Wednesday, October 14, 2009

"Fall Treasures" A Story - Features BoBunny's Gypsy Collection!

Welcome!! For those of you hopping over from the BoBunny blog I will not bore you with repetition of myself here. At the end of this blog entry is a complete supply list, including products utilized by manufacturers other than BoBunny. If you came here first, please visit BoBunny's blog for the scoop on today's project.

Reusing one of Abby's old board books for a scrapbooking project has been on my "to do" list for two years. When I saw BoBunny's Gypsy collection (long before it arrived at my door) I knew that the papers and embellishments were perfect for the fall themed album I had in mind for the "Don't Eat Pete" book.

Unfortunately the shimmer of Glimmer Mist in Coffee Shop does not really show up in the photo of the acrylic letters. Trust me, the letters are gorgeous IRL. When I misted the letters, already painted, I picked them up to manipulate the liquid to create swirls, puddles where there is more concentrated color, and areas where there is none.

"Abby's favorites", a combination of rub-on letters, and BoBunny cardstock sticker cut out, is purposely lifted off the tin cover with foam adhesive squares. Should the real leaf ever crumble or need replacement, it can be taken care of quite easily. Another idea is to have your child use crayons to make a leaf rubbing. Cut out the rubbing and use their own artwork on their album!

Here are some of Abby's 2008 fall finds...although I am not sure where she put her acorns.(LOL)

Below is an image of each page, so you can read the story as you scroll down. I hope it inspires you to make up a story of your own child using a series of successive photos.

I hope you enjoyed the story! I know Abby will love it. Some of it ties in with discussions we have had about God and reinforces our teachings.

Bo Bunny Supplies Used:
Gypsy Collection – Papers: Henna, Spice, Gypsy, Saffron, Cut Outs, Combo Stickers, Fall Favorites Cardstock Stickers, Heart & Homey Cardstock Stickers, iCandy Jewels (Gypsy and Touch of Spice); Harvest Ribbon in 5/8” and 3/8”
Photo Mat Cardstock: The Paper Co.
Alpha Rub ons: Top Line Creations
Small Circle Alpha Stickers: Jenni Bowlin Studios
Leaf Stamps: Close to My Heart
Inks: Colorbox Fluid Chalk Inks
Spray Paint: Krylon Copper Brilliance
Sparkle Mediums: Glimmer Mist by Tattering Angels (Coffee Shop (used on acrylic letters as well as paper leaves), Golden Terra Cotta (used on real leaves), Brick)
Pen: brown fine point Sharpie

To Preserve Fall Leaves: the leaves used in this project were preserved in fall of 2008. Each leaf was rubbed down on both sides with pure glycerin oil and allowed to air dry. Once dry the leaves were layered between paper toweling and several large, heavy books were placed on top to flatten out any curling. This preserved the leaves wonderfully – both color and maintained flexibility. I had them stored in a baggie and was pleased to discover no mold when I went to use them for this project.

Spraying the leaves with Glimmer Mist (water based) seemed to counteract the glycerin coating, and the leaves lost their flexibility. I did not want brittle leaves in my project, as I want my daughter to be able to read her story as much as she likes. Once the Glimmer Mist was completely dry, I used a finger to dab sparkle Mod Podge on each side of the leaves, allowing to dry thoroughly between sides. This created a double sparkle, and returned some flexibility to the preserved leaf. Of course I don’t know how many years the leaves will last, but they certainly appear ready for years of decorating and embellishing use!
(Reminder: natural leaves are not acid-free. For this reason the leaves were used only on the book cover, to purposely avoid placement near photos.)

As always - happy creating! And thanks for hopping by.

Rita S.


Melanie Stanczyk said...

Great project Rita! I love the fall theme.

Dawne Carlisle said...

This is just a masterpiece Rita! Thanks for the tips on preserving leaves I will have to try this!

Kristie said...

absolutely adorable!!!

Julia said...

Thanks again Rita for the beautiful project!!

MelissaB said...

I absolutely LOVE this!

Lori Mar said...

Beautiful! I'm sure Abby will always treasure it, just like the title says!

jo-ann said...

Love the story! You have been truly blessed!

Juliana said...

Can I just tell you this is seriously amazing Rita! Just gorgeous in every way!