail on the cover. :o)

Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

Kray said...

This album is so beautiful!!!! Gorgeous!

Pam Hornschu said...

Fabulous idea and execution! Love all the embossing, and gears, and sprinkles!

Dawn's Craft Place said...

AMAZING!!!
love all the details sweetie-so many wonderful products you used.
You should be so proud of this project.

Barb Turpin said...

Oh, Taylor...this is an AMAZING project...love the Steampunk feel and the little papers coming out of the Vintage Typewriter and the gears and the...

Nikki said...

Love the look of your steampunk album it's just so kewl

christi said...

wow, this is so cute. i love the pockets and the notepads hidden inside. cute, cute, cute!

Lori Schwaderer said...

How many weeks did it take you to make this. You are an artist. Beautiful

Sue D said...

Fantastic! I like how you included notepads in it.

tsmayol said...

Beautiful idea book. Love the two notepads included.

Tenia Nelson said...

Awesomesauce dearie!!

Lea said...

Taylor, this is just beyond words! You are so amazingly gifted! I love it!

Barbara said...

This is a wonderful little book and so clever and beautiful!

Cathy said...

That is an awesome book - packed with great ideas!! Love it. Thanks for playing with us at CS this week!!

Suzanne C said...

Brilliant! So many ideas and inspiration in your beautiful journal! Love it!

Greta said...

I'm completely in awe--amazing work!

Carol said...

Beautiful projects! I really enjoyed all the inspiration this week with Stampendous and Clear Scraps, thanks!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Ginny said...

Beautiful! So much work involved. Good job!

Denise Bryant said...

Great project! I love all that texture on the cover!
DeniseB

Melinda Gleissner said...

Taylor, every page is a treasure! This is fantastic. Love the Stampenous fragments and glitter together

Denny said...

I love all the pockets and places to stash stuff. Thanks for the great ideas!

jordanbev5 said...

Your Steampunk album is just so gorgeous!! This would make a fantastic class! You really did a wonderful job!